• Program: Volunteer Costa Rica
  • Location: San Ramon
  • Minimum Duration: 3 Weeks
  • Language Requirement: English
  • Airport Pick-up: $75
  • Suitable for Groups: Yes
  • Travel Insurance: No, but mandatory
  • Local Language Class: 1 Week Included
  • Region: Alajuela
  • Project Site: Construction Sites
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Accommodation: Volunteer Dormitory
  • Meals Included: 2 Meals Daily
  • Suitable for Families: Yes
  • Start Dates: Every Other Friday
  • Closed Dates: See program guide


Getting on to the property ladder is but a distant dream for more than a million Costa Ricans who live in poverty. Through the uVolunteer Building and Construction Program, however, you can help low-income families make their dream of home ownership a reality. We work with two special foundations in Costa Rica that provide loans for disadvantaged families to build homes across several rural sites in San Ramon.

Building and construction volunteers provide hands-on help, clearing land, digging foundations, plastering and laying bricks and roof tiles, as well as maintaining community buildings and schools already in existence. You don’t need any official qualifications to help out with the project – as long as you’re fit and able you’re welcome to join up. Meet the families you’re helping, develop practical skills and leave a legacy that lasts for decades. Download our brochure to find out more.

Your Role

As a building and construction volunteer in Costa Rica, you’ll provide additional labor resources for disadvantaged families building their own homes. Working in rural areas of San Ramon, you’ll clear building sites, dig foundations, lay bricks and roof tiles, plaster, paint and mix cement, as well as helping out with routine maintenance of community buildings and schools.

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Work Schedule

Homebuilding and construction volunteers work four days per week, from Monday to Thursday. On these days, working hours are from 8am until 3pm, although this is subject to change – especially during the rainy season.

Journey to Project

The construction project sites are based in and round the town and rural areas of San Ramon. Depending on the site that is active during your placement, you may be able to walk to the project or you may have to take a short bus ride no longer than 30 minutes to the project site.

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