Sports Without Borders Basketball Team #CR311SWB9

COUNTRY: Costa Rica

ARRIVAL: March 11, 2018
DEPARTURE: March 17, 2018
COST: $1795

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities participating with local basketball teams. While in Costa Rica they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Sports Without Borders Basketball Teams

Costa Rica

Costa Rica (“rich coast” in Spanish) is a Central American country bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, Nicaragua and Panama. Costa Rica has become one of the most stable, democratic, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America. It permanently abolished its army in 1949, becoming the first of a few sovereign nations without a standing army. While Costa Rica is known for its coffee and tropical fruit exports, tourism is now the largest industry. 25% of the country’s land area is protected—one of the largest percentages in the world. From tropical Cloud Forests to Volcanoes to Beaches, Costa Rica is truly rich in geographical and bio diversity.

Costa Rica’s poverty rate is lower than most Latin American countries, but it has stalled at around 20% for almost two decades. Even so, according to Habitat for Humanity, more than 52% of the population lives in substandard houses or settlements. Costa Rica also has a large number of poverty stricken immigrants, mostly Nicaraguans. These are the communities where ISL volunteers serve. Costa Rica is good first country to visit for those who have not been exposed to extreme poverty before.

What ISL Provides

What to Bring

Meet the Staff

Leonardo Rodriguez Costa Rica Physical Therapist and Team Leader
Leonardo Rodriguez
Team Leader and PT

Leonardo is a bilingual Physical Therapist and Team Leader. His involvement with ISL brings him great satisfaction he says, “due to the ideals ISL stands for–Service and Learning”. He enjoys the mutual interaction that occurs with volunteers from different walks of life and the reciprocal exchange of cultures.

Abdi Acuna ISL-Costa Rica Team Leader
Abdi Acuna
Team Leader

Abdi has been with ISL-Costa Rica since 2010 and has a Master´s degree in Graphic Design. ISL volunteers love the fact that he is also certified in Massage Therapy! He enjoys traveling and playing guitar and soccer. He has always felt grateful to work with so many volunteers and to serve the underserved.

Marta Cabezas Costa Rica Team Leader
Marta Cabezas
Team Leader

Since 2006, Marta has been a Costa Rica Team Leader favorite with ISL volunteers. When she is not leading teams, she is a grandma, a hard core soccer fan, and a bilingual secretary. She has also collected over 170 Nativity sets!

Gabriela Perez
Gabriela Perez
Co-Country Coordinator

Gabriela is responsible for overseeing ISL-Costa Rica staff members and making sure everything runs smoothly for ISL teams in Costa Rica. She especially enjoys working with children and the elderly in her community. She is also pursuing a degree in Preschool Education. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, reading and spending time with her family.

Pouchi Chan
Pouchi Chan
Country Coordinator

Pouchi is responsible for overseeing ISL-Costa Rica staff members and making sure everything runs smoothly for ISL teams in Costa Rica. She graduated from the University of Costa Rica and enjoys traveling, getting to know people from different cultures and working with ISL volunteers.  Her favorite outdoor adventures include hiking and camping.

Activity Information


ISL Sports Without Borders Program

Goal: To use sports as a vehicle for team work, wellness education, and personal growth. Through sports training and mentorship, we provide underprivileged children in our partner communities the opportunity to hone their athletic skills while giving athletic teams a chance to bond in an unfamiliar setting, open their hearts and minds to a new culture, and gain global perspective.  

Costa Rica – 7 days

*This itinerary is subject to change

Day 1: Wednesday

Arrive, meet your ISL Team Leader at the airport; settle in to guesthouse, icebreakers, discuss next days events.

Day 2: Thursday

Orientation/city tour/souvenir shopping/salsa lessons

Day 3: Friday


Day 4: Saturday


Day 5: Sunday


Day 6: Monday

Recreation day

Day 7: Tuesday