Volunteering in Building and Construction in Costa Rica

San Ramon, Costa Rica

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(48 Reviews)
  • From $925 USD for 2 Weeks

  • 2 - 12 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 And Older



Working with two special foundations that provide loans for disadvantaged families to build homes, our volunteers help local construction workers in the building, repair and renovation of safe, secure residences for families in need. Join our Homebuilding and Construction Project and you’ll assist in the construction of homes for low-income families across several sites in rural areas of San Ramon. Without these charitable schemes and the help of dedicated volunteers like you, many local residents wouldn’t have the opportunity to own newly-built, modern homes to cater for their needs. Meet the families you’ll be housing and provide hands-on help in San Ramon to leave a legacy that will last for decades to come, as well as assisting in the upkeep of community buildings and schools that serve the local residents. No official qualifications are required; as long as you’re willing work hard and able to help out with physical tasks, you’re ready to join the building and construction project.

Arrival and Orientation

The nearest major airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Volunteers are assigned a dedicated coordinator based in-country, who leads pre-arrival and orientation, and is personally available to you daily for the duration of your program to assist you, answer any questions, and provide information and support.


Volunteers share safe, secure homestay in San Ramon -- your home away from home. The homestay dorm provides you with the opportunity to socialize and meet like-minded travelers from around the world. Room are single-sex rooms with bunk beds and Western-style bathrooms. There is a modern kitchen, and there is free wifi. Meals are provided for breakfast and dinner, and you can prepare your own lunch or dine out.

Field Conditions

- Clearing land for the build site - Bricklaying and mixing cement - Plastering and painting buildings - Laying roof tiles - Fixing dilapidated buildings - Digging and building septic tanks - Digging foundations for the building - Loading and unloading supplies

Your Impact

As a building and construction volunteer in Costa Rica, you will provide additional labour resources for disadvantaged families building their own homes.


San Ramon, Costa Rica
  • Where you will be volunteering
    San Ramon, Costa Rica

    You will be working in villages and rural areas in around the valleys of San Ramon.

  • Where you'll be staying
    San Ramon, Costa Rica

    Volunteers will stay in a shared house with dormitory-style rooms.

  • Nearest Airport
    Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), Heredia, Costa Rica


2 Weeks
12 Weeks
2 Weeks

$925 USD

What’s Included

  • Training and support

  • Airport pickup

  • Housing

What’s Not Included

  • Transportation to and from project site

  • Airport dropoff

  • Travel insurance

  • Air Tickets

Project Start Dates


uVolunteer is a small, yet fast-growing, international volunteer organization that specializes in volunteer placements in Ghana, Thailand, and Costa Rica, where they are experts in culture and customs. Founded in 2007, uVolunteer has sent more than 10,000 volunteers abroad on meaningful projects to explore new destinations and gain real world experiences. Its service-learning projects include teaching, care and community, construction, environment, and animal conservation. Additional benefits are cultural insight, adventure, and a safe environment for independent, female, and student travelers. Its purpose is to provide maximum benefit to volunteers and the communities they support, with minimal costs to participants.

Reviews (48)


Jan 01, 2016

I arrived in Accra on January 13, 2012. My volunteer coordinators were waiting for me at the airport; they have been helpful and kind since then. My experience was wonderful because of their guidance and support.

Saturday's orientation provided useful cultural information and helped me to navigate through the ...

Billy F Beltz

Jan 01, 2016

Disclaimer: As a Co-Founder of Volunteer Forever, I want to make it clear that we do not receive any revenue from uVolunteer and I'm not incentivized to leave a more positive review than what would be an accurate assessment of my experience.

This review is for the Teach PE ...

Beth Carter

May 11, 2015

My name is Beth Carter, I am a 21 year old film student from Brisbane, Australia. I have always loved traveling and only recently discovered volunteer tourism.

I decided to take part in the turtle conservation project through uVolunteer as I not only wanted to visit Costa Rica but also ...

Rocio Dos Santos

Feb 21, 2015

I couldn't help but to feel nervous and excited whilst waiting for my passport to be stamped at San Jose airport. I soon saw Gabi once I walked out with a huge smile and an also huge sign that said avic, my portal to an amazing experience I had ... +more

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