Volunteer for Construction and Renovation in Costa Rica

San Ramón, Costa Rica Construction & Community Development



Construction projects have become more popular over the past decade and many volunteers choose to take part in them in Costa Rica. During our construction program you will be helping, along with other volunteers, build houses for Costa Ricans living in poor conditions.

The construction program in Costa Rica is aimed to help reduce the cost for low income families to build a house given by a government loan. Volunteers in this program can help build houses, schools or other infrastructure. Not only building new structures, volunteers can help renovate other places as needed. This program requires volunteers to be reasonably fit and to know basic skills such as drilling, hammering, shoveling, etc.

Volunteers in this program are strongly advised to bring workboots.

You must be:

– Reasonably fit and healthy

– Able to work under the sun for various hours

Minimum Spanish requirement: Basic


This is a great volunteer opportunity for people who are energetic, those who love being outdoors, and volunteers who like to build. By constructing homes for families in need, you will be part of an initiative to offer safe housing for individuals and families.

Field conditions

As a volunteer on INLEX/CA’s Costa Rica Construction program, you will have the chance to work alongside fellow volunteers and locals to build houses for people living in poor conditions. A few of your activities will include:

– Designing work plans

– Helping to build foundations for homes

– Moving earth to flatten terrains

– Moving construction materials

– Painting

– Construction

– Building furniture

You’re also invited to take Spanish classes as part of your trip to Costa Rica, which will help to give you a truly immersive experience. To sign up, you should be reasonably fit and healthy and able to work under the sun for different hours throughout the day.

Arrival and orientation

Orientation is held the day after your arrival with all the volunteers that have arrived on the same day as you and it is followed by a walking tour of San Ramon de Alajuela. We will discuss topics like:

– Who we are

– The country

– Your program

– Health and safety precautions

– Living with a host family

– Transportation

– Expectations

– Responsibilities

– Exchanging currency

– Communication

– Information on Spanish lessons

– Do's and don'ts

The orientation takes most of the day and is vital to understanding the country, the program, and to ensure you have a great experience. This will be the time to ask questions, learn about your time here and meet staff and other participants. You will be informed of the time of orientation upon arrival.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Your host family is eager to welcome you and integrate you into their family, traditions and day-to-day life. Living with a host family is different from staying in a hostel or guest house as you will be given the opportunity to integrate into an authentic cultural experience as well as improve your Spanish while sharing your culture as well. In a way, you will become a part of the family, so please remember to respect the house rules, help in the house and treat each other with respect. The host family will give you 2 meals per day (unless specified otherwise), usually breakfast and dinner and for lunch you will cover the cost of by either buying food for yourself, eat outside or pay the host family a little extra for lunch. Laundry is not included in the program. You can ask your host family to use their washing facilities to wash your own laundry or sometimes, host families are willing to do the laundry for an extra charge. This varies from family to family, so we leave this decision up to you.


Volunteers will stay with a host family for an authentic cultural experience.


from $362 USDper week

from $362 USDper week


What’s included

  • Coffee, tea and wi-fi in our office

  • Thorough orientation of the program and walking tour in san ramon de alajuela

  • Transportation to the language school and volunteer project site

  • 24/7 emergency support

  • Participation in cultural activities

  • Introduction to your project placement

  • Accommodation with a host family with two meals per day

  • Pick up at the airport

What’s not included

  • Visa renewal and related costs (if staying more than 90 days)

  • Transportation upon finishing your program

  • Personal expenses

  • Travel or medical insurance

  • Airport/exit taxes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

Start dates

Projects start every other Sunday and run all year, except for the winter holidays.

INLEXCA´s mission is to strengthen human resources in Central America through volunteer programs, educational tours and internships. In addition to this, INLEXCA provides opportunities to students, professionals, and interested persons from countries outside the Central American region, to better understand the reality and challenges faced by the countries in the region. We work towards : -Sustainability in the projects and communities that we work in. -Programs that promote cultural exchange. -Safe and affordable programs. -Strengthening and empowering communities. -Authentic experiences for our volunteers. -Facilitating education. Our office was set up by former Peace Corps staff in Guatemala in 2005, who wanted to provide flexible programs that would allow prospective volunteers to choose how long they wanted to volunteer for and in what area they wanted to focus on. This flexibility allows our participants the option to commit for as long as they want, unlike other programs that required one or two year commitments. We do this because we believe in the principle that every volunteer can make a difference, no matter how long they volunteer for, together, we can help communities grow and become stronger. Many years and happy volunteers later, we work with key partner projects to develop communities in each of our destinations. INLEXCA is member of the Federation in International Living and abides by their standard of quality.

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