Join Samaritan’s Purse Canada in Costa Rica as a team of volunteers distribute gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need.

Operation Christmas Child is a fun and simple project to offer hope and love to children living in desperate situations around the world. Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has distributed more than 100 million shoebox gifts to children in over 130 countries. In addition to shoebox gifts, children may receive a colorful booklet that is printed in their own language, titled The Greatest Gift, which explains the Good News of Jesus Christ. Many children who receive a shoebox gift are offered the opportunity to participate in a follow-up discipleship program (called The Greatest Journey). This 12-part program helps children to know Jesus, follow Him every day and share their faith with others.

Project: Working alongside Samaritan’s Purse staff and our national partner, you will experience the wonder of Operation Christmas Child shoebox distributions and The Greatest Journey program.  Participants will also have the chance to assist with children’s ministry and other outreach opportunities in the local community.  Most importantly, you will be part of offering the greatest gift of all - the story of Jesus Christ and the Good News of the salvation available to everyone through faith in Him.

Location: Costa Rica

Dates:  April 19-26, 2017

Donation amount: $3500 Departure options are from Vancouver, Calgary, or Toronto. (Flights from other cities in Canada can also be arranged for you to join the team departing from Calgary, Vancouver, or Toronto. Your donation amount would be adjusted accordingly.)

The per person donation amount for this trip is $3500 (CDN) and includes return international airfare from Calgary, Vancouver, or Toronto, ground transportation, food, shared accommodation, medical/travel insurance while outside of Canada, and project costs.  It does not include meals during transit (at airports), vaccinations, and any airline baggage fees. 

Samaritan’s Purse Canada (SPC) invites team members to join in its charitable activities. SPC may only be able to undertake this mission trip if sufficient funds are raised. The cost of the trip to SPC is $3500 and trip participants are asked to donate this full amount to SPC in order to cover the costs. Tax receipts will be issued for all gifts.

Number of Volunteers needed: 30 volunteers

Next Steps: If you are interested in joining us on the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Costa Rica Team, please complete an online application. Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a $300 initial donation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us.

Deadline to apply: October 28, 2016
Trips fill up fast, so please submit your application soon! All applications will be reviewed after the submission deadline, and those who have been accepted to join the team will be notified shortly after the application deadline.

Phone: 403-250-6565 or 1-800-663-6500


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Please pray for Samaritan's Purse Teams as they prepare to serve the people of Costa Rica. Pray that God will provide the necessary funds and resources and that they will be granted safety and health as they travel.


Samaritan's Purse Teams send hundreds of volunteers around the world every year thanks to the financial gifts of our generous supporters. A gift of $250 will help cover the cost of airfare for a team member who is having difficulty raising the funds needed. Donate Here