Volunteer in Costa Rica or the ‘Rich coast’, a country with contrasting terrain, breathtaking expansive coastline, active volcanoes, bustling cities and tropical rainforests. This paradisiacal country will inspire you and you will want to explore as much of it as possible!

    Volunteering in Costa Rica

    Our volunteer projects are based in various locations but are available to people with a wide range of interests and skills. If animal welfare and rescue is a particular passion of yours, volunteer for our Sea Turtle Conservation Project.  However, for those wanting to work with communities and young people, we have a Teach English project in San Jose. If you are keen to volunteer in the health and social care field, join the project involving Mother and Child Nutrition.

    For those wanting to work on their Spanish speaking skills, we offer a learn Spanish programme. Being able to communicate in Spanish will add to your volunteer experience and improve your immersion in the culture especially as you will be living with a local family during your visit.

    Poverty has declined in Costa Rica in recent years but we need volunteers to ensure this trend continues and to build on constantly improving the environmental and community work.   Costa Rica has a vibrant tourism scene, which has helped to raise income levels.

    In your spare time, dare to try the bungee jump off the Old Colorado River Bridge, an experience you will never forget! Alternatively, for those based in the cities, why not add on an extra week or two to your stay and learn to surf in wonderful warm tropical seas. Whale and dolphin watching is a must see, with various species spending the longest period of the year in Costa Rica.

    For those based at the coast, extend your trip and visit the capital San Jose. It is home to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum exhibiting an amazing collection of objects and the National Theatre with an ornate playhouse. To try fresh local produce and buy handmade delights, head down to the artisan markets. A country with such biodiversity, contrasting rural, coastal and urban areas, Costa Rica has something appealing for everyone!

    Join us and volunteer with Kaya in Costa Rica, share your skills and experiences with local staff in communities and NGOs to carry out rewarding work on projects where your help and efforts are in the most demand.


    Here are some important facts about Costa Rica:

    • Population 4,814,144 July 2015 estimate
    • Language – Spanish (official language), English
    • Religion – Roman Catholic 76.3%, Evangelical 13.7%, Jehovah’s Witness 1.3%, other Protestant 0.7%, other 4.8%, none  3.2%
    • Currency Costa Rica Colon (CRC)
    • Climate – tropical  and subtropical, the dry season  is December to April and the rainy season from May to November.  It is cooler in the highlands.


    Volunteering for 16 and 17 year olds in Costa Rica
    Spend your holidays doing something different and help others through volunteering overseas. Work on 1 of 4 projects in Costa Rica that accept 16 and 17 year olds.
    Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica
    Volunteer on this Sea Turtle conservation project and protect female sea turtles, their nests and hatchlings on beaches along the coasts of Costa Rica.
    Teach in Elementary Schools and Kindergartens in San Jose, Costa Rica
    Volunteer abroad with Kaya in Costa Rica and get hands-on teaching experience with children who will really benefit from international instruction.
    Rainforest Habitat and Wildlife Conservation Internship On The Caribbean Coast
    Intern and gain new skills, qualifications and hands on experience to support your studies or career in the conservation field.
    Mother and Child Nutrition
    Join us at nutrition centres improving diets in Costa Rica on this mother and child nutrition volunteer placement.
    Learn Spanish in Costa Rica
    Join our unique Spanish immersion language course that enable students to learn the language and at the same time experience Costa Rican culture.
    Family Volunteering: Community Beautification and Development Projects in Costa Rica
    Despite being derived from the Spanish for “Rich Coast”, Costa Rica still endures relatively high poverty levels, especially in rural areas.
    Costa Rica Spring Break Volunteering Week
    Join us in San Jose for a week of community volunteering helping abandoned and underprivileged children in the city’s children’s homes , community and day care centres.
    Community Empowerment Volunteering at Cooperatives in Costa Rica
    Become a volunteer in Costa Rica and join one of our most unique projects in Central America assisting local communities at 2 cooperatives.
    Animal Rescue Project in Costa Rica
    Volunteer in Costa Rica in a busy animal rescue centre, helping animals that have been neglected, lost their natural habitats or injured and are undergoing rehabilitation.

    Easy 3-step application process

    APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
    TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
    GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.


    We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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