Travel to Costa Rica with a group of students to learn about global issues like climate change, conservation, and preserving endangered wildlife! Earn 30 service hours while you do hands-on community service with local organizations, visit nature conservation sites, and see how local youth are getting involved with issues they care about. Explore Costa Rica's beautiful Pacific beaches and immerse yourself in the tropical forest of the Brunca Region.

Length Training
Dates
In-Country
Dates
Ages Application
Deadline
Price
Session A 2 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 15–29

13–14 Coming soon!

Coming soon!

Session B 2 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 6–20

13–14 Coming soon!

Coming soon!

Session C 2 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 27–August 10

13–14 Coming soon!

Coming soon!

  • Session A
  • Length
    2 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 15–29

  • Ages
    13–14
  • Application Deadline
    Coming soon!
  • Price

    Coming soon!

  • Session B
  • Length
    2 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 6–20

  • Ages
    13–14
  • Application Deadline
    Coming soon!
  • Price

    Coming soon!

  • Session C
  • Length
    2 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 27–August 10

  • Ages
    13–14
  • Application Deadline
    Coming soon!
  • Price

    Coming soon!

About the Project

Project Type

Pod-based. Maximum enrollment is 20.

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?

You’ll get to practice your Spanish while making new friends and volunteering with two amazing community-based organizationsYou will immerse yourself in environmental conservation work with a group of passionate young people who also want to discover how to learn to make this world a better place. Visit tropical forests and explore the Pacific coast, all while learning about leadership, youth activism, and environmentalism. 

 

88X7+9HC, San José Province, San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica
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What You'll Do

Forest & BEACH

Explore two key landscapes in the environmental paradise of Costa Rica! You will spend part of your time on the Pacific Coast and the other part of this trip in the forests of the Brunca Region.

 

Partner Agencies

Volunteer with a sea turtle protection organization and an environmental reserve run by a community cooperative that protects water sources. Earn 30 service hours while supporting local initiatives.

 

Example Activities

  • Explore some of Costa Rica’s famed national parks and protected areas
  • Spot animals like toucans, butterflies, and monkeys
  • Learn to process sugarcane through a trapiche field visit
  • Earn 30 service hours volunteering on environmental projects

A Day in the Life

Days 1–7* (Quarantine Period)

  • Wake up and have breakfast in small groups
  • Morning: Rotating schedule of activities, including Spanish classes, orientation, explore topics like environmental conservation, water accessibility and sustainability in action, and volunteering activities.
  • 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

*Approximate

Day 8–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: participate in leadership and cultural activities. 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.

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Why Choose AMIGOS?

Have an Adventure

Travel to must-see spots in Costa Rica! You’ll travel as a group to experience unique destinations like volcanoes, 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.

Training for AMIGOS and Beyond

Prepare for AMIGOS through guided training in topics like: cultural humility, health and safety, emotional intelligence, travel safety, Spanish, leadership, and team building.

Upon arrival in the field, you’ll start country-specific training with your pod. During your time abroad, you’ll meet regularly with an AMIGOS staff member who serves as your mentor.

AMIGOS has just been an opportunity for me to grow as a person and become the best version of me possible. That’s pretty much why I came here—just to grow and have a great experience and learn more about myself and other cultures. It’s just been fantastic.

—Lex, Volunteer in Costa Rica

Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary.
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Be age 13–14 on the project start date
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