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Why ADE?

At ADE, we understand that students and professors alike are seeking ways to connect theoretical information acquired in the classroom to real world situations and applications. ADE has hosted students of all ages from around the globe. Together we studied a plethora of different topics in the beautiful, vast, and diverse landscape that is Costa Rica. Stationed in Vara Blanca, between two volcanoes along the continental divide, ADE's location gives students incredible material to study right out their window. With our many connections around the country, we want to work with you to design a curriculum that will provide the best experience for your group or program.

What We Offer

Experiential Education

Educators engage students through a cycle of direct experience, reflection, analysis, and experimentation. Experiential education values personal connection to deep and applied learning and inspires growth in the students.

Responsible Travel

Environmentally conscientious, culturally self-aware, and focused on developing mutually meaningful connections with people and environment.

Hand-Crafted Programs

Each itinerary is a custom-crafted experience, infused with experiences, expertise, passions, and local connections. Your itinerary will be create to suit the type of course you are wanting.

Expert Facilitators

Here at ADE, our facilitators are development professionals, career educators, and scientists with years of experience in an array of topics.

Small Groups

The intimate group dynamic of this small group fosters deep dialogue and allows each person to receive individual support and personalized mentorship.


Engagement in an exchange of diverse ideas and practices to build a network of authentic, supportive, and socially just relationships.

Our Creative Process

Our process on creating awesome projects.
  • 1. You

    Our skill-sets, passions, and connections combine with your course vision and goals to define a unique design for your program.

  • 2. Design

    We co-create an itinerary based on your goals for the course and our in-country connections.

  • 3. Experience

    Treat every experience like a science experiment – pose questions, solve problems, and construct meaning.

    What You Take Home

    Global Engagement

    Immersive Experiences

    Skill Building

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    • AddressSan Rafeal de Vara Blanca, Heredia, Costa Rica.