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Event / Project details

Project start
20 Aug 2013
Event / Project end

Event / Project duration
This project is ongoing

Event / Project ID
2743

Event / Project Name
Paint, Build and Teach
Event / Project City
Monteverde
Event / Project Country
Costa Rica
Preferred skills

Number of volunteers

Minimum age

Event / Project types
Community development

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Brief overview

Paint, Build and Teach in Costa Rica as a volunteer.

"Pura vida" - Costa Ricans' traditional greeting which is literally translated "pure life" - means to walk lightly, stop and smell the flowers, take it easy, and enjoy life. If you enjoy "soft adventure," volunteer in Costa Rica with our host partners on family-friendly service projects. Learn about this vibrant culture while you help resourceful local people realize their vision of self-sufficiency.

Local leaders in Monteverde will direct you on community development projects such as renovating buildings, landscaping public spaces, painting classrooms, and improving eco-tourism. The variety of work changes from team to team, depending upon current needs. In a short time, your personal efforts as a volunteer in Costa Rica help catalyze long-term economic and social improvements. Roll up your sleeves and make a genuine contribution working with resourceful people!

Essential Services in Costa Rica

Global Volunteers has worked with rural villages in the Monteverde area consistently since 1992. Always serving at the invitation and under the direction of local people, each Global Volunteers team has built on the success of previous volunteers in helping significantly raise the standard of living in host communities. As an essential link in a long chain of volunteers in Costa Rica, you can help deliver these essential services on your service program:

  • helping upgrade a classroom
  • painting and landscaping community facilities
  • assisting with youth recreational activities
  • starting and maintaining school gardens
  • promoting girls' education
  • assisting with recycling to promote ecotourism

Standard program two weeks. Shorter programs (one week) are available.

Program Fees

 Program Length

 1 week

 2 weeks

 Standard Fee

 $2,395.00

 $2,595.00

 Returning Volunteer (-$200)

 $2,195.00

 $2,395.00

 Student (-$200)

 $2,195.00

 $2,395.00

 Single Occupancy - Add

 $148.00

 $229.00

Available Discounts: All service program fees are based on our actual costs. We offer discounts to promote service and to recognize situations where volunteers save us time and money.

Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for one or more discounts. Please note that you may qualify for the returning volunteer and family & multi-person discounts; however, if you take the student discount, no other discounts can be applied.

* Returning Volunteer Discount: We offer returning volunteers a $200 discount for international programs and a $50 discount on USA programs in recognition of continued service with Global Volunteers. Ask your volunteer coordinator for details.

* Student Discount: Service early in life leads to life-long service. We want to promote service by students and offer a $200 discount on international programs and $50 on USA programs. Simply send us a photocopy of your current student I.D. card and fee statement showing you are a full time student.

* Family and Multi-Person Discount: If we can send more volunteers, our community partners receive more service. If you recruit people to volunteer with you, our job of finding volunteers just got easier. Consequently, for each volunteer you bring with you on an international service program, we will discount your fee by $200 up to a maximum of $800 for four first-time volunteers ($100-$400 for USA). You can reduce your fee by the total discounted amount or apply it to the other members of your family or group. The returning volunteer discount, if applicable, is available to the group organizer. This discount is not available with the student discount. Additional savings are available for groups of six or more. Call 800-487-1074.

* Matching Gifts Your employer may match your donation to Global Volunteers, either for your service program fee or a direct gift. Some matching gifts can pay up to ¾ of your service program. Use the search box below to determine if your company offers a “matching gifts” program.

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