Volunteer Costa Rica San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica and is the cultural main hub for volunteers and travelers alike. Because so many locals speak English, San Jose is a great place to improve your Spanish.  Streets are mixed with western style chain restaurants next to bustling outdoor markets.   Although San Jose would rarely be called a pretty city, well-marked streets lead to some amazingly historical building architecture like the elegant 1897 National Theater.  Within every corner of San Jose can be found many theaters, museums, parks, plazas and zoos.

However even with rapid growth in population, San Jose largely retains a small town vibe. With the city’s central location it makes an ideal jumping off point to visit some of Costa Rica’s premier tourist sites.

Volunteering in San Jose Projects include:

Volunteer Opportunities: Costa Rica San Jose


  • Project length: From 1 weeks to 6 weeks
  • Arrival Airport: San Jose (SJO)
  • Work Schedule: 6-8 hours per day
  • Requirements: Basic Spanish, independent bus ride to/from project site
  • Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
  • Minimum Age: 12 to 17 yrs 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 family
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Arrival: Airport (SJO) meet and greet by ABV Staff
  • Orientation: Project Overview and San Jose Orientation
  • Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights to Quito. Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

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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