- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: Costa Rica
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Program Length: One Week, Two Weeks, Six Weeks, Four Weeks, Two Months, Quarter, Three Weeks, Five Weeks
- Start Month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
- Category: Environmental Conservation
- Selective: Yes
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Cabins, Dorm
- Financial Aid: Not Available
Volunteering in Costa Rica is for nature-lovers; a quarter of the country is protected forest or reserve, providing home to over 900 species of bird and 250 species of mammal including the beloved sloth. The diverse landscape includes volcanoes, mangroves, rainforest and beautiful beaches making it a fantastic country to explore. It’s easy to understand why it’s recently been voted the world’s happiest country and why people are looking to volunteer in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica has long been celebrated for its leading environmental policy (Costa Rica has pledged to be carbon neutral and to eradicate single-use plastic by 2021) and there is a great need for volunteers to work on conservation initiatives and wildlife rescue projects. Pod Volunteer is an award-winning non-profit organisation helping people to volunteer in Costa Rica for as little as 1 week or as long as 3 months.
We find the best volunteer projects in Costa Rica for you, help you with all the arrangements and provide lots of support before and during your volunteering time in Costa Rica!
You can get involved in an animal volunteering project at a wildlife rescue sanctuary or help monitor and protect turtles and other wildlife by joining an active research and conservation reserve. If you want to combine wildlife rescue or turtle conservation with diving or Caribbean conservation, then you may also be interested in our volunteer projects in Belize which are just a (relatively) short hop away from Costa Rica.
Volunteers are needed all year round. Climate wise, there are three main seasons in Costa Rica; ‘dry season’ (December to April), ‘shoulder season’ (May to July and in November) when there are some rains; and ‘wet season’ (August to October). Temperatures average between 21-27 °C but due to 80-100% humidity it can get sticky and feel much warmer.
At Pod Volunteer we love to travel and regularly visit our projects in Costa Rica. Here is our insider’s view of our experiences travelling and volunteering in Costa Rica…
Things we loved: The vast biodiversity of the country meaning that the opportunity to get back to nature is outstanding; species including howler monkeys, hummingbirds, sloths, dolphins and turtles can all be found here. The country’s commitment to conservation; it plans to be carbon-neutral within the next few years. The diverse landscapes, from the numerous National Parks to the stunning waterfalls, beautiful beaches and active volcanoes, Costa Rica really does have it all. The coffee, there are many varieties to try and it makes a great present too!
Things we weren’t so sure about! All of the positives unfortunately come at a cost; some refer to Costa Rica as “Costa Lot” because compared to its neighbouring countries, it is more expensive in general. It is now an established tourist destination meaning that some areas can be overcrowded and have become “tourist hotspots”.
Visit our website where you’ll find a summary of our volunteering abroad programs in Costa Rica which you can click through to and find out about the volunteer role, location, accommodation and costs, see lots of pictures and read volunteer reviews!