- Train with FIFA-certified coaches. Focus on your own player development including drill technique and strategy for your specific position, build strength and speed in athletic clinics and scrimmage against local teams.
- Soccer can be an effective vehicle for positive change and connecting cultures. Work directly with local youth in the small rural beach towns of Brasilito, Potrero and Santa Rosa by providing youth soccer camps. Soccer camps and after-school programs provide fun, safe and structured activities for local youth when they aren’t in school. You will collaborate with public schools and local non-profit organizations to organize these camps with the goal of increasing youth sport participation, encouraging active and healthy lifestyles and promoting cross-cultural connection and understanding.
- Play an organized game at Edgardo Baltodano Stadium where some of Costa Rica’s modern soccer legends made their debuts.
- These experiences will help expand your knowledge of the game on an international level, improve your skills and introduce you to the signature Latin American style of play (free-flowing), improvisational and technical. Participate in nightly discussions about various topics related to soccer and social issues in Costa Rica.
- Soccer has a history in Costa Rica. It’s not just as an organized sport, but a neighborhood game—and you don’t need a field, official balls, cleats or shin guards to participate. In a town with few paved streets and cars, the rules are stripped away. All that remains is pure passion, and all the time in the world to practice ball control, technique, tactics and movement. Be immersed in the raw energy of Latin American fútbol, and learn how you can adopt the local style and signature technique while building a more inclusive world through this sport.
- Take advantage of your breaks from soccer to explore Costa Rica’s lush rainforests and pristine beaches.
- Go on a weekend excursion to the Arenal Volcano, where you’ll zipline and rest in a natural hot spring.
- Enjoy a rush of adrenaline as you float down a river on a white water rafting excursion.
- Visit Playa Conchal beach, where seashells cover the shore as far as the eye can see. Partake in surf lessons.
- Take a cooking class and learn how to make local cuisine.
- Contribute 20 hours of community service.
- Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1.
A typical Soccer Beyond Borders Experience:
- Home Base will be on a campus situated five minutes from a small beach town in the Guanacaste region.
- The campus includes a full weight room, basketball court, common areas, cafeteria and dorms.
- Students will share dormitories with roommates, and have access to Western-style bathrooms.