Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica
Why Costa Rica?
Costa Rica’s renowned biodiversity, laid-back culture, and breathtaking landscapes make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Latin America. Costa Rica is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity, while occupying only 0.25% of the world’s landmass. The Costa Rican people, affectionately known as “Ticos,” have a well-deserved reputation for being friendly, fun-loving, and welcoming to foreigners. Despite its natural beauty and wonderful people, Costa Rica experiences the problems that plague many Latin American countries. Many nonprofit organizations that work to improve conditions in local Costa Rican communities lack funding and volunteer support. With eco-tourism ranking as Costa Rica’s main industry, education and environmental conservation are essential to ensuring a bright future for the Costa Rican people.
Live in Atenas, Costa Rica
We offer volunteer placements in Costa Rica in the following fields:
World Endeavors volunteers live in Atenas, a small, relatively prosperous farming town in the central highlands of Costa Rica where coffee, sugarcane, and fruit are grown. Life here revolves around family and community, and the nightlife consists mostly of family gatherings, barbecues, and shared meals. Local residents can often be found browsing the colorful farmer’s market for fresh produce, enjoying a cup of local coffee at a café, or strolling in the park at the center of the city. Atenas is renowned for its climate, which keeps the city warm in the daytime and cool at night. Public pools and hiking trails make Atenas an appealing destination for those who wish to spend time outdoors, and the town’s location, less than an hour from the capital of San José and the international airport, makes it easily accessible for arriving volunteers.
Housing: Volunteers stay with host families, where they share space, build relationships, practice language, and learn about traditional culture, food, home rituals, and customs. Host families are welcoming and friendly, usually middle class, and are hand-picked by the World Endeavors team to ensure that placements provide a safe and positive environment for the volunteer. Housing accommodations are modest, safe, and clean, but may differ from Western norms in terms of space or amenities. Volunteers usually stay in either a single or a double room (shared with other volunteers), and are expected to display respect and consideration for the host family. Living with a host family ensures total immersion in the culture, which can be both challenging and rewarding, but ultimately provides the most authentic experience of the host country.
Dates: Volunteer projects in Costa Rica are available year-round, with some exceptions for holidays.
Duration: Participants can choose any duration between 2 and 12 weeks.
Cost: See our website for program fee information
How to Apply: Our application deadlines are set at 16 weeks prior to your desired program start date. Visit our website at http://worldendeavors.com/apply to start your application.
**Always check our website for the most up-to-date program information.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL JHU APPLICANTS
There is a dual application process for this program:
Students must complete the Hopkins application by clicking on the green "Apply Now" button
Students must complete the program application, which you can access on the program website. Please make sure to abide by both the Hopkins and the program deadlines as they may be different.
APP FEE NOTE:
Hopkins students do not need to pay the World Endeavors application fee. Complete the online application through the second page and then click 'Save & Exit'. This will bring the application to the attention of a World Endeavors advisor, who will reach out to you via email by the end of the next business day to collect additional information.