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Costa Rica is a cultural and natural paradise, but most travelers see only the large, touristy resorts. Our unique program in Costa Rica enables you to combine Spanish language study with volunteer work.
We have many volunteer projects to choose from throughout Costa Rica. Whether you want to help kids through art therapy or assist with conservation at one of the National Parks, you are sure to have an amazing and memorable time in Costa Rica.

Accommodations:
During your Spanish lessons and/or your volunteer project, you will live with a Costa Rican family or in the National Park of your choice.
You will be provided with 2-3 meals a day, laundry service and an invaluable insight into the “real” Costa Rica.

Eligibility and requirements:

  • Eligible to receive a tourist visa to Costa Rica
  • Flexible in attitude, in good health and have a desire to contribute
  • Resilience to work in tropical conditions, and adaptability to relate with a new culture
  • Speak at least minimal Spanish
  • Compliance with the rules and procedures of the volunteer program as established by the National System of Conservation Areas.
  • Two photographs passport-size
  • Copy of your passport
  • Orientation at ASVO office in San Jose (1 day)
  • Filled out application
  • Medical insurance

Start dates:
Every Monday of each month

Length of Program:
Minimum: 15 days

Visa Documentation:
Most tourist visas are valid for up to 3 months. We recommend checking with your local Costa Rican Consulate for the most up to date visa information.

We can offer you several opportunities to volunteer in Costa Rica!

  1. Volunteer in the Manuel Antonio/Quepos area while you study spanish at El Paraiso.

     
ArrowCombine the above option with any Spanish program.
A one time $ 50 fee applies
 

   2.  Study with us in the Manuel Antonio and volunteer in one of the 
        National Parks before or after your stay at El Paraiso

Prices of all packages below include: 

  • Registration fees and course materials
  • Home stay until Sunday of departure for San Jose, including 2 meals per day
  • Cultural activities (one free surf or yoga lesson per stay, dance-once a week, folkloric evening once a month)
  • Placement examination prior to start of classes
  • Free break time refreshments
  • Free use of internet while at El Paraiso
  • Free pick up from homestay with our minivan on Monday
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Basic accommodations and 3 meals a day at the National Parks, for specific details of facilities, please visit each park's website below
  • 1 day Volunteer orientation at ASVO office in San Jose
  • 2 nights in San Jose prior to attending your volunteer project

     

   Please visit the following map of PROJECTS to select the ones
of your interest


 

 

 



 

Choose one of our 6 ready made packages or you can design your own program.
2012 Prices - US dollars

  1. SIX WEEK PROGRAM:
    • 3 weeks of Spanish classes in a group, 4 hours a day,
      20 hours per week, plus 3 weeks volunteer work in a National Park of your choice.
    • PACKAGE PRICE: $ 1944

  2. SEVEN WEEK PROGRAM:
    • 3 weeks of Spanish classes in a group, 4 hours a day,
      20 hours per week, plus 4 weeks volunteer work in a National Park of your choice (or a combination of 2 parks).
    • PACKAGE PRICE: $ 2,089

  3. EIGHT WEEK PROGRAM:
    • 4 weeks of Spanish classes in a group, 4 hours a day,
      20 hours per week, plus 4 weeks volunteer work in a National Park of your choice (or a combination of 2 parks).
    • PACKAGE PRICE: $ 2,479

  4. TWELVE WEEK PROGRAM:
    • 4 weeks of Spanish classes in a group, 4 hours a day,
      20 hours per week, plus 8 weeks volunteer work in a National Park of your choice (or a combination of 2-4 parks).
    • PACKAGE PRICE: $ 3,039

  5. FOURTEEN WEEK PROGRAM:
    • 6 weeks of Spanish classes in a group, 4 hours a day,
      20 hours per week, plus 8 weeks volunteer work in a National Park of your choice (or a combination of 2-4 parks).
    • PACKAGE PRICE: $ 3,899

  6. SIXTEEN WEEK PROGRAM:
    • 8 weeks of Spanish classes in a group, 4 hours a day,
      20 hours per week, plus 8 weeks volunteer work in a National Park of your choice (or a combination of 2-4 parks).
    • PACKAGE PRICE: $ 4,759
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    Extra Weeks:
    • Additional week of Spanish lessons in a group with homestay - $ 430
    • Additional week of volunteer work - $ 140

      *Prices include a one time fee of $100US to arrange your placement and a one time $35 fee charged by ASVO.  

      IMPORTAN NOTE:
      Please note that if you decide to cancel your program 2 weeks prior to
      it begins you will have to pay a fee of 30% of the cost to the
      organization, a cancellation 7 or less days before the start will
      require a fee of 50% of the program cost. Also, if you arrive one or
      more days late to the project, the organization has the right t cancel
      the rest of your program without refund.
       


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