San Jose Costa Rica

Lush rainforests, beautiful beaches, and mountain volcanoes make Costa Rica a popular tourist destination. 

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Trips starting at $999

International trips are available year-round through our trusted partner organizations that we've worked closely with over the years. Trips can be customized specifically to your needs. Please fill out the interest form for more information, and our partners will contact you to book your next life-changing international mission trip.

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Volcano and tropical forest

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Group Mission Trips does not operate this trip. You will be connected with a trusted partner organization that can safely and effectively run this trip.

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Families/Adult Groups (All Ages)
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Lush rainforests, beautiful beaches, and mountain volcanoes make Costa Rica a popular tourist destination. With much to explore, Costa Rica is an eco-adventurer’s dream come true! But regular tourists don’t get to see an often-hidden side of Costa Rica. Just outside the capital city of San José is the suburb of Alajuelita. Outside that suburb is a small migrant community of people who piece together houses with scraps and garbage they find throughout the city.

Many years ago, our local ministry partner was stirred into action. He recruited a couple of church contacts and began to build simple and well-built homes for those who are truly in need. Just as on our Guanacaste trips, we’re involved with the local church in San José while we serve, and the church maintains a long-term relationship with the families after we build their new home, to ensure our impact is truly helpful and sustainable.

Dates and Pricing

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Typically a small hotel. Teams have stayed in multiple hotels through the years depending on the location of the worksite, size of the team, and the time of year. Rooms typically have multiple beds per room with 2-4 people per room and a private bathroom.


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
  • Play games and read Bible stories to neighborhood children
  • Assist with other ministry opportunities provided by the local church


Our Partners

Mazatlan Missions, founded in 2016, serves to impact lives and communities through global partners, holistic projects, and short-term volunteers transformed by each unique service-leadership cultural experience. Specifically, they coordinate the efforts of short-term service with long-term local leaders to accomplish projects that impact communities. Please fill out an interest form, or contact James with Mazatlan Missions at (719) 640-4844.


Our local ministry partner is passionate about giving local residents the hope and pride that come from having a home with 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. The local church in San José is also involved throughout the week we serve and maintains a long-term relationship with the families.


Sample Itinerary

Saturday – Arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport  - in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO); transport to lodging facility
Sunday – Attend a local church; possibly see a local site or free afternoon
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 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.
  • 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.



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What's Included

Most meals
On-site staff
Organized service projects
All project materials for each worksite*

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