Merced, Costa Rica 2018

Merced, Costa Rica

In Merced, located in northern San José, a community center is dedicated to helping citizens who have been forgotten and underserved grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Backed by the local church, community and business leaders, this group of Christians are living out their faith by investing time identifying and equipping people who are involved in prostitution and homelessness; they also reach out to children and troubled youth. They provide courses and programs that help people rise above their circumstances such as: computer skills, GED, leadership development, among many others. Many local people are currently involved with projects in their very own community. To date, the center has helped 200 families (1,500 people) in a variety of ways.

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Date Age Availability Register
Jun 23 2018 to Jun 30 2018 All Ages Open
Jun 30 2018 to Jul 07 2018 All Ages Open

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How You'll Serve

With the help of our ministry partners who operate the community center, we’ve identified several key areas where you can help. Here are examples of the types of projects you might be involved with:

  • Work on renovation efforts in one of the area’s poorest neighborhoods, helping widows, single moms, elderly people, and disabled people
  • Help with educational initiatives at the community center
  • Assist with children's ministry/ help lead Vacation Bible School
  • Do maintenance and upkeep of a local school
  • Help with other ministry opportunities provided by the local school and community center

Our Partners

Our local ministry partner began serving their community September of 2014 when the community center was founded. The center is operated by 10 people, mostly young people with backgrounds in psychology, business administration, college students, and graphic designers who give their time and abilities to the center.

Sample Itinerary

Saturday – Arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO); transport to lodging facility; attend church
Sunday – Free day (visit the beach or do activities such as zip lining)
Monday-Friday – Perform service work and outreach projects; evening devotions and God Sightings
Saturday – Depart for SJO 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 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.
  • Lodging will be in a local hotel.
  • 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.
Price: $999 per person
Deposit: $100 per person

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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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