Volunteer in Costa Rica
Whether this is the first time you volunteer or you already have in the past, we will help you find a cause that you believe in that you can contribute to. You will meet other like-minded people, have an impact on the lives of many ticos and help preserve the fauna and flora that makes Costa Rica such a beautiful country. Though you will not receive any money for your efforts, you will get much more in return. Whether it is new friendships, skills that you will be able to apply in your everyday life or a sense of belonging to the greater picture, you will come out of the experience a new person.
We have contacts with local and international organisations of all sizes, in most regions of Costa Rica. You will participate in activities like
Health careWork in hospitals, clinics and health care centers
Social workWork to improve economic and gender inequalities
Environmental protectionWork in national parks, zoos and turtle preservation sites
Child careHelp children in orphanages and at school kitchens
EducationTeach english in primary schools and high schools
Care of the elderlyAssist in nursing homes for elderly people
Volunteering programs are available for durations of 4 weeks up to a whole year, and can be started at any time of the year as long as you register 3 months before the desired date.
To offer you an integrated experience and increase what you take out of your trip, all volunteers must attend a 4-week spanish course. We will also take care of finding an appropriate accommodation for you and help you discover what Costa Rica has to offer with our weekend trips.
AccommodationA great way to learn spanish and get immersed in the Costa Rican culture is to live with a host family. You will form strong bonds with locals, adults and children alike, eat typical meals and get insight on the best spots to visit during your stay. If you feel like being independent, you can also rent a room in a house, getting access to the amenities and having some support from your house-mates. Finally, if you’d rather have your own space you can also get your own fully furnished appartment.
Spanish classesSpeaking the language is essential to having a successful internship as it will allow you to better understand your colleagues get your points accross, as well as open up doors to work across all of Latin America and Spain. It will also improve your relationships with your host family and any friends you will meet along the way. Our mandatory 4-week courses will kick-start your spanish speaking and writing skills and set you up for success.
We will give you tips about the best restaurants, cafés, movie theaters, etc. so that you can have fun during your free time. We can also set you up with organized recreational activities including
Guided toursCosta Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in Latin America. With its access to the Pacific and Atlantic oceans patched with white and black beaches, its dozens of protected national parks as well as its diverse fauna and flora, it is the perfect destination to get away from the big city life and learn to embrace a slower, calmer way of life. We offer dozens of weekend trips and expeditions, from a half day to 3 days, so you can explore Costa Rica on your time off.
What else is included?
Support from our staff on-site
2-day Introduction in San José
Application for visa extension
Transportation to your accommodation
Certificate at the end of your stay
What isn’t included
Airfare to and from Costa Rica
Passport and visa fees
Return trip to San José
Health and travel insurance
Hotel in San Jose if necesary
What others have to say
Forget the well-known online job placements for which you pay for an internship position for half a year up to 7000 €. Dominic
Housed in an apartment, my daughter was in Mary’s family. They took very good care of her, especially at the beginning when she was still unsure.
Thank you Maria! Ute