PricesPrices

Your stay can be planned very individually - considering the minimum stays. It is also possible to work in different projects during one stay.
Advice: It is NOT possible to change projects once you are in Costa Rica. Also, it is NOT possible to get the money back if you leave the project earlier because you don't like it.

Why do I have to pay for volunteer work? See end of this page!

The prices are valid for 2019.

IMPORTANT: From July 1, 2019 there will be a new value added tax in Costa Rica.
For volunteer stays from July 1, you have to add the value added tax of 13 % to the price.

PricesPrices

 

2019

Organization fee (one time)

400 $

 

 

School / Music school per week

165 $

Macaws per week

 

- Macaw Reserve

175 $

- Macaw Station

75 $ (selfcatering)

Turtles per week

 

- Buena Vista

210 $ plus 60 $ one time fee

- Montezuma

210 $ plus 60 $ one time fee

- Mata Palo

160 $

- Osa

250 $

- Caribe A

160 $

- Caribe B

230 $ plus 35 $ one time fee

Rainforest per week

190 $

Rescue and Reforestation per week

230 $

Rescue Center for Animals - one time

350 $ (selfcatering/selflodging)

Sloth Monitoring per week

160 $

Ecofarm per week

185 $

National Parks per week

200 $

 

 

 

+ 13 % value added tax

Minimum stayMinimum stay

Ecofarm

2 weeks

Sloths

2 weeks

Turtle camp

2 weeks

Rescue + Reforestation

2 weeks

Macaw-Reserve

2 weeks

Rainforest

3 weeks

Rescue Center for animals

4 weeks

School

4 weeks

National Parks

4 weeks

Spanish ClassesSpanish Classes

first hand (Mon-Fri 2 h)

classes

homestay

total

1 week

140 $

165 $

305 $

2 weeks

260 $

330 $

590 $

3 weeks

360 $

495 $

855 $

4 weeks

440 $

660 $

1100 $

 

 

 

 

Ecofarm

 

 

 

single hour

12 $

-

12 $

60 hours (3 months)

600 $

-

600 $

40 hours (4 weeks)

400 $

-

400 $

20 hours (2 weeks)

200 $

-

200 $

 

 

 

 

School (Mon-Fro 4 h)

classes

homestay

total

Sámara

325 $

185 $

510 $

Heredia

285 $

185 $

470 $

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+13 % tax

ExamplesExamples

 

2019

4 weeks school

1060 $

4 weeks rainforest

1160 $

4 weeks turtle north pacific

1300 $

4 weeks turtle south pacific

1400 $

4 weeks turtle caribbean A

1000 $

4 weeks turtle caribbean B

1425 $

4 weeks macaw reserve

1100 $

4 weeks macaw station

700 $ (self-catering)

8 weeks school

1720 $

8 weeks rainforest

1920 $

8 weeks turtle north pacific

2140 $

8 weeks turtle south pacific

2400 $

8 weeks turtle caribbean A

1600 $

8 weeks turtle caribbean B

2435 $

8 weeks macaw reserve

1800 $

8 weeks macaw station

1000 $ (self-catering)

12 weeks school

2380 $

12 weeks rainforest

2680 $

...

 

spanish classes are additional costs

 

 

 

 

+ 13 % value added tax

The prices include:

  • information material for preparing your stay
  • organization of your arrival pickup from the airport in San José and transport to the project - you have to pay the transport fees that depend on your choosen project - between 15 - 70 US$
  • Spanish classes (if choosen) including material
  • homestay with guest families or in the project including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • school projects:
    • onsite coordination and emergency support during your stay
    • orientation in your working area, family and school
    • volunteer office with wlan
  • nature projects:
    • onsite coordination by staff of the nature organisation
  • certificate for your voluntary work

Not included in the prices are:

  • airfare
  • insurances
  • airport tax $29 (2014)
  • hotel night in San José (depending on your arrival)
  • excursion costs, transportation, entrance fees...
  • personal expenses

Why do I have to pay for volunteer work?Why do I have to pay for volunteer work?

first hand is a small, private, Costarican organization and recieves neither government funds nor financial support from private sponsors.
The projects and the families are unable to support the volunteer financially or give free lodging and food - the weekly costs go almost entirely to the families/projects.
The first hand staff also need to be paid for their work to make a living (if not, first hand and these volunteer options simply would not exist!): project organization, volunteer coordination and '24/7' support, permanent contact with the projects/schools/families, maintenance of the volunteer office (water, electricity, phone, internet, materials, gas), answering emails, mail contact with volunteers etc.

If you find an organization that can support your stay - that's great! But there are thousands of other needy projects (schools etc.) that these few organizations can't help. Our projects, our schools and the children here definitely also need help ... and they are all very thankful if you come!