volunteer in Costarica

Volunteer in Costa Rica

Wanting to embark on a journey of learning and service? Tired of expensive Costa Rica Volunteer programs?
  • The best price, guaranteed; starts $280
  • Pay fees directly to your host families and projects
  • Safe and meaningful volunteer experience
  • It will change you forever……………

With Global Crossroad's Volunteer in Costa Rica program, you can follow your interests, from bird-watching to exotic rafting and other diverse activities, while you positively impact the lives of deserving Costa Ricans, just by being yourself.

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 the Volunteer 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.

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Dates and Prices

All volunteer work in Costa Rica (Volunteer, Internship, Spanish Studies) begin on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, though we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.

Global Crossroad is committed to offering quality volunteer abroad programs at a very affordable price. We strive to keep our costs low so that our volunteers benefit from the lowered program prices. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

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

In addition to the application fee, volunteers are required to pay weekly program fee. You pay your weekly fee directly to your host families and projects. This way, the fees you pay will benefit those who deserve it (not for company profit).

  Duration   San Jose   Medical project
  All projects
  Sea Turtle Pacuare   Turtle/Osa Peninsula
  1 Week   $370   $380   $280   $395   $500
  2 Weeks   $680   $525   $410   $640   $850
  3 Weeks   $960   $655   $540   $885   $1,200
  4 Weeks   $1,175   $785   $670   $1,130   $1,550
  5 Weeks   $1,310   $915   $800   $1,375   $1,900
  6 Weeks   $1,445   $1,045   $930   $1,620   $2,250
  7 Weeks   $1,580   $1,175   $1,060   $1,865   $2,600
  8 Weeks   $1,715   $1,305   $1,190   $2,110   $2,950
  9 Weeks   $1,850   $1,435   $1,320   $2,355   $3,300
  10 Weeks   $1,985   $1,565   $1,450   $2,600   $3,650
  11 Weeks   $2,120   $1,695   $1,580   $2,845   $4,000
  12 Weeks   $2,255   $1,825   $1,710   $3,090   $4,350
  Duration   San Jose
  1 Week   $370
  2 Weeks   $680
  3 Weeks   $960
  4 Weeks   $1,175
  5 Weeks   $1,310
  6 Weeks   $1,445
  7 Weeks   $1,580
  8 Weeks   $1,715
  9 Weeks   $1,850
  10 Weeks   $1,985
  11 Weeks   $2,120
  12 Weeks   $2,255
  Medical project Puntarenas   All projects Puntarenas
  $380   $280
  $525   $410
  $655   $540
  $785   $670
  $915   $800
  $1,045   $930
  $1,175   $1,060
  $1,305   $1,190
  $1,435   $1,320
  $1,565   $1,450
  $1,695   $1,580
  $1,825   $1,710
  Sea Turtle Pacuare   Turtle/Osa Peninsula
  $395   $500
  $640   $850
  $885   $1,200
  $1,130   $1,550
  $1,375   $1,900
  $1,620   $2,250
  $1,865   $2,600
  $2,110   $2,950
  $2,355   $3,300
  $2,600   $3,650
  $2,845   $4,000
  $3,090   $4,350


  • No Airport Pickup and Transfer Fee for San Jose
  • Mandatory Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day
  • Spanish Lesson (10hrs per week, M-F) $115 for San Jose
  • San Jose $50 per week surcharge for orphanage/school construction & medical project and Turtle Projects Pacuare and Peninsula
  • Fees for San Jose cover 2 meals (breakfast and dinner) a day.
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Study Spanish Language Studies in Costa Rica

Spanish Language In Costa Rica

Volunteer and Learn Spanish in Costa Rica and improve your overall experience in Costa Rica!

When you can communicate with those around you and understand the local’s world perspective, your volunteer in Costa Rica will deepen and become more rewarding for everyone involved.

Global Crossroad’s Spanish course in Costa Rica is convenient and inexpensive. These classes are exclusive to those participating in Global Crossroad’s volunteer in Costa Rica program. We have partnered with a highly reputable Spanish school that employs qualified and experienced Spanish teachers and offers the most intensive and effective Spanish courses in Costa Rica.

We make it simple to learn Spanish in Costa Rica while you volunteer. During our Language Studies program, volunteers can simultaneously work at their volunteer project and study Spanish. For example, volunteers can study Spanish before lunch, then spend the afternoon/evening involved in their volunteer activities. Alternatively, volunteers can study in the afternoon, following their day's activities. The language school is close to most of our projects, so it is possible for volunteers to design a personal schedule. Global Crossroad invites you to improve your Costa Rica experience by learning or improving your Spanish.

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Volunteer in Costa Rica Program: Accommodations/Meals/Field Support

While volunteering in Costa Rica, Global Crossroad’s weekly fees include management of volunteers’ meal plans and accommodations throughout projects and travel options. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local ingredients and feature traditional cuisine choices for Costa Rica. Our meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are the volunteer’s responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets nearby the homes in which our volunteers stay.


Accommodations, Meals, Field Support for Volunteers In Costa Rica

In our projects, we normally place our volunteers with a host family. Volunteers usually have a single bedroom, but may occasionally share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, who have experience in the realm of hosting international travelers. Host family residences are in comfortable, clean and safe neighborhoods and rooms are simply furnished and tidy. Staying with a host family can offer the support system a volunteer will crave during their program and it is a great way to learn about a host country’s culture and customs. Most volunteers who have stayed with a host family note that their stay truly enriched their entire experience abroad.

A unique and important part of Global Crossroad’s successful volunteer abroad programs is our volunteer support in-country. We put safety and comfort first as we deliver enriching and consistent experiences for our international travelers. Our support is multi-faceted while volunteers are in Costa Rica and our staff is in contact with our volunteers on a regular basis either with face-to-face visits or via phone/email. Key support comes from our country coordinator and in-country field staff. These individuals are employed by our company and committed to ensuring your experience the best it can be. Your chosen project staff and host family offers support as well, and they are familiar with working with international volunteers and accustomed to answering questions and providing guidance. Volunteers also have access to our country coordinator’s mobile number for emergencies. With longer assignments, our field staff visits regularly (every 2-4 weeks) to ensure the experience is meeting your expectations. Sometimes an assignment may be too far to visit physically, so staff members will touch-base via phone/email. You are also welcome to stop in the offices at any time. You are never alone.

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

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Frequently asked questions - Costa Rica

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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.