Volunteering in Building and Construction in Costa Rica

San Ramon, Costa Rica Construction & Community Development



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.


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

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

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.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

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.


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


from $462 USDper week

from $462 USDper week


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

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.

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