Volunteer in Costa Rica

  • About

    Costa Rica is a first-time traveler's paradise - home to beautiful beaches, tropical rainforests, zip lining and some of the friendliest people on earth, not to mention the vast array of volunteer opportunities available from working in education, animal rescue or sea turtle conservancy. Volunteering in this tropical country offers the experience of a lifetime by immersing you in local culture and customs and learning the true meaning of Pura Vida.

    Costa Rica offers an excellent introduction to Latin America while also providing a diversity of places to visit for a nature lover with a strong democratic tradition. After Costa Rica's civil war, the army was abolished by the president in 1948. While Costa Rica is often considered one of the wealthier countries in the region, there are still numerous development problems such as deforestation, economic and gender inequalities and youth development issues as increasing numbers of undocumented immigrants from Nicaragua and other neighboring countries now call Costa Rica home.

  • Program Types
    Environmental Conservation & Working with Wildlife

    While Costa Rica is famous for conservation of vast parts of the country as national parks and a focus on ecotourism, there is a constant need for volunteers in the numerous sea turtle conservancy projects on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Volunteers work to protect sea turtle eggs from poachers and environmental threats.

    Youth Development

    Many children of immigrants live in difficult conditions in dangerous neighborhoods of San Jose where crime is rampant and children often lack support systems at home. Volunteer to support the many underprivileged children in Costa Rica.

    Gender Equality

    Unknown to many, sex trade has dramatically increased in Costa Rica. Victims need your help in recovering their lives.

    Teaching English

    Costa Ricans value English as a second language and native teachers are in high demand. Teaching positions vary and no experience is necessary, but previous experience and qualifications are always helpful.

  • Planning Your Trip
    Health and Safety in Costa Rica

    No immunizations are required to go to Costa Rica. It is also safe to drink the water, one of the few Latin American countries where this is the case. Costa Rica is known to be one of the safer countries in Central America but you should never let your guard down, always secure your belongings and be aware of surroundings, especially in bus stations and in markets. Remember, as a foreigner you always stand out.

    Visas

    Costa Rican tourist visas are not required for citizens of the United States for a stay of up to 90 days. For more information visit Visa HQ.

    Contributed by Eliza Wethey

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