Volunteering for 16 and 17 Year Olds in Costa Rica

Location: Costa Rica: Atenas

Program Duration: 5-8 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks

Dates: Year Round


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Phone: 0161 870 6212


Spend a meaningful holidays in Costa Rica! Join Kaya and participate in one of our 4 projects designed specifically for volunteers aged 16 and 17.

Costa Rica offers you, as a young person, the ability to share your enthusiasm and energy with the communities in and around Atenas, and to help them with their work. Extra pairs of hands are always needed in these poorer communities, and everyone will welcome you.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, join our local staff and older volunteers in schools, childcare centers, a coffee cooperative, or a turtle protection project.

A basic level of Spanish (Basic User Level A1 of CEFR) is required, as you’ll live with a local homestay family. Spanish lessons can be arranged alongside your placement. You should have a positive attitude, a willingness to help out, and an interest in working with other people. All volunteers will be asked to attend a telephone interview and obtain parental consent forms for acceptