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API at the International Center for Development Studies in San Jose

Program Duration

7-12 Months, 3-6 Months, 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, Summer


Academic Year, Summer, Spring, Fall


Throughout the year

Degree Level


Minimum Education

High School


  • English
  • Spanish

Subject Areas

  • Conflict Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Health Administration
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Rights Advocacy
  • International Policy & Diplomacy
  • International Relations
  • Latin American Studies
  • Public Health
  • Social Policy
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

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Program Fees Include:

* Pre-Departure Services
Advising, @api Online Resources, Orientation Materials and Support, Mobile Phone, Peer Mentors, Social Networking, and Scholarships.

* On-Site Services
Airport Reception, Resident Directors, API Center, On-Site Orientation, Housing (Including Meals and Laundry with Some Options), Tuition, Tutoring, Language and Culture Tools, Medical and Life Insurance, Excursions (Overnight, Day and International), Social and Cultural Activities, Welcome and Farewell Group Meals, and Volunteer Opportunities.

* Re-Entry Services
Re-Entry Materials and Support, Post-Program Evaluation, Transcript, Alumni-Network, and Development Opportunities.

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Animal Welfare
  • Conservation
  • Environment
  • Marine Conservation

Typical Volunteer

ASVO Volunteer Program The ideal volunteer is an individual who is prepared to work in tropical conditions and can easily adapt to new cultures. Volunteers must be in good physical condition and have few to no allergies. They must also have an interest in protecting the environment and be willing to work independently for long hours in natural environments offering few luxuries.

Age Range


This Program is open to

American and Canadian Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work


Scholarships are Available

Please inquire or more details

Application Process Involves

  • Letters of Reference
  • Transcript
  • Written Application

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network