Immerse yourself in a Costa Rican community while supporting our long-term projects and experience a unique opportunity to live and work with local families. Your students will be contributing to both construction and sports education projects, working in the community of Quepos and living in picturesque Manuel Antonio.
Project Aims and Objectives
GVI has been operating in Costa Rica for almost 10 years. As well as community development work in Quepos, GVI focuses on wildlife conservation projects near Jalova and within the Torteguero National Park. In Quepos the teams are involved in construction, childcare, teaching English, sports and healthcare initiatives.
Our projects are well established and respected amongst the communities. GVI’s long-term involvement, capacity building and commitment to our projects, ensure that the service elements of your students’ trips are contributing to long-term sustainable projects helping to achieve our partners’ objectives. These local partnerships along with stakeholder discussions drive the service elements of our trips to ensure they are fully focussed on the most prevalent issues and produce the results required locally.
As a group, you have the opportunity of contributing to on-going construction projects. This may be in the form of mural painting, classroom maintenance and painting, playground maintenance, floor laying or building construction from scratch. The exact work will greatly depend on the needs of the childcare centres at the time. This is a great opportunity for students to work as a team in achieving an overall goal that will have long-lasting effects for the community members and local partners.
Contribute to our long-term conservation and community projects while learning Spanish. Experience life in an authentic Costa Rican community living, eating and working with the local families all while enjoying life on the Pacific Ocean.
Our projects are located in the beautiful town of Quepos, in the Puntarenas Province of Costa Rica. Quepos is about 157km south from the country’s capital city of San Jose and is known as the gateway to the world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Surrounded by palm plantations and rainforest, the town contains an array of wildlife with monkeys and toucans in plain sight most days. In and around the national park, the whole area is famed for its beautiful beaches and hiking trails, making this location an exceptional place to visit and be a part of the Tico way of life.
Quepos' short, mid, and long-term objectives
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.Upon arrival to
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Quepos:
1. Improve access to education and wellness to El Cocal community
2, Increase environmental awareness in the local community
3. Improve English literacy levels in Quepos community and surrounded areas
4. Ensure that GVI Quepos base provides volunteers and interns unique, safe, responsible travel experiences, exceptional training and career development opportunities, and facilitate the ability to make a real difference