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Costa Rica Volunteer Vacation!

Are you looking for a way to give back this holiday season? How about an exciting volunteer adventure to Costa Rica that spreads holiday cheer to people in need?

Costa Rica is a wonderful place to visit during the holidays. The country is rich with beautiful holiday traditions. Families exchange delicious tamales for Christmas, and for New Year’s there is joyous Latin dancing in the streets late into the night.

Sadly, a lot of people living in Costa Rica are quite poor, and these beloved holiday traditions are out of their reach.

They don’t have the money to buy gifts for their children, or to prepare the delicious holiday foods that are traditional to their country. For many who live in poverty, the holidays are a sad and empty time for them.

Spread festive cheer to people in need as a holiday volunteer in Costa Rica! You’ll be fixing up a low-income childcare center, then volunteering with the kids playing sports and games. You’ll throw a fun holiday party for the kids, the only celebration many of them will have this 2019 holiday season.

Contact Global Crossroad today to learn more about spreading holiday cheer in Costa Rica!

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

You’ll join fellow vacation volunteer in Costa Rica spreading joyfulness and goodwill to needy people. You’ll start by repairing a low-income childcare center, doing things like painting, minor construction, and gardening. You’ll then volunteer with the kids playing sports and games.

Next, you’ll throw a fun holiday party for the kids, wrapping and giving out gifts to kids who otherwise wouldn’t get one this Christmas. You’ll prepare traditional foods and celebrate local traditions, giving these poor kids the kind of holiday they deserve, but have never been able to afford. You may throw another party for an elderly home, too!

Make a huge impact by volunteering in Costa Rica in vacation by spreading cheer and joy to low-income kids and families in need. Include everyone this year and spread the spirit of celebration to poor communities in Costa Rica. This will greatly change the life of needy communities and also helps you gain sense of accomplishment.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications to join this unique holiday project. You’ll need to be ready to spread holiday cheer, give back to others, and make this holiday season a joyful one for the poor communities of Costa Rica. To protect the vulnerable children involved in this program, you’ll need to undergo a background check.

Speaking Spanish will help you connect with the kids you are helping celebrate, but it is not required. If you’d like to work on your Spanish before heading off to become a holiday volunteer in Costa Rica, speak to us about enrolling in a language program and learn while you travel!

The locals in Costa Rica have a phrase called, “Tico Time,” meaning nothing happens on time and no one is in too much of a hurry in this laidback country. Slow down and embrace Tico time with a smile, and don’t get too attached to the idea of a strict schedule. Be open and have a great time each day spreading holiday cheer!

You can expect to volunteer an average of 5 hours per day, Monday-Friday, as a holiday volunteer in Costa Rica. Your actual hours will vary based on your final placement, but here’ s a sample schedule to give you an idea of what to expect.

  • First Day: On the first day, our coordinator will bring you to the childcare center. You’ll meet the local project staff and your fellow volunteers, along with the amazing kids you are here to help!
  • Orientation: Learn all about what you’ll be doing this holiday season, talk about your schedule and safety protocol, and learn about the local holiday cultural traditions you are going to be helping these kids celebrate.  
  • Weekdays: A typical day while volunteering in Costa Rica in vacation might look something like this:
  • 7.00 to 7.30 AM​: Eat breakfast with your Costa Rican host family, sipping some of the country’s famous café con leche and eating typical fare such as rice, beans, eggs, and maybe some fried plantain.  
  • 7.45 AM:  Head out to the childcare center, and spend the day helping the disadvantaged kids that deserve an amazing holiday season!
  • 12.00 PM: Break for lunch, and bond with the kids and your fellow volunteers, making new friends from around the world.  
  • 3.00 PM: After a fun day spreading holiday cheer, get out and explore Costa Rica. Discover more holiday traditions and do something different this year!
  • 6.45 PM: Share dinner around the table with your welcoming host family. They will embrace you this holiday season, offering you a true home away from home. Discover more Costa Rican holiday traditions you can share with the kids at the party!

