Are you ready to jump into adventure in Costa Rica? Travel to a volcanic valley to explore how climate change is affecting agriculture. Spend time on the Caribbean coast volunteering with a wildlife and ecological conservation initiative. Immerse yourself in the lush wilderness of Costa Rica's forests, rolling hills, and tranquil Caribbean while you unplug with us this summer.

Length Training
Dates
In-Country
Dates
Ages Application
Deadline
Price
Session A 3 weeks

Online training on COVID-19, health and safety, mental health, travel, and AMIGOS history before departure. Leadership and orientation training take place in-country.

June 22–July 12

15–19 Apply now!

Early Decision Financial Assistance Deadline: December 6, 2021

Local Chapter Deadline: January 31, 2022

Final Deadline: April 19, 2022

$5,875: National Chapter

$4,375: Local Chapter

What are chapters? Find out more here.

Financial assistance is available! Apply by December 6. Learn more here.

Session B 3 Weeks

Online training on COVID-19, health and safety, mental health, travel, and AMIGOS history before departure. Leadership and orientation training take place in-country.

July 20–August 9

15–19 Apply now!

Early Decision Financial Assistance Deadline: December 6, 2021

Local Chapter Deadline: January 31, 2022

Final Deadline: May 17, 2022

$5,875: National Chapter

$4,375: Local Chapter

What are chapters? Find out more here.

Financial assistance is available! Apply by December 6. Learn more here.

  • Session A
  • Length
    3 weeks
  • Training Dates

    Online training on COVID-19, health and safety, mental health, travel, and AMIGOS history before departure. Leadership and orientation training take place in-country.

  • In-Country Dates

    June 22–July 12

  • Ages
    15–19
  • Application Deadline
    Apply now!

    Early Decision Financial Assistance Deadline: December 6, 2021

    Local Chapter Deadline: January 31, 2022

    Final Deadline: April 19, 2022
  • Price

    $5,875: National Chapter

    $4,375: Local Chapter

    What are chapters? Find out more here.

    Financial assistance is available! Apply by December 6. Learn more here.

  • Session B
  • Length
    3 Weeks
  • Training Dates

    Online training on COVID-19, health and safety, mental health, travel, and AMIGOS history before departure. Leadership and orientation training take place in-country.

  • In-Country Dates

    July 20–August 9

  • Ages
    15–19
  • Application Deadline
    Apply now!

    Early Decision Financial Assistance Deadline: December 6, 2021

    Local Chapter Deadline: January 31, 2022

    Final Deadline: May 17, 2022
  • Price

    $5,875: National Chapter

    $4,375: Local Chapter

    What are chapters? Find out more here.

    Financial assistance is available! Apply by December 6. Learn more here.

About the Project

Project Type

Pod-based. Maximum enrollment is 20, with two spots reserved for students from Costa Rica.

Slang

pura vida = life is good, cool
tuanis = cool

Food

Pinto (rice and black beans), plantains, tortillas
Great for vegetarians!

AMIGOS History in the Region

AMIGOS has worked in Costa Rica for more than 35 years.

What makes this project unique?

This experience will be led in Spanish and English, so you’ll get a chance to use your language skills in Costa Rica! Plus, two spots on this project are reserved for students from Costa Rica so you’ll have the chance to make friends across borders. You’ll get to volunteer with two organizations in Costa Rica, meeting local people who are taking action to counter the effects of climate change.

 

Unnamed Road, Provincia de Cartago, Turrialba, Costa Rica

Disconnect to Reconnect

Tico Culture

Two spots on this project are reserved for youth from Costa Rica, so you’ll get an in-depth experience with local culture. Practice your Spanish and even learn some local slang! Relax in nature and learn the true meaning of pura vida.

 

Partner AgencY

We will support two organizations on this program. One organization supports sea turtle conservation and environmental work and the other one focuses on education and agricultural and biological research. Earn 40 service hours while volunteering.

 

Example Activities

  • Explore Costa Rica’s famous national parks and protected areas
  • Hike to one of the highest volcanoes in the country
  • Enjoy the rich aroma of locally-grown coffee
  • Spot wildlife like toucans, butterflies, and monkeys!
RSVP for an Info Session

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A Day in the Life

Days 1–6 (Quarantine Period)

  • Wake up and have breakfast in small groups
  • Morning: Rotating schedule of activities, including Spanish classes, orientation, explore topics like food justice and sustainability in action
  • Lunch outside
  • Afternoon: Rotating schedule of activities—Spanish classes, briefing, etc. in small groups
  • Free time to explore the grounds
  • Dinner in small groups
  • After Dinner: free time, fun group activities

 

Day 7–End of Project

  • Wake up and eat breakfast as a group
  • Morning: volunteer on a community service project, take part in fun intercultural and leadership activities
  • Lunch outside
  • Afternoon: travel to local farms, nature preserves, and take tours with local organizations. Meet local community members and take part in fun activities led by the group!
  • Dinner
  • After Dinner: fun group bonding, free time to relax

Program Pillars

Ethical Service

Learn how to create ethical service initiatives by working with–not for–a community, engaging local organizations and partners, and evaluating the impact of your work. AMIGOS works with trusted local partners that are passionate and committed to working with our volunteers on community service projects.

Cultural Humility

Cultural humility is a process of both self-reflection about your own culture as well as learning about other cultures. You will examine your own beliefs and cultural identity and gain an understanding of how structural racism has impacted societies and the roles that communities can take to lead systemic change.

Leadership

Learn, grow, and discover your leadership potential! Explore your sense of purpose and start to establish your personal goals and values through introspection and inquiry.

Ready to apply?

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Why Choose AMIGOS?

Practice Spanish

AMIGOS programs provide a unique opportunity to experience a new culture. Volunteers report increased fluency in Spanish after completing our program. Activities go far beyond the classroom — you’ll lead activities in Spanish, 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 every day!

Have an Adventure

Travel to must-see spots in your host country! You’ll travel as a group to experience unique destinations like volcanoes, ancient ruins, national parks, and historical sites. You’ll get to see these places from the distinct perspective of someone who has spent time in that country and learned about the culture firsthand. Plus, you’ll bond with their fellow volunteers and have fun!

Travel with Trust

AMIGOS is the industry leader in health and safety management. Our staff is prepared to help you with any situation that may arise. Each volunteer receives a personalized emergency plan, as well as support from local staff teams and a professional 24-hour On-Call Safety Team of travel specialists, doctors, and mental health specialists. A Health and Wellness Coordinator is on staff with the group throughout the duration of their stay. AMIGOS also has an established network of vetted medical clinics and hospitals throughout the region.

Find out more about our programs

Join an online info session!

RSVP HERE

AMIGOS is a fun experience but at the same time, it’s meaningful. It gave me a more globalized perspective and allowed me to grow.

–Sofia, 2021 Montañas y Mar Volunteer

Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary.
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Be age 15–19 on the project start date
  • Have taken 2 years of Spanish or the equivalent
Apply Now

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