Costa Rica

Situated in the heart of Central America, Costa Rica is a country brimming with exotic wildlife in its rugged and mountainous coastlines between the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean. Not only is Costa Rica home to beautiful rainforests, volcanoes, and beaches, but also to some of the warmest and generous people in this corner of the world! You will use dramas, dances, puppets, and soccer to catch the Ticos’ attention and share Christ with them. Futból (American soccer) is another fantastic way to get to know the Ticos, because they live and breathe the sport. Both types of ministry, performances and soccer, make for an intense and adventurous summer. Every day is something entirely new!

*Note: Soccer in Costa Rica is highly competitive; however, we will have pickup games for everyone who wants to play.


After beginning the day off right with a hearty breakfast and spending some time in the Word, it’s time to board a bus and head to a nearby village for ministry. After walking through and praying over the village, you will invite the locals to meet up at the town center for a game of futból (soccer). After the game, drama and dance performances are used as a platform to present the Gospel message and share with the locals your real reason for being in their beautiful land.

Finding creative ways to serve is another way you will impact this nation for Christ. This can be anything from picking up trash at a local park, helping someone paint their house, or even going down to the local grocery store and helping them stock their shelves! The opportunities to serve the Ticos are limitless when you come with a willing heart and a desire to serve. And if you are not a soccer player, during the games you'll build relationships and pour into the lives of the Ticos. Everything we do is a point of contact within which to build a relationship, and in Costa Rica, we build relationships with the locals so that they might have the ultimate relationship with Jesus as their Savior and Lord.

Costa Rican cuisine is known for being flavorful, with heavy influences of fresh fruit and vegetables. But the two foods you get to know best is rice and black beans! They are a staple in the Costa Rican diet and you’ll have a hard time finding a dish that is served without them. Mix them up with scrambled eggs, pour a healthy portion of Lizano (a mild green salsa they put on everything) on top, add fresh bread you’ll get from the bakery, and you’re ready to go! And I guarantee you’ll never have a better cup of coffee anywhere else in the world than you will in this beautiful country… they pick the beans down the street from the church! It’s served at every meal. Starbucks ain’t got nothin’ on these Costa Rican coffee farmers!Close
where-will-i-sleepYou will sleep in the church that we partner with in the mountain village of Cachi. Each morning you will wake up to a gorgeous view of a volcano way across the distance. You will bring your own sleeping bag and mat to sleep on each night. The weather at night in Cachi is cool, and the breezes that blow through the church makes the temperature perfect for sleeping!Close

Costa Rica has something for everyone:

  • If you are able at some level to speak Spanish. It really opens the doors to deeper ministry opportunities.
  • If you love the outdoors, enjoy fantastic scenery, and the idea of walking through tropical rainforests sounds appealing, then you and Costa will be best buds
  • If you have a love of caffeine… the coffee is so good you might as well go ahead and embrace it!

And last, but certainly not least, if you love to play soccer, then Costa Rica is the place for you. You’ll play so much you’ll be begging for a break! But at least you’ll be returning home with new playing skills and totally in shape!

adventureYou’ll hike up the valley to shower (if you dare) in a waterfall coming down the mountain, enjoy a Costa Rican BBQ, and explore 15 different towns and villages in the central valley! You’ll play semi-pro soccer teams, zip-line through the Central American rainforest, and take a dip in the warm ocean waters on the Pacific coast as you watch surfers hang 10.Close

The first time you look across the tropical valley, your sense of wonder will awaken. God’s fingerprints are all over creation in Costa Rica. This environment will open your heart to grow in new ways. You will learn what it means to know who God is and how to join Him in living out His story. You will also learn how to develop lasting relationships that bring true life to individuals. Fueling this passion will be the Word, as you spend a significant amount of time studying the life of Christ and see what true service is really about.

  • Former student, Chris, said, “What God really taught me this summer is that God doesn’t just want you to learn more about Him. He wants to have a relationship that is like one that you would have with your best friend.”
  • Ally said, “My new understanding of God and who I am in Christ has completely shattered my old thought of who God is.”
experience-cultureYou will visit an organic coffee farm and sample some of the best coffee you’ve ever had in your life (go ahead and buy a pound… or five), travel through the rainforest, enjoy the beach for a day, and watch/play a lot of futból! Life moves at a slower pace in Costa Rica, and you will love watching what unfolds in your new home country.Close
ministry-partnersWe have formed a deep relationship with Pastor Alfonso in Cachi and have been partnering with him for over 12 years! He has helped us create deep and meaningful connections in many surrounding villages and towns. The local youth group joins us in outreach and we love the special kind of ministry we have serving together. The church body is really active and has a commitment to follow up with the local people we share Christ with. This serves a crucial role in each new believer’s journey of discipleship in their relationship with the Lord. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to continue partnering with these Costa Rican believers, and our Royal Servants teams always return home encouraged by their faith and passion.Close
debriefingWe’ll set aside five nights to debrief your summer experience and spiritually prepare you for going home. You’ll take time to reflect, journal, pray, and plan. We want you to be successful as you take the necessary tools that you’ve learned over the summer and learn how to apply them back home. We’ll also take a couple days to relax and enjoy some of the sights. Debriefing time is a sweet way to end your summer and it will propel you forward as you continue to walk with Christ long after your mission trip ends.Close


  1. Students June 24 - July 29
  2. Staff Disciplers June 17 - July 29
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Costa Rica Required Support

  • Students
  • Airfare & Ground Costs: $2,950
  • Spending Money: $250
  • TOTAL: $3200
  • Staff
  • Airfare & Ground Costs: $2,950
  • Spending Money: $285
  • TOTAL: $3235

*$USD. For information about Canadian contributions and tax deductibility for Canadian citizen contact our Headquarters. The Costa Rica mission trip does not require a visa.

Costa Rica Trip Leader

  • Rainer Powell - Full Bio >>
  • People say my name incorrectly, probably because I do too… my southern accent gets in the way. We currently serve with youth ministries, church ministries, and feeding ministries in our hometown in Mississippi. And I will be leading the Costa Rica mission trip.

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I loved Costa Rica. I loved my team. I loved getting to know them and the local "Ticos." I got the chance to meet some very strong Christians, who were able to mentor me and help me to grow in my faith and relationship with God. We did a lot of street ministry. I liked being on the dance team, it pushed me a bit outside of my comfort level! We used our performances and daily soccer games to get to know the Costa Rican people. The food... I loved it! We had a slightly different meal every day, and it was always fantastic. I am so glad I got the chance to be a Royal Servant last summer!