Our Youth Exchange was created 1998 with the purpose of connecting high school Spanish students to the growing Latino youth culture. With the help of high school Spanish teachers in Madison, WI and Eugene OR, The program grew into an annual summer exchange hosting students from the U.S. Canada, and the U.K. The success of bringing youth together has been credited with a high retention in Spanish fluency. Youth tend to learn language rapidly when it revolves around the social interaction of peers. Program Director Ilba Prego is a native of Central America, having lived and worked in Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica.
Over the past 16 years our Summer Exchange has partnered with some of the top high schools in the U.S. We presently offer the most affordable semester abroad immersion program. We offer internships in community development, environment, health, education, art. (see our partner page for more info). Contact us if your are interested in a longer stay.
Costa Rica Youth Exchange
P.O. Box 4272
Chapel Hill NC 27515
toll free 1.888.674.0408