Costa Rica Volunteer Vacation: Dates and Fees

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.

Fees: 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.

    Duration Vacation
  1 Week   $445
  2 Weeks   $720
  3 Weeks   $995
  4 Weeks   $1,205

For volunteer vacation, The fee includes weekly surcharge
Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »
How your fee is allocated?

Program fees cover:
  • Airport Pick up and transfer
  • Housing(Host family)
  • Breakfast and Dinner (2 Meals) Per day
  • Orientation
  • Project management
  • Local Support
Program fees exclude:
  • Lunch
  • 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.

Accommodation and Meal

During your vacation volunteer in Costa Rica program, you will have the amazing chance to stay with a welcoming local host family. They’ll offer you safe, clean, comfortable accommodations, and three healthy meals a day. Immerse yourself in the local culture through the unique homestay experience!

Learn more about your housing and food in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

Don’t miss out on all the holiday fun during your free time. Ask around and find local traditions and celebrations you can take part in while you’re traveling abroad. You’ll have your evenings and weekends free, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore Costa Rica and its fascinating holiday traditions.

Discover what to do in your free time and weekends in Costa Rica.

Safety and In Country Support

Your safety while volunteering in vacation in Costa Rica is our main concern and we make sure you are secure and satisfied with your trip abroad. We offer guidance and support before you travel and on the ground through our experienced in-country team. We can provide you with comprehensive insurance, and we carefully plan every aspect of your trip.

Learn more about our safety and support.

Costa Rica Volunteer Vacation: FAQs:

Before you hop a plane for a holiday in Costa Rica, you probably have a few questions. Here’s some helpful info to give you some answers:

Arrival and Departure

You’ll fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. Your airport pickup is included in your volunteer fee, and we’ll have someone waiting for you when you land who will take you safely to your accommodations.

When you complete your holiday volunteer program in Costa Rica, you will need to arrange your own departure transportation as it is not included in your volunteer fee. Just speak to the local project staff if you need advice on booking a taxi to the airport.


You may be eligible to simply ask for a visa stamp after your arrival at the airport in San Jose. However, do your research to learn the requirements for your home country.

Most volunteers will be eligible for a 90-day tourist visa. You should know you will need to provide proof of onward travel. If you have a round trip ticket, this will serve as all the proof you need. Research the visa requirements at the official Immigration site of Costa Rica:


You don’t want your holiday spoiled by an unforeseen illness, so protect yourself by getting up to date on your vaccines at least a few weeks before you go. Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your trip.  

You should be up to date on your routine vaccines, as well as Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid. can also find information on CDC website.

Why volunteer in Costa Rica in vacation?

Spread holiday cheer where it’s needed most

These poor children and elderly people wouldn’t have any kind of celebration at all if it weren’t for the kindness and generosity of international volunteers like yourself. Give these deserving people the kind of holiday they’ve always dreamed of!

Focus on giving and getting

The holiday season can become so materialistic and focused on spending money buying and getting gifts. This year, spend your holiday dollars on brightening the lives of people who need your help, instead.

Experience Costa Rica’s rich holiday traditions

Volunteer your vacation in Costa Rica and embrace all the beautiful local traditions they have at this time of year. From handcrafted tamales cooked on an open fire and wrapped in banana leaves to the paper lanterns children craft to the astonishing Dia de La Luz, a parade of lights, holidays in Costa Rica are a true celebration!

Spend the holiday with like-minded new friends

You’ll be joined on this adventure with other volunteers from all over the world who want to make a difference just as much as you do. Make friendships this holiday season that could last a lifetime!

Contact Global Crossroad today to learn more about spreading holiday cheer to people in need in Costa Rica!

Other Volunteer Opportunities Available in Costa Rica:

No matter your passion or interests, we offer a variety of life-changing, volunteer programs in Costa Rica such as
conservation and environment,
construction and much more. 

For more information on our exciting programs in Costa Rica, contact us today.