Volunteer in Costa Rica

Is there something about Costa Rica that has sparked your interest? The beautiful beaches, abundant flora and fauna, or dense rainforests perhaps? Global Crossroad has a wealth of volunteering opportunities in Costa Rica for all different interests and passions.

  • Volunteer abroad in Costa Rica for a starting price as low as $175
  • Always feel safe and secure with our readily and always available in country support
  • Highly recommended and reputable volunteer programs in Costa Rica
  • Embark on a trip of a lifetime and experience the rich culture and biodiversity

With Global Crossroad's volunteer programs in Costa Rica, you can follow your interests, from bird-watching and river rafting to surfing and rainforest hikes, and everything in between, while you positively impact the lives of underprivileged Costa Ricans in a number of different ways.

Whether your free time includes golf, ecological hikes, or surveying fierce rivers, it will be immensely more enjoyable when combined with the use of your time, skills, and energy to get social programs up and running. Participation in a volunteering overseas in Costa Rica program delivers the best of both worlds, from exploring a secure, picturesque tropical paradise to implementing local-level projects that can revolutionize lives.

Unique opportunities to help needy children, teach conservation techniques and much more await you in beautiful Costa Rica. You'll explore Costa Rica's wonders, and expand a small child's world by imparting hope and knowledge.

Get in touch with us now. Don't put off this rare chance for the most fulfilling vacation of a lifetime!

Dates and Prices

Dates: Volunteer in Costa Rica

All volunteer programs in Costa Rica start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.

Prices: Volunteer in Costa Rica

Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality volunteering programs in Costa Rica. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer program in Costa Rica application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

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How your fee is allocated?

Puntarenas

Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

Sanjose

Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (breakfast and dinner)
  • Airport receive/transfer
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

The volunteering overseas in Costa Rica program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.

Accommodations and Meals: Volunteer in Costa Rica

While volunteering in Cambodia, Global Crossroad's weekly fees include management of volunteers' meal plans and accommodations throughout projects. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and consist of local ingredients and feature traditional cuisine choices for Cambodia. Generally, volunteers have breakfast at a local restaurant or at their accommodations or project. Dinners tend to be at accommodations and lunch is sometimes offered by the project. Food and drinks outside of meal times are the volunteer's responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets nearby the places in which our volunteers stay during their volunteer work in Cambodia timeframe.

During your volunteer opportunity in Cambodia, we normally place our volunteers in a guesthouse or with a host family depending on project location. The main guesthouse we assign is located in the center of Phnom Penh City near the Olympic Stadium and the Orussey Market. It is very comfortable and has a large roof terrace with hammocks, a TV, Internet access, and many amenities nearby. Staff members for our accommodations are chosen carefully and most have experience in the realm of hosting international travelers. Occasionally, volunteers receive rural placements in the provincial capitals and will stay with a host family.

Specific details regarding accommodations, food, and contact details for our local coordinator will be provided in personalized volunteer placement documentation prior to your arrival for your Cambodia volunteer experience.

Free Time Options: Volunteer in Cambodia

Placements while volunteering in Cambodia are available in Phnom Penh, Pursat and several other provinces. Phnom Penh is a charming, yet rapidly developing city situated where three great rivers come together (the Mekong, Tonle Sap, and Bassac rivers). The town offers many tourist attractions such as the Royal Palace, National Museum, Wat Phnom, and the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum. It is a perfect base for afternoon, day, or weekend trips to the other provinces and the coast.

Phnom Penh has a wide range of international cuisine restaurants, colorful markets, Internet cafs, and a wealth of other interesting places off the beaten track. In the other provinces, volunteers will usually stay in the provincial capitals, which are mostly quiet, and medium sized cities with basic amenities like traditional Cambodian restaurants, markets, and laundries.

Pursat, for example is a peaceful provincial capital of Pursat Province, which has at present 270,000 residents living on the banks of the Stung Pursat River that flows through the city. The city is located on the main railway line and the main bus route from Phnom Penh to Battambang. The bus trip to Phnom Penh takes around 4 hours and 3 hours to Battambang. These cities offer worthwhile and easy weekend-trips from you volunteer opportunity in Cambodia project location.

Over long weekends, when you are part of a volunteer program in Cambodia, you will have the opportunity to explore the country and should take some time to visit the main attractions of Cambodia, particularly the majestic temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap province and the beautiful coconut beaches of Sihanoukville. For this trip, a minimum of 3 or 4 days should be planned and, when possible, take the Friday off from your volunteer work in Cambodia!

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Safety and Field Support

Our number #1 priority is the safety of our volunteers. Global Crossroad is a leading volunteer organization serving thousands of volunteers. We pride ourselves on providing the safest, highest quality, and most professional programs to our volunteers since 2003. Our dedicated team works closely from start to finish with each volunteer (and parents/guardians) to ensure a successful, satisfactory, and safe volunteering experience.

Below is a list of our safety and field support features that will demonstrate the level of support and safety each of you will receive while volunteering abroad.

1. Country Coordinator and Field Staff :

In each country, where we operate, we have a very strong and dedicated team of country coordinators and local staff members to support and take care of you. All of our country coordinators and field staff are highly experienced and responsible individuals. They have been running volunteer abroad program for many years. They have served thousands of volunteers, so they understand your needs and know how to run safe, rewarding, and meaningful volunteer abroad program for you.

