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Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Costa Rica

Program Duration

2-4 Week, 5-8 Week


Throughout the year




Participants in this program should have at least a high intermediate to advanced level of Spanish proficiency in order to communicate effectively with the women's groups.

Intern Types

  • Women's Studies


  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

starting at USD 905 for 2 weeks

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Language instruction
  • Written materials pre-departure

Program Fees Include:

Pre-departure Support: ELI's staff is very knowledgeable and happy to help volunteers to prepare for their travels.

Airport Pickup: Volunteers are met at the airport in San Jose and provided with transportation to their host family.

In-country Orientation: Each volunteer program starts with a two to three day orientation which covers important topics on the logistics of living and working in Costa Rica.

In-country Staff Support: ELI's Costa Rica coordinator has years of experience working with visitors to Costa Rica. He is very resourceful and on call 24/7 in case of emergency.

Accommodations: Volunteers will stay with a local host family where they will be provided with a room and breakfast and dinner each day. By living with a family, volunteers will learn about the day to day rhythms of Costa Rican life first hand as well as sample traditional meals not usually available in restaurants.

Spanish Instruction: Participants will receive one week (20 hours) of Spanish instruction at a local Spanish language school. Participants wanting more Spanish instruction can enroll in additional classes.

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • English Teaching
  • Gender Issues
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Health Education
  • Human Rights
  • Legal Aide
  • Public Health
  • Senior Citizens
  • Small Business Development
  • Women

Typical Volunteer

There is no typical ELI volunteer. We work with people from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds. ELI has placed volunteers ranging in age from 18-81. Successful volunteers are flexible, upbeat, energetic, and inquisitive.

Age Range

Volunteers Must be at Least 18 years old

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work


Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Written Application