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Fee includes all in-country costs like food, private transportation, lodging, COVID-19 tests, PPE, park entrance fees, etc.
Since 1965, AMIGOS provided has provided volunteers age 15 to 19 the safest, most authentic service and immersion experiences in Latin America. Living and working in a new community gives you the chance to improve your Spanish, make an impact, gain confidence, and build leadership skills. You'll get to see the world in a truly unique way!
AMIGOS has worked in Costa Rica for more than three decades.
- Explore a critical issue and meet local activists, business owners, and community members
- Service - Earn 12 service hours per week while you complete hands-on projects with local organizations
- Live with a host family and experience authentic cultural immersion
- Excursions - Explore Costa Rica's natural beauty!
- Improve your Spanish by using it in everyday conversation
Focus on the AMIGOS pillars of ethical service, leadership, and cultural humility in Costa Rica! Explore an issue you're passionate about and learn how local communities are responding to the impacts of that issue.
Live with a host family for six weeks in the Los Santos region of Costa Rica! Explore different farming practices in Costa Rica from the mountains to the valleys! What impact does international demand for Costa Rican coffee have on local communities? What does local food production have to do with agroforestry practices? From cultivation to consumption, dive deep into food systems by learning from communities in Costa Rica. Volunteer at women-owned coffee farms, earning 72 service hours.
Spend 2 weeks exploring community efforts to adapt to climate change in Costa Rica! From the mangroves of the Caribbean coast to the cloud forests of Monteverde, we will examine local conservation initiatives that have persisted despite challenges due to a changing climate. We will also dig into the root causes of climate change and how international actions can have a profound effect on local communities. Earn 24 service hours volunteering for environmental conservation agencies.
From farming and coffee growing to conservation and wildlife corridors, explore how local communities in southern Costa Rica practice sustainable development. Volunteer with women-led community organizations that are transforming the buffer zones of protected areas, earning 36 service hours! Immerse yourself by living with a host family and learning how farmers support conservation. Two spots on this program are reserved for students from Costa Rica.
Explore community efforts to adapt to climate change in Costa Rica! From sea turtle protection on the Caribbean coast to the cloud forests in Valle Central, you'll get hands-on with local conservation projects, earning 36 service hours. Dig in to the root causes of climate change and how international actions affect local communities. And, get to know Tico culture by living with a host family on the Caribbean coast! Two spots on this project are reserved for volunteers from Costa Rica.
Experience the incredible biodiversity that Costa Rica has to offer on the Pérez Zeledón project! You’ll live with a host family and work with Costa Rican students on a service project in your community before heading to one of the country’s stunning national parks for some hands-on volunteering, earning 48 service hours.