Volunteer with the Construction Project in San Jose

Do you enjoy working with your hands? Do you want to be part of a team and build something extraordinary for the betterment of children? Global Crossroad has a wonderful volunteering with the construction program opportunity in San Jose, Costa Rica.

  • Volunteer abroad with the construction project in San Jose, Costa Rica for a low starting price of only $435
  • Work with your hands and with a team of likeminded volunteers in an effort to build a school and or orphanage for the children of Costa Rica
  • Highly reputable and recommended programs through Global Crossroad since 2003
  • Unique opportunity to explore an incredible new country while contributing to a noble humanitarian program

While the beautiful museums and theatres with European-inspired architecture are what draw tourists to the capital of Costa Rica, most visitors never see the other parts of Costa Rica – the areas touched by rampant poverty. While the local city governments try to help out orphanages and poor rural communities, they can only do so much. By volunteering in the construction project in San Jose, Costa Rica, you can help improve local schools, homes, and orphanages, and have a truly positive effect on the local community. Along with general construction and repair, you'll get the opportunity to help build new homes and schools for people who truly have nothing.

This will be an incredibly rewarding volunteering overseas in the construction project in San Jose, Costa Rica experience. You will feel a great sense of satisfaction being able to physically witness the results of your hard work. You will be helping to improve a community and the lives of the disadvantaged children whom reside there. You will also have plenty of free time to explore many of the great natural and cultural wonders of this fascinating country in Central America.

Role of Volunteer

When you join the volunteering in the construction program opportunity in San Jose, Costa Rica, you will help in various school/orphanage construction and improvement projects. You will be working with professional foremen, architects and engineers in a wide variety of projects. Daily activities may include:

  • Repairing or building new homes, schools and orphanages
  • Digging trenches
  • Removing dirt
  • Carrying bricks
  • Mixing cement
  • Plastering walls
  • Painting
  • Cleaning

Skills and Qualifications Needed

There are no specific qualifications needed to volunteer abroad in the construction project in San Jose, Costa Rica, but this volunteer project is very physically demanding. Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred (but not mandatory). If you cannot speak Spanish, we suggest you enroll in our Spanish language course to make your stay more rewarding – both for you and for the people whom you are helping.

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.

  Duration   Construction Project Fees
  1 Week   $435
  2 Weeks   $710
  3 Weeks   $985
  4 Weeks   $1,195
  5 Weeks   $1,380
  6 Weeks   $1,565
  7 Weeks   $1,750
  8 Weeks   $1,935
  9 Weeks   $2,120
  10 Weeks   $2,305
  11 Weeks   $2,490
  12 Weeks   $2,675
  • Comprehensive Traveler Insurance $3.49/day (for all locations)

How your fee is allocated?


Program fees cover:
  • Housing in shared rooms
  • Breakfast and dinner (2 meals) 7 days/week.
  • Airport pick-up
  • Orientation
  • Project management
  • Weekly salsa lessons
  • Free Tandem Conversation Program.
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.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in the Construction Project in San Jose, Costa Rica