Volunteer in Construction and Renovation

Are you handy? Volunteer in construction in Costa Rica and get your hands dirty by building and renovating in low-income communities.

As a volunteer in Costa Rica, you will be building or renovating schools, community centers and houses in impoverished communities. If you have experience in construction you will be assigned specific tasks, but if you don’t you will be assisting staff or more experienced volunteers in the project.

The construction program in Costa Rica is great for people who like working in teams and like manual tasks. As a volunteer in construction, you could be painting, mixing cement, laying bricks, cutting wood, moving earth, drilling and more. You don’t need to have previous experience, but if you know construction or renovation it certainly helps. If you have any specific skills related to construction let us know so we can add a note on your previous experience.

The specific work varies depending on the priorities at the moment you arrive, and what is being built or renovated at the moment.

Most of the work is outdoors and requires volunteers to be somewhat physically fit and being able to cope with dusty and sunny conditions regularly.

volunteer in construction

For volunteers in construction, materials and tools are provided to them, but we ask every volunteer to bring the appropriate clothing, work boots, work gloves, and eye protection.

The work is very social and usually, there are a lot of volunteers and local staff in one single construction site. There is no specific site where volunteers are based, as the communities that are helped vary. You will be traveling to a construction site every day along with the other volunteers and staff.

Work is usually 6 hours per day, Monday to Friday.

Arrival to the program are most Sundays.

On arrival you are greeted by our friendly coordinators and taken to your accommodation. Next day you meet with all the volunteers and interns that came the previous days for orientation.

In orientation we cover topics like:
-Do’s and dont’s in the country

-How to get around and weekend travel

-Your projects

-Communication, SIM cards , and currency.

-Social meet ups with other participants.

Spanish classes are available at an extra cost in 20 hour blocks. Monday to Friday , 4 hours per day.
See our costs section for more information.

Must be relatively fit and manual labor outdoors.

Visit our reviews section to see what past volunteers have to say about our programs.

We encourage all of our participants in our programs to travel as much as they can during the weekends. Volunteers and interns usually travel together during the weekends. Our coordinators can assist you to make travels plans

During the weekdays volunteers and interns usually spend time together after their assignments.

Project overview

  • Minimum commitment: 2 weeks
  • Location: Villages and towns around San Ramon, however your home base will be San Ramon
  • Accommodation: Private room in a welcoming host family with two meals per day or shared dorms in a volunteer hostel with access to a kitchen.
  • Available: Year round

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