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Costa Rica

Discover Costa Rica, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world; ISV volunteer projects demonstrate how people and nature are inextricably linked. One of ISV's Costa Rican Projects was recently awarded "Outstanding Project of the Year" at the World Youth and Student Travel Awards.

COST

ISV has departure dates running between May-August and November-January each year. Ultimate 4 Week Programs conclude approximately 28 days after the departure date listed.    For those participating in the Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion program,  please note the date listed for Costa Rica is the departure date for the 7 day Spanish Language program that takes place in the host country prior to the start of the Volunteer Project. This will mean the total program length is 5 weeks. You will have the opportunity to opt out of this program on the Flight/Options Form. If you choose to opt out, your departure date will be 7 days later.

Price: $4,295 USD

The Ultimate 4 Week Program

ISV's Ultimate 4 Week Program consists of a 2 Week Volunteer Project and 2 Week Adventure Tour. Prices vary per country and are listed below.

Your Program Cost Includes

  • Project fees as required by the host volunteer organization, i.e. project materials and supervision from host organization staff
  • All accommodations during the ISV Program
  • All meals during 2 Week Volunteer Project(s) and at least half of meals during 2 Week Adventure Tour(s) as indicated in the ISV Travel Manual
  • Five (5) Adventure Tour activities as stated in the ISV Travel Manual and the ISV website (activities vary by country)
  • National park entrance / user fees as indicated in the ISV Travel Manual
  • All Program ground transportation in host country
  • Orientation(s) in host country
  • Program research, set-up and management
  • Administration and recruitment costs
  • ISV regional offices and local staff who provide 24 hour support while programs are operating
  • Professionally trained ISV Project Leader(s)
  • Professionally trained ISV Tour Leaders(s)
  • ISV Travel Manual, Project Overview, Country Resource Document and additional ISV documentation to prepare you for the ISV Program
  • ISV T-shirt

Your Program Cost Does Not Include

  • Air transportation, air taxes and ticketing fees, and any country departure taxes (where applicable)
  • All transportation and accommodation costs in your home country to and from the designated departure city
  • Half of your meals during the Adventure Tour
  • Medical and travel/trip cancellation insurance (required)
  • Passports (required), travel visas (where necessary), and any vaccinations (if required by your physician)
  • Additional optional activities during the Adventure Tour
  • Academic credit (optional)
  • Spanish Language Program (optional)

 

2 Week Volunteer Program

ISV gives you the option of doing just a 2 Week Volunteer Project with no Adventure Tour or additional excursions. This is a great option if you are running tight on time and would still like to make a difference by volunteering overseas.


Your Program Cost Includes

  • All materials needed to complete your project as well as supervision/leaders from your host organization staff
  • All accommodations during the ISV Program
  • All meals during 2 Week Volunteer Project
  • All Program ground transportation in host country
  • Fees as charged by host volunteer organization
  • Orientation in host country
  • Program set-up and management
  • Administration and recruitment costs
  • Professionally trained ISV Project Leader(s)
  • ISV Travel Manual, Project Overview, Country Resource Document and additional ISV documentation to prepare you for the ISV Program
  • ISV T-shirt

Your Program Cost Does Not Include

  • Air transportation, air taxes and ticketing fees, and any country departure taxes (where applicable)
  • All transportation and accommodation costs in your home country to and from the designated departure city
  • Medical and travel/trip cancellation insurance (required)
  • Passports (required), travel visas (where necessary), and any vaccinations (if required by your physician)
  • Academic credit (optional)
  • Spanish Language Program (optional)

 

Options & Excursions

ISV offers you a range of options and excursions before or after your ISV Program to give you an even more incredible experience overseas. Please refer to each specific option or excursion page for full details. Prices are listed below.

Spanish Language Program

Begin your ISV Program in Costa Rica by immersing yourself deep within the culture of your host country though a 7 day homestay program with a local host family.

Since the vast majority of ISV participants traveling to your host country will participate in the ISV Spanish Language program (regardless of their Spanish language skills), ISV assumes your participation and will add the cost of this option to your Program invoice. Any ISV participant who chooses to opt out of the Spanish Language Program must notify the office by checking the opt-out box on the ISV Participant Agreement.


Optional Activity Package

The purpose of the Optional Activity Package (OAP) is to provide you with even more activities to enrich your experience overseas. We are able to negotiate excellent prices for these activities, much less expensive than what you could get if you booked on your own. In addition, all bookings will be taken care of for you by your ISV in-country staff, so all you have to do is show up and be ready for some amazing adventures! Each year, more than 95% of all ISV participants worldwide enjoy the benefits of the Optional Activity Package. Please note that the OAP in each country is offered in addition to the 5 included ISV Activities.


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