About Us

Our Mission

The Tropical Adventures Foundation is a resource for empowering individuals and communities inside and outside of Costa Rica.
     "Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad: whether from great personal success, or just an all-night drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen."                                           John le Carre    












Our goals are to:

  • Support the inherent value of the individual
  • Reduce poverty and injustice
  • Help communities achieve sustainable growth
  • Create safe environments
  • Promote international learning and cooperation
  • Foster personal and worldwide Peace

Every community around the world faces the fundamental challenge to create social and economic systems that promote peace, human welfare and the sustainability of the environment on which life depends. We meet this challenge by supporting and encouraging initiatives by those living and working closest to where the problems are located.

We promote collaboration among diverse individuals, nonprofit, government and businesses from the local area and around the world, as well as from every level of society. Our experience shows such activities help build common understanding, bring forward and reinforce the inherent value of the individual, strengthen a sense of local and worldwide community, and ultimately enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society.

What We Do:

Tropical Adventures provides volunteer and voluntour packages for individuals, families and groups interested in exploring the culture, language and natural beauty of Costa Rica (and now Panama and Nicaragua).

Our tours revolve around local volunteer projects, which offer the adventure of a lifetime for those willing to share their love, skills and time with those less fortunate.

The majority of our guests choose to live with a local family, volunteer in a local community, take Spanish lessons and partake in many adventure tours in an attempt to see Costa Rica in a whole new way.

We work mainly by supporting local, nonprofit organizations with volunteer help. In addition to volunteer labor and the gift of our time, we work with these volunteers to provide gifts of materials, supplies, (and in some cases cash) where needed.

Through our many programs we educate individuals, tribes, and communities to be self-sufficient and to create a healthier, more comfortable lifestyle. We strive to do this without introducing change to their happy, loving culture and values. Tropical Adventures Foundation is not associated with any religion, however love, compassion and respect are used as the cornerstone of all our programs.

These programs are designed to not only preserve the culture and language of those we support, but also to empower them with the knowledge and means to protect their land, including the rainforests of Costa Rica. We recognize that these forests benefit the entire world by providing oxygen and water, thereby preserving life for us all.

Costa Rica is a military-free, peaceful country rich in resources. We want Costa Rica to remain this way, free from violent intrusion and capitalism, and to be a strong example for the rest of the world.

We work only with projects that we have personally researched, and with which we feel comfortable knowing that our donations and efforts go directly to the needs of the project and the community. Due to the sad reality of corruption throughout Latin America, we normally do not donate cash, but instead buy the materials needed and distribute them ourselves. We document this by taking photos, and are able to assure our donors that their contributions actually arrived and were applied in the manner for which they were intended.

As an organization, we show compassion for others, teach love by example, and recognize the more we give of ourselves, the more we are blessed in life.

Our current projects are broken down into three categories:


Since its inception the Foundation has been an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization. The trustees of the foundation set policy and delegate authority to the president and senior staff for the foundation’s grant making and operations. Program officers in the United States and Costa Rica explore opportunities to pursue the foundation’s goals, formulate strategies and recommend proposals for funding.

We are registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charity and in the State of California as a Charity (Public Benefit Corporation). All donations to our organization are considered tax deductible. Any questions you may have may be directed to the Executive Director, Scott Pralinsky. Send him an email by clicking here