Volunteer Programs in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a country where you can find nature, get to know its culture and have that experience you’ve always wanted through volunteering in Costa Rica.
We collaborate in 6 volunteer programs in Costa Rica, each one focused on a specific need. Your collaboration in any of these projects is of great help in the protection of abused animals, in the conservation of sea turtles or in the teaching and care of children, young people and the elderly.
Many of the animals that live in the centers have arrived injured, malnourished, and orphaned; therefore, the wild animal centers in Costa Rica perform healing treatments, both at a corporal and energetic level. This generates the recovery and autonomy of all their inhabitants to achieve their integration back into their natural habitat.
SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION
We support the protection of the different species of sea turtles that nest on the beaches where we work. With the objective of reducing the negative impact created by natural and human factors. Depending on your needs and the season, you can go to the Caribbean or the Pacific.
CHILDREN WITH FUNCTIONAL DIVERSITY
Support us in developing the skills of people with special needs such as: Blindness, Deafness, Autism, Asperger’s, Down syndrome. Through didactic workshops, music, dance, art and theatre.
ASSISTANCE TO THE ELDERLY
Every day a grandfather needs us, support the staff of the center in the care of abandoned adults or without families in Costa Rica, who need our support. Your company will be of great motivation and joy.
TEACHING AND CHILDCARE
We support the development and personal growth of children and young people, strengthening their social and personal skills in a different, creative and dynamic environment.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING
Helps children and youth learn a second language and in some cases to improve the level of English in some people in the community. They will welcome you in with open arms and the best of their smiles.
REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERING IN COSTA RICA?
Anyone who wishes to be part of a volunteer program in Costa Rica, in most cases, does not need specific training, only the following is required:
- Be 18 years or older
- Availability for various jobs and activities
- Be a communicative, participative and committed person
- Have a good behavior and to be respectful with the people who collaborate and the community
- Respect the culture and customs of the country
- Ability to work in a team
- Adaptability and flexibility
You can consult the requirements of each project of volunteering in Costa Rica in their links.
WHERE WILL I BE DURING MY VOLUNTEERING IN COSTA RICA?
The projects are developed in the country of Costa Rica.
- Animals will sleep in Alajuela or San Carlos where the project is located.
- To collaborate in the teaching projects, care and support of the elderly, you will stay in San Ramon with host families and close to where the projects are located.
- Sea turtles will be on the same beach where the project is developed, therefore for this program you will have to spend the night in Costa Rica City on the day you arrive. The beaches we work are in the area of Matina Limon, Corcovado, Quepos, Samara and Montezuma.
WHEN CAN YOU COLLABORATE ON VOLUNTEERING IN COSTA RICA?
Social projects volunteer in Costa Rica such as:
- Teaching the English language
- Work with underprivileged children (all year round)
- Supporting children with special needs
- Attention to the elderly
Animal projects in Costa Rica
They are open all year round so you can go any time of the 2022 calendar year.
Rescue and protection of wild animals is also open all year round.
Scholar projects in Costa Rica
They are closed during the vacation period, which is the first and second week of July. They are also closed for the end of the year, between the third week of November and the second week of February.
The child care, teaching project, and the elderly care project are only closed on December 24, 25, and 31 along with the first week of January.
Likewise for Easter, the projects are closed all week.
Sea turtles in Costa Rica
Sea turtle conservation is open from the first week of March to the last day of July in the Caribbean and from June to February in the Pacific.
In each project, you have the arrival and start dates in the country.
ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION
Once you arrive at the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica, located 17 km from downtown San Jose, you will be welcomed by one of the transporters or coordinator of the local organization.
You will be taken to your accommodation or directly to the project, depending on your chosen program. If you are going to the sea turtle conservation project, you must spend the night in a hostel (data sent in the last email before traveling) where you will sleep one night and the following day, the transportation organized with the hostel (cab driver) will take you to the bus station and will tell you where to take the bus to get to Batán where a member of the organization will be waiting for you to take you to the project facilities.
Depending on the time of arrival in the country and the facilities of the volunteer project in Costa Rica, you will be oriented to the house, project and activities to be carried out. At that time the coordinator responsible for the project or area where you will be assigned will tell you the norms, rules and procedures to follow during your volunteering.
