SHORT-TERM TRIP, LONG-TERM IMPACT
Volunteer teams partner with us by SHARING God´s love and SHOWING God´s love. Breaking the poverty cycle is a journey. We invite you to travel to Costa Rica and work with us alongside our local partners to bring long term transformation.
HOW TO SERVE
Hope Partners Costa Rica partners with local public schools, kindergartens and children centers. These centers work with limited resources to keep their facilities in shape. Our goal is to help create environments that surround children and moms with beauty, love and joy since the culture around the center is one of abuse, violence and despair.
ABOUT OUR TRIPS
For over seven years we have had the privilege of working with volunteer teams who travel to Costa Rica to be a part of our mission to break the cycle of poverty. For a week at a time, they generously give of their time to serve the mothers and children in the struggling communities where we work. We invite you to join us!
Our wonderful on-site team will be happy to help you through this journey and provide all the logistics needed to make sure we maximize your time in Costa Rica.
• A minimum of 12 volunteers per team (there is no maximum)
• Community Service 3-4-Day Project (All materials for facility improvement projects)
• Hotel accommodations
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
• Local private transportation
• Full-time bilingual translators
• Optional sightseeing activities
• Airfare (upon request)
What is the facility improvement project?
The centers and schools struggle with limited budgets to keep their facilities in shape for the children. Our volunteer program helps with specific facility improvements and renovation projects to help the centers/schools. Painting classrooms, hallways, bathrooms, murals, desk, chairs, and much more.
Do we have to bring the materials for the facility improvement project?
No, all materials needed for “facility improvement project” will be provided.
What “Fun Activities” are the best to work with the children?
We encourage our volunteer teams to prepare Fun Activities based on the following topic: You are important to God. Any activity involving crafts, sports, games, dances, etc. that will not require much translation, and that take at least 30+ minutes to make with the children.
Do we have to bring the materials for the “Fun activities”?
Yes, we recommend bringing all these materials from the US because they might not be not available in Costa Rica.
Do I need to speak Spanish to serve, and is translation available?
Spanish is NOT a requirement. Our staff will be there to translate at the schools or centers. Normally we would have one translator per every 10 volunteers.
What is the range of ages of the children we will be serving?
Children age range from 0 – 12 years old.
What is the minimum number of people needed to apply for the mission trip?
We work with a minimum of 12 volunteers.
What is the maximum number of people?
No maximum! The maximum amount of people you can bring it is up to you :), there are more communities we are now serving, we are partnering with new children’s centers and public schools, so the more volunteers we have the more work we can accomplish and the more kids we are able to serve.
How old should volunteers be to serve in Costa Rica?
We recommend being 13+.
How far in advance do we need to pay?
There are only 3 payment dates:
- 30 days after reservation: $100 deposit per person for land portion to secure space.
- 120 days prior to departure: 50% of remaining amount due for land portion.
- 60 days prior to departure: Final payment amount due
How can I pay for my team tour?
Usually payments are issued through direct deposits or wire transfer to a US bank account.
What’s included in the trip package?
- Community Service 4-5 Day Project
- Hotel accommodations
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
- Local private transportation
- Full-time bilingual translators
- Walking City Tour
- Farmer’s Market
What if a need to cancel my reservation?
Cancellations processed 90 days prior to departure are fully refundable (does not apply for airfare). Cancellations processed 89-61 days prior to departure result in a loss of 50% of the total trip fee. Cancellations made within 60 days of departure result in a loss of the total program fee. We reserve the right to cancel this trip. In such case, the entire payment will be refunded.
Can Hope Partners Costa Rica handle my air travel arrangements?
Yes. We price airfare separately from our land portion trip package. If you prefer to book your own airfare, you are welcome to do so. We have extensive experience planning and booking group air travel and work with the major airlines that fly to Costa Rica. We can get you an airfare quote once you provide us with your preferred dates, departure airport and number of participants.
What options are available for our “Day off”?
We offer these options (additional cost):
- La Paz Waterfall Gardens
- Beach Trip & Canopy Zip-Line Tour
- Irazu or Poás Volcano National Park
- White Water Rafting
Do I need any vaccinations to travel to Costa Rica?
No special vaccinations are required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter Costa Rica. If you have special health concerns, we recommend that you check with a physician with knowledge of travel medicine. And visit this website: Vaccines
Do I need a passport and/or Visa?
U.S., Canadian, and many European citizens may enter Costa Rica with a valid passport and do not need a visa. If you are traveling from another country, please check the Costa Rican embassy web site.
Do I need travel insurance?
We require that every tour participant has adequate medical insurance that covers him/her during the trip. Contact your insurance company to find out whether it will cover you on international trips. If not, we can recommend some travel insurance companies that other volunteers have used in the past.
Is the water drinkable in Costa Rica?
Yes, you can drink tap water at all locations where you will be traveling on your tour.
Do all room accommodations have to be triple/quad occupancy?
Our standard prices are based on triple and quad occupancy. For an additional cost per person, we would be happy to arrange for you to have a single or double room.
How long is the flight to Costa Rica?
The length of the flight varies depending upon which airport you are departing from and whether you have a layover. Here are a few examples of direct flight times to Costa Rica:
HOUSTON to Costa Rica: 3.5 hours
MIAMI to Costa Rica: 3 hours
ATLANTA to Costa Rica: 4 hours
BALTIMORE to Costa Rica: 4 hours
LOS ANGELES to Costa Rica: 5.5 hours
What is the currency in Costa Rica?
The Costa Rican currency is called Colon. US dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted.
Will I have access to Internet during my tour?
Wireless internet access is available at all the hotels if you would like to use your phone, tablet or laptop. Normally the centers and schools won´t have wifi available.
Will my U.S. cell phone work in Costa Rica?
Many U.S. cell phone will work in Costa Rica – but not all of them. Check with your cell phone company before you arrive to verify – and be prepared for possible extra charges. Or you can buy a pre-paid SIM card in Costa Rica.
“Hope Partners was well organized. Enjoyed doing mission work and serving the beautiful country as well”
– DeAnne Sichler (Florida)
“I loved the community. Everyone was so welcoming and loving. So grateful for y’ all. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of it.”
– Taylor Holbrooke (Atlanta)
“Getting to work with the kids was the best part. They were all super sweet and excited we were there.”
– Brooklyn Bredemann (Atlanta)
“I loved everything, but the best thing was serving and teaching the kids about God and Jesus and improving their school environment.”
– Brooke Walsh (Florida)
“Participating in the service project at the center was the best part of week. Working with the children and teachers as well as working on the mural was amazing. Hoping the children felt the love and presence of God while were at the center”
– Amanda Davis (Atlanta)