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Incredible Volunteering in Costa Rica: Costs from USD 300

Program Duration

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


1st and 3rd Monday of each month


Volunteers must be over 18 years of age at the beginning of the program and have at least a high school education. Volunteers participating in the health care must have appropriate training and certification (to be presented to IVHQ partner staff on arrival in Costa Rica).

We recommend that all volunteers regardless of their Spanish language ability (unless they are extremely fluent), take advantage of the very affordable Spanish lessons offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers by our program staff in Costa Rica. Past volunteer feedback has shown us that volunteers feel they can contribute far more with some Spanish ability. Spanish is NOT a prerequisite for our Costa Rica program, however on certain placements (such as medical placements) the level of work a volunteer can do will be restricted with limited Spanish. Our local staff in Costa Rica offer hugely discounted Spanish lessons to our volunteers and wide a variety of options (one on one learning, group classes and a local student language exchange). More details on these options are provided when a volunteer registers.


  • English
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

Program fees from USD $300

Cost Includes:

  • Excursions
  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • International travel
  • Pre-departure orientation/Training
  • Registration fees
  • Travel while in host country
  • Written materials pre-departure

Program Fees Include:

Volunteers pay a registration fee of USD 279 which covers 24/7 support from IVHQ staff, program marketing costs, information pack, administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.

They then pay a program fee, dependent on the duration of their volunteer program, which covers accommodation and meals during volunteer placement period, airport pick up, orientation, program supervision, In-country 24/7 volunteer support and In-country administration costs. Volunteers are responsible for their own flights, visas, travel insurance and vaccinations (where required).

Credit Available


Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Aids
  • Arts
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Business
  • Childcare & Children
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Conservation
  • Disaster Relief
  • Eco-tourism
  • Education
  • English Teaching
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Health
  • Health Care
  • Health Education
  • Human Rights
  • Marine Conservation
  • Microfinance
  • Orphans
  • Public Health
  • Reforestation
  • Small Business Development
  • Social Work
  • Street Children
  • Teaching
  • Tourism
  • Tree Planting
  • Volunteer Management
  • Water Projects
  • Women
  • Youth

Age Range


This Program is open to

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

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups of 2-6

Scholarships are Available

Check with private organizations and schools (if still at University or college)

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

1 week

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad