A Gap Year in Costa Rica

Why go backpacking in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is a gap year paradise, and offers backpackers myriad tropical travel experiences. From Caribbean and Pacific beaches to rainforests, temperate forests, high mountains, volcanoes and marshy lowlands, backpacking in Costa Rica has it all, whether you want to relax or have an epic adventure.

This is an awesomely forward-thinking and progressive country. They abolished their army decades ago, and regularly place highly on global quality-of-life indexes and leagues tables for health, education, environment and democracy within Latin America. Costa Rica has also been rated one of the ‘greenest’ countries on Earth, and its government intends to become the world’s first carbon-neutral country.

Things to do in Costa Rica

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Volunteer with Kids in Costa Rica

from £945

14 - 84 days

Costa Rica

Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture when you travel to Quepos and volunteer on a community project helping disadvantaged children.

Volunteer in Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

from £570

14 - 168 days

Costa Rica

Volunteer on the Turtle Conservation volunteer project in Costa Rica. Located in any one of four amazing coastal locations.

Special Needs / Childcare Internships

from £630

14 - 168 days

Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers unparalleled natural beauty within a rapidly developing economy. Looking for an internship which combines adventure travel with...

Wildlife Conservation Internships in Costa Rica

from £1190

28 - 168 days

Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers unparalleled natural beauty within a rapidly developing economy. Looking for an internship which combines adventure travel with...

Health & Medical Internships in Costa Rica

from £1035

28 - 168 days

Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers unparalleled natural beauty within a rapidly developing economy. Looking for an internship which combines adventure travel with...

Microfinance / Women’s Empowerment Internships

from £1035

28 - 168 days

Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers unparalleled natural beauty within a rapidly developing economy. Looking for an internship which combines adventure travel with...

Teaching English / Education Internships

from £1035

28 - 168 days

Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers unparalleled natural beauty within a rapidly developing economy. Looking for an internship which combines adventure travel with...

Environmental Conservation Internships in Costa Rica

from £630

14 - 168 days

Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers unparalleled natural beauty within a rapidly developing economy. Looking for an internship which combines adventure travel with...

Animal & Veterinary Care Internships in Costa Rica

from £630

14 - 168 days

Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers unparalleled natural beauty within a rapidly developing economy. Looking for an internship which combines adventure travel with...

Animal Rescue and Conservation

from £780

14 - 84 days

Costa Rica

Volunteer in Costa Rica at an animal rescue center!

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Why go?

It’s a great place to volunteer on your gap year, with loads of options to teach or work on conservation projects with big cats, monkeys and turtles. Adventurous travellers will not be disappointed either; you can surf, go white-water rafting, wildlife spotting, hiking and trekking.

Costa Rica, which literally translates as ‘Rich Coast’, is an ideal one-country destination or an amazing place to visit as part of a trip through Central America.

Please note: It’s now a legal requirement that all volunteers must obtain a scientific permit to conduct research within Tortuguero National Park. A number of documents will be required to apply for this permit. If you’re interested in volunteering in Tortuguero National Park, please ask one of our consultants for more information.

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