Since 1996, SPI Study Abroad has provided the highest quality language immersion and cultural exchange programs for high school students. SPI is now also including an additional volunteer service component to the Spanish immersion program in Flamingo Beach, Costa Rica for summer 2013.

While the Costa Rica program with SPI has in past years included a community service project for an afternoon group activity, the total number of service hours on the Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica program will now entail at least 12-15 hours.

“Part of our mission at SPI Study Abroad is for high school student participants to attain global perspectives through their experiences studying abroad on our summer immersion programs. The volunteer service learning program in Costa Rica offers the best of both SPI language immersion, with an added emphasis on service based learning within the local community in Flamingo Beach, Costa Rica,” said SPI executive director and co-founder Jeremy Goodwin.

Students will engage in volunteer experiences in the mornings, followed by the standard intensive Spanish language and culture courses in the afternoons. Summer service opportunities will include projects such as home repair and painting, assisting at public facilities, work with local churches, orphanages, parks, and many other local community ventures in Costa Rica.

“One of my favorite parts of the SPI Costa Rica program this summer was the service project our group did together” said Natalie, SPI Costa Rica Summer 2012 participant. “It was a wonderful way to feel connected to the community, give back and practice our Spanish while interacting with the locals. It was one of the best summers ever and an experience I’ll remember for a lifetime!”

Learn more about the SPI Study Abroad Spanish Immersion and Community Service Program here: http://www.spiabroad.com/costa-rica/costa-rica-high-school-study-abroad-program/