Costa Rica

If rainforests, beaches and turquoise waters are your kind of thing, you should take a trip down to Costa Rica. Famous for its majestic natural beauty, hoards of activities for adrenaline-junkies and lively culture, the country really has it all for those who want to get away and experience a new way of life.

Volunteering in Costa Rica allows you to immerse yourself in the Pura Vida lifestyle, explore, and make a contribution to the protection of the country’s amazing wildlife or the lives of children. Track the illusive jaguar through the rainforests, teach English, sport or arts in this wild Caribbean wonderland.

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Wildlife Expedition in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Jalova
Contribute to the long-term management and conservation of the coastal rainforests of the Tortugero National park in Costa Rica

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 - 24 weeks

Price from

$2,774.00

"Surrounded by amazing, rich and diverse rainforest is surreal. Whether its trudging knee deep in mud or working a leatherback, it is truly a rewarding and unforgettable experience!! Plus, there aren´t many opportunities to meet people from such different walks of life."

- Josh Haley - United Kingdom
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer with Children in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Travel to Manuel Antonio and volunteer on a community project helping disadvantaged children with lessons and extra-curricular art workshops and games

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

$1,701.00

"The kids both within the school and the center can be a challenge to deal with, especially because of the language gap. However, the moments when you and the kids put effort into understanding each other and the concepts, a spark ignites. It is those moments that remind you why working with kids is so rewarding and memorable."

- Julie Clark - Canada
Animal Care
Marine Conservation

Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Jalova
Travel to Costa Rica's Tortuguero National Park and assist with the monitoring of endangered and critically endangered sea turtles

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

$1,995.00

"It was great to be in such an amazing location with people from all over the world and from all walks of life. Everyone wanted to get something different out of the trip, but essentially we all shared a common interest in conservation. It was brilliant to experience a completely different way of life in an environment so alien to my own. Everything I had studied at school suddenly became a reality and it was awe inspiring. I loved having the opportunity to work with such creatures as majestic and mysterious as marine turtles and know that few people will get the chance to have direct contact with them in their natural habitat. I was also pleased that we had the chance to see the country; I would have been disappointed had I not been able to visit other places in Costa Rica and not been able to participate in activities such as white water rafting and ziplining that the country is renowned for."

- Rhiannon Harrington - United Kingdom
Volunteer with Children
Sports
Multifocus

Community Development Expedition in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Contribute to sustainable education efforts at local schools around beautiful Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 - 12 weeks

Price from

$2,176.00

"We have been carrying out football tournaments with the grade 4´s, 5´s and 6´s. The kids are really improving their passing skills, and ball control. It has been so much fun playing sports with the kids; you can tell they really enjoy it."

- Laura Martino - USA
Wildlife Conservation

Jaguar Conservation in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Jalova
Discover Costa Rica and assist in the protection of the endangered Jaguar. Develop new skills and an in-depth understanding of the tropical coastal rainforest

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

$1,995.00

"It’s every big cat lovers dream to be able to capture a glimpse of the elusive jaguar, and being here gets you so close to realizing that dream. The excitement of setting up jag cams, being able to ID these cats and witness new behaviours is truly addictive. Knowing these amazing cats are thriving here gives hope for future conservation."

- Kim Packard - Australia
Wildlife Conservation

Conservation Internship in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Jalova
Gain valuable field-based experience and boost your career on a conservation internship in the coastal rainforests of Costa Rica

Program Type

Internship

Duration

24 weeks

Price from

$9,329.00

"I am so pleased that I made a 6 month commitment to living and working in such a unique place. The wealth of biodiversity I wanted to experience has exceeded all my expectations. I have met wonderful people here who have further enriched my experience. The GVI Jalova 6-month internship was a great choice for me and I would recommend it highly."

- Rachel Aronson - USA
Teaching
Volunteer with Children
Multifocus

Volunteer Explorer in Mexico and Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Mexico - Manuel Antonio - Yucatan
Travel to Mexico and Costa Rica to volunteer in children's centres assisting disadvantaged children in their personal and educational development

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 - 8 weeks

Price from

$0.00

"Teaching English to the kids of El Cocal has been a real joy. They are so eager to learn English words! It can be quite a challenge sometimes but it is so rewarding when they run up to you, wanting to show you something new they have learned in English. It’s great seeing how fast they progress."

- Patrick Regan - United Kingdom
Construction

Community Development Volunteering for Under 18s in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Discover Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica when you volunteer on community construction projects for underprivileged children

Program Type

Under 18

Duration

2 weeks

Price from

$2,651.00

"The holistic approach of our programs in Quepos allows us to contribute to the education of the children where and when our work is needed the most. "

- Stephen Meyer - Ex-Costa Rica Country Director
Teaching
Volunteer with Children

Teaching Internship in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Gain teaching experience on an internship in Quepos, Costa Rica. Your training will encompass theory lectures, group study, lesson planning and teaching practice, followed by a local work placement

Program Type

Internship

Duration

24 weeks

Price from

$7,116.00

"There is something so special about having that teacher/student bond where the students know and trust you. The way their faces light up when they understand something or how proud they are when you tell them they got the answer correct."

- Jemma Park - Canada
Sports

Teach Sports in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Travel to Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica and volunteer assisting disadvantaged children through organising sport-related lessons and games in a nearby community

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

$1,701.00

"It´s great to see how a structured sports program has led to greater sportsmanship and sharing amongst the kids. This is certainly something I´m excited to see evolve over the coming months. "

- Steve Neirinck - Canada
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