Volunteer Experience | Community Development

Costa Rica: Community Development and Construction

Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica


LocationPuerto Jimenez, Costa Rica. 

Duration: 1-4 weeks commitment

Cost: from £580 GBP Project Fee for the 1st week – see Costs tab for more information

Includes: 3 meals a day, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations


  • This volunteer construction project is a very hands-on and is an opportunity to make a big difference to the local community.
  • By improving local infrastructure, you help to improve local opportunities and raise morale.
  • Costa Rica offers amazing experiences such as surfing in the South Pacific coastal region, visiting Marino Ballena National Park, relaxing on the endless beaches, hiking to waterfalls, enjoying great healthy food
  • Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture – just minutes walking to the beach
Costs Explained


Travel to the rural southern zone of Osa, Costa Rica. We have beautiful jungle but lack some infrastructure. While the tourist areas and capital city of San Jose are beautiful and up-to-date, the poorer areas are often run down and falling far behind the capital city. This is especially true at schools in rural communities, where people do not have the skill sets or money to do basic repairs.

Join our construction project to improve local homes, schools, community areas, and public buildings. As a construction volunteer, you will be helping to repair, paint, remodel, or make improvements within the local communities to improve the village or town and overall morale.

In the past, our participants have had a positive effect on the community, and the local citizens really appreciate the program.  We have numerous projects planned such as saving eroding rivers, planting Cortes trees and almond trees for the scarlet macaw population to live in, and much more with the local municipality.

Daily Life

You will participate in various constructions projects. Some of the projects range from repairing and building homes, public buildings, publicly used areas such as jungle gyms, parks, etc. and schools in rural villages and towns. Some duties may include digging, removing dirt, carrying bricks, mixing cement, plastering, painting, cleaning and other various labor intensive needs. The work days are typically Monday through Friday, though the work schedule may vary based on project needs, the construction schedule and weather.

You will be working Monday to Friday, 2-5 hours per day weather permitting and task accommodating.

Evenings and weekends are for you to spend either relaxing, or doing pre planned excursions and activities. We have partnerships with various tour groups to offer participants a number of fun things you can do include Zip Lining, ATV Tours, Surf Lessons, Beach Days, Tours and Sightseeing, Snorkeling, Boat Tours, Horseback Riding!

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Travel & Accommodation

You will be met at San Jose International Airport by a project representative and brought to the HQ by minibus. If your flight arrives in the afternoon, you will need to stay at a hostel in San Jose, which we will arrange for you.

Once at the project, you can choose between staying at our HQ accommodation, or if you want to experience proper Costa Rican life and improve your Spanish, you can stay with one of our Homestay families. Please let us know beforehand which option you would prefer.

Host Families are well-screened and offer participants a shared bathroom, private bedroom, electricity, and running water.

Headquarters housing offers participants shared bathrooms, hostel-style bedrooms, electricity, running water, and WiFi.

You will get three traditional meals per day at either accommodation. Breakfast Included: typical Costa Rican gallo pinto, toast, and eggs as well as pastries and pancakes on some days.

Vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free options are available.

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  • Minimum age 18
  • Be keen and enthusiastic to get involved in the project
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 1 week commitment
  • Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
  • Signed medical form
  • Fluent English skills
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas

No specific qualifications are required to join the construction in Costa Rica project, though the work will be physically demanding. You should be In decent physical condition.

While beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred, it is not mandatory. If you cannot speak Spanish, we suggest you enroll in our Spanish language course to make your stay more rewarding – both for you and for the community you are helping.

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Duration Price (GBP)
1 week £580
2 weeks £790
3 weeks £1000
4 weeks £1,210
Additional weeks £210

* 30% deposit required to confirm your place. The balance will be due 4 weeks prior to your departure.
** For the latest currency conversions, go to xe.com.
*** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee

What’s included
  • Airport pickup & transfer to the project (including first night stay in hostel)
  • Bus ticket back to San Jose from the project
  • Program Coordination & Logistics
  • Staff Support Pre-arrival via Information and Orientation Guides
  • Staff Support Emergency and 24/7 In-Country
  • Accommodations and 3 Meals Daily
  • Certificate of Participation in Program including Volunteer or Internship Hours
  • Resume Support upon Completion of Program
What’s Not included
  • Additional meals, drinks, and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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Note: Map coordinates are approximate