• Costa Rica
    • San José
1 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Year Round
Guesthouse Host Family
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare SIM cards Transportation Visa
Dec 11, 2019
Aug 23, 2019
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About Program

With Global Crossroad's volunteer programs in Costa Rica, you can follow your interests, from bird-watching and river rafting to surfing and rainforest hikes, and everything in between, while you positively impact the lives of underprivileged Costa Ricans in a number of different ways.

Whether your free time includes golf, ecological hikes, or surveying fierce rivers, it will be immensely more enjoyable when combined with the use of your time, skills, and energy to get social programs up and running. Participation in a volunteering overseas in Costa Rica program delivers the best of both worlds, from exploring a secure, picturesque tropical paradise to implementing local-level projects that can revolutionize lives.

Unique opportunities to help needy children, teach conservation techniques and much more await you in beautiful Costa Rica. You'll explore Costa Rica's wonders, and expand a small child's world by imparting hope and knowledge.

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Program Highlights

  • Join thousands of volunteers on affordable programs helping to change the world one family at a time
  • Guaranteed lowest program fees in the US – starting at $140 per week.
  • Contribute in the way that is most meaningful to you and get a life changing experience.
  • Your fees directly benefit the volunteer project – there are no middlemen
  • Your safety is always our priority… every volunteer location has been thoroughly vetted

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Program Reviews

4.86 Rating
based on 7 reviews
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  • 4 rating 14.29%
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  • Impact 4.6
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 4.75
  • Value 4.75
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Costa Rica Medical Clinic

I volunteered at a medical clinic for 2 weeks in Quepos, Costa Rica. The staff at the medical clinic were very welcoming and always looked for opportunities to teach me. Most of the staff spoke English, which was very helpful as I only knew basic Spanish. Although it would be helpful to know more Spanish so you can understand more when patients who speak Spanish come in. During this program I stayed with a host family, who were absolutely wonderful. They loved helping me learn Spanish and showing me new foods. I would have liked if more information was given about the medical clinic and program before I came as well as a more detailed orientation. I was dropped off the first day and did not know what the regular day-to-day would look like there.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you are thinking of doing this program I would recommend doing it during the busier tourist time of the year as this is when the clinic gets more patients. It was slower when I went in July-August as some days I had to wait a couple hours for a patient to come in.
25 people found this review helpful.
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Nikki,

Thank you for taking out the time to volunteer with us and for leaving us a feedback. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your volunteering project and stay with the host family. We also apologize about the problems you faces with transport and communication gap. WE will make sure to improve on this aspect.

We wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Great Hands-on Learning Experience

I spent a month doing mangrove/turtle research in Osa, where I got to learn a lot about research, how the program worked, and of course, the plants and animals. Everyone there was really nice and made you feel welcome, both the people living there and volunteers alike. The volunteers participated in handling the turtles, planting mangroves, and taking down data, etc. so you get lots of hands on work. It's a good project for anyone interested in the environment, biology, or who simply wants to help out. While some people stayed only one or two days, others stayed for weeks. I personally think staying for more than a few days is best because sometimes you don't catch a turtle, and sometimes you catch a lot. I also suggest bringing cards and lots of sunscreen for the beach. If you bring a snorkel, you can see fish in the mangroves or bioluminescence at night :)

What was your funniest moment?
Many funny moments, such as when one of the people in charge was putting away the nets and fell off the boat, or when the same person got peed on by a turtle we were measuring. Another time, we spent an hour trying to knock down and open a coconut to eat.
24 people found this review helpful.
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Esti,

Thank you so much for your valuable contributions to our Turtle Project. We really appreciate your dedication to our project and are happy that you had a learning experience from it. We wish you all the best for your future endeavours and hope to see you again some day!

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Costa Rica Volunteering Experience

We volunteered at an orphanage in Costa Rica for over 2 weeks. The program was very good. Our host family was FANTASTIC! They were so hospitable, fun, and kind, and they made it a truly memorable experience. We were made to feel welcome and at home. We enjoyed working in the orphanage, as it was extremely rewarding. Neither of us speak English, so that did make it more difficult to communicate with the kids and adults at the orphanage. We weren't always entirely sure what we were supposed to be doing, but we tried to find things to do to help as much as we could. We felt the value of the program was very good. We were provided with meals and room and board for the duration of our stay for a very reasonable price. Everything about this program was very good, and we would definitely recommend this program to anyone!

