Costa Rica

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Costa Rica

Official Language(s)
5 million
% of Population Below Poverty
22% (1.1 million people)
GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
11,900 (Canada = $43,100)
UN's Human Development Index (?)
Costa Rica

Why volunteer in Costa Rica?

It’s no secret that Costa Rica is home to some of the world’s greatest biodiversity. While it is becoming well-known for its exquisite sandy beaches, lush cloud forests, and unique wildlife, it is still a developing country. Forty percent of rural households live in poverty.

Volunteers are needed to construct important infrastructure around small, rural communities, improving the area’s services and attractions. Volunteer contributions and assistance are directed towards attracting visiting hikers to these small villages and entrepreneurs.

There are many families in need who would greatly appreciate a compassionate hand to develop creative economic solutions. We want you to volunteer to help these people. Learn about the tremendous impact one person can have!

Volunteer projects

Volunteers help with various community-driven projects with our in-country partner, Mar a Mar, a non-profit organization in Costa Rica that has developed El Camino de Costa Rica – an engine for economic development in rural towns that currently do not profit from tourists dollars. Volunteer teams assist locals to improve trails and facilities for visiting hikers, consequently, this tourism is a new source of revenue for the community, including the women in the town who cook meals for the hikers.

Developing World Connections has a long-term commitment to help improve community members’ lives and increase their self-sufficiency. No special skills are required.

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Choose your trip

HIGH SCHOOL, YOUTH AND UNIVERSITY, ADULT AND FAMILY, CUSTOM OR CORPORATE TRIPS: These are typically two weeks in length trip with costs varying in price and based on the number of participants project and location. Costs include in-country food, ground transportation and accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project with partner Mar a Mar’s El Camino de Costa Rica. It does not include airfare. However, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% eligible for a charitable tax receipt, including airfare.

All volunteers can fundraise for their trip and DWC will issue individual charitable receipts for any donations over $20.

Trips may be cancelled if not enough people are registered so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the remaining balance is due 60 days before departure.

When can I go?

How much does it cost?

Adult and Family, University, Custom or Corporate Trips
A two-week volunteer trip to Costa Rica costs approximately $2,400, with final costs to be determined before departure. The trip cost will vary depending on the number of participants. The cost of in-country food, ground transportation and accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project are included. Airfare is not included; however, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% tax deductible, including flight costs.

You can fundraise for your trip and DWC will issue charitable receipts to your donors. We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to Costa Rican projects and programs through Developing World Connections.

Cultural activities

After you’re done volunteering, explore the country’s rich culture and diverse landscapes. Find a vibrant blend of indigenous heritage and Spanish colonial influence. The people are happy, laid back, polite and proud to share their cultural riches. Twenty-five percent of its land area is protected as either a national park or wildlife reserve, which is the largest percentage of territory protected out of any other country in the world. In San Jose, visit museums and art galleries, and markets.

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