Get AMPED Abroad: The people are warm and carefree and the pace is chill. As the Ticos say, 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 & TRAVEL
Weekends and evenings are usually designated as free time to explore the city and country, and to spend time with your host familiy.
THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:
Host family accommodations and 2 meals/day
Spanish lessons (20 hours/week)
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.