Warm and Carefree People. Chill Pace. It’s Pura Vida (Pure Life)!


Visitors flock to this Central American paradise for a number of reasons. Some of our personal faves include: hiking and ziplining adventures, glorious sandy beaches, stunning bio-diversity, rich coffee, and palate-pleasing tropical fruits. Some of us would almost swear that we never tasted a real banana or pineapple until our visit to Costa Rica.


Costa Rica's popularity with tourists, make it the ideal host country for first-timers abroad. For most, the mix of English and Spanish-speakers allows for an easier introduction to another culture and language.

Choose from TEN (10) community-based projects in and near Atenas.

2-12 Week Volunteer Placements

Volunteer Placement Options Include:



You arrive at San José (Juan Santamariá, SJO) on Sunday and begin volunteering on Monday. Orientation is provided upon arrival in-country.


Note: Alternate start dates can be accommodated.


The first day of classes, in-country staff provide new volunteers with an orientation that covers information about Spanish classes, activities, excursions, and general information about Costa Rica. A separate orientation addresses safety tips.


Host family only.




Weekends and evenings are usually designated as free time to explore the city and country, and to spend time with your host familiy.



  • Registration/application fee

  • Airport pick-up

  • Orientation

  • Host family accommodations and 2 meals/day

  • Spanish lessons (20 hours/week)

  • Laundry service

  • 24/7 emergency in-country support

Longer stays can be accommodated for an additional fee.



  • Must be at least 18 years of age.


  • Additionally, you must provide an official "Certificate of Good Conduct " or official proof of "Lack of a Criminal Record". This documentation (with an official seal and signature) can be obtained for a nominal fee from the local police department, county district clerk's office, or equivalent law enforcement or governmental body. Background checks conducted through online services are not be accepted.


Availability: Most placements are available year-round. We strongly encourage you to contact us before submitting an application to confirm availability.