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Women's Empowerment Project in Costa Rica

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Nestling between its tropical Caribbean and Pacific coasts, Costa Rica is one of the most breath-taking countries in the world. Travel to this tropical paradise and contribute in Women’s Empowerment initiatives. By doing so, you will integrate into the local community which will leave you in love with the people, landscapes and wildlife that this magical destination has to offer.
Taking part in Costs Rica’s Women’s Empowerment Project and participating in sustainable and meaningful activities, will be a fulfilling experience that will stay with you throughout your life. You will develop skills in working with women and children in local communities, directly impacting future generations, which will in turn beat issues such as unemployment and poverty.
Over 62 million girls around the world are not in school and over a third of women have experienced physical or sexual violence. These two statistics directly correlate to each other as women who are illiterate or lack education, become victims of poverty and abuse. Educated girls are statistically shown to marry later and have fewer children, subsequently decreasing infant mortality rates and increasing numbers of girls in education. The poverty cycle can be broken by also helping to develop the tools and skills women need to earn an income and raise their families out of poverty. Through supporting women, raising awareness and educating local communities on the benefits of equal opportunities, women will lead and raise future generations to be independent and successful.

Taking part in our Women’s Empowerment Project will enhance your skills and experience in working with local communities and development. By implementing long-term strategies, you will set examples for future generations through empowered females to be role models for their children, who will follow in maturing to be independent and successful in employment. Impact the programme whilst enjoying your surroundings: find a perfect balance offering you an incredible experience in a beautiful part of the world. Tremendous landscapes of natural beauty, great food, lively music and laid-back people all during your time on the Women’s Empowerment Project.
•       Help improve the lives of local women and children
•       Participate in a worthwhile and important cause
•       Implement long-term strategies for a lasting project
•       Influence generations of females to be the best version of themselves
•       Earn your TEFL certificate for free if you complete 20  teaching hours
•       Discover a land of intense beauty and colourful culture

•       CV required
•       DBS Check

Airport Pickup Community Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Meals Teaching Terrestrial Free Time

Location:      Costa Rica
Transport:    Airport pick-up and transfer to volunteer accommodation
Accommodation:Local hostel


Before you go:

Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt(UK only)
Free Frontier TEFL Certification if you complete necessary teaching hours


Food two meals a day five days a week
Airport pickup
Internal ground transfers to volunteer accommodation
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24 hour international HQ back-up

What does the project do?
The project has recently been set up to fight the global issue of equal opportunities. It’s a critical issue that needs to be addressed and your participation on our project will make a difference. You will help put in place lasting schemes that will empower women for generations to come, creating a positive impact on local communities.
What will I be doing?
Your work schedule will be challenging, varied and sometimes unpredictable but always enjoyable and fulfilling. There is a range of different initiatives to be put in place to make a lasting difference in the local communities. Activities will include educational enhancement through building communication skills and encouraging decision-making roles. Basic entrepreneurial and social enterprise competencies will equip women in their progression to employability and becoming independent.  You may also be teaching some English classes, basic healthcare, assisting in CV writing workshops and conducting interview practice.
You will benefit in terms of your personal and professional experience and will be encouraged to formulate ideas and develop your teaching skills and techniques. Working with the locals and our Frontier team, you will be working one on one or with small groups. You may be asked to share your ideas and be asked to plan your own tasks and activities for your small group. Your level of involvement will obviously depend on the length of your stay as well as your existing skills and qualifications.
This project runs five days a week so you will have weekends off to explore further afield and enjoy the beautiful scenery and all that Costa Rica has to offer.

You will be greeted at the local Airport in Puerto Jimenez by a Frontier staff member and walk 15 minutes to the volunteer accommodation. Please arrange to arrive on Sunday afternoon.
There are two airlines which fly to Puerto Jimenez, Sansa and Natureair or if you're up for it there is also a bus service from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez. Your Project Coordinator can give you further information about this bus journey. You may have to organise your own transport back to the airport after you have completed your project depending on your project end date, which is very straight forward and the Project Coordinator can help you with this.

You will be staying in the volunteer accommodation in Puerto Jimenez close to the local community. Your accommodation will be in a shared room and will be basic but clean, tidy and comfortable.

