Projects Abroad High School Volunteer Programs in Costa Rica

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Teen volunteers in Costa Rica with Projects Abroad
Teen volunteers in Costa Rica with Projects Abroad


Volunteer abroad during the summer in Costa Rica as a High School student with Projects Abroad! Teen volunteers work with children at a Care Center and assist with restoration projects at a Costa Rican National Park. Practice your Spanish as you play games and organize arts and crafts activities for local Costa Rican children. Spend 2, 3 or 4 weeks in Costa Rica as a teen volunteer and see what it's like to help out the international community! For more details, visit Projects Abroad's site for High School Specials.

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Questions & Answers


based on 2 reviews
  • Growth 9.5
  • Support 8.5
  • Fun 7.5
  • Housing 7
  • Safety 9.5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great Cultural and Conservational Experience in beautiful Costa Rica

I attended the teen conservation program in Barra Honda national park. It was a great experience! It was a good mix of cultural immersion at the brief homestay and various excursions and real deal conservation work in a national park. I loved that students came in from all of the world! It was so cool to do cultural comparison! It was a good mix of education, work and time to relax and spend time together. The staff is great, super accommodating and welcoming! They also made it really easy for me to sign up even though it was later in the summer.

One thing I would say is that the program is a lot of hiking and mostly in the jungle. Also There isn't a whole lot of language immersion since it isn't expected of you to know Spanish so look elsewhere if you want serious spanish practice.

What would you improve about this program?
Improve communication before you get Costa Rica. Put all students rooms together.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Projects Abroad Care & Conservation in Costa Rica

Earlier this summer, I participated in the Projects Abroad High School Special in Costa Rica: Care and Conservation. Each week of the two-week program was on an opposite end of the spectrum. The first week was spent volunteering at a San José daycare center for children, Osito Feliz. We spent much of our time painting a mural for the children as well as mentoring them. The kids taught me a lot about appreciating what we have and making the most of each day.

The next day, we traveled four hours away to the Barra Honda National Park. Coming form the urban city of Houston, Texas, the prospect of living in a jungle was a novel concept. Nonetheless, the staff was so welcoming, and they certainly made the most of their living conditions. Seeing their constant positivity and passion for their environmental projects was moving.

When I look back on my experience in Costa Rica, I wouldn't have changed it for the work. The greatest beauty I can recall from my trip is the new adventures I endured-- whether that be Costa Rican dance lessons, speaking fluent Spanish for the first time, horseback riding, or watching bats leave their caves at night. While there were certainly some difficulties in terms of living conditions, I can wholeheartedly say that my time there shaped me for the better.

So, yes. Costa Rica was not glamorous. But it was certainly life-changing. And those challenging adventures are what eventually take us on the path to the individuals we're meant to become.

What would you improve about this program?
One thing that could be improved about the Projects Abroad program is the amount of information given to volunteers. On a day to day basis, I typically had no idea what was coming next. While that definitely contributed to the adventurousness of the program, we could have better prepared ourselves if we knew what was scheduled next. Nonetheless, I truly believe that the Projects Abroad program coordinators planned the program meticulously to best benefit the volunteers and the surrounding community.


Costa Rica
Costa Rican Colón
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Juan Santamaría International Airport
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Limón International Airport
( LIO )
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
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A pioneer of ecotourism, Costa Rica draws many tourists to its extensive series of national parks and other protected areas. Costa Rica began reversing deforestation in the 1990s, and they are moving towards using only renewable energy. Head to the cloud forest, relax on the beautiful beaches or visit a coffee farm.

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad is a global organization formed around the need for gap year programs abroad designed for students taking a break from studying. Since its inception, Projects Abroad has expanded to offer high school volunteer programs, and a vast...