Volunteer in Costa Rica

4 volunteering Programs in costa rica

Volunteer Program in Costa Rica with GapXperience where we have 4 volunteer programs available including teaching English, childcare and construction projects available. You can join from a short term 1 week program up to 8 weeks.

Fast Facts

Location: Esparza, Costa Rica
Arrival: Juan Santamaría SJO (Juan Santamaría) on Sunday
Start Dates: Every Monday all year-round
Duration: 1-4 weeks
Age: From 18 years old

about the program in costa rica

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

We see volunteering and meaningful travel as an essential part of personal and career development, playing a key role in building on life and work related skills. We aim to provide life changing volunteer & travel experiences for individuals looking to take part in placements during a volunteer abroad experience, gap year, career break or a meaning trip abroad.

You need to arrive on the Sunday before the start date of the program from 10.00 until 22.00. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to your accommodation. You can join the program from 1 to 4 weeks. There are several projects available and you can build your own program from a short term 1 week to 2 weeks program up to 12 weeks and choose which project you want to join and you can also combine different projects and create your own program in Costa Rica!

REQUIREMENTS

  • Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate
  • You need to have your own travel insurance in order to join the program
  • Participants need to be in good health
  • As this is a cross-cultural program it is important to be flexible and open to local customs and traditions
  • All participants must have a clean criminal background check and present it to the coordinator upon arrival

SUPPORT

Throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of our the team of local coordinators of our partner who will provide you with assistance and help you with any thing that you may need. The coordinators will provide support in all aspects of your projects starting from arrival to departure.

DESTINATION

Esparza is a medium-sized agricultural town nestled amongst the mountains above Rio Barranca, in the Central Pacific Coast area of Costa Rica. The pace of life is relaxed. It is not unusual to see horses being ridden in the street. The town itself is off the tourist trail. However, the nearest beach for surf and relaxation is only 20 minutes away.

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accommodation & meals

ACCOMMODATION

You will stay in single gender shared rooms together with other participants.

MEALS

There are 3 meals per day from Monday to Friday and 2 meals per day on weekends included.

projects in costa rica

Please find below the projects that are available. You can build your own program on the application form where you can choose which project you want to join and you can also combine different projects and create your own volunteer program in the Costa Rica!

Childcare Project

Work alongside professional carers in a daycare providing preschool and primary school education for children between the ages of 6 months and 12 years.

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Teaching Project

Give back to the local rural community by teaching children in government schools and by giving them exposure to other cultures and languages.

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Physical Education Project

Get involved with children in the local community. Enjoy a cultural exchange and give them an opportunity to play sports at school.

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Construction Project

You will be giving your time to the community to help maintain buildings such as schools and retirement homes, as well as recycling gardens and sports fields.

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find an overview of the frequently asked questions about our programs. If you have a question please feel free to contact us.

Are the program fees subject to change?

When you apply, we will email you your acceptance to the program together with a price quotation. When you confirm your booking paying your deposit within one month from the date you applied then your program fee will remain unchanged, even if the fees might change on the website during this time.

What is the average age of participants?

We have participants of different ages. Most are between 18 and 35 years. But we also have participants who are older (up to 55 years). The programs are suitable for both younger volunteers and older volunteers.

What is the support like overseas?

We believe our support at our destinations is excellent, just check our testimonials and reviews to see what our customers said. We have full-time staff in each destination. It is their job to set up and coordinate your placement, check out your accommodation, meet you at the airport and provide you with any support you need.

Can I also join my friend or family member?

Yes, you can book any of our programs together with one or more people. We will then organize your program together. Just let us know when you sign up and you will each receive a discount of £35/US$45/AU$60/€40.

Can I participate for a short period?

Yes you can participate from one week (from 2 weeks for some programs). You have a choice of different projects where you can gain a fantastic experience.

How well should my English be?

Anyone who can understand and speak reasonable English and express themselves in English can participate in the program. The level of English of the children you will teach is usually low.

Is travel insurance mandatory?

Yes this is mandatory. You are responsible for yourself if something happens to you abroad. That is why you have to take out travel insurance yourself before you leave.

Will I be picked up from the airport?

Yes, you will be picked up from the airport by the local coordinator. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange this for you.

Can I choose what type of project I want to work at?

Yes you can certainly do that. During your registration you can let us know which project (s) you want to join. You work about 4-5 hours a day, from Monday to Friday. At the weekend you are free to travel or to discover the surroundings.

Are your programs suitable for an internship?

yes that is possible for some projects. In the past we have had several participants who have done our program as an internship. Contact us if you have specific requirements for your internship.

Can I combine different countries?

Yes you can combine different countries. That is a great way for a unique experience of different cultures in one journey.

Can I still travel around after the program?

Yes, you can do this, we have several volunteers who travel around after their program has been done or before their program starts.

Will other volunteers be present on the project?

The number of volunteers can vary depending on the period, the country and the project. We can not guarantee the presence of other volunteers on the project.

Do I have to reserve my flight myself?

Yes you book yourself for your flight. Once you book we will let you know the details of your arrival and then you can book your flight. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange your pickup on arrival.

What to do in case of difficulties on the spot?

In the event of difficulties on the spot, you should first contact the person in charge of the project on site to inform that person about your situation. If the problems persist, contact us so that we can help if needed.

When can I register?

The earlier, the better it is to be certain of your place on a project on the dates of your choice. You can still register up to 4 weeks before departure, we will let you know within 24 hours if the program is still available.

prices of the program in costa rica

Prices in Pounds

655 Pounds per week

Prices in US$

755 US$ per week

Prices in Euro

595 Euro per week

What’s included : Volunteer Program • Airport pickup • Accommodation • Meals • Support • Pre-departure information
Not included : flight, insurance, visa, criminal background check, vaccinations, transport back to the airport at end of the program, personal expenses, 4% international banking fee

* The project & accommodation details are subject to change according to local circumstances, also the projects are not available on local holidays

Why book with GapXperience

Lowest and Affordable Prices

Our prices are some of the lowest of similar programs without reducing the quality, support and services.

Book Together with Friend

Book together with one or more persons and you all get a discount of £30/US$40/AU$50/€35.

Combine Countries

Combine programs in different locations/countries and get 5% discount from the second location.

Returning Customers

Many of our returning customers get a discount on their program of £30/US$40/AU$50/€35.

How to Book your Program

Participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible as places on the program are limited. You can apply up to 1 month before your start date. Apply today and get ready for one of the most amazing experiences of your life!
Application Form
Fill out the Application Form. We will process your application and let you know if your application was successful within 24 hours.
Deposit
Pay your deposit to reserve you place in the program. You can pay the deposit in these currencies: £95, US$135, AU$185 or €125.
Remaining Fees
Pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, six weeks before your start date of your program.