What would you improve about this program?
The communication lacked a bit at times. We felt there could have been a better orientation. Maybe someone to show us what we were doing in the orphanage and explain how things worked there more. We were kind of just thrown in and had to figure it out.
24 people found this review helpful.
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Jaclynn,

Thank you for taking out the time to write us a feedback. We feel happy to have had you and Abby in our program. We are happy to know that you were happy with your project. We apologize for the inconveniences caused to due to language barriers. We will definitely ask our future volunteers to brush up on some Spanish before the project so we can improve the communication gap.

We wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

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Yes, I recommend this program

A taste of something different

I volunteered in El Ceibo, which was very rural, nearly an hour from San Isidro Del General. I loved it and got to experience the very simple yet hardworking life of the ticos there. I worked alongside my host family in their day to day lifestyle, walking out to the coffee farm, working with plantain and corn and planting beans. The amount of fruit that I got to try was a delight. Despite the wet season, there was lots of sunshine in the mornings and into the afternoons. I'd recommend rubber boots to anyone coming here between April and December. Both as a deterrent to hundreds of biting bugs, and to contend with the mud. My hosts were able to show me some nearby wonders, but transportation was limited. Coffee harvesting starts in October for those volunteering with that as their interest.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Learn Spanish before you go! While I had several months of lessons beforehand and lessons during my stay, I feel like I missed out on connecting well with the people.
21 people found this review helpful.
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Christy, thank you for your feedback. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your volunteering project. Thank you so much for your contribution and taking out the time to volunteer.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Impactful and Fun Volunteering Trip

My adventure this summer was one only a few get to experience, I was lucky enough to spend 7 weeks in Costa Rica. Being seventeen I had no idea what to expect since I’d never really traveled out of the country, let alone by myself. Also being a student my budget was tight, thankfully global crossroads helped with that. Coming home I’ve now realized how much an impact this trip made on me. I spent the majority of my day in the orphanage I was volunteering in and my heart will forever lie with them. My Spanish wasn’t near great but quickly I found out love speaks beyond language. All these kids want is a friend and someone to laugh with. I would recommend that everyone does something like this at sometime in their life. It’s always said that you can find yourself while giving of yourself, and I can say from experience that if you give all of yourself you will indeed find yourself.

What would you improve about this program?
The schedule could be made slightly more structured, to ensure that some volunteers aren’t skipping out on volunteering.
23 people found this review helpful.
Response from Global Crossroad

Dear Annie,

Thank you for volunteering with us. We greatly appreciate your efforts and wish you all the best for your future endeavours. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your time with the children.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Finding Balance between Life and Work

I will start by saying that the Host family and the country coordinator were great. They made me feel very welcome. They were always willing to help me and were making sure that my stay in Costa Rica was very effective and smooth. Such a nice people they were.

I was placed in a school which was about 20 min walk from my hosts. The school had a warm atmosphere. The staffs were supportive and kind. The students were disciplined. During the weekend I went to a beach and down town. They were perfect get away whenever I needed it and it was only 5-10 min walk from my hosts. The valuable lesson I learned here while teaching was finding the balance between life and work. I am very happy I decided to do this.

The application process was very smooth with Global Crossroad. Every answers were answered, they left no room for confusion or complaints.

What would you improve about this program?
Especially with regards to the placement I would say more solidified structure and schedules of activities in the school each day. This will give room for volunteers to plan their own adventure in the free time as well. I noticed it was very easy to opt out of activities due to the lack of structure.
23 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing volunteer in costa rica experience

The experience was amazing, and the friendships we have made will surely last a lifetime. This trip has exceeded all of my expectations, and I am very grateful to everyone at Global Crossroad.

I worked at the Escuella Santa Cecilia, teaching and helping to make a library for the kids. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming; I feel my time there was very fulfilling and educational. I learned a lot and hopefully passed on a lot as well.

I could have accomplished more if we were there for a longer period of time. I had the chance to help develop and decorate a library, to make a better learning environment for the children. I wish I could have had more time to help clean up the outside of the school as well, and make it even safer for the kids.

25 people found this review helpful.

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