Cost & Details



Length of Program Program Fee
2 Weeks US$930
3 Weeks US$1124
4 Weeks US$1317
5 Weeks US$1439
6 Weeks US$1597
7 Weeks US$1781
8 Weeks US$1980
9 Weeks US$2119
10 Weeks US$2209
11 Weeks US$2356
12 Weeks US$2475

Application Fee: $200
(Please see our application fee refund policy here)

**Wildlife program require an addtional US$120 for every 2 weeks. 

Program Includes:

* Pick up from the airport in San Jose and transportation to San Ramon
* Orientation
* Volunteer Position 
* Accommodation 
* Breakfast and Dinner each day 
*24/7 emergency service

Does Not Include:

*Round trip Airfare
*Return trip to Airport
*Required Travel and Medical Insurance

Optional Spanish Classes

20 hours per week - US$250 per week


Volunteers stay with local host families. Staying with a host family is a great opportunity to get insight into the culture and practice your Spanish. Volunteers are provided with breakfast and dinner each day, and each family has safe water for participant use. Participants have their own room in the house, and share a bathroom with family members. Host families provide bedding, but volunteers should bring their own towel. All host families have running water.

Arrival Dates:

You will be arriving into the Juan Santamaria International Airport.


2017 Start Dates: September 3 and 24, October 1 and 15, November 5 and 19, December 3,

2018 Start Dates: January 7 and 21, February 4 and 18, March 4 and 18, April 8 and 22, May 6 and 20, June 3 and 17, July 1 and 22, August 5 and 19, September 2 and 23, October 7 and 21, November 4 and 18, December 2


Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is not included in the program fee. We prefer to let participants decide what kind of coverage they need. Please see our FAQ page for information on travel insurance.

All prices are listed in US Dollars. The program fees reflect the costs ELI faces when setting up a program. We work hard to keep our costs as low as possible. ELI is a registered 501(c)3 non profit. US taxpayers may be able to deduct some or all of the program fees. If you are outside the US and wondering what these costs translate to in your currency, click here for an online conversion tool that will give you the approximate current exchange rate.

Notes & Helpful Links

Make sure to read up on Costa Rica before arriving! Having some background information on the culture, history, politics will make your adjustment easier. You are going to be in a 100% Spanish speaking environment so practice your Spanish as much as you can before arriving. Duolingo is a great FREE option! Here's a handy tool to see what time it is in Costa Ricas: Time Conversion Tool. Check the Weather in Costa Rica. There is so much to see and do in Costa Rica...  here's a great list of recommendations for What to do in Costa Rica.

Apply Now

After you fill out the Application Form on our website, our Application Advisor will be in touch to help you with the next steps.


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