Art Beyond Borders – Costa Rica Project

Have you ever wanted to take a trip where you experience a foreign culture and touch lives? Are you looking for a meaningful way to spend your vacation this year? If so, this trip is for you!

What Is The Trip About?

“My volunteer experience is Costa Rica was amazing because of the relationships I formed with the children. I was quickly reminded of the infinite potential of children. An amazing experience!” – 2011 team member.

“I am a creative person and have always enjoyed/seen the importance of giving back to the community and helping others. I have been a part of many service organizations/mission trips in the past and was really excited to find a program that combines my passions (design, creativity, art) and helping people (especially children!). Art is so important and gives children confidence, passion, fun, and a way to express themselves that words cannot. It is also beautiful how art transcends language, culture, and age.” -2013 applicant

Drawchange has a six-year commitment to Fatima School in Cartago, Costa Rica. 2014 will be our FINAL year traveling as an organization to bring love and hope to the Diques community of Cartago, Costa Rica. We travel and live as a volunteer family while serving the school daily. Our accommodations are in a beautiful, yet simple bed and breakfast that overlooks the valley of Cartago. Wake up with us to watch the fog rolling over the mountains and know you are helping make a dent in world-change. It is the perfect backdrop to a beautiful, selfless experience that awaits you. It will be one of the most fulfilling experiences you can imagine-hands down! You will be amazed at the transformation awaiting you.


Travel Dates: July 25, 2015 – August 2, 2015     We have our team all set-up this year, thanks for your interest! 

Cost And Fundraising

Almost all-inclusive in-country cost: $950 Please make all checks payable to drawchange Inc.
Includes accommodations, most meals, ground transportation, field trip day, inter-cultural community work day, tips, and taxes.

All participants are encouraged to fund raise for the costs of their trip. While the volunteer team will together hold a fundraiser(s), we will set you up on a fundraising portal where you may interact with your donors and track your progress. Please click here for an example. 

Who Is Eligible To Go

Participants will be chosen from information provided on application forms, based on skill set needed and group demographics needed for work teams.
*Under 21 years of age must be accompanied by guardian.

Application Procedures

We are currently accepting applications for our FINAL trip to Costa Rica as a team! We have visited them since 2010 and created a sustainable empowering arts curriculum. We feel 100% sure of the impact we’ve made and will continue to create in the future. If you are interested in joining us this year, please fill out our volunteer application here. There is an associated $50 non-refundable fee before March 25 and $100 fee after.

If You Want To Support The Trip

The team needs your tangible support. We will be raising funds for the school. On a previous trip, the team raised funds to purchase the school an industrial rice cooker. Those who stay can be as important as those who go! You are important to the success of the project’s mission! Please click here and notate “Costa Rica Project” to make a project-specific donation.

Photo Albums From Previous Trips

Please visit these online albums for all of our photos!

2010: The Beginning. Nothing but sadness and tears on our last day.
2011: “Thank you so much for returning!”
2012: “Can’t wait to see you next year!”
2013: “We missed our friends!”
2014: Everywhere we turned there was a five year celebration for us!
2015: Will you be a part of our amazing memories?