Volunteer in paradise, in this land of contrasting terrain, expansive coastline, active volcanoes, bustling cities and tropical rainforests!

    Volunteering in Costa Rica

    Costa Rica’s vibrant tourism scene has helped raise income levels, but there is still work to continue improvement on environmental and community projects. If you’re passionate about animal welfare, our Sea Turtle Conservation Project is perfect for you! Those wanting to work with communities and young people, can Teach English in San Jose. You can also volunteer in the health and social care field through our Mother and Child Nutrition project. Additionally, improve your Spanish speaking skills on our “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 stay.

    In your spare time, dare to try bungee jumping off the Old Colorado River Bridge or learn to surf in wonderfully warm tropical seas! Whale and dolphin watching is a must as various species spend long periods of time along the coast of Costa Rica. Be sure to visit the capital of San Jose, home to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and the National Theatre’s ornate playhouse. Try fresh, local produce and buy handmade souvenirs at the many artisan markets.

    Share your skills and experiences with Costa Rican communities and NGOs to carry out rewarding work on projects while being able to live in a biodiverse paradise!


    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; dry season is December to April; rainy season is May to November; 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.
    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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