Backpacking in Costa Rica on a Gap Year

Countries  »  Costa Rica

Volunteer in Costa Rica
Help protect the endangered turtles
Explore this Central American paradise
Climb volcanoes, see the varied wildlife and amazing beaches.
Want to see all of Central America?
This is the trip for you. 4 countries 23 days. Epic.

Costa Rica is a gap year paradise, and offers backpackers a myriad of tropical travel experiences. From Caribbean and Pacific beaches to rainforests, temperate forests, high mountains, volcanoes and marshy lowlands, Costa Rica has it all.

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.

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.