Awareness Trips to Costa Rica

Get ready for the trip of a lifetime!

On your trip to Costa Rica, you will be welcomed by the local staff who will be your hosts for the week. You will visit the homes and communities of sponsored friends and learn about their joys and challenges while experiencing the beauty of the Costa Rican people.


This covers food, lodging and most in-country transportation.
Airfare is not included.

What you’ll do

Day 1
Arrive in San José, where local Unbound staff will welcome you at the airport.
Day 2
Learn about how Unbound operates in Costa Rica. You'll learn about sponsorship programs, letter writing and the role of Unbound staff. Attend Mass at a local church (optional).
Days 3-4
Travel by bus through beautiful landscapes to visit rural communities and meet your sponsored friends. Whenever possible, the staff tries to take sponsors to visit their sponsored friends at their homes. Learn about the social and economic realities of the area. Enjoy performances of traditional Costa Rican dances.
Day 5
Share activities with some sponsored members in their golden years and learn about the benefits of being sponsored as an elder through Unbound.
Day 6
Spend a day recreating with sponsored friends! Enjoy an interactive day full of games and other activities to make the time with your sponsored friend even more special.
Day 7
Experience the unique flora and fauna of Costa Rica through touring local sites of interest such as a coffee plantation and roasterie, an animal sanctuary, or a pineapple plantation.
Day 8
Depart San José. Arrive home.
Please note that this is a sample itinerary. A detailed schedule and additional information will be sent one to two weeks prior to departure in the pre-departure packet. Unbound will make every effort to offer the opportunity to attend Mass on Sundays.
What you'll do in Costa Rica

What we provide:

  • In-country ground transportation
  • Lodging and meals/bottled water
  • Interpreters
  • The opportunity to meet your sponsored friend
  • Transportation costs for your sponsored friend, chaperone and local staff
  • Planned group activities
  • Memories that will last a lifetime

Select a trip date

Click on the dates you’d like to travel and download the registration packet to get started.
Space is limited! We recommend applying as soon as possible. Registration will close one month prior to departure.

If you still wish to apply after this date, contact a trip coordinator regarding availability.

  • Mar. 23-30, 2019 Completed
  • Jul. 13-20, 2019 Waiting list only

    To join the waiting list, download the registration packet. Each traveler should submit the completed application and travel agreement. Please do not send the $100 deposit payment.

    Download the Costa Rica 2019 trip information and everything you need to register.

    If you are traveling with a minor (age 6-17), download the registration packet for minors.

  • Nov. 9-16, 2019 Registration Open

    Download the Costa Rica 2019 trip information and everything you need to register.

    If you are traveling with a minor (age 6-17), download the registration packet for minors.

Complete & submit packet in one of these ways:

Print, fill out and mail forms to:
Attn: Trip Coordinator
1 Elmwood Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66103-9816

Print, fill out, scan and email forms to [email protected].

Complete electronically and email forms to [email protected].

To fill out electronically, open the PDF in Adobe Reader 8.0 or newer and save forms once completed. NOTE: Filling out forms in a web browser will NOT save your changes.

Be sure to include your non-refundable deposit of $100 per person.
If emailing, a trip coordinator will contact you for payment.

Sponsor a child for $36 a month


Learn more about our trips:
Frequently asked questions

Pay your child sponsorship amount online

Earn a free trip

Learn about the
Global Points program

Send your sponsored child a photo or eLetter

Contact us

Trip Coordinator

[email protected]