This trip is intended for families traveling and volunteering with children between 3 and 18 years old. Families will spend the week working with the children and families of the hillside village of Providencia de Dota. This tranquil town lies in the middle of the cloud forest in the heart of the tropical coffee-producing region of the country. Its residents are some of the most fun-loving, warm, and welcoming people on Earth. Come help them strengthen their sustainability practices with projects including organic coffee farming, permaculture and a local recycling program.


The cost of the trip covers virtually all in-country experiences, including:

  • Housing and meals
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Coordination
  • Service project materials and coordination
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Dedicated group leader and experienced local guides
  • 24-hour emergency contact
  • T-shirt

The fee does not cover airfare, visa expenses, or immunizations (if necessary). With the exception of meals during your free time on the arrival and departure days and any shopping you do, all trip costs are covered from the minute you arrive until the minute you return.

Housing & Meals

Dream Volunteers uses family home stays in Providencia. The home stays are arranged with families who have many years of experience hosting intenrational volunteers. They have been through a vetting process that involves health and safety inspections as well as training. Volunteers receive 3 meals daily (vegetarian and vegan meals are accommodated as well), lodging in a private room, a hot shower and purified water.

Living with a host family enables students to participate in family social events, and gives volunteers a unique glimpse into the authentic lifestyle and culture of rural Costa Rica. Although it helps, Spanish is not a requirement on this trip. The families are very used to creative communication with their English-speaking guests

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1

Morning: Arrive in San Jose
Afternoon: Orientation in Providencia

Day 2

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Picnic and games with host families

Day 3

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Waterfall swim

Day 4

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Cooking lesson

Day 5

Morning: Zip-lining in local adventure park
Afternoon: Farewell activity with host families

Day 6

Morning: Shuttle to Dominical Beach
Afternoon: Surf lessons and beach time

Day 7

Morning: Tour Manuel Antonio National Park
Afternoon: Shuttle to San Jose Airport Hotel

Day 8

Morning: Free time at hotel pool until airport departure

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