“I believe that we can be successful if we balance our need for economic benefit with the needs of the environment.”
                                                                                - José A. Zaglul, Founder of Earth University

Volunteer Travel (Baseline Study)

Costa Rica

Ecological Awareness and Sustainable Agriculture



As part of our global strategy to expand volunteer travel locations Via International is piloting a special 8 day trip to Costa Rica in January 2019. Space is limited to 18 participants and available to all board members and their family and friends. Together, we will develop the network of community resources needed to open Costa Rica as a new location for Via International volunteers.

Dates  January 2019 - 8 Day Trip, exact dates TBD

Cost  $2000 per person

This program fee covers all in country ground transportation, 2 meals-a-day, lodging at quality hotels, tour guide, park entrance fees, and community development support. Please note that this does not include flights to and from Costa Rica.


The primary purpose of this pilot trip is to create a robust itinerary focused on ecological awareness and sustainable agriculture. We are still exploring our options and working with a new in country coordinator, however our plan is to build on what and who we know. We will arrive and depart from San Jose International Airport. Earth University, our potential primary partner, will provide regional support, education, and orientation to Costa Rica and the challenges of sustainable agriculture. Additional activities may include visits to food forests, botanical gardens, mural painting, tree planting, beach cleanups, permaculture research, and indigenous community support. We will, of course, travel to amazing beaches and take full advantage of Costa Rica’s extraordinary biodiversity!


Planning a pilot trip requires knowing as much as we can ahead of time and, by far, the most important early indicator of success is the firm commitment of those who wish to participate. This trip serves as a baseline research study and donation to our organization.

Thank you in advance for supporting this new adventure!