Volunteers visit Arenal volcano in their free time while volunteering in Costa Rica.

Volunteering in Costa Rica

Contribute to worthwhile community and conservation initiatives in the heart of Latin America

Volunteer in Costa Rica and learn the true meaning of "pura vida" (pure living). You'll support community development and environmental protection in this vibrant Latin American country. Volunteer abroad programs in Costa Rica represent an opportunity to immerse yourself in a rich, diverse culture by living and working in Central America.

Volunteer work in Costa Rica can include:

There are also family volunteer opportunities in Costa Rica. Children under 15 are welcome to join their parents on the Conservation Projects or to help with childcare in the day care centres.

Our volunteer opportunities in Costa Rica are based in either Liberia or Barra Honda National Park. In both locations, our local staff will be on-had to guide and support you 24/7. Whether you're doing short-term volunteer work in Costa Rica or staying for longer, our staff will also help you to have the best experience possible.

With more than 25% of its land protected in national parks, Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise. It has everything from volcanoes to tropical rainforests, and magnificent waterfalls to beautiful sandy beaches. This small country is also renowned for its biodiversity and boasts an array of wildlife.

Projects available in Costa Rica

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A volunteer and staff member work together on a reforestation initiative during Conservation volunteering in Costa Rica.
Howler Monkey and Scarlet Macaw Conservation in Costa Rica
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  • Price: 8,870 AED for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: 1,465 AED
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Age: 16 or over
Spanish language teacher teaches her students basic grammar skills in Costa Rica
Study Spanish in Costa Rica
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  • Price: 5,595 AED for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: 2,190 AED
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Age: 16 or over
Happy children with their teacher at one of Projects Abroad's volunteer teaching placements in Costa Rica
Volunteer Teaching English in Costa Rica
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  • Price: 7,960 AED for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: 1,165 AED
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Age: 18 or over
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Where we are based in Costa Rica

During your voluntary work in Costa Rica, you’ll be living in either Liberia or Barra Honda National Park. We have dedicated full-time staff in both locations, so you’ll have plenty of support no matter where you’re based.

Barra Honda

Our Conservation Project in Costa Rica is based in Barra Honda National Park. You’ll be working at the wildlife reserve, which is about a 25-minute drive from the nearest town.

This location is ideal for you if you’re a nature lover looking to take a break from fast-paced daily life. Your free time will be filled with scenic hikes and board games with your fellow volunteers, with the lush forest as your backdrop. For the more adventurous, the network of underground caves and caverns is a highlight.

You'll find plenty of family volunteer opportunities in Barra Honda. Among young children arriving in Costa Rica with their parents, Conservation Volunteer Projects are the most popular. Being home to birds, monkeys and many other exotic species, this is a safe way for kids to get involved and help protect these important creatures.

Most of our projects are based in the vibrant city of Liberia, capital of the Guanacaste province.  A striking mix of old and new, Liberia retains a rich colonial history, as well as being home to an array of modern tech companies and shopping centres.

Liberia is also a fantastic starting point for weekend excursions.  If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, you’ll be able to explore the nearby Santa Rosa and Rincón de la Vieja National Parks.  There are also many beaches nearby, which you can easily reach by bus.

Be sure to ask locals about the concept of "pura vida" or "pure living": the unofficial motto of Costa Rica. Our volunteer abroad programmes are a chance to embrace a new lifestyle and there are few better opportunities to do this than in Liberia. Being a city, you'll have some of the luxuries you're used to, but expect to embrace a slower, more relaxed pace when arriving in Costa Rica.

Airport pickup, flights and visas costa rica

When volunteering in Costa Rica, you will be met at the airport by a Projects Abroad staff member. You can find more detailed information on flights, arrival airports, orientation, and visas, on our Costa Rica Arrival Procedures page.

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Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

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