Costa Rica

Service and Adventure

Roll up your sleeves for a service-learning project while experiencing a homestay, rich culture, beautiful landscape and many adventures.
Harkness Travel Program - Costa Rica
Harkness Travel Program - Costa Rica
Harkness Travel Program - Costa Rica
Harkness Travel Program - Costa Rica
Harkness Travel Program - Costa Rica
Harkness Travel Program - Costa Rica
Community service and engagement is about more than giving back. It’s about connecting unique people and cultures by working side-by-side with local communities, collaborating as a team, and reflecting on social issues.
On this program, Lawrentians will immerse themselves in local Costa Rican community homestays while engaging in meaningful service-learning activities and projects that contribute to four WorldStrides cornerstones: community enrichment and infrastructure; education and literacy; environment and conservation; and nutrition and health. They will discover biodiversity in Carara National Park and appreciate the beauty of Manuel Antonio National Park’s sandy beaches, lush tropical rainforest, and wildlife. The program will also feature tours of the Doka Coffee Plantation, a dance lesson and a cooking class, a zip line tour, and a white water rafting excursion.
Important Considerations / Student Expectations
All passports must be current seven months past the return date of any school sponsored trip. Please check and plan accordingly.

Sign-Up Instructions

Participation for all Lawrenceville Harkness Travel Programs is dependent upon a review of student applications, Head of House / Day Advisor Recommendations, medical fitness for participation, and financial and disciplinary standing. Seniority and gender balance is also considered in the selection process.
Application to this program is not considered complete until both of the following items have been submitted:
Head of House/Day Advisor Recommendation must be completed and submitted to Louise Wright by Monday, October 31, 2022.
Application Survey must be completed by Monday, October 31, 2021.


June 19 - 28, 2023



Includes all required vaccinations.

Target Student Population

This program is open to II-IV formers.
Ability to speak Spanish is helpful but not required.
This program satisfies Lawrenceville’s LCAP requirement.

Program Leaders

Elizabeth Ferguson
Director of Community Service
David Wilcox
Mathematics Teacher

Pre-Trip Work

Required Pre-trip meetings will focus on orientation activities such as community building exercises, and a historical overview of Costa Rica.

Location Info