Volunteer Costa Rica, The name of Escazu comes from the indigenous voice ‘Iz-Kat-Zú’, which means ‘place to rest’, the town also known as San Miguel de Escazú.

Located just 15 minutes southwest of San José and 25 minutes from the airport, is part of the metropolitan area of San Jose Surrounded by mountains.

One of the most anticipated celebrations of Escazú is the ‘Dia del Boyero’, where carts, from different parts of the country that are colorfuly and cleverly hand painted, travel by oxen from the center all the way to the church of San Antonio. The carts generally carry children dressed up in traditional costumes. The cart is considered a national symbol.

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The great celebration includes classic Costa Rican food and traditional musical performance.
It’s rather interesting that this area was given the nickname of ‘Ciudad de las Brujas’ meaning the city of Witches; this supposedly comes out of tribute to the areas mystical history, steeped in myth and lore.

However, it is important to say that in spite of the modernism of this growing city, you can also appreciate, mostly in the center, small old adobe style houses and see horses on the streets, which add a rustic, colonial flavor to Escazu

Volunteer in Escazu

Volunteer Abroad: Costa Rica Escazu


  • Project length: From 1 weeks to 6 weeks.
  • Arrival Airport: San Jose (SJO) Juan Santamaría International Airport.
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Fridays. Minimum 6 hours per day.


  • Basic Spanish, independent bus ride to/from project site
  • Age Limits: Minimum 18 years or older for solo travelers
  • Minimum Age: 12 to 17 years if traveling with parents.
  • Airlines: American, United, Delta, US Airways, Copa, Taca, Avianca, Spirit Airways.
  • Vaccinations: Routine Vac, Hep-A and Typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov/


  • Accommodation: Host Families.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
  • Arrival: Airport (SJO) meet and greet by ABV Staff and Airport transfer on arrival to San Jose
  • Orientation: Orientation upon arrival.
  • Support: Full time in-country ABV Coordinator.  24/7 emergency contact number.
  • Departure: Transfer back to the airport at the end of the program

Not included

  • Flights. Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance (US$53 approx). Internet & Laundry: only available in some host families:US$10 a week). Any extra activities and excursions or tours not described on the planned itinerary.

When can I travel?

Easy. Choose the dates that work best for you. Although some programs have date restrictions the majority of our volunteer programs are available year round. Volunteers select their own program start date and complete an online application. Once you have been accepted and dates approved, ABV will ask you to confirm your registration by paying a $120 included in the overall fee.

Money Matters

A Broader View Volunteers work tirelessly year round to support our volunteers, and also to serve the local communities where ABV projects are based. As a tax-exempt 501 c(3) organization A Broader View receive 100% of our funding from volunteer contributions. Through your program fee contribution our non-profit charity organization can operate beneficial humanitarian aid programs which are successful and continuous supported year round.

Local, professional full-time coordinators, placement logistics, airport pick up and departure transportation, arrival orientation, food & local accommodations, are a major part of providing a safe, meaningful volunteer experience. When you join A Broader View, you will receive pre-trip visa and vaccination support, assistance with flights, fundraising planning, through our interactive online volunteer portal. Our local partners not only benefit from volunteers valuable contributions at the project, they benefit financially with year-round monetary support from A Broader View. In the last decade A Broader View has donated over 3.5 million dollars in international aid.

By joining A Broader View you are not only helping to make a difference during your own trip, your impact will last even after you go home.

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