Costa Rican food is simple but delicious, with a focus on rice, beans and good quality fruit and vegetables. You will be provided with a food budget for the school week leaving your weekends free for you to enjoy reasonably priced meals in local bars and restaurants around town or trying out street stalls. You can get creative learning how to make gallo pinto, the staple food of the nation, which is fried rice and black beans or other favourites such as crispy tortillas stuffed with delicious cheeses, vegetables and every now and then some diced meat.
On account of the lush nature of Costa Rica's natural habitats, the range of fresh fruit and vegetables is vast and abundant, so make sure you sample some of the fresh market produce. Another thing to try is some Costa Rican coffee, famous the world over and representing the country's biggest export, its fragrant aroma synonymous with the lush plantations found in Central America. And don't forget the rum!

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Costa Rica provides everything you could ever desire for an action-packed and eye-opening gap year or eco break. You may wish to explore some of the activities and unforgettable sights that are on offer here whether it is in your spare time, or even in a few extra days spent in this spectacular country at the beginning or end of the project. There are so many possibilities to explore – here are just a few suggestions! Close by, why not try kayaking, horseback riding, biking or hiking through the jungle. There are stunning beaches to explore whether it is just to relax and soak up the sun or to surf some of the best breaks in Costa Rica. Alternatively you may want to visit the Frontier Costa Rica Osa Peninsula camp ($10 food and accommodation per day, transport not included).]
Further afield you can hike through the famous Corcovado National Park, visit a wildlife sanctuary nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Piedras Blancas National Park or explore the wondrous mountains and volcanoes this country has to offer. Costa Rica really does have something for everyone – you will never be short of ways to enjoy your spare time!
* Please note that you will need to cover your own costs for extra activities.
Learn more about one of the most biologically intense places on earth as you explore solitary beaches, beautiful rivers, mountains, waterfalls, farms and amazing diversity of wildlife on a guided kayak tour. You will have the unique opportunity to explore the mangroves from the water, and then paddle towards the sea where you may encounter dolphins, sea turtles, fish and ocean birds. You can kayak individually, in a group or with a guide who will teach you more about the incredible mangrove and coastal environment of Costa Rica.
A guided day trip costs 61 EUR and includes kit hire inc. buoyancy aid, dry bags, kayak and paddle. Kayaks are collected from the beach near Puerto Jimenez and the cost of the bus to the beach is approximately 14 EUR return. You can sign up for this experience prior to your deployment, or in country.
Wildlife Sanctuary
Visit this remote wildlife sanctuary which is providing wildlife rescue and rehabilitation for orphaned, injured and displaced animals indigenous to south Costa Rica. The sanctuary promotes conservation through education and community involvement and work promote the maintenance of natural biodiversity. The sanctuary run a public education programme and you have the opportunity to visit the organisation for a day to see the animals, meet and chat with staff and walk around 700 acres of local forest land.
Entry to the wildlife sanctuary costs 20 EUR, and transport to the sanctuary is via boat only. The boat journey must be organised directly with the wildlife sanctuary and can cost up to 94 EUR for daily boat hire. You can sign up for this experience prior to your deployment, or in country.
Puerto Jimenez
•    Banks / ATMs; Banco Nacional and Banco de Costa Rica
•    Bar / cafe
•    Hotels and hostels
•    Internet cafe
•    Medical clinic
•    Souvenir shop
•    Supermarket
•    Traditional markets and cafes
•    Western style restaurants


1 week € 445

2 weeks € 545

3 weeks € 745

4 weeks € 1.045

5 weeks € 1.295

6 weeks € 1.495

7 weeks € 1.695

8 weeks € 1.895

10 weeks € 2.245

20 weeks € 3.945

Extra week € 245

Christmas week € 245


Every Sunday (project starts on Monday)

During school holidays a modified program will run with one to one coaching, educational workshops and extracurricular activities. Please be aware that these dates may be subject to change at short notice. 


You can join this project for a minimum of 1 week.


This project is available for the special price of 202 EUR per week over the Christmas period.  Placements starting on the 21st or 28th of December 2020 are eligible for this price, subject to availability.  Please apply using the orange button below and then tell your volunteer advisor that you wish to take part over Christmas.


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel and medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas and equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt(UK only)
  • Free Frontier TEFL certification if you complete 20 plus teaching hours


  • Accommodation
  • Food 5 days a week 2 meals a day
  • Airport pick-up (if arriving on Sunday afternoon)
  • Ground transfers to the volunteer accommodation takes 20 minutes
  • Local orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Puerto Jimenez (PJM)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.