2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks
Throughout the year
Some knowledge of Spanish.
Cost in US$:
Prices vary by duration. Please contact us for details
- 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.
- Building & Construction Projects
- Childcare & Children
- Community Centers
- Community Development
- English Teaching
- Social Work
- Street Children
- Youth Development
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.
18 and up
This Program is open to
Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.
Typical Living Arrangements
Typically Participants Work
Application Process Involves
- Written Application
- Online Application