Mission Fee + Registration Deadlines
Now through May 1
May 2-June 15
June 15-July 15
- 9 nights lodging in Costa Rica
- 3 meals/day (and bonus snacks!)
- ground transportation
- travel insurance
- ocean kayaking / jungle exploration day
- mission project costs
- bilingual mission leaders
- taxes and tips
- Flight to Costa Rica
- Passport fees
These costs can be included with your mission fee to determine your total amount to fundraise.
July 27-August 5
Adventure Mission to Costa Rica: Patarrá and Playa Agujas
Spice up your summer with an Adventure Mission to Costa Rica with Creatio and Catholic Young Adult Sports! You’ll share the love of Christ with the poorest of the poor while getting your hands (and boots) totally filthy providing much needed aid towards the construction of a new chapel.
We’ll also celebrate Mass in the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles in Cartago, go sea kayaking/canoeing to a secluded tropical beach in Playa Agujas, and make an effort to form an intentional community of missionaries while abroad that we can take back home. You’ll return to the U.S. with great memories and great new friends (and probably a great tan)!
You can fundraise! This is a great way to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket expenditures on your part. Plus, mission fees can be tax deductible (you and your donors will need to talk to your accountant). But if you want to make this happen fundraising is a great way to do it – plus it gives others “buy-in” to the mission and an opportunity to evangelize when you explain to possible donors why you’re going to serve.
Click here for some helpful tips!
“I grew up on the side of a mountain and stargazing was such a prominent part of my prayer life. When I moved to Philadelphia last year, I didn’t realize how much my faith relied on finding our Holy in creation. Going on a mission trip to Costa Rica with Creatio and several of my students reconfirmed how crucial it is for me to seek out Christ in new environments (like a city), but also how beautiful of a truth it is, that our Holy is always waiting for us in the wild.” #hosea2:14 Carolyn in PA
– Carolyn | University of Pennsylvania
“It’s difficult for me to express in words how God truly does work in mysterious ways, a fact which was manifested through this trip. Never before have I experienced with such intensity the feeling and awareness of God’s presence that everything else becomes unimportant.”
– Janae | UPenn
Getting to Costa Rica
All participants must arrive in San José (Juan Santamaría International Airport – SJO) by 8pm on Saturday, July 27. Missionaries will be given instructions for airport pick-up (included).
We will return to SJO on Monday, August 5th by 6am for return flights. Please do not book any flights earlier than 8am on Monday, August 5th. IF you must leave on Sunday, August 4th please let us know and we will work with you.
Please wait until we have confirmed your participation in the mission trip to buy your flights. Please contact us if you’d like assistance choosing flights or connecting with other missionaries to travel together, You are responsible for your transportation and lodging should you choose to arrive early or leave later. If your flights are not within the time range given, you will be responsible to change your flight or pay the extra costs attributed to the change (cost of a new flight in-country, transportation, lodging, etc…)
Travel insurance is included. Travel insurance provides catastrophic medical coverage and coverage for travel-related mishaps like missed/delayed flights. If you have questions about limits and liability please contact Creatio.
In addition to travelers insurance, it is good to know what your medical insurance covers in foreign countries. Call your insurance before departing and know what is in your plan. Bring your insurance card with you. All participants must have their own medical insurance plan. It is possible to purchase short-term coverage specifically for medical issues while abroad.
Creatio’s spirituality is focused on strengthening the four relationships: relationship with self, with one another, with nature and with God. We encourage all of our missionaries to be open to experience a deepening of these relationships while on our trips.
Creatio takes a holistic approach to improving lives by addressing material and spiritual wellbeing of the people we serve. We do this with a Catholic worldview as our foundation, however we encourage Catholics and non-Catholics to join us in encountering the beauty of creation and our Creator. All participants are encouraged to join in group activities such as discussions on faith-based topics or visiting Holy sites, but nobody will be forced to participate in specifically Catholic traditions and practices.
- Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the final day of trip. Passport must have at least one blank visa page.
Non US Citizens or those traveling from outside of the US:
- Visit travel.state.gov to understand visa and vaccine requirements regarding the country from which you are coming.
- Please contact us to confirm non-US citizen visa requirements.
What To Bring
Carry-On Luggage (Recommend a backpack/day pack):
- Travelers insurance card
- Medical insurance card
- Emergency Contact Information (we will give it to you before you depart)
- Some cash in USD; ATMs are widely available and the best way to get Costa Rican colones. Visa and Mastercard are accepted in many places.
- Call your debit card company at least one week in advance to inform them of where you are traveling and the dates (phone number on card).
- Know your PIN.
- Change of clothes
- Medications – in original containers. Bring any special or over-the-counter medications you need with you from the US.
- Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.)
- Hand sanitizer
- Spiritual materials – Bible, journal, Rosary, spiritual reading, etc.
- Water bottle – empty to go through security
Checked Luggage (50 lb max):
- Copy of your ID, Passport, traveler insurance card, and medical insurance card
- Jeans/pants, t-shirts, sweatshirt for work (you will get dirty). Please bring only modest clothes – no tank tops (always have shoulders covered) and shorts knee length or longer.
- Comfortable, casual outfits for touring, sightseeing, and walking
- Nicer clothes for mass, restaurants (decent clothes without holes – “dressy” clothes like skirts and dressy pants aren’t necessary, but you may bring them if you would like)
- Shorts (remember length)
- Bathing suit
- Work gloves
- Two warm sweaters
- Lightweight winter hat and gloves
- Poncho/rain jacket
- Sandals/Flip flops – for shower
- Walking shoes
- Old tennis shoes or work boots
- Toiletries: Shampoo, toothbrush, baby wipes, etc.
- Small roll of toilet paper
- Sleeping Bag
- Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Lip balm and lotion
- Secure money/Passport carrying case
- Luggage ID tags
- Prescription glasses – If you wear contacts, please be sure to bring your glasses as well. You will be asked not to wear your contacts certain work days since dust will likely get underneath them.
- Leatherman or knife
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Granola bars, power bars, trail mix, Gatorade powder packets, etc.
- Cards or small games for down time
- Spanish translation book
- Mass parts and Rosary in Spanish
(Electrical outlets and voltages are the same as in the United States. Travelers from the U.S. should not need adapters or converters.)