Costa Rica Mission Trip

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 Costa Rica Mission Trip

The beauty of Costa Rica will captivate and inspire you as you serve here on your mission trip this year. While partnering with local pastors and churches, your mission trip team will be able to make a difference in the lives of those they serve and experience a life change themselves. We have developed genuine partnerships with leaders in Costa Rica who are praying for groups like yours to come serve alongside them in their communities.

When you come to Costa Rica with Praying Pelican Missions, you will be given the opportunity to lift up the pastors who are invested in their communities every day while sharing the love of Christ with those you meet in tangible ways. It doesn't matter if your group is made up of families, youth, college students, adults, or people of every age; your group will be able to serve in Costa Rica with ease. Our Praying Pelican Missions staff are well equipped to make sure the logistics for your missions trip in Costa Rica will be taken care of so you can focus completely on your mission trip and the dynamics of your group.

As you minister in Costa Rica, your mission trip will be catered to meet the needs of the local community while utilizing your unique gifts. From children's ministry and evangelism to community clean up efforts and prayer walking, you will be able to find a balance of the ministries you feel are appropriate for your mission trip team.

For more information on how we can help you prepare for your Costa Rica mission trip, contact Praying Pelican Missions today.


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At A Glance. get the basics.

Location Central America
Language Spanish (official), English
Income $12,500
Religion Roman Catholic (76.3%), Evangelical (13.7%), Jehovah's Witnesses (1.3%), other Protestant (0.7%), other (4.8%), none (3.2%)
Climate Tropical and subtropical; dry season December to April; rainy season May to November
Population 5 Million
Ethnic Groups Mestizo and white (94%), Black (3%), Amerindian (1%), Chinese (1%)
Motto "Vivan siempre el trabajo y la paz" (Spanish: "Long live work and peace")
Independence 1821

Pricing Information. see what all is included.

Trip Length:
Group Registration Fee - Not included in participant cost:
Materials Provided:
  • Group leader handbook
  • Online group devotionals and handbooks
  • Trip promotional materials
  • Group T-shirts
  • Fundraising ideas
Unlimited Consultations:
35+ Hours of Ministry:
Safe Drinking Water:
Transportation to/from Airport and Ministry Sites:
Participation in Local Church Services:
Sleeping Accommodations: Floor-sleeping lodging in a secure church or school in the area Hotel accommodations
Meals: Homemade Costa Rican and American meals Homemade Costa Rican and American meals
Recreation or Local Cultural Experience:

FAQs. we know you're wondering.

Prior to the trip you will receive a group leader manual, which includes fundraising ideas, online trip handbooks and resources for participants, promotional materials, and unlimited pre-trip consultations with your trip leader.

Once in Costa Rica you will receive transportation to and from the airport, transportation to and from ministry sites, three meals a day, safe drinking water, sleeping accommodations, group t-shirts, customizable ministry options, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening worship, prayer, debriefing meetings, and a local sightseeing or recreation activity.

Airfare, passport, vaccinations, spending money, offering at church services, construction and/or ministry materials, personal insurance, and optional recreation (ex. zip lining, snorkeling, surf board rental)

Spanish is the national language. Your team will have local PPM staff who will serve as translators as well as aid in leading your trip.

Praying Pelican Missions holds safety as a top priority. PPM staff are trained and equipped to provide a safe and incident-free mission experience. PPM staff will be with your team for the entire trip and will have access to transportation, cell phones, hospitals, and first aid kits at all times.

Costa Rica has its share of these, as does every tropical country, however, the chance of seeing anything dangerous is slim. In the event that one of these creatures is encountered our staff is well prepared and equipped to handle such a situation.

PPM staff will be waiting for you at the airport when you arrive in Costa Rica. We will then provide transportation from the airport to the ministry location and back again at the end of the trip.

All transportation within Costa Rica is included in the cost of the trip and will be arranged by PPM. Most often, teams will be riding in buses, church vans or something similar.

There are two international airports that Praying Pelican teams fly into, Juan Santamaria International in San Jose (SJO) and Daniel Odubar International in Liberia (LIR). Please talk with your trip consultant as to which airport your group should fly into.

All food and drink provided by PPM during trips is safe for consumption. Purified drinking water will be provided for the team and for the cooks to use while preparing meals.

During the final day, we will have the opportunity to shop for souvenirs.

While serving in Costa Rica, a variety of meals will be offered, from local cuisine to American food. A typical meal in Costa Rica consists of chicken and rice.

No. Praying Pelican Missions will provide all meals from the time you arrive to the time you depart. You may wish to bring snacks, but all main meals will be provided by us.

Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to Costa Rica

Location Info. basics about costa rica.

Bordering both the Caribbean Sea ( to the East) and the N. Pacific Ocean (to the West) Costa Rica lies between Nicaragua (to the North) and Panama (to the Southeast). It is a beautiful country of mountains and rainforests, and even more beautiful people.

Climate is tropical and subtropical. Due to its close proximity to the equator, Costa Rica receives over 12 hours of sunshine per day. Year-round the sun rises around 5am and sets around 6pm. The average annual temperature is 70-81 degrees F, with no real summer or winter. Coolest months are November-January and hottest are March-May. Climate varies with elevation and proximity to coastlines.

Spanish is the official language. Less than 11% of the adult population also speaks English. It will be helpful for your group to learn some basic Spanish phrases in preparation for their ministry there.

Costa Rica is considered a relatively safe place to visit. You will have a Praying Pelican staff member with you at all times while in the country should any concerns arise.

Major economic resources are the country's fertile land and frequent rainfall. It is an agricultural country, but tourism (eco-tourism) and industry (pharmaceuticals and software) are developing. Exports are bananas, pineapples, coffee, melons and sugar. According to site, unemployment stands at 6.5% (2011 est.) and 24.2 of the population live below the poverty level (2010 est.).

The currency is the colon, which exchanges at a rate of approximately 500 colons to 1 US dollar. Your group will have an opportunity to exchange money once in the country, though most souvenir vendors will happily accept US dollars.

Food is flavorful, but fairly mild. Rice and black beans are a staple. Meals rely heavily on fresh fruit and vegetables. For lunch, the national dish is a casado - rice and beans served separately with a meat (fish, pork chop or chicken). A popular dish is Arroz con Pollo (rice with chicken) accompanied by Russian salad (w/beets, potatoes, hardboiled egg and mayo).

"Pura Vida" (pure life or good life) is the unofficial motto of Costa Rica. It is an appropriate response to the question, "How are you?" and can be used as a form of greeting.

Costa Rica was explored by the Spanish in the early 16th century (Columbus in 1502) but there was no permanent settlement until 1563 (Cartago) due to mosquito-borne illness, extreme heat, resistance by the natives and pirate raids. The country gained independence in 1821 and became a republic in 1848. It is a democratic country and dissolved its armed forces in 1949.

The religious makeup of the country is 76.3% Catholic, 13.7% Evangelical, 1.3% Jehovah's Witness, 0.7% Other Protestant, and 4.8% Other.

If you were waiting for the perfect time to bring a group to Costa Rica, the time is now. Contact us for more information or register today!

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