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Whether your version of Pura Vida includes surfing or scaling mountains, howler monkeys or hummingbirds, coffee of cocao, camping or canyoning — alright, you get our point — well, you'll find it when you volunteer in Costa Rica. A worldwide leader in ecotourism, Costa Rica is known for its rich biodiversity, myriad ecosystems, and not to mention its warm and welcoming people. Learn more about this vibrant country firsthand with our Costa Rica volunteer program.
While incredible environmental richness is a national treasure, it also brings with it some interesting social and economic challenges, such as an increasing percentage of regional immigration. Costa Rica’s reputation for social stability, along with its free education and universal healthcare, has drawn the attention of international trading partners, as well as immigrants from other Central American countries seeking better lives. As the economy changes, so do traditional social structures, which often neglect vulnerable populations and leave them little access to healthcare, education, or social services. As a Cross-Cultural Solutions volunteer in Costa Rica, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside local organizations as you work alongside vulnerable people to raise their quality of life.
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Once enrolled, you will have the chance to select the volunteer opportunity that's most interesting to you. Volunteers will always receive their first preference. The only exception to this will be when there are national or school holidays, or there are exceptional circumstances.
When you improve education for children in Costa Rica, you’ll support educators and caretakers by providing active assistance during the school day. You'll also assist in the planning and development of school lessons and activities.
When you assist with the care of infants and children in Costa Rica, you’ll find that there are a lot of children who’ve been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Our partner organizations are often the only places where these children can receive shelter and food. As a volunteer, you'll join our partners in providing much needed care and love.
When you improve health and the sense of dignity among the elderly in Costa Rica you’ll volunteer alongside people working to provide a safe and supportive place for the elderly. The special centers where you'll volunteer have been established in order to offer important health services, shelter, social opportunities, and warm meals for often marginalized residents of the local community.
When you work to improve the quality of care for people with disabilities in Costa Rica, you’ll have a chance to work with either children or adults. Children with disabilities are often marginalized, making it nearly impossible for them to integrate into their families and society at large. Special education schools support these children by providing education, attention, and physical and recreational therapy. Our partner center for adults with disabilities offers support and education needed to happily integrate with members of the local community. The love, care, and assistance of our volunteers bolsters the positive impact on the lives of these individuals.
When you support those affected by HIV/AIDS in Costa Rica, you'll support individuals living with HIV/AIDS are care centers or in their own homes. Through your care, love, and companionship, your work will help to break down harmful stigma while providing much-needed medical, psychological, and social interaction to both patients and their families.
"Volunteers trust our students, respect their disability, but also recognize them as people who have their own goals and desires for the future. The impact has been very positive."
"CCS volunteers have helped us complete projects that would have otherwise been abandoned."
"Our community has learned so much about other cultures, and our own culture has been enriched as a result."
Reserve your spot today with a deposit of $350! Fees and start dates vary by destination and duration. Make selections below to get started. Did you know your out-of-pocket trip costs might be just a fraction of the below? Click here to find out how.