Volunteer in Costa Rica

Volunteering in Costa Rica with GVI affords you the opportunity to experience the “pura vida” lifestyle the country is famed for while simultaneously giving back to a still developing country. Although Costa Rica is the longest-standing democracy in Central America, the majority of the population is still living in very basic conditions, especially further inland.

 

Whether you are on a gap year, volunteering holiday or career break, you will be able to make a crucial difference in a variety of ways:

 

OUR PROGRAMS IN Costa Rica

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Wildlife Conservation
Marine Conservation

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
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
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

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
Construction

Ultimate Adventure and Cultural Immersion in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Unleash your inner globetrotter and join a team of international volunteers! Embark on an adventure filled with cultural immersion, adrenaline pumping activities and social responsibility.

Program Type

Under 18

Duration

4 weeks

Price from

$4,133.00

"I applied to go on the Costa Rica project after hearing about what an incredible experience my friend had had while on the South Africa project the previous year – I thought what an amazing way it would be to spend two weeks, especially in that I would be able to improve my Spanish while seeing a gorgeous part of the world and hopefully positively contributing to an arguably underprivileged community. And that really is exactly what I was able to do."

- Jossie Gardner - United Kingdom
Construction

Caribbean Community Development

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Help make a valuable and sustainable impact on the lives of underprivileged communities and children in Costa Rica’s beautiful coastal town, Manuel Antonio.

Program Type

Under 18

Duration

2 weeks

Price from

$2,527.00

"My volunteering with GVI’s under 18 trip to Costa Rica was not only one of the greatest trips have had the pleasure of partaking in, but also an immensely rewarding experience. These adventures that I and the other volunteers had the pleasure to experience were nothing short of majestic, and will surely never be forgotten. The last week was a perfect way to end what was certainly the best trip of my life."

- Max Severino - Australia
Volunteer with Children

Central America Childcare Expedition

Latin America - Costa Rica - Mexico - Manuel Antonio - Yucatan
Travel to Latin America and have the “Pura Vida” experience of a lifetime! Explore the beautiful scenery and ancient ruins that Mexico and Costa Rica have to offer when you

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

8 weeks

Price from

$4,161.00

"Many GVI programs are great working vacations. They will provide you with skills you can use the rest of your life. You will have an amazing experience and meet people you will remember for the rest of your life. You will be working alongside people as young as college ages, to people between jobs and from all walks of life. The settings are often rustic, but turn out more comfortable than you expect."

- Colleen Donavan - Australia
Wildlife Conservation

Costa Rica Conservation Internship

Latin America - Costa Rica - Jalova
GVI's Conservation Internship puts the adventure back into work experience! Gain valuable field-based experience to kick-start your career while experiencing the untouched beauty of the Costa Rican rainforest and the

Program Type

Internship

Duration

1 -

Price from

$3,249.00

"The internship with GVI afforded me the opportunity of gaining valuable practical experience relevant to the environmental management and impact assessment fields. Further to this it also provides the individual with a unique experience in a visually stunning and stimulating environment."

- Ian Thomson - USA
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