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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Projects Abroad volunteer prepare for their ziplining experience through the Costa Rican forest
Conservation Service Learning in Costa Rica for Middle School Students

From $4295

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Live in the Costa Rican tropical dry forest and work with other middle school students on important conservation work

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 12-15 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteer and staff member work together on a reforestation initiative during Conservation volunteering in Costa Rica.
Conservation Volunteer Work in Costa Rica

From $3295

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Live in Costa Rica’s dense tropical dry forest and work on the frontlines of conservation

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteers planting seedlings during Conservation volunteering in Costa Rica for teenagers
Conservation Volunteering in Costa Rica for Teenagers

From $3745

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Team up with high school students from around the world to protect the majestic wildlife of Costa Rica

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Spanish language teacher teaches her students basic grammar skills in Costa Rica
Study Spanish in Costa Rica

From $2095

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Learn Spanish with a qualified teacher and practice your skills while experiencing life in Costa Rica

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Happy children with their teacher at one of Projects Abroad's volunteer teaching placements in Costa Rica
Volunteer Teaching English in Costa Rica

From $2865

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Improve the English language skills of primary school students and inspire local teachers with new teaching techniques

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 18 can join
  • From 2 weeks
Children in Costa Rica around a Projects Abroad volunteer during a sport practice
Volunteer as a Sports Coach in Costa Rica

From $2865

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Work at a disadvantaged school in Costa Rica to promote health and well-being through sports

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
Children play on the swings under the supervision of a volunteer working with children in Costa Rica
Volunteer with Children in Costa Rica

From $3090

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Live in central America and prepare children for school by teaching important early childhood development skills

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks

Can't find what you're looking for?

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:

1 877 921 9666

or email:

to start planning your project

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.


Find out more about safety and backup.

Where we are based in Costa Rica

Heredia

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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