San Jose, Costa Rica 2019

San José, Costa Rica

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.

For more information call Robin at 1-

970-800-4000

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Date Age Availability Stay Informed Register
Jul 13 2019 to Jul 20 2019 All Ages Open Keep Me Informed

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Date Price Age Trip Type  

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

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.
Price: $999 per person
Deposit: $100 per person

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Call our expert International Mission Trip Advisor at 970-800-4000.

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 970-800-4000 for more location-specific age requirements. 

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 ralm@groupmissiontrips.com, or call 1-844-258-9616 for more information.

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

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