I've been to Costa Rica twice and loved it.
UIUC students can study abroad and do Spanish community service learning at the Instituto San Joaquín de Flores.
My children's Spanish teacher from Next Generation left everything behind this fall and moved to Costa Rica.
Obdulio Fonseca, my kids' current Spanish teacher is Costa Rican. Munia Cabal, my wonderful Spanish community service learning TA, is Costa Rican.
There are so many wonderful things about Costa Rica.
One more: Prof. Stacy Harwood (a UIUC Urban Planning faculty member who teaches community service learning ) sent me this information on student internships at the Monteverde Institute. If you have any questions, e-mail Prof. Harwood at email@example.com.