Established in 2010 as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization; R.A.W. Tours was formed with the intention of creating life changing experiences for volunteers from across the globe by  immersing them in rural communities within Costa Rica while participating in service oriented projects.

Our hope is to create an enriching experience by exposing communities and volunteers to cultures outside their norm and to open their hearts and minds to the needs of others.

What we’re About
If you are a school group, university, religious organization, family, or an individual seeking a meaningful way to invest your time, we have the life changing and meaningful experiences you desire.  We have options ranging from our Fair Trade coffee initiative, sea-turtle preservation tour, eco and sustainable tourism, rainforest conservation and more. We can also customize an alternative break for you based on specific needs; don’t hesitate to give us a call, shoot us an email, or hit us up on Facebook.

The RAW Tours Experience – Why Raw?
We recognize there are plenty of options for planning an alternative break, summer class aborad or volunteer project; but at RAW we pride ourselves on creating life changing experiences that have real impact on our local communities in Costa Rica. Aside from that, below is a short list of what you can expect with on any of our projects:

  • Pre-departure Orientation Guide – Includes detailed travel, safety and cultural information plus many tips that will make your trip planning easier.
  • Not only do we carry general liability insurance for our groups and projects but we also include and enroll all participants in Travel and Medical Insurance Coverage by a top rated carrier; this includes coverage for trip interruption, delay, and cancellation, lost baggage, medical expenses, emergency evacuation, and more.
  • All Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
  • Volunteers will stay in facilities that have been inspected and approved by Raw Tours staff. In order to be approved facilities must have the following: safe and clean sleeping areas, clean and functional bathroom facilities, showers, sanitary food services, access to medical support, bathroom facilities, and clean fresh water.
  • Meet and greet at the airport by our RAW project coordinator (At any time, any day or night!).
  • Guidance and support of a local project coordinator, 24/7 in case of emergency
  • Orientation/city briefing on arrival by our RAW project coordinator.
  • Placement in a quality project, allowing you to maximize your time and efforts in a good cause.
  • Private Transportation to project site with our RAW project coordinator. Includes introduction to local staff and community members with whom you will be working with.
  • Recreational day – depending on your project this could be free time at the beach for snorkeling or surfing lessons, whitewater rafting trip, Canopy Zip-line tours, or many other options Costa Rica offers.
  • City tour of the capitol of Costa Rica, San Jose -
  • Departure transfer by our RAW project coordinator.
  • Complimentary Program T-shirt.



Break Away

Break Away’s mission is to train, assist, and connect campuses and communities in promoting quality alternative break programs that inspire lifelong active citizenship.

Break Away’s vision is a society of active citizens: people who value the community as a priority when making life decisions. As part of a quality Break Away experience, participants will become more educated and experienced in all sides of a social issue. Upon return, they will be empowered to make more informed decisions and take meaningful action that supports a greater good. They will become contributing members of society and will weigh in on issues that impact their communities.


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