IMPORTANT FACTS TO CONSIDER WHEN ARRIVING IN COSTA RICA
- If you arrive and pass the immigration controls and do not find the cab driver or local coordinator, do not move from the airport, they will be waiting for you. You can also write to us at the numbers we have provided for inquiries.
- If you do not have local currency (money), you can change when you arrive at the airport, or withdraw money from an ATM.
- If you want to have data to be connected at all times, you can buy a local SIM card (Kolbi, Movistar, Claro) and activate a plan for the time you will be volunteering.
To enter Costa Rica, at the moment there is no compulsory vaccination. Also if you come from a country where yellow fever is present, you will be asked for a vaccination card to verify that you have this vaccine.
- Have a negative PCR test 72 hours before your arrival for animal programs
- Digital form from the Costa Rican Social Security Fund
- Travel Insurance, including quarantine lodging and medical expenses due to illness.
VISA TO ENTER COSTA RICA
Not all people who travel to Costa Rica need to present a visa, it will depend on your nationality.
Spaniards do not require a visa for a maximum stay of 90 days, but if you need the following documentation:
- Valid passport
- Round trip tickets
SECURITY IN COSTA RICA
Costa Rica is considered one of the most developed countries in Latin America, but as in any country in the world there are areas or zones that are not recommended to go for a person who is not from there.
Generally in San Jose you can find people who approach you and between laughter and kindness ask you for something to eat or money, avoid these situations, as it often happens that without realizing you lose something from your purse.
The tourist areas of Costa Rica are generally safe, but we still recommend you to keep in mind the following:
- Let your coordinator know where you will go, in case of an excursion, so that he can warn you about the places.
- Have your coordinator’s phone number and the address where you are staying for your safety.
- Avoid giving out information about the house, workplaces and other volunteers for safety.
- Do not take anyone other than the organization to the volunteer’s home.
- Recognize and avoid hazardous areas in every place you visit.
- Travel in austerity in your daily transfers and on your excursions.
- Avoid attracting attention with very uncovered or expensive clothing (jewelry and accessories).
- Avoid taking your mobile phone out in public or leaving it on a table somewhere.
- Try to use the country’s safe transportation services or services such as Uber or safe taxis.
- Avoid walking alone in the street at night.
Never put someone you don’t know into an unknown vehicle, or someone you don’t know into yours.
- Do not drink any drink of which you do not know the origin.
ACCOMMODATION IN HOST FAMILIES
All volunteers who collaborate in social projects such as:
- English language teaching
- Support to children with special needs
- Teaching and caring for children
- Attention to the elderly
will live with Costa Rican host families, selected by the local organization.
WHAT DOES HOMESTAY INCLUDE?
- Beds, in a room shared with other volunteers
- Use of common areas
- 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during your stay as a volunteer.
- Wifi connection
ANIMAL PROJECT HOUSING
The volunteers who are part of the Animal Rescue and Protection Volunteer Project live in designated spaces within the project facilities.
WHAT DOES THE ACCOMMODATION INCLUDE?
- Beds, in a room shared with other volunteers.
- Use of the common bathrooms
- Use of the common areas
- 3 Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during your stay as a volunteer
- Wifi connection
TURTLE PROJECT ACCOMMODATION
If you go to the turtle project, you stay in the house that is available for volunteers at the project facilities (beach).
WHAT DOES YOUR TURTLE PROJECT ACCOMMODATION INCLUDE?
- A bunk bed in a room shared with other volunteers
- Use of the common areas
- The 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during your volunteer work
The contribution in some volunteer projects in Costa Rica for a period of 14 days is 650€.
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR A VOLUNTEERING IN PERU?
- Accommodation during your stay as a volunteer.
- Meals during your volunteer work (music only breakfast).
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team.
- Follow-up and evaluation of the program.
- Orientation and induction to the program.
- Certificate of weeks spent volunteering.
- NGO receipt for your program fee.
- Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program.
- Volunteer T-shirt.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN A VOLUNTEERING IN PERU?
- Flight to Costa Rica.
- Visa if required.
- Vaccinations, if required.
- Internal transportation or excursions.
- Travel in or out of the country.
- Travel medical insurance (mandatory).
- Drinks, diets or special meals.
- Bottled water.