Volunteer in Costa Rica

Environmental and social volunteer programs

Volunteer programs for responsible travelers who want to be part of environmental and social projects, Planet conservation is always looking for volunteers who want to be part of solutions that protect the local environments and promote the development of communities.

If you want to know more about Planet Conservation organization and its work in Costa Rica read more here.

Areas of expertise

We have plenty of programs which require the collaboration of volunteers of different areas of expertise, according to the needs of the locations you'll visit. You have the opportunity to participate in education programs helping in schools and kindergartens, wildlife and environmental protection programs, urban development, agriculture, rural tourism and the cultural preservation of indigenous communities.

Volunteer programs

Learn more about the programs, their locations, schedules and required skills to find your perfect place to volunteer.

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Sustainable urban development

Plan and execute activities that have a transformative impact in helping Costa Rica move towards a low-carbon development.

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Animal rescue and liberation program

Support daily work in one of the rehabilitation centres of wild species with the end goal of releasing the animals back into the wild.

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Assistance in public kindergarten (nutrition)

Social project where volunteers support rural nutrition project in a public institution for children from 2-6. Volunteers will participate on a daily to support staff.

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Sea Turtle Conservation

Volunteers will participate in a variety of tasks around the project which includes beach patrol, observation of the nests and sea turtle eggs in the season.

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Environmental campaigns and sustainable development

We work on several Environmental campaigns to promote the reduction of disposable plastics, provide alternatives, and achieve awareness about how plastics are affecting our daily life and harming the natural environment.

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Bird rescue and observation program

Volunteers will be working alongside a team of international professionals and local workers. Using their skills to enrich the lives of the birds.

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Assistance in public schools (primary 1-6th grade)

This project supports elementary rural schools located in the South Pacific and Caribbean of Costa Rica.

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Assistance in public pre-school

This project supports preschool groups (children aged 4-6) in rural public schools located in the South Pacific and Caribbean of Costa Rica.

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Assistance in public kindergarten (education)

This project supports the public children’s day care facility in Hone Creek, Puerto Viejo, in a public institution for children from working class families.

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Assistance in private schools

This project supports elementary private schools located in the South Pacific and Caribbean of Costa Rica.

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Reforestation program

Volunteers will be working on a variety of projects e.g. provide assistance on the reforestation planning, helping the local workers tend the saplings in the greenhouse, hike into the mountains and plant the trees and assist in the monitoring of the reforestation progress.

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Assistance in private pre-school

This project supports preschool groups (children aged 4-6) in rural private schools located in the South Pacific and Caribbean of Costa Rica.

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Rural Tourism

The focus of the project is to support communities and sustainable tourism destinations and their specific tasks.

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Indigenous communities

Volunteer in an indigenous community, a unique experience as participants will live within the community and experience another culture.

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Environmental Education Program

The Environmental Education program was established as the Environmental Kids Club that aims to generate consciousness about environmental issues, providing the necessary knowledge to children and generating sensitivity towards environmental solutions and healthy actions.

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Farmstay and Organic Agriculture

Support and learn about environmentally sustainable agricultural methods to maximize farm production in an ecological way.

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Spanish when volunteering

Most of the programs require some level of Spanish to interact with local people, as a complement, you can take Spanish lessons in parallel while you're participating as volunteer to improve your communication abilities. Visit our Spanish programs to get more information about our Spanish courses.