Volunteer Work in Costa Rica

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Volunteer Work in Costa Rica

from £405
Duration: from 2 weeks to 6 months
Countries: Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru
Costa Rica is well known for its beautiful serene beaches and breath-taking wilderness, but most visitors don’t know that Costa Rica is in need of volunteers to keep projects running.

Volunteer Work in Costa Rica

Conservation of the precious flora and fauna is a concern not only of the local people, but of international tourists, scientists and volunteers, too.
Costa Rica offers beautiful landscapes for beach lounging, surfing, snorkeling, hiking volcanoes, zip-lining, rafting, bird and wildlife watching, fishing, and exploring rain forests.
The main goal of our volunteer projects is to help conserve and maintain the natural resources and environment of the uniqueness of Costa Rican nature.
On the other hand there are also a lot of social institutions like day care centers, kindergartens or schools that are looking for a helping hand.

Volunteering in Wildlife Conservation 

National Parks, Natural Reserves and Animal Rescue Centers are the best way to experience Costa Rican nature first hand.

You want to help to conserve and protect endangered animals like monkeys, sloths, parrots or pumas?
Or you feel like protecting sea turtles in the Caribbean?
Or would you like to work with plants, seeds and trees in a stunning national park?

The possibilities to help are endless but have all one thing in common: to conserve the diverse eco-system and unique local flora and fauna!

If you would like to volunteer with animals obviously you should love animals and feel committed to animal welfare. Feeding and playing with the animals and the maintenance of the project site are the most common tasks volunteers carry out.
In national parks or national reserves you will also give services to visitors, supervise animals or plant population, organise workshops or maintain the trails through the jungle.
If you wish to support a sea turtle protection project, you will observe and study the rare sea turtles and their behavior on the beautiful Costa Rican beaches.

Volunteer in social institutions with children

Are you more interested in helping children in need? 

Then our programmes in one of the several social institutions in San Jose (capital of Costa Rica) will suit you well.

The schools, kindergartens, day care centers or orphanages we are working with, are public institutions and often lack professional staff and tools for adequate classes and rehabilitation of children.
Children usually come from low-income families or are orphans. So help in these institutions is important and urgently needed but also a delicate and sensible task.
We expect our volunteers to serve as a role model for these children and to be aware of the high responsibility they hold.

Volunteer help is needed to care for these children and to assist the teachers during the classes or in day-to-day tasks. This may include playing sports and outdoor games, organise games and recreational activities, teaching languages - especially English, supervise children or put for a nap the smallest children.
Tell us, what kind of area you are looking for and we are happy to assist you.

If you are looking for a different kind of volunteer work in Latin America, please visit our homepage. There are a lot of other possibilities where you can help, too.

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Further Details

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Price details:

from £405

What's included?

• Consultation of our experienced staff
• Translation of application documents
• Placement in Volunteer Work Project
• Orientation session on arrival
• Escort to the project site on the first day (in San Jose)
• Orientation kit
• Local support
• 24h-Emergency number
• Single room in homestay or dormitory in volunteer house
• Half-board (2 meals/day) or full-board (3 meals/day)
• Airport pick-up
• Certificate of participation

Duration Details:

Short minimum duration of only 2 weeks at many projects. However, volunteers are encouraged to participate for a longer period so that their impact is more valuable. . Most participants stay 2-3 months. The maximum duration is 6 months.

This placement would suit:

Volunteering in Costa Rica suits anybody who wants to make a unique experience abroad, may it be in nature conservation projects or in social institutions. You will get to know Costa Rica from a different perspective off the beaten tourist tracks.
Please note that functional Spanish skills are required. We will help you to find a suitable Spanish course, too.

Do you accept non UK citizens?

Of course, helping hands are always needed


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