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.
Days 2 & 3 – Country-specific orientation and training on topics like environmental conservation and community service.
Day 4 – Head to host community. Students will be placed in groups in different communities, where they’ll stay with host families. A staff member will stay in their community as well.
Day 5 – Students will do an activity with youth in their host community.
Days 6–9 – Community visit and host family stay. Lead activities for kids in the morning and work on a community-specific volunteer project in the afternoon.
Day 10 – Despedida (goodbye party) in community.
Day 11 – Travel to a group volunteer day and complete a project together.
Days 12–13 – Leave community and head to debriefing, reflection activities and fun excursions. See cool spots in Costa Rica where you can take in the country’s incredible natural beauty.
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.