Get a taste of Costa Rica and AMIGOS with this amazing opportunity to take your first dive into Latin America. This project has the key components of a core AMIGOS program, such as volunteering (you'll earn 60 service hours), training, excursions, reflections, and workshops, but is guided by AMIGOS staff. Every day is an authentic, engaging adventure with hands-on project development, educational talks, fun and games with children, reflection sessions, and exploration of nature.
Understand the importance of community involvement and teamwork while you carry out service projects, reflect on why you chose to volunteer in Costa Rica, and determine how you can make the most impact.

About the Region

Costa Rica

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.

Climate

Tropical

Pura Vida

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.

 

Why Choose AMIGOS?

Travel to must-see spots in your host country! You’ll visit unique destinations like volcanoes, ancient ruins, national parks, and historical sites, and see these places from the distinct perspective of someone who has lived in the country and learned about the culture firsthand. Plus, you’ll bond with fellow volunteers and have fun!
Do more than just travel — spend several days living with a host family, sharing in their day-to-day life! You will become part of your host community, and you’ll connect with people you otherwise would never have the chance to meet. Bond with your host family, make friends, and spend time with your fellow volunteers.
We work with trusted local partner organizations to identify communities that are passionate and committed to working with our volunteers on service projects, where you'll earn 60 service hours. You’ll get to collaborate on a service project with volunteers your own age as well as other members of the community. You'll also get to experience conservation efforts first-hand.
AMIGOS programs provide a unique opportunity to experience a new culture as a local, not a tourist. You’ll work with kids, learn local slang, and increase your confidence with real-world practice. You will not believe how fast your Spanish improves when you use it in conversation everyday!
  • Discover AMIGOS Costa Rica Session A
  • Length
    2 weeks
  • Training Dates
    Online and incorporated into briefing
  • In-Country Dates
    June 12–26
  • Ages
    13–15
  • Price
    $3,750 (includes international airfare)
  • Discover AMIGOS Costa Rica Session B
  • Length
    2 weeks
  • Training Dates
    Online and incorporated into briefing
  • In-Country Dates
    July 3–17
  • Ages
    13–15
  • Price
    $3,750 (includes international airfare)
  • Discover AMIGOS Costa Rica Session C
  • Length
    2 weeks
  • Training Dates
    Online and incorporated into briefing
  • In-Country Dates
    July 24–August 7
  • Ages
    13–15
  • Price
    $3,750 (includes international airfare)
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AMIGOS absolutely changed my life. Through the challenging experiences I faced as a volunteer and project staff member I proved to myself what I am capable of accomplishing and now when I face an obstacle I have concrete examples to look back on and prove to myself that I am capable of accomplishing whatever I set my mind to.
2013 Summer Program Volunteer
Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Be 13–15 years old at the start of the program

DISCOVER AMIGOS COSTA RICA Project Itinerary

*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.

 

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