Volunteers visit Arenal volcano in their free time while volunteering in Costa Rica

Volunteering in Costa Rica

Contribute to worthwhile community and conservation work in the heart of Latin America

Volunteer in Costa Rica with Projects Abroad and help a community in need, or help protect the environment. You’ll get to immerse in a rich, diverse culture by living and working in central America.

We offer different types of volunteer opportunities in Costa Rica, so you can choose something that you’re passionate about. You can work in childhood development, teach English, or help conserve wildlife.

Our volunteer opportunities in Costa Rica are based in either Heredia or Barra Honda National Park. In both locations, our local staff will be available 24/7 to help with anything you need.

More than 25% of Costa Rica’s land is protected in national parks, so it’s a nature lover’s paradise. It has everything from volcanoes to tropical rainforests, and amazing waterfalls to beautiful sandy beaches. This small country is also famous for its biodiversity and diverse wildlife.

Projects available in Costa Rica

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A volunteer and staff member work together on a reforestation initiative during Conservation volunteering in Costa Rica.
Scarlet Macaw and Howler Monkey Conservation in Costa Rica
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $3,295 CAD
Children play on the swings under the supervision of a volunteer working with children in Costa Rica
Volunteer with Children in Costa Rica
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $2,745 CAD
Happy child smiling with two Projects Abroad childcare volunteers in Costa Rica
Early Childhood Development in Costa Rica for Spring Break
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  • Fixed dates during spring break
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $1,970 CAD
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We have the expertise and staff on the ground to create a custom project for you, or simply help you find the best option.

Speak to one of our Costa Rica experts on:

(+1) 917 810 4744

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to start planning your project

Where we are based in Costa Rica

We’re based in either Heredia or Barra Honda National Park. We have dedicated full-time staff in both locations, so you’ll have plenty of support no matter where you’re based.


Most of our projects are based here. The city is located in the heart of Costa Rica’s coffee-growing country. It has a large student population with an active cultural and social scene. It is close to the capital city of San Jose.

You can easily visit the impressive Poas and Irazu volcanoes on a day-trip from Heredia. There are many other popular tourist destinations as well, like Arenal volcano and Monteverde cloud forest. These are just a bus ride away.

Barra Honda

Our Conservation Project in Costa Rica is based in Barra Honda National Park. You’ll live and work at the wildlife reserve, which is about a 25-minute drive from the nearest town.

This location is perfect for nature lovers who want to take a break from a busy life. There will be plenty of free time to explore and have fun. Go on scenic hikes through lush forests, or play board games with your fellow volunteers. If you’re more adventurous, the network of underground caves and caverns is a must.

Airport pickup, flights and visas costa rica

When volunteering in Costa Rica, your arrival airport will be Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). You will be met at the airport by a Projects Abroad staff member. You can find more detailed information on flights, arrival airports, orientation, and visas, on our Costa Rica Arrival Procedures page.

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Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

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