Costa Rica is well known for its natural beauty, wildlife, and relaxed lifestyle. As a volunteer, you will become part of a team working towards helping country's most vulnerable areas and helping to create better and stronger communities.
Volunteers are placed in projects that match their preference and profile. Asides from working you will be immersed in the local culture, language and placed in caring host family.
- Volunteer in Education, Healthcare, Child Care, Environmental Protection and Wildlife
- Seek thrills by zip-lining through the rainforest
- Enjoy Surfing and Scuba Diving on your off-day
- Explore unique wildlife in the many rainforests Costa Rica has to offer
- Take a tour of Museo de San Ramon
What to Expect
Most programs are located in San Ramon de Alajuela and neighboring towns. Volunteers can work on projects across a number of areas:
Education -- Volunteers in the English teaching program will help underprivileged kids in Costa Rica have a chance at learning this language.
Health/Medicine -- Work side-by-side with Costa Rican doctors and nurses to treat patients in rural clinics or hospitals.
Child Care -- Work with children in Costa Rica in low-income daycare centers or orphanages.
Environmental Protection and Education -- Work on various projects aimed at preserving the fragile ecosystem in protected areas, parks and foundations.
Wildlife Conservation -- Work in animal rescue centers aimed at helping endangered species. If you like being outdoors and love working with wild animals, the wildlife program is for you!
Construction -- Help build houses for Costa Ricans living in poor conditions.
Women Empowerment -- The women empowerment programs aim to teach low-income and vulnerable women overcome difficult situations and give them tools through education to improve their quality of life for them and their family.
Volunteers work 4-6 hours per day, Monday - Friday and are encouraged to spend weekends, holidays, and time off exploring Costa Rica's nature, culture, and exotic places.
- Airport welcome and private transport to host family upon arrival
- Transport to language school and volunteer project
- 24-hour on call support and emergency assistance
- Walking tour of local community
- Private room accommodation (shared bathroom) with host family
- Breakfast and dinner
What's Not Included
- International/Domestic Flights
- End of program transportation
- Mandatory travel and medical insurance
- Visa fees
Housing & Meals
Accommodation is provided and includes placement with a local host family. You will have a private bedroom with shared bathroom facilities. You will be placed in San Ramon de Alajuela and neighboring towns. Some projects are located in Punta Arenas as well.
Breakfast and dinner are provided seven days per week. Food differs by region, however, beans, rice, meat, seafood, fruits and vegetables, and tortillas are staples in the Costa Rican diet.
INLEXCA´s mission is to strengthen human resources in Central America through volunteer programs, educational tours and internships. In addition to this, INLEXCA provides opportunities to students, professionals, and interested persons from countries outside the Central American region, to better understand the reality and challenges faced by the countries in the region. We work towards :
-Sustainability in the projects and communities that we work in.
-Programs that promote cultural exchange.
-Safe and affordable programs.
-Strengthening and empowering communities.
-Authentic experiences for our volunteers.
Our office was set up by former Peace Corps staff in Guatemala in 2005, who wanted to provide flexible programs that would allow prospective volunteers to choose how long they wanted to volunteer for and in what area they wanted to focus on.