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This is the ultimate teen volunteer adventure experience! Spend an amazing two weeks exploring, volunteering, camping and having adventures in Costa Rica with other teens. This program is perfect for first-time travelers!

Program Highlights:

  • Discover the different parts of Costa Rica: from the wild capital to the peaceful mountains
  • Help construct buildings to be used for educational purposes
  • Participate in community beautification activities such as mural making and painting
  • Raft, trek, go canyoning and camp during your adventure week
  • Make lifelong friends


Your Schedule at a Glance (Two-week commitment):
Your two-week trip will consist of a community work week and an adventure week. The following is a sample itinerary and the order may vary.

Arrival Day, Saturday: Arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to a hostel in San Jose, where you will meet other volunteers and spend the night.

Day 1, Sunday: Transfer to Quepos town and participate in an orientation to introduce you to the program. Spend the rest of the day getting to know other volunteers and settling into your new home in Costa Rica.

Days 2-4, Monday-Thursday: You will receive basic training in construction and using tools before going to start your community work. Tasks may include basic maintenance, building and renovation work, painting, mural making and other art work.

Day 5, Friday: Today you will get to learn more about Costa Rican culture as well as the environment. Travel to Isla Damas and go on a mangrove tour, before being invited for lunch in a community leader’s home.

Day 6, Saturday: Meet with the other group and travel together to Manuel Antonio National Park, before taking a surf lesson and then heading out to dinner.

Day 7, Sunday: Travel to Turrialba, a valley in the middle of the mountains, where you will enjoy your adventure activities. After a long trip over, you will have some time to rest before your big week ahead.

Days 8-11, Monday-Thursday: Adventure week begins! Your days will be filled with rafting, trekking, canyoning and two nights camping in the mountains.

Day 12, Friday: Transfer back to San Jose for one last day in Costa Rica.

Day 13, Saturday: Departure day for volunteers.


For parents: Because this project is specifically designed for teenage volunteers, there is a high level of supervision by well-trained staff and conservation experts. GoEco can recommended specific airlines and flights to group participants together. Recommended airlines will offer a chaperone service- airline-provided flight chaperones who will accompany volunteers on the flight from their city of departure to their program. This chaperone service must be arranged with the airline itself, and the cost varies by airline.


Location icon Location of the Project: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Project length Project length: 2 weeks

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work:  Community work and construction

Age Age:  15 – 17

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 16 international volunteers. (This project requires a minimum of 8 participants, any less and the project will not take place).

Important Note Important Note: All applications for this program must be submitted at least 6 weeks in advance of the program start date.


What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Volunteers will stay in shared rooms in a hostel

Food Food: All meals included

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers:  Airport pick-up on arrival day

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.


What’s not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, personal expenses

Set on the Pacific shores of Costa Rica and only a few hours’ drive from San Jose, the area of Manuel Antonio is stunning. The rainforest areas and palm plantations are home to an array of wildlife, including monkeys and toucans which can be seen just about every day. The local town has a relaxed way of life, which makes this area ideal for enjoying Costa Rican culture, sandy beaches and biodiversity.


During the first few days, volunteers will participate in an orientation that includes a health and safety briefing, an introduction to the history of the area and specific training for construction work. Mission trip volunteers will spend the next several days at local schools assisting with construction and renovation projects. The work will involve basic maintenance and renovation work and painting the spaces with colorful murals. Light construction activities may include refurbishing classrooms, moving construction material, building a playground with reusable materials, helping to put in vegetable gardens or anything needed by the community. classes. These types of improvements go a long way towards brightening up the environment and making the rooms more enjoyable. Extra activities in the past years have included rafting, surfing, visiting the national park and other cultural activities like Salsa dancing and local cooking

The second week of the project is filled with adventure activities designed to introduce volunteers to all that Costa Rica offers in a fun and exciting way.

  • Adventure highlights could include (dependent on availability):
  • A 3-hour surf lesson followed by relaxing on the beach
  • A trip to the Manuel Antonio National Park to observe wildlife
  • Mangrove Tour
  • Kayaking or white water rafting
  • Horseback riding in Turrialba and hiking in the jungle near La Marta
  • Zip lining through the forest
  • Canyoning & hiking
  • Rappelling down waterfalls
  • A tour of a botanical garden with more than 250 species from around the world


An itinerary will be sent to you before travel so you know exactly what to expect during your adventure week!

Internet icon Internet: WiFi is available at the hostel and at Internet cafes in town.

Laundry icon Laundry: There are no laundry facilities at the house, but there is a laundromat nearby that can be used for a small fee.

Accommodations icon Accommodations: Volunteers will stay in shared rooms at a local eco-hostel.

Food icon Food: On a rotating basis, volunteers prepare breakfast and dinner for the group. Lunch is provided by a community member. Occasionally, the group will eat in a restaurant and the cost is included in the fee. There will also be a chance to purchase your own snacks at a small supermarket, at your own expense.



Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:

  • Age 15-17
  • Parental consent
  • Police clearance
  • Good level of physical fitness
  • Flexibility
  • Desire to contribute to the project goals
  • Good level of English
  • Written “Motivation Letter”
  • Travel to beautiful Costa Rica and enjoy its beauty while engaging in service work and adventure activities
  • Work with like-minded people, and get to know another culture
  • Practice your Spanish while getting to know Costa Rica

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