Community Development Volunteering, Costa Rica

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Community Development Volunteering, Costa Rica

  • 1 week minimum
  • Year round
  • Minimum Age : 18+
  • Airport Pickup Included

Feel a yearning to help others less fortunate?  Like to work with your hands and get stuck into a project?  Love wildlife, rainforests, ocean and beautiful vistas, plus wonderful people and great nightlife?  Then this volunteering program in beautiful Costa Rica ticks all the boxes to deliver a meaningful, fun, and life-changing learning experience you’ll never forget!

Set in Puerto Jimenez, on the gorgeous Osa Peninsula, this volunteer program to help the disadvantaged indigenous population is set in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.  Bordered on one side by the ‘sweet gulf’ Golfo Dulce, and on the other by the Corcovado National Park, participants on this program will have the opportunity to seek a glimpse of the rare the rare Scarlet Macaw during the afternoon, watch dolphins from a gorgeous beach as the sun sets, then get amongst it and enjoy the town’s bustling hospitality scene at night.

Volunteers will work on a variety of essential projects that supports the community, enhances the environment and provides safe and enriched spaces for locals to thrive.  Projects could include sustainability initiatives, construction and renovation, cleaning up spaces for children to play or developing programs to preserve the cultural heritage of indigenous tribes. Whatever the project, volunteers will spend their time improving the environment and lives of locals, and making a true difference. 

Arrival Airport & Location

Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), San Jose
Project Location: Matapalo, near Quepos

Start Dates & Duration

The turtle conservation program is available all year with arrivals every Saturday. The program’s duration is 1 week to 8 weeks depending on your preference. If you wish to stay longer than 8 weeks this can be arranged with the local team. 

Volunteer Accomodation

Volunteers are accommodated in a special volunteer house

Price Includes

  • Airport Pickup
  • Accomodation
  • Meals
  • 24/7 local support
  • Project placement and supervision

Price Excludes

Our prices don’t include flights, travel insurance, visas or vaccinations, but we can provide information and support on obtaining these. You may also need additional spending money to purchase additional foods and snacks, local transport, weekend tours and excursions, and return airport transfer.

What to Expect

This essential program seeks volunteers who like to see tangible results from their dedication and work.  The local community is rich in terms of culture, generosity of spirit and natural environment, but funds are severely lacking in this disadvantaged region.  Community support through educational programs (and the facilities to help deliver these) are desperately needed to nurture the community, from their young to their old. 

Volunteers are required to help on community education and after school classes, indigenous culture preservation, conservation programs and building work.  From helping to build a safe playground to cleaning up parks and spaces or building a new community facility, volunteers will help where it’s needed most.  Conservation projects to protect and enhance this beautiful region is a key part of this program.


National Geographic Magazine has called the Osa Peninsula ‘one of the most biologically intense places on earth’. Home to some of the most pristine rainforests in the world, Osa Peninsula also contains Central America’s largest lowland tropical rainforests and is home to one of the tallest rainforests in the world.  But work is needed to preserve this natural wonderland, preserving rivers from erosion, planting more trees for the scarlet macaws and cleaning up the beaches to name just a few of the amazing sustainability projects on offer.

Come and join the crew in this wonderful community and play your part in delivering meaningful projects to support Costa Rica’s deserving people and environment.

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