Volunteers visit Arenal volcano in their free time while volunteering in Costa Rica

Volunteering in Costa Rica

Contribute to worthwhile community initiatives in the heart of Latin America

Volunteer in Costa Rica and learn the true meaning of "pura vida" (pure living). You'll support community development and environmental protection in this vibrant Latin American country. Volunteer abroad programs in Costa Rica present an opportunity to immerse yourself in a rich, diverse culture by living and working in Central America.

Volunteer work in Costa Rica can include:

There are also family volunteer opportunities in Costa Rica. Children under 15 are welcome to join their parents to help with childcare in daycare centers.

Our volunteer opportunities in Costa Rica are based in Heredia. Our local staff will be on hand to guide and support you 24/7. Whether you're doing short-term volunteer work in Costa Rica or staying for longer, our staff will ensure you have the best experience possible.

With more than 25% of its land protected in national parks, Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise. It has everything from volcanoes to tropical rainforests, and magnificent waterfalls to beautiful sandy beaches.

This small country is also renowned for its biodiversity and boasts an array of wildlife.

Projects available in Costa Rica

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Study Abroad in Costa Rica
Semester Abroad in Costa Rica
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  • Price: $23,550 USD for 15 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $1,570 USD
  • Start Date: Fall & Spring Terms
  • Minimum Duration: 15 weeks
  • Ages: College student or recent graduate
Summer abroad in Costa Rica
Summer Abroad in Costa Rica
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  • Price: $6,450 USD for 4 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $1,610 USD
  • Start Date: Summer Term
  • Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
  • Ages: College student or recent graduate
Happy children with their teacher at one of Projects Abroad's volunteer teaching placements in Costa Rica
Volunteer Teaching English in Costa Rica
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  • Price: $2,700 USD for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $400 USD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Ages: 18 or over
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Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

Meet the team in Costa Rica

Where we are based in Costa Rica


During your voluntary work in Costa Rica, you’ll be living in the historic city of Heredia. Located 11km north of the capital, San José, this offers a laid-back retreat near the centre of Costa Rica.

Known as the “City of Flowers”, it comes as no surprise that Heredia is filled with beautiful gardens and luscious flora in between the colonial architecture that lines the streets. Mixed with the floral scents is the compelling aroma of their famously farmed coffee.

Heredia is surrounded by several national parks, including Braulio Carrillo and the Poas Volcanoes. This means you’ll be close to nature and incredible wildlife.

We have dedicated full-time staff in Costa Rica, so you’ll have plenty of support during your stay.


On our Study Abroad Projects, you'll live in the natural beauty of the Monteverde Cloud Forest among sloths, monkeys, and tropical birds.

You'll be at the heart of Costa Rica's rainforest 140km from San José. At the same time, you're never far from the coast and can explore Costa Rica's pristine sandy beaches.

Airport pickup, flights and visas costa rica

When volunteering in Costa Rica, you'll be met at the airport by a Projects Abroad staff member. You can find more detailed information on flights, arrival airports, orientation, and visas, on our Costa Rica Arrival Procedures page.

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