Student Gap Year South America - Brazil and Costa Rica

Spend your gap year in South America. Many companies arrange educational and volunteer South American programs in varying price ranges. Learn more about those companies and the overseas gap year trips they offer.

Gap Year Brazil Programs with Bridge Year

Bridge Year offers educational gap year trips to Brazil and Argentina. Spend a gap year in Brazil learning the Spanish language. Other Brazil gap year programs offer the chance to volunteer in area schools, hospitals and non-profit organizations.

Gap year Brazil and Argentina programs with Bridge Year start at $1,000. Some colleges offer credit when you spend your gap year in Brazil or Argentina learning Spanish. Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas, is one of the accredited colleges. Those enrolled at Brookhaven are eligible for federal aid, grants and scholarships to pay for their gap year in South America. Visit BridgeYear for information.

AFS Intercultural Gap Year Programs in South America and Costa Rica

AFS is a leading provider of high school and gap year travel programs. Spend a gap year in Costa Rica. The volunteer trips last five months. During this time, you live with a Costa Rican family where you learn the culture and master language skills. You also help with a community organization. Your gap year Costa Ricamay have you working at a local farm or helping rangers in national parks.

Other gap year programs include volunteer work abroad in Ecuador, Paraguay or Peru. In each of these gap year trips, you live with a local family and volunteer within the community.

All Costa Rica and South America gap year trips include orientations to help you acclimate to your new surroundings. You must be at least 18 years to participate. Contact AFS for more information.

Spend a Gap Year in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is lined with beautiful beaches and rugged mountain peaks. It's a truly mesmerizing international location for gap year travelers. Spend your gap year with i-to-i Volunteer and Adventure travel. The programs last anywhere from a few weeks to a fewmonths.

Spend weeks on the beaches of Costa Rica aiding sea turtles, building homes for needy families or helping protect the coast lines in Montezuma. These Costa Rica gap year programs start at $1,100.

If you want to be farther inland, head to La Fortuna and help teach English to the students. Alternately, you can travel to Palmares de Alajuela and care for impoverished young children within the community. You'll get to take in Costa Rica's natural beauty while helping the locals during your trip overseas. Visit for information on their many gap year Costa Rica volunteer programs.

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