Volunteering in Costa Rica

Volunteering in Costa Rica

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Welcome to our Volunteering in Costa Rica page. Below you will find some of the best places to volunteer in Costa Rica. 


If you are considering volunteering abroad we highly recommend reading this fantastic book by award winning writer Shannon O’Donnell. It is full of practical tips that will help you get a deeper understanding of volunteering abroad. It asks the questions you never thought to ask about volunteering abroad and will help you make sure that your time spent volunteering will truly be of mutual benefit to both you and the organisation you are helping out.

You can also read this article by the wonderful People and Places: Key questions and answers before you volunteer

Organisation: La Tortuga Feliz

Location: 4 hours from San Jose on the Caribbean Coast

Website: http://www.latortugafeliz.com/

La Tortuga Feliz offers a turtle conservation program based in Costa Rica, whose aim is the protection of sea turtles with the help of volunteers. The participation of volunteers contribute to the improvement of the living conditions and education of the local inhabitants.


Organisation: Cloudbridge Nature Reserve

Location: Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica

Website: http://www.cloudbridge.org/

Situated in a beautiful and remote cloud forest on one of the highest mountains in Central America, is a private nature reserve in Costa Rica. Cloudbridge adjoins the primary forest of Chirripo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Reserve has three purposes:

  1. To preserve a precious part of the tropical world forever.
  2. To help reforest those areas which had been converted to cattle pasture.
  3. To Educate visitors to Protect the biodiversity for which the neotropical forests, and those in Costa Rica in particular, are so famous.

We are always looking for volunteers to help with our various projects. Please contact us from the link above.

Organisation: Gaia Vista

Location: Manuel Antonio National Park

Website: Gaia Vista

Organic Farming / Permaculture Adventure in the Rainforest and on the Beach

We are looking for Volunteers Worldwide to help with various aspects of the Creation of The Gaia Vista Eco Resort & Sustainability Center.We are presently looking for people interested in organic farming, aquaculture, general office & computer assistance, green writers, grant writers, video production and editing help, marketing people, and anyone who would like to help and contribute in some way. To contact us please click the link above.


Organisation: Monteverde Butterfly Gardens

Location: Santa Elena Monteverde, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Website: Monteverde Butterfly Gardens

Want to spend 2 months learning more about insects and arachnids while hanging out in Costa Rica for free?

The Monteverde Butterfly Gardens has been teaching people about insects and arachnids for 20 years! Volunteers from all over the world are trained to guide people through 4 butterfly habitats, a leaf cutter ant colony and a collection of live insects and arachnids from Costa Rica. The Monteverde Butterfly Gardens works hard every day to develop understanding and tolerance towards the many different arthropods we have living on the planet. To find out more about our volunteering program please visit our website above.

Organisation: The Monkey Farm

Location: Ocotal, Costa Rica

Website: The Monkey Farm

The Monkey Farm is non-profit organization run by a group of international volunteers who are turning an old farm into a monkey and wildlife rescue center. In addition, we are creating an organic sustainable farm using permaculture methods while living and learning on site.

Volunteers from all over the world come and live at the farm and are just now planting food to feed themselves, care for the farm animals and care for the wildlife that we rescue.

There is no charge for the volunteers to come and stay at the farm, however since we are just starting out, there is very little food growing so far.  Until we are growing food, the volunteers are required to provide their own food.  A volunteer should plan to contribute between $5 and $20 per week toward communal food and personal items.  Another $30 should be budgeted for eating out, drinks, activities and any other extra things that you would like to buy for yourself.  This is a total budget of $50 per week. To get more info, please visit our site.

Organisation: La Flor de Para

Location: La Flor, Costa Rica

Website: Volunteer on an eco farm in Costa Rica

We have been working with volunteers who make contributions to the project. Volunteers are welcome all year round. Whether you come to develop a special skill or simply to experience living with nature, you will always find the enthusiasm here to accommodate your wishes.

Volunteers are welcome for a short or long period of time. All ages are welcome to volunteer. Although spanish knowledge is not required, it is to the volunteers advantage to study Spanish to communicate with the local people who work at the farm. The farm runs an Alternative Spanish Language Institute where classes are offered.

We work from Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m to 12:00 noon. Fees include guided work on the farm, discussions of environmental problems and possible solutions, cross-cultural interaction, accommodation and meals. To find out more please contact us.


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