Grano De Oro, Costa Rica 2018

Grano De Oro, Costa Rica

Deep in the mountains of Costa Rica, near Turrialba, there's a family that has worked feverishly for decades to translate the Bible into the native language of the indigenous people of Costa Rica, the Bribri and the Cabecar. Until this family followed God’s lead to leave the United States and live among the tribes, building relationships, the language had never been written. Once it was finally documented, the painstaking process of Bible translation could begin.

Join us as we team with this family of long-term missionaries who is investing their lives sharing the gospel to those living in remote mountainous areas of this beautiful country. 

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Date Age Availability Register
May 12 2018 to May 19 2018 All Ages Open
Jul 07 2018 to Jul 14 2018 All Ages Open
Jul 28 2018 to Aug 04 2018 All Ages Open
Dec 29 2018 to Jan 05 2019 All Ages Open

How You'll Serve

Here are examples of the types of projects you might be involved with:

  • Help construct buildings that will be used for various ministry purposes
  • Work on a coffee farm that’s a source of income for the ministry
  • Assist with other ministry needs, as determined by local partners

Our Partners

In addition to providing Bibles, our ministry partner is involved in meeting physical and emotional needs as well. Their home and acreage has become a central hub of ministry. We'll stay with them for the week, working on projects of all kinds to help their ministry.

Sample Itinerary

Saturday – Arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO); travel to lodging facility in Grano De Oro
Sunday – Attend a local church; free afternoon
Monday-Thursday – Perform service work and outreach projects; evening devotions and God Sightings
Friday – Waterfall rappelling and zip lining; travel back to San José and spend the night at a hotel near SJO Airport
Saturday – Depart for SJO Airport; fly home

*Optional pre- or post-trip add-ons available for this location; call Robin for details.

Need to Know

  • A passport is required to travel to Costa Rica.
  • Be up to date on all standard vaccines, such as Tetanus, Mumps, Measles, and Rubella. Hepatitis A vaccine is also recommended. Be sure to bring bug spray (at least 25% DEET).
  • Fly into the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Average flight cost is $500-$600.
  • There is a $29 USD per person departure tax that should now be included in the price of your plane ticket. Please confirm this with your airline.There is a $29 USD per person departure tax that should now be included in the price of your plane ticket. Please confirm this with your airline.
  • Lodging will be with our ministry partner and his family at their family compound.
  • Currency is the Colón. $1 = about 564 Colones.
  • Electricity is the same as the U.S., and a converter or adapter is not needed to plug electronics into the wall.
  • Spanish is the primary language, however, other indigenous languages are spoken, such as Bribri and Cabécar.
  • Bring additional money for souvenirs.
Price: $999 per person
Deposit: $100 per person

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Yes! Lifetree Adventures! We have created faith-based trips to many destinations where you stay in a comfortable hotel, serve those in need, and see the local sights and culture. They’re designed for the individual, family, or group that wants to make an impact with their vacation.

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Call our expert International Mission Trip advisors at 800-747-2157.

Prices do not include airfare from North America. However, in Peru, our price includes the airfare from Lima to Pucallpa.

To reserve space on a trip, a nonrefundable $100 deposit is due when you register. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. Please visit our website for complete details of our cancellation policy.

All U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter a foreign country and return to the United States. It must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. A passport is not required for trips to Puerto Rico and Alaska. Visas are not required for most trips. For full information, please ask your mission trip planner at time of booking.

Our international trips are family-friendly, so, in most cases, kids can serve along with adults. Contact Robin at 866-595-4906 for more location-specific age requirements. You must have one adult (21 or older) for every five students. If you have both males and females in your group, you must have at least one adult volunteer of each gender.

Most meals are covered as part of your registration, except for free days if you're serving in Alaska or Puerto Rico. Please see the detailed itinerary of your international trip for any exceptions.

Most meals will be provided by our ministry partners, who have been carefully trained to prepare safe and nutritious meals for our teams. You will get a taste of local food on all of our trips, and some locations will include American food as well.

Your international mission trip covers gratuities for meals in restaurants that are included for the week. Gratuities for porters or housekeeping staff if you stay in a hotel during your trip are at your discretion. Airport porters who help with your bags will expect to be tipped $1-$2, and if you participate in a guided tour or fun activity on your free day, you may want to consider tipping your hired guide.

While some adventures are more physically strenuous than others, most international trips will include at least four 8-hour service days in hot and humid environments. Your group can work at the level of physical exertion with which they’re comfortable.

The safety of your group is a top priority for us, as we’re sure it is for you. In all the areas we serve, we take extra precautions to make sure you or your group is as safe as possible. Guided by our local, experienced ministry staff partners, we avoid situations that are inherently dangerous. We’re also proactive by choosing lodging facilities and transportation that are safe and reliable. Your mission trip advisor is glad to answer further safety questions.

Probably. If you’re looking for a trip specially designed for your group, we may be able to accommodate that for you. We have several trips a year that we custom design for groups, at a date and location that fits their needs. Pricing and availability vary, but if you’re interested in a custom week, contact Robin at, or call 1-800-747-2157 for more information.

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