Embark on an alternative spring break volunteer experience focused on learning about sustainable development and contributing towards vital development projects. In the town of Quepos, a coastal community based at the entrance to Manuel Antonio National Park, partake in a variety of development programs dependent on the needs of the community at the time. Most programs will revolve around construction and restoration projects focused on community and educational centres.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Supplier Tour ID: GVIALU/235034
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: San Jose, San Jose
  • Finishes: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • San Jose



Day 1-8

Your experience in Costa Rica will begin in the cultural capital of San Jose. This is where you will initially meet up with the rest of the group and begin with a comprehensive orientation covering essential elements for the upcoming week. You will review the projects that GVI is running in Costa Rica, a general cultural introduction to the country, as well as a beginning conversation surrounding what creates a successful development project.
Once in the town of Quepos you will jump into contributing to various development projects. You might find yourself building new shelves for the local library, jazzing up the local community centre with a fresh coat of paint, or working alongside locals to add to the expansion of the town’s communal garden. Additional activities might include partaking in teaching English classes to both children and adults and organising after school activities revolving around either athletics or the arts.
During the week’s hands on elements there will also be time to learn more about Costa Rican culture, successful sustainable development projects, and your individual reflections surrounding the spring break experience.
The Weekend and evenings are for explorations and many activities will be on offer dependent on the interests of the group. Cultural classes might include local cooking and dance classes, side trips might include ventures into the jungle, to nearby towns, or even white water rafting!
Please be aware that you will need to provide a valid Police Background Check to participate.

    • 24-hour emergency phone
    • 24-hour in-country support
    • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
    • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
    • All necessary project equipment and materials
    • All necessary project training by experienced staff
    • Location orientation
    • Long term experienced staff
    • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
    • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
    • Welcome meeting

      Accommodation is in a group house with shared rooms, toilet facilities, running water (please note: no hot water on base), and basic amenities. There is a shared kitchen and living area where volunteers can plan lessons and enjoy free time. This is a Central American country and the standard of living is different. Bearing this in mind, accommodations are quite comfortable

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Tour Highlights:
    • Live in and explore a typical Costa Rican town off the beaten track
    • View a range of diverse wildlife; howler monkeys, toucans, and sloths in nearby Manuel Antonio National Park
    • The Weekend and evenings are for explorations and many exciting activities