About Costa Rica
Volunteer in Costa RicaWanting to embark on a journey of learning and service? Tired of expensive Costa Rica Volunteer programs?
- The best price, guaranteed; starts $270
- 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.
Get in touch with us now. Don't put off this rare chance for the most fulfilling vacation of a lifetime!
Volunteer Programs in Costa Rica
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).
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- Airport Pickup and Transfer (Atenas-1 hour) $85
- No Airport Pickup and Transfer Fee for San Jose
- Mandatory Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day
- Spanish Lesson (10hrs per week, M-F) $70/Week for Atenas & $115 for San Jose
- San Jose $50 per week surcharge for orphanage/school construction & medical project
- Fees for San Jose cover 2 meals (breakfast and dinner) a day; fees for Atenas cover 3 meals a day.
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.
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.
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.
Frequently asked questions - Costa Rica
- When should I apply for a volunteer in Costa Rica program?
- What happens once I submit my documents and application to volunteer in Costa Rica?
- How long does it take to process my application to volunteer in Costa Rica?
- What documents do I need to submit with my application to volunteer in Costa Rica?
- Are there any necessary requirements to participate in volunteer in Costa Rica projects?
- Who manages the volunteer in Costa Rica projects?
- What are the daily schedules while volunteering in Costa Rica?
- 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 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 Accomodation / Meal Information
- 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?
- 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?
- Is it safe to carry cash with me?
- 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 and Custom
- Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying 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?
- Official Holidays in Costa Rica
- What about tipping in Costa Rica?
- Materials to Bring
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.