Learn Spanish and Volunteer in Costa Rica


Costa Rica: Alajuela, Coco Beach, Dominical and 7 other cities

Program Duration

1-2 Week, 2-4 Week, 5-8 Week, 9-12 Week, 3-6 Month, 7-12 Month, 1-2 Year, Multiple Year


Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Trimester, Academic Year, Throughout the year, May Term


All year round

Degree Level



18 years old or more
If not fluent in Spanish take lessons
What combination of skills and personality makes for a highly effective international volunteer? Surprisingly, the personal characteristics of exceptional volunteers, in any discipline, are remarkably consistent: people who are patient, flexible, adaptable, innovative and open to new experiences and ideas are typically the most successful and satisfied volunteers.


  • Spanish

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching

  • Spanish

Subject Areas

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Area / Ethnic Studies
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Conflict Studies
  • Conservation And Preservation
  • Culture
  • Dance
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • Forestry
  • Hospitality
  • International Business
  • International Policy And Diplomacy
  • International Relations
  • Journalism / Broadcasting
  • Languages / Linguistics
  • Latin American Studies
  • Leadership
  • Massage Education
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Natural Sciences
  • Political Science / Politics
  • Public Health
  • Service-learning
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Sports
  • Sports Science
  • Sustainable Development
  • Travel / Tourism
  • Tv And Media Production
  • Veterinary Medicine / Science
  • Women's Studies

Cost in US$:


Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Language instruction
  • Pre-departure orientation/Training
  • Registration fees
  • Written materials abroad

Program Fees Include:

This cost includes:
Pick up from the airport.
Orientation session.
4 weeks of Spanis instruction.
4 weeks Volunteer project.
Books and material.
Transportation to the project the first day.
Housing and food during the whole stay (3 meals per day and laundry service once a week)
Latino Dancing lessons.
Costa Rica Cooking lessons.
Tropical Fruits lessons.

Credit Available


Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts
  • Biological Research
  • Building/construction Projects
  • Business
  • Childcare/children
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Community Health
  • Computer Training
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Conservation
  • Counseling
  • Culture
  • Dental Volunteering
  • Eco-tourism
  • Education
  • English Teaching
  • Environment
  • Equestrian
  • Gender Issues
  • Health
  • Health Care
  • Health Education
  • Human Rights
  • Journalism
  • Marine Conservation
  • Medicine
  • Microcredit
  • Organic Farming
  • Reforestation
  • Seniors
  • Small Business Development
  • Social Services, Social Work
  • Sports Volunteering
  • Street Kids
  • Teaching
  • Tourism
  • Translation
  • Tree Planting
  • Veterinary
  • Volunteer Management
  • Wildlife Surveying
  • Women
  • Writing
  • Youth
  • Youth Development
  • Youth Ministry

Typical Volunteer

Volunteering is fun and rewarding, but it's also a little more complicated than just showing up and having a good time. Here's some advice on how to make the most of your volunteer work: Be selfless. Selfless is the opposite of selfish. Don't think about what you can do to help yourself. Think about what you can do to help others. Be open-minded. One of the really great things about being a volunteer is the chance to learn and experience new things. Keep your mind open to new possibilities, and you'll probably grow as a person. Be respectful. Always remember to show respect for other people and other cultures. Keep in mind that your way of thinking or living is not the only way there is. Be understanding. Try to see things through other people's eyes. Try your best to understand what other people are going through, even if it's something you've never dealt with yourself. Be humble. Humble people don't brag or go around telling everyone about all the good things they've done just to get some attention or feel superior. They're happy knowing that they're making a difference, and don't need to shout about it. Be friendly. Treat others like friends, and they'll do the same for you. Many people who volunteer meet new people with whom they want to stay friends. You might just meet someone who becomes a buddy for the rest of your life!

Age Range


This Program is open to

American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African and Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Group living
  • Guest House
  • Home-stays
  • Independent living

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups of 5

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Other

Typically The Application Process Time is

One week

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network