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Winter Program on "Leadership and Inclusion" / Costa Rica

17 January 2020

8 January - 17 January 2020

Co-facilitated by a team of UWC alumni and volunteers, the UWC Costa Rica Winter Program on Leadership and Diversity promotes the core values of the UWC movement.

Participants will:

  • Meet social entrepreneurs and learn from their personal stories
  • Visit local communities where projects are taking place
  • Engage in interactive group activities to develop leadership skills and will solve chosen problems using design thinking, collaboration, and creativity

This 10-day program will challenge participants, through experiential education, to engage with social justice issues on a local and global level, developing leadership and critical thinking skills.

Our Educational Model:

Based on the experiential educational model followed by UWC entities across the globe, our Winter Program aims to provide young people with the opportunity to learn about:

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Costa Rican Culture and Lifestyle


Dates: 8 January - 17 January 2020 (mandatory for international participants or those who do not live permanently in Costa Rica)
Location: UWC Costa Rica, Santa Ana, Costa Rica
Duration: 10 days, 5 workshop days in UWC and 5 experience days at the beach
Application information: Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis until the deadline. To apply, visit our online application form.
Application Deadline: 21 December, 2019
Course Fee: The course costs US$2000 US (US$1750 if paid before November 30, 2019) which covers materials, visits to organisations, snacks and lunch. For international participants flying into Costa Rica, room and board are not covered in this cost during the 5 days at UWC (we can organize host families, but are not guaranteed) but it is covered in the 5 days off campus. This cost also does not cover the cost of any flights or transportation to Costa Rica (ground transportation during the camp is included). Contact the Outreach Coordinator at:
Eligibility: We welcome applications from anyone aged 13 to 17 years old.
Scholarship Availability: Partial scholarships of up to 50% are available for participants. Scholarships only cover tuition, and still the participant has to cover expenses to travel to the UWC Campus in Costa Rica.
Scholarship Availability for NC referred students: Full Scholarships may be awarded by participants referred via a UWC National Committee. Full scholarships only cover tuition, and the participant still has to cover expenses to travel to the UWC Campus in Costa Rica.
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