Most Affordable & Meaningful Volunteer Program in Costa Rica

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About

Hibiscus Travels offers fields of interest for internships, service learning abroad, and group travel including: conservation, community service, empowerment, medical, animal welfare, and specialized projects.

Hibiscus offers programs which include accommodations and meals, transportation, in-country support, and additional aspects upon request such as excursions, learning courses, and language immersion.

Our team is happy to assist in customizing any program to specific needs.

Dormitory Accommodations with WiFi or Host Family

Highlights
  • As low as $440/Week including program coordination, meals, and housing
  • Build your resume & gain community service hours with volunteer work or in-field internship experience
  • Conservation, community service, medical, veterinary, study abroad, and specialized projects
  • internships, service learning abroad, and group travel including: conservation, community service, empowerment, medical, animal welfare, and specialized projects.

Impact

Hibiscus Travels offers fields of interest for internships, service learning abroad, and group travel including: conservation, community service, empowerment, medical, animal welfare, and specialized projects.

Hibiscus offers programs which include accommodations and meals, transportation, in-country support, and additional aspects upon request such as excursions, learning courses, and language immersion.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

8.72 Rating
based on 29 reviews
  • Impact 8.8
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 8.6
  • Value 8.5
  • Safety 9.3
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Vanessa
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Vanessa, 24years, Austria.

I planned to do a 2-month volunteer staying with children in the local IMAS children’s center for low income families and helping with the dogs at the domestic animal rescue. Unfortunately, Covid-19 pandemic developed after one month and a few days into my program. Luckily, the program director was efficient in quickly reacting to the situation in various ways: emergency food preparation, emergency coordination with the embassy and airport, and offered continued housing as long as I needed it for until the situation resolved. During the crisis, I especially appreciated the program director making me feel as a part of her family, she cooked all sorts of delicious local dishes for me to try out and I was able to spend quality time with her baby Sofia, watching her learn how to walk. We developed a close relationship during quarantine, spending most mornings walking and getting to know each other through the countryside and beautiful scenery. I recommend the program if you want to experience the charm of Costa Rica in daily life. The program really helps participants to immerse into the culture, make unforgettable experiences and acquaintances and also to improve or learn Spanish. At the same time you can enjoy nearby touristic attractions like going to the amazing waterfalls, enjoying time on the beach, boat trips, museums, indigenous tribes, and experiencing the local cuisine. For me it was an unforgettable, amazing experience!

What would you improve about this program?
I am really thankfull for the support during the Covid-19 crisis. For me it was as perfect as it can be under such circumstances.
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arnai
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Time in Costa Rica

It’s an excellent program to explore and volunteer, as well as learn some spanish and eat good food! Some of the activities included waterfalls, hikes, ziplining, and my personal favorite, visiting the beautiful beaches. During my time here, I felt very safe in the houses and I felt comfortable walking in the neighborhood at night when I want to get a late night snack. The program is also very structured and organized. They feed you every morning, lunch, and evening. They are also excellent at listening to your dietary needs and concerns. It’s a great program for any universities and companies who want to have a good time

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Bring bug spray and sunscreen, as well as drink a lot of water
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Kendall
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun time in Costa Rica

If you are thinking about exploring Costa Rica this is a great program to do through your school or friends! We went to a waterfall, beaches, and zip lining. Each activity was a lot of fun and a great experience. It was so phenomenal being engulfed in this culture. While staying at this house we eat Costa Rican based food like rice and beans and many juicy fresh fruits! This trip is definitely worth it and is highly recommended for anyone looking to immerse themselves in Costa Rican culture as well as enjoying themselves.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing to me about Costa Rica was the amount of rice we ate.
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Jordan
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Costa Rica experience

This is a great program for students looking to be involved in the culture and education in Costa Rica. This experience gives you the ability to understand and be involved in the typical life of a Costa Rican resident. Volunteers will eat food native to the country. We also engaged in many diverse activities including ziplining, cultural museums, hiking waterfalls, and visiting local beaches. As the group does all of the excursions together, the bonds formed will be life long friends! Even bonds have been formed with our van driver as well!

What would you improve about this program?
I think that the food could be improved for people who need more protein. There were many meals that were vegetarian and I needed more meat personally.
Shauna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience!

This is my second year coming to volunteer in Costa Rica with Hibiscus Travels, and it was wonderful! There is a variety of options for excursions and service projects. We went to multiple beaches and a waterfall and zip lining. Our service project was working with toddlers in the mornings to teach English and play with them. Hibiscus Travels really works hard to make this experience exciting, memorable, and rewarding. I hope I get to return again next year and for more years to come. Pura vida!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Come with an open mind and a willingness to say yes to opportunities and adventures!
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Reagan
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Costa Rica

This was a fun trip!! I was happy to see a new place such as Costa Rica! I enjoyed exploring and seeing new parts of the country. I enjoyed the hiking and going to the water fall. I also enjoyed seeing several beaches. It was nice to interact with young children, but also go on fun excursions. I also thought it was cool to experience the culture of Costa Rica. I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to experience a new culture while volunteering. I am happy I was able to go on this trip! It is something I will always remember!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would tell future travelers to go into it with an open mind!!!
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Sarah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved it!!

I loved working with the children! It was a great experience and everyone we worked with was very nice. Teaching and shaping the children’s minds was such a rewarding experience. We also went to so many fun experiences. Zip lining and the waterfall hike were both wonderful experiences. Overall, the trip was a success and I would love to come again in the future. I would recommend this experience to anyone who asked me about it. I will never forget what I have experienced or learned throughout this trip.

What was your funniest moment?
Working and playing with the children was by far the funniest moments.
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Watson
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun time!

Very supportive staff who oversaw our group and were very proactive with change, scheduling, excursion trips and even night activities after our provided dinners. Had a fantastic driver who was very entertaining on some long drives, and was almost a part of our group by the end of the week. Service was impactful and provided excellent learning opportunities for Spanish language and culture, especially for college students. Several stores and restaurants located by our private house was perfect for late night snacks also.

What would you improve about this program?
Service was not what I expected, was mainly just playing with kids for a few hours and watching YouTube videos with them. Didn’t seem to be much structure with the activists that were planned or they only lasted for a few minutes.