Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.
You’ll get to see biodiversity and conservation in action while volunteering on projects like national park reforestation or sea turtle protection. Part of your stay will take place in a rural community, where you’ll get the chance to live with a host family for a few days! While you’re there, you’ll work with your AMIGOS partners to lead fun and educational activities for children each day. You’ll also collaborate on a service project that’s specific to the community in which you’re staying.
*This is a tentative schedule. Itinerary may be subject to change.
Day 1 – Volunteers arrive. Project staff members pick them up at the airport and the group spends the night in a hostel together in San Jose, the capital.
Day 2 – Travel to Puntarenas to a sea turtle conservation project! Begin country-specific orientation and training on topics like environmental conservation and community service.
Days 3–5 – Join in on beach patrols, beach clean-up, learn about environmental and sea turtle conservation, play soccer with local kids, and more!
Day 6 – Leave the turtle project and spend the night in the canton of Buenos Aires to prepare to visit local communities the next day.
Day 7 – Community visit and host family stay. Get settled with your host family!
Days 8–11 – Lead activities for kids, play soccer, work on your community service project, spend time with your host family, practice Spanish, and more!
Day 12 – Join in on a special group activity before your despedida (goodbye party) in community.
Day 13 – Leave community and head to debriefing, reflection activities and fun excursions. Travel around San Jose, visit the historic center, buy souvenirs, and participate in group closing activities.
Day 14 – Fly home!
*Program fee does not include unaccompanied minor fees as set by each airline provider for volunteers considered unaccompanied per the airline’s policy. Volunteers under 15 at the time of travel are considered unaccompanied minors. Families will be responsible for paying this fee directly to the airline upon check in.