Service Learning
Make an Impact with Reto

Reto Juvenil Internacional coordinates volunteers from around the world to complete projects aimed at improving the lives of people in high-poverty, rural areas of Central America as well as some parts of Africa and the Caribbean. The locals aren’t the only ones who benefit from this work. RJI volunteers also get opportunities to immerse themselves in an another culture and to learn Spanish or another language.

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as an individual
or an organization

RJI offers volunteers opportunities to customize their experience to match their particular skills and talents.


RJI also requires volunteers to pay to cover the costs for each week of their service learning trip. The fees start at $450 a week for each individual in groups of 12 or more. For individuals, the fee for the first week is $650 and then $350 for each additional week.


The participation fee covers


  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to and from the project site
  • Basic lodging and meals
  • Orientation sessions
  • Training and in-country support
  • Participation certificate
  • 24-hour in-country emergency service
  • Staff support.

To become an RJI volunteer, either as a group or an organization, apply now.

*The participation fee does not cover costs such as airfare, laundry or travel insurance.

*Reference letter upon request

at RJI headquarters

RJI is always looking for interns and accepts them year-round for numerous unpaid positions. Interns work for at least two weeks, primarily in our office in San Jose, Costa Rica, but they may also include additional travel.


We have had interns in the following areas:


  • English teachers
  • Social workers
  • International development students
  • International relations
  • Graphic design
  • Marketing
  • Campus program development
  • Grant writer
  • Operations specialist

Participation fee for unpaid internships:


  • $650 for the first week
  • $350 for each additional week
community service projects

Put your personal skills and abilities to work to help improve someone’s life by proposing a project for RJI.
Propose a project now.

Learn Spanish
combine instruction
with immersion

Seize an opportunity through RJI to immerse in the culture of Costa Rica and improve your Spanish skills or learn the language. RJI offers intensive Spanish instruction – about four hours a day – along with opportunities to get immersed in the culture by working as a volunteer or unpaid intern.


Students, except beginners, take an assessment on the first day of class to gauge their Spanish proficiency.

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We need your help to sustain the life-changing work of RJI. RJI would also like to establish scholarships to help people who want to volunteer but do not have the funds to do so.

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