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Volunteer in Costa Rica


Volunteers in Costa Rica have been contributing to constructive and sustainable projects for several years with Projects Abroad. Our volunteer work in Costa Rica supports numerous worthwhile placements which, while they may be challenging, give volunteers in Costa Rica the opportunity to learn about the real world and themselves while making a useful and positive contribution to a worthy community setting.

Volunteer in Costa Rica Projects Abroad volunteer, Maggie Everett, relaxes outside with the children from her care project in Costa Rica

  • Placement locations: Heredia, Barra Honda National Park
  • Project lengths: From 1 week
  • Accommodation: Host families, shared dorm style accommodation for Conservation Project
  • Languages spoken: Spanish
  • Local greetings Hello: Hola
    Thankyou: Gracias
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  • Top places to travel: Monteverde Cloud Forest, Manuel Antonio National Park, Tortuguero

Overseas volunteers in Costa Rica have the opportunity to work on a range of practical and rewarding projects. These include working with children on a care or teaching project, working alongside staff at a local newspaper on a journalism placement, coaching school sports, and researching native animals and assisting with wildlife education on a conservation and environment project.

Where we are Based in Costa Rica

Our projects are located in or around the lively university city of Heredia, where the Projects Abroad office is based. We also have a Conservation & Environment project where volunteers are based in Barra Honda National Park, about a four hour drive from Heredia.

In Heredia you'll be placed with a local host family, who will make sure you have a great experience of their home town. Most host families and staff at the placements don’t speak much English, so your time in Costa Rica will give you a great opportunity to improve your Spanish, or start learning it.

The Conservation & Environment placement is located at Barra Honda National Park. Volunteers are involved in a wide variety of projects including studies of mammals and butterflies within the park, trail maintenance and mapping the numerous caves for which the park is famous.

General Information on Costa Rica

Costa Ricans - commonly known as Ticos - are well-known for their friendly hospitality. For over 60 years Costa Rica has been without an army and, unlike many neighbouring countries, peace and stability has lasted. Time and effort has been dedicated to sustaining the wildlife and improving standards of living.

While Costa Rica now leads the way in terms of ecotourism, many Costa Ricans still live in very basic conditions. The growth of tourism in the country has led to an increased demand for English speakers.

Travel and Tourism in Costa Rica

Volunteer in Costa Rica

The vibrant city of Heredia, is situated in the heart of Costa Rica’s coffee-growing country, the Central Valley. With its large student population and close proximity to the exciting capital city of San Jose, Heredia has an active cultural and social scene and has plenty to offer to keep you entertained. Its central location means that Heredia is perfectly placed for exploring the rest of Costa Rica.

You can easily reach the impressive Poas and Irazu volcanos on a day-trip from Heredia, while numerous popular tourist destinations, such as Arenal volcano and Monteverde cloud forest, are only a few hours bus ride away.

But you're never too far from the coast in Costa Rica. Spoilt for choice by the number of idyllic beaches, you'll have plenty of opportunities for water-based activities like surfing, swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving in your time off from volunteering abroad, on both the Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. The laid-back life of Costa Rica is infectious and you will find it hard to leave.

Projects available in Costa Rica

High School Projects for 16 to 19 year olds available in Costa Rica


Projects available in Costa Rica

High School Projects for 16 to 19 year olds available in Costa Rica

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