TRIP #CRI0120:

Volunteer in Costa Rica

Travel in a way you can give back to others

Jan 25, 2020
Feb 7, 2020
Approx. $2,700 based on 10 participants
Las Brisas de Pacuarito, Costa Rica

Volunteer in Costa Rica

About The Trip:

DWC teams will work with our in-country partner Mar a Mar serving Las Brisas de Pacuarito, a remote, small settlement about four hours east of San Jose and 17km from the picturesque, small town of Siquirres.

The residents here will benefit greatly from the service of DWC volunteers. You’ll be making basic infrastructure improvements for this small community who are striving to become self sufficient as an eco tourism community on the El Camino trail network.

Within the village is a small school with 16 students, a medical clinic and church. The medical clinic serves 60 local and indigenous people in the area, including dentistry. Patients wait outside in the rain to see a practitioner. Over time, DWC volunteer work will include repairs to the buildings’ damaged roofs, construction of a covered waiting area with benches for the clinic, a greenhouse extension, a secure pumphouse for their water spring area, installing rainwater collection tanks, water lines, treatment systems and a compostable toilet. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to carry out construction and maintenance on the El Camino Trail system.

Your work here will be building a future for people who live off of hope. You’ll work with the locals and alongside other like-minded volunteers who are passionate about travel and giving others a hand up, not a hand out.

Volunteer in Costa Rica with DWC

It’s Not All Work:

A trip here is both unique and rewarding with many options for your free time. You can absorb the environment around your host community during the week before spending your days off relaxing or adventuring.

Catch views towards Turrialba Volcano, the Atlantic sea and the Talamanca mountains with guided hiking to help you navigate through dense jungle of nearby National Park Barbilla. This is a 29,500 acre protected forest on the Carribean side of the Talamanca Mountains. The park is the home of the second largest indigenous group in Costa Rica, the Cabécar. This area is ecologically rich and important as a water source for rare (and even endangered) species including three-toed sloths, jaguars, ocelots, pumas, tapirs, toucans and countless other bird species. The ranger station for the National Park is located in Las Brisas de Pacuarito.

Easily fill up your time with Banana, Vanilla or Chocolate Tours and get involved in fun evening activities with local families including crafting souvenir walking poles, salsa dancing, dice games, Settlers of Catan (game) and soccer.

The climate is tropical, warm and humid, all year round. December is part of the dry season on the pacific coast characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures of 30°C. While this equatorial region is characterized by low temperature variations, frequent showers and thunderstorms are common so packing a light raincoat is a good idea.
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The Project:

Details will be finalized in the coming weeks but of high priority is making the medical facility fully usable. Multiple DWC Teams will travel to Las Brisas de Pacuarito to make these improvements a reality for this small Costa Rican community.

Project work volunteer in Costa Rica


  • Saturday, January 25 – Team arrives in San Jose and travels to Host Community
  • Monday, January 27 to Friday, January 31 – PROJECT WORK at Las Brisas de Pacuarito.
  • Saturday, February 1 to Sunday, February 2 – Leisure time.
  • Monday, February 3 to Friday, February 7 – PROJECT WORK at Las Brisas de Pacuarito.
  • Saturday, February 8: Return to San Jose. Fly home or continue travelling.

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Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We work with local skilled labourers who will give training onsite. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What are meals and accommodations like?
Volunteers are transported to and from the Las Brisas de Pacuarito work site to their accommodation. All bottled water and hygienically prepared meals are provided. Accommodations are comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,700 (based on 10 participants) and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport and program costs. It does not include airfare. Team members can fundraise for project contributions to Mar a Mar.

The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can fundraise part or all of your trip and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.

You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.

DWC Team Leader:

Marcia Julian

DWC has been a huge part of my life since the day of its inception more than 15 years ago. I have been on the board of directors with DWC since the beginning and was six years as its first chair. In 2005, I had the amazing opportunity of travelling on the first DWC trip to Sri Lanka, within weeks of the devastating tsunami, to build homes for those who were left homeless. I will never forget that experience.
Following that, I volunteered on trips to Guatemala and Peru, and was team leader for trips to Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, Peru, The Philippines and Kenya. Each country is so different and each project is so meaningful!
I’m a social worker by vocation and community development is my passion. I’m continually impressed by the projects that are developed by the in-country host partners in conjunction with DWC. They are always done with the input and empowerment of the people who live there. We come as volunteers to work alongside with them and leave much richer and more compassionate for the experience. It is an action of service and an act of global caring.
I’m delighted to have the opportunity to travel with you and to experience the beautiful, emotional, fun-filled – life changing – world of international volunteering.

Are You Ready To Go?

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