• Program: Volunteer Costa Rica
  • Location: San Ramon
  • Minimum Duration: 1 Week
  • Language Requirement: None
  • Airport Pick-up: $75
  • Suitable for Groups: Yes
  • Travel Insurance: No, but mandatory
  • Local Language Class: 1 Week Included
  • Region: Alajuela
  • Project Site: Volunteer Dormitory
  • 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


Most of the uVolunteer Costa Rica programs require some Spanish language skills. If you want to brush up on your abilities or improve your vocabulary before your project begins or alongside your volunteer placement, our Spanish language crash course is ideal. For a set number of hours a day you’ll receive Spanish tuition from local professional tutors, who will help you get to grips with localized language and build your vocabulary to reflect your chosen placement.

Alternative options include an Intensive Spanish Immersion Course designed for volunteers who don’t meet the language requirements of their chosen project, and a Volunteer and Study Spanish option, which incorporates a few hours’ of Spanish lessons each week around your volunteering duties. Find out more about learning Spanish with uVolunteer by downloading the program brochure.

Your Role

Choose to spend your first weeks in Costa Rica learning Spanish over an intensive 20 hour-course before beginning your placement, or volunteer and study Spanish on the side, which comprises a first-weekend crash course and additional six-hour blocks of lessons that can be spread over a weekly period.

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Work Schedule

Spanish language immersion students receive five hours’ tuition daily, from Monday to Thursday. Students enrolled on the crash course receive two hours’ tuition daily on the Saturday and Sunday after arrival and an hour daily from Monday to Thursday. Volunteer and study students have 1.5 hours’ Spanish tuition daily between Monday and Thursday.

Journey to Project

The Spanish language course is provided in our volunteer dormitory.

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