Volunteer in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the first Spanish-speaking where we started sending volunteers — all the way back in 2003! Costa Rica remains a favorite destination in Central America for both volunteers and tourists alike. Our volunteer programs in Costa Rica include Sea Turtle Conservation, Spanish Language Immersion, Organic Farming and Teaching English. Some of the programs locations include San Jose, Pérez Zeledón, Parismina, and Jaco Beach. Come see why we all fell in love with Costa Rica as a volunteering destination.

Costa Rica Volunteering Programs Overview

  • Project lengths: 1 – 12 weeks
  • Project dates: Most Programs Year-Round. Choose any date to arrive.
  • Arrival airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San Jose
  • Program Cities: San Jose, Pérez Zeledón, Parismina, and Jaco Beach
  • Accommodations: Group Cabins or Costa Rican Host Family
  • Meals: 3 per day Monday-Friday, 2 on Saturday, none Sunday
  • Airlines: American, Avianca, Delta, Spirit, Taca, United
  • Ages: 16+ for solo travelers; < 16 with teacher/parent only
  • Language Required: Depends on Project (basic to proficient Spanish)
  • Vaccinations: None required. Routine Shots, Hepatitis A, Typhoid
  • Visa: None required for stays of less than 90 days

Costa Rica Trip Highlights

  • Organic Farming in a rural village
  • Sea Turtle Conservation in summertime
  • Medical internships at rural clinics
  • Homestay with a Costa Rican family
  • One-on-one Spanish lessons 
  • Corcovado National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on earth
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Live in San Jose one of Latin America’s safest cities

Program Fee

Costa Rica Osa Sea Turtles Conservation