Monteverde, Costa Rica Copenhagen, Denmark

Climate Action Adventure

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Program Overview
Calling all climate change activists! 

From Costa Rica's rainforest to Denmark's iconic offshore wind farms, embark on a 6-week journey to learn about climate change, its impact, and how communities and policymakers organize to tackle it. 

Start your adventure on CIEE's Costa Rican eco-campus for a 3-week Climate Change Mitigation program. Witness firsthand the impact of climate change on tropical ecosystems as you explore the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Eat typical Tico dishes, practice Spanish, milk cows, and learn folkloric dancing. Meet local teens, farmers, scientists, and activists. 

Continue on a 3-week Taking Climate Action program in Denmark, where you'll learn about Copenhagen’s decarbonization initiatives and delve into strategies for influencing public opinion. Soak up daily life in Copenhagen, discover countless parks and canals, and get a taste of Danish beach life. 

This immersive program will give you a concrete and global understanding of the science and politics of climate change. Come home with the knowledge and tools to make a difference in your own community, and with friends and memories to last a lifetime. 

Academic Merit Only Scholarship

Only the Global Navigator Academic Merit Only scholarship is available for this program bundle (limit of 1 award per bundle). The Academic Merit + Need scholarship is NOT available. If you want to apply for an Academic Merit + Need scholarship, check out the Climate Change Mitigation program and Taking Climate Action program separately.

The Take-Aways

Real-world Experience

Travel the globe to meet with communities affected by climate change in Costa Rica, and with policy makers trying to solve that challenge in Denmark. Come home ready to influence public opinion and start carbon-smart initiatives in your own community. 

Credentials For Your Future

Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, and a portfolio of work to showcase your ideas to mitigate climate change and an advocacy strategy to document your skill at driving change. 

Life Skills And New Friendships

Return with greater self-confidence, independence, and improved communication and leadership skills. Enjoy a broader worldview and diverse friendships from across the U.S. 


Hours Of Expert Instruction


Weeks Pursuing Your Passion


Life-changing Experience

The Destination
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  • Girl in Monteverde

The Destination

Welcome to Monteverde and Copenhagen, two hot spots on the planet to learn about climate change.

Costa Rica is a small Central American country (roughly the size of West Virginia), but it has lofty ambitions: It wants to become the world’s first carbon-neutral country. And why not? In 1990, it became the first tropical nation to reverse deforestation and since last year, its electric grid runs on 100% renewable energy. People around the world hold this tiny country in admiration, as an example of what can be accomplished when people unite behind climate change mitigation.   

When you think green, think Copenhagen! This eco-friendly city is hard at work becoming a sustainable place to work and live. It’s rated the most bike-friendly city in the world and thrives on organic produce, open spaces, green oases, and clean water. A cruise down its pristine waterway envelopes you in the relaxed atmosphere the city is known for.  Copenhagen also retains an old-world, small village feel–with cobblestone streets, castles, and bell towers. And there’s so much to do! In Copenhagen—culturally rich and environmentally conscious—you’ll find the ideal place to learn about climate action. 

Daily Life

Daily Life


Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction and cultural activities with time on your own, too. Morning classes and afternoon activities may swap places.  

  • Breakfast at the campus dining hall, hostel/hotel, or local restaurant
  • Hands-on classes with local expert instructors and local activists   
  • Lunch with your fellow Global Navigators   
  • Out and about for a cultural activity    
  • Dinner at the campus dining hall, CIEE center, or local restaurant


  • Overnight or day excursions to top sites    
  • Quality time with friends 

Check out the blog posts to discover more about daily life and excursions on program. 


Residencies on the CIEE Monteverde Campus and hostel/hotel, shared rooms with other Global Navigators

24/7 Support

1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff

Program Blogs


Innovating projects and final fun!

By Lynne Burns at CIEE

WOW! How can the program be coming to an end? Participants have been soaking up as much as they can during this last week. Each day during class time, participants... keep reading


One last look back before our farewell dinner in Copenhagen

By Marc at CIEE

One final look at Session II. Let's go back in time and relive a few memories


Design Thinking for the Future

By Riley Leary at CIEE

How can we design neighborhoods that allow for renewable resources and sustainable ecosystems that serve the needs of the people who live there? Where do we put green spaces, where... keep reading


Sample Activities

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Just imagine all the fun you’ll have!

  • Fly above the forest canopy on a zipline and see breathtaking views. You might catch a glimpse of sloths, howler monkeys, toucanets, and more!  
  • Trek through narrow paths and across suspension bridges to El Tigre waterfalls. Take a cold swim, if you dare, and ride home on horseback.  
  • Tube over rapids down a gushing river in the Poderosa Adventure Park. Exhilarating and 100% carefree! 
  • Loop through Copenhagen’s canals and harbor on a boat—duck your head when you come to a low bridge!—and see people living on boats, the modern Opera House, a retired Danish submarine, the famous Little Mermaid statue, and palaces straight out of a fairy tale. 
  • Swim at Amager Strandpark, Copenhagen’s largest beach, known for its sand-sational manmade lagoon, promenade, water sports, and swans. 
  • Tour the colorful landmarks of Copenhagen—tag along with a Danish language instructor to learn how to recognize street names and important words for finding your way in the city. 

Please note activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when arranging activities is always to enhance your experience.   



  • Participants must be 14 years old and above.   
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.    
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our scholarship page.  

For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.  

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

Application Fee


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. Find additional details about what’s included with your tuition. 

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Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Program Summer Session I and II 2024 6 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Costs $11,400

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Program Balance = $11,400

Total Fees = $11,400

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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What's Included

Interactive Classes


3 Meals/Day

(Dietary Needs Accommodated)

All Ground Transportation

(Once In-country)

Optional Flight Chaperone

(Flight Cost Not Included)

Pre-departure Advice and Orientation

Access to Local Phone and WIFI

All Cultural Activities and Excursions

Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection

24/7 Emergency On-site Support

Our Staff

Our Staff

Pablo Allen

Center Director

Pablo is a native Costa Rican, born and raised in San José. He is an an evolutionary ecologist interested in sexual selection, animal weapons, and phenotypic plasticity. Since rejoining CIEE...

Robert Cassidy

Center Director

Robert Cassidy brings a background in neuroscience and extensive leadership experience in higher education. Originally from New Orleans, Rob studied biology and neuroscience in Washington, D.C., before conducting research in...

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