Our In-country staff is responsible for a number of things. Below are some of the main services that they will provide:

  • Airport pick-up and transfer to host family or work site
  • Management of room and food in host family/hostel
  • Orientation of local country, culture, host family, safety, and related issues
  • Introduction to your host family and project staff
  • Periodic follow up visits or calls (1-2 week intervals) to ensure everything is going smoothly
  • Advice for solving any issues, problems, or concerns
2. Airport Greeting

We are dedicated to keeping you save and comfortable from your point of your arrival until your point of departure. We will always receive our volunteers at the airport and transfer them safely. Depending upon the country in which you choose to volunteer, our coordinator, local staff, or a professional transfer company employee will greet you at the airport.

3. Orientation and safety discussion

Regardless of where you join the Global Crossroad volunteer program, our program starts with an in depth discussion on safety, history, cultural people, religion, life, and do’s and don’ts. Depending upon the country, these orientation programs range from a few hours to three days. During orientation, we explain the different aspect of safety and general guidelines to help keep yourself safe while volunteering abroad.

4. Safe Host Family and Accommodation

While volunteering abroad, the majority of the time you will reside with a local host family, hostel, or similar accommodation. We always carefully select the host families and other forms of accommodations to make sure that you will be safe and comfortable. In all destinations, we have selected host families who are socially respected and responsible. Most of our host families have hosted international volunteers before, so they completely understand your needs. Your host family will always take care of you and keep you safe.

Similarly, all of our volunteer houses and hostels are located in very safe locations. These hostels are always guarded by security guards or supervised by the local staff very frequently to make sure that you are safe and secure. Also you will be staying with other volunteers from all over the world. You will never be alone.

5. Comprehensive Insurance and Evacuation Plan

While volunteering abroad, you will be covered by international insurance. This protects you in case something unforeseen happens. It is mandatory that all volunteers obtain a travel insurance policy when volunteering abroad. Global Crossroad offers one of the most comprehensive insurance packages from a third party. Our insurance policy provides excellent protection in the event that a health-related issue occurs, an accident, or other unpredictable incidences.

6. Placement with Other Volunteers

Global Crossroad is happy to place you with other volunteers (depending on availability) if this is something that would make you feel safer.

Any international travel requires caution and awareness; volunteering abroad is no exception. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before making the decision to participate in any overseas volunteering opportunities. International travel presents risks, especially with the modern day threat of international terrorism.

The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings and advisories in many countries for American travelers. These travel advisories and warnings frequently change, as situations in each country transform.

These links provide valuable travel information:

It is also wise to consult the Center for Disease Control for health related information and issues that might come up during your time volunteering abroad. Check out www.cdc.gov for possible health risks. One must also keep in mind that the sanitary conditions in developing countries are likely very different from those in your home country. It is also strongly advised that you do not drink the tap water and do not eat food from street vendors.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in Costa Rica

APPLICATION INFORMATION

VISA INFORMATION

  • What are the visa procedures?

PROJECT INFORMATION

  • Who manages the volunteer in Costa Rica projects?
  • What are the daily schedules while volunteering in Costa Rica?
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  • Where are volunteer opportunities in Costa Rica located?
  • What is the language spoken in Costa Rica?
  • When are volunteer in Costa Rica projects available?
  • How long can I volunteer abroad in Costa Rica?

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE INFORMATION

  • Who will arrange my flight to Costa Rica?
  • At which airport should I arrive?
  • If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in Costa Rica?
  • Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
  • What should I do if my flight is delayed?
  • How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
  • What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
  • If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
  • When should I depart from Costa Rica?
  • From which airport shall I depart?
  • Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?

LIVING ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD

  • Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
  • Are singles rooms available?
  • If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
  • Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
  • What are the bathroom facilities like?
  • What are the laundry arrangements?
  • Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
  • What are the local cuisines? Who manages my meals?
  • Can you accommodate special diets?
  • Is the running tap water safe for drink?
  • Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
  • Will bottled water be provided?

HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • How safe is Costa Rica?
  • What are the principle health risks in Costa Rica?
  • Is the food safe if I buy it from a street vendor?
  • What are the sanitary conditions in Costa Rica?

MONEY

  • Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
  • What is the local currency, and how do I know the exchange rate?
  • Where should I exchange my money?
  • How much money should I bring with me for my volunteer opportunity in Costa Rica?
  • Is it safe to carry cash with me?

COMMUNICATION

  • How do I contact with Global Crossroad's local coordinator?
  • How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in Costa Rica?
  • How can my family members contact me?
  • Can I bring my telephone from my home country?

CULTURE & CUSTOMS

  • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering in Costa Rica?
  • What should I know about religious conduct in Costa Rica?
  • How do I respect the people of Costa Rica?

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COSTA RICA

  • What is weather like in Costa Rica?
  • Average Daily Temperature
  • Average Daily Temperature
  • Official Holidays in Costa Rica
  • What about tipping in Costa Rica?
  • Materials to Bring When Volunteering Overseas in Costa Rica

NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or travel advisors to verify this information.

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Ken Jones

Costa Rica National Coordinator
Costa Rica National Coordinator

Ken is a dual-citizen of Peru and the U.S and is a resident of Costa Rica . Born and raised in upstate New York and southern Louisiana , Ken has made Latin America his home for the last 5 years. He speaks English and Spanish fluently, and has more than 15 years of experience living and working in various parts of the world - including Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa . Ken has a Masters Degree in Organizational Development and an MBA in International Business and is a certified English teacher.

Ken loves Latin America and is always looking for ways to provide opportunities for cultural exchange and volunteer projects to benefit the children and the people of the region. He has a keen interest in international development and believes deeply in the 'volunteer experience' and its positive effects on both the volunteer and the hostcountry.

Ken and his staff anxiously await your arrival and look forward to working with you to ensure a great volunteer experience.

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