Costa Rica – Family Volunteer Vacation

Visit rainforests, beaches, volcanoes, cloud forests, and wildlife rescue centers. A family vacation to Costa Rica that will inspire and make a difference.

The Place and The People

Renowned for its world-class abundance of wildlife and for being the “happiest country on earth”, Costa Rica is unrivaled in its natural beauty. From the lush rainforests teeming with monkeys, sloths and toucans to its splendid palm-fringed beaches, there are many sides of Costa Rica to explore.

During this family trip to Costa Rica, you’ll experience the warm and welcoming hospitality of the Costa Rican people as well the intense biodiversity of its beaches, cloud forests, and mountains.

What You'll Do

As a family, experience rural Costa Rican life by helping to plant trees for a morning, then learn how to cook a typical meal from a local señora. Enjoy a hands-on workshop at an organic chocolate farm that takes you from harvesting to processing and eventually savoring a delicious treat! Spend a day volunteering at a wildlife rescue center and get up close to sloths, spider monkeys, marmosets, and many more species.

More adventurous travelers can add on our optional Adventure Package, which includes a rainforest zipline experience and a half-day whitewater rafting trip.

  • Things to Do in Costa Rica- Wildlife Rescue

What You'll See

Over half of all land in Costa Rica is forested, creating the ideal playground for families and wildlife lovers alike. This family trip through Costa Rica is action packed and allows you to experience a wide range of the country.

We’ll hike through some of the most spectacular national parks in the country, view active volcanoes, and soak in rejuvenating thermal hot springs. Meander along a series of hanging bridges to experience life in the treetops of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Then, travel to the pristine Pacific coast to explore its oceanfront rainforest teeming with wildlife.

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Itinerary Overview

Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica where you’ll be met by your Discover Corps host. We’ll spend our first full day learning about the culture with a cooking class, dance performance and visit to a local school. Head to the base of Arenal Volcano to soak in the hot springs and take a chocolate tour. Continue on to Monteverde and experience a cloud forest teeming with life.

The next two days will take us to Quepos, a charming beach town where we’ll lend a hand at a local wildlife rescue. A day of wildlife spotting and relaxation at Manuel Antonio National Park will be the perfect ending before we take off on the last day.

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Where You'll Stay

Kipp A.

Florence, MA

Traveler's Journal

My 16 year old daughter and I just returned from the Costa Rica Family Volunteer Vacation, it was an experience which far exceeded my expectations. The trip was a blend of memorable experiences including a visit to a wildlife sanctuary and meaningful interactions with local people. Discover Corps’ personal connections and expert guides allowed us to enjoy a casual, comfortable time learning about the country and giving back to the people in various ways.

Dates and Fees

We offer serveral Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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8 days / 7 nights

Program Cost: US $2,295 *


August 5-12, 2017 (FF)

August 24-31, 2017 (FF)

Sept 30-Oct 7, 2017 (FF)

Nov 18-25, 2017 (FF)

Dec 26, 2017-Jan 2, 2018 (FF)

March 3-10, 2018 (FF)

March 10-17, 2018 (FF)

March 17-24, 2018 (FF)

March 24-31, 2018 (FF)

March 31-April 7, 2018 (FF)

June 9-16, 2018 (FF)

June 23-30, 2018 (FF)

July 7-14, 2018 (FF)

July 21-28, 2018 (FF)

August 4-11, 2018 (FF)

November 17-24, 2018 (FF)

December 26, 2018-January 2, 2019 (FF)


  • * Double Occupancy Price
  • Single Room Supplement = $200
  • Optional Supplemental Fees: High adventure supplement to include zipline and whitewater rafting excursions. $200 per person. Please indicate this at time of booking.
  • FF = Family Friendly


What's Included?

Our all-inclusive trips make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • All activities: chocolate tour, hanging bridges hike through cloud forest, visit to an animal rescue center, and more.
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners (1 free evening)
  • Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • 8 nights hotel lodging
  • All scheduled activities
  • Expert naturalist guides
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Bilingual Discover Corps Host
  • **High adventure supplement includes zipline and whitewater rafting excursions. $200 per person**

Alumni & Family Discounts

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

This is only available as an 8 day trip. Trips to Costa Rica for different lengths can be arranged for custom groups of 6 people or more.

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