Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Lush rainforests, beautiful beaches, and mountain volcanoes make Costa Rica a popular tourist destination. With much to explore, the country is an eco-adventurer's dream come true! But regular tourists don't get to see an often-hidden side of Costa Rica. From shanty towns of Nicaraguan refugees in bigger cities to small, indigenous communities of unreached people-groups deep in the mountains, there's much more to Costa Rica than what meets the average tourist's eye.

Residents of Guanacaste, a region along the Pacific coast, have some of the country’s most breathtaking views but live in heartbreaking conditions. These precious people, with no other option for housing, build homes from scraps they find in the garbage dump or on construction sites. 

Check out this video of a senior high group’s experience serving in Costa Rica.

For more information call Robin at 1-970-800-4000

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Date Age Availability Price Stay Informed Register
Dec 28 2019 to Jan 04 2020 All Ages Call For Availability $999 1-970-800-4000

How You'll Serve

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

  • Replace an inadequate house with an adequate one, complete with a sturdy frame and a solid roof
  • Provide much-needed conversation and company for elderly residents
  • Assist with other ministry opportunities provided by the local church

Our Partners

Our ministry partner, after starting a similar ministry in San José several years ago, works to give these residents the hope and pride that come from a new sturdy home. Though these houses aren’t much by American standards, they have a concrete floor, stable framing, and a roof that doesn’t leak. That’s a major blessing to residents who are doing what they can to survive and provide for their families. To ensure that our impact is truly helpful and sustainable, the local church is involved before, during, and after our stay in Guanacaste.

Sample Itinerary

Saturday – Arrive at Liberia (LIR) airport, transport to lodging facility.
Sunday – Attend a local church service on the beach; possibly see a local site or free afternoon, or begin work on the house.
Monday-Thursday – Perform service work and outreach projects; evening devotions and God Sightings
Friday – Free day (visit the beach or do activities such as zip lining)
Saturday – Depart for LIR airport; fly home

*Optional pre- or post-mission 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 Daniel Oduber Quirós Int’l Airport (LIR). Average flight cost is $500-$750.
  • Lodging will be in a local hotel.
  • Currency is the Colón. $1 = about 565 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.
  • Bring additional money for souvenirs and free day activities.
Price: $999 per person
Deposit: See Below
Our payment policy is designed to give you the most flexibility when reserving your mission trip experience with Group Mission Trips.

When you register for a trip, a $100 non-refundable deposit is due per person to reserve your space.
Payments are due and become non-refundable 60 days prior to the trip departure.
For groups reserving more than 50% of a trip’s capacity, a $200 per person non-refundable deposit is required.
Registration fees are in U.S. dollars and can be paid by check, money order, or credit card.
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Our international trips are family-friendly, so, in most cases, kids can serve along with adults. Contact Robin at 970-800-4000 for more location-specific age requirements. 

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

To reserve space on a trip, a non-refundable $100/person deposit is due when you register. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. If you cancel your registration prior to the final payment due date, your deposit is non-refundable but any additional payments you have made up until that time are refundable. Once you have paid your final balance and are within 60 days of your trip, all money is non-refundable. If Group International Mission Trips makes the decision to cancel your trip due to inclement weather or political unrest, we will reschedule you to a different trip or refund your fees.

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.

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.

While some mission trips 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.

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.

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. Our International 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 ralm@groupmissiontrips.com, or call 1-970-800-4000 for more information.

starting at
$999*
/person
*Flight not included
Age:
All Ages
Trip Capacity:
20
Shots Required:
Yes
Passport Required:
Yes

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