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Located in the central valley of Costa Rica, San José is a vibrant urban center in the heart of a serene and beautiful nation. Three volcanoes surround the city, and quaint villages, farms and coffee plantations dot the hillsides. Though the metropolitan area is home to 36% of the nation’s population, one can easily explore the smaller central area of the city and discover its neighborhood markets and local restaurants. Cultural opportunities including theater, music, cinema and dance are also abundant in San José. Visit the Museo Nacional; the Museo de Oro Precolombino, with its sparkling collection of pre-Columbian gold; or the Museo de Jade, which boasts the world’s largest collection of jade.

Students seeking adventure and fun, as well as, having a desire to share their time and talents with their host community, are ideally suited for API's summer high school community service program in San José. In just a short two-week stay, the program will expose participants to the multifaceted beauty of Costa Rica: its hospitable and warm culture, its "pura vida" (pure life) mantra, and its commitment to protecting and exploring biodiversity.

Students will learn how Costa Ricans live and think, as well as, some of the country's development challenges. Students will acquire or strengthen Spanish language skills and participate in fun daily cultural, social, and recreational activities. Excursions, including visits to a coffee plantation and a weekend trip to Arenal Volcano, serve as opportunities to experience firsthand the nature the country is known for!

“I just wanted to say thank you API for giving me the opportunity to be in Costa Rica to learn about myself, the culture, and possible career choices!"

Genesis A. Marist College
  • Discover More Small Costa Rica San Jose Staff

    Cultural Activities

    • Community service opportunities
    • Spanish language classes
    • Volcano hike
    • Zip-lining
    • Visit to organic farm
  • Discover More Small Costa Rica San Jose Api Gives Back

    API Gives Back

    API students in San José will participate in various community service projects during their program, possibly including environmental/sustainable development projects and social welfare projects.

  • Discover More Small Costa Rica San Jose To Do

    Things to Do

    See sloths and other amazing jungle creatures!

    Hike among rainforests, beaches, and volcanoes

    Whitewater rafting

  • Discover More Small Costa Rica San Jose Food


    Arroz con Leche (rice pudding)

    Sopa Negra (black soup)

    Gallo Pinto (rice and beans)

  • Discover More Small Costa Rica San Jose Festival

    Festivals & Holidays

    Fiestas Zapote (December)

    Día de San José (March)

    Guanacaste Day ( July)

U.S. Staff

On-Site Staff


Francy Orozco

Francy Orozco will be your Resident Director in San Jose and a resource for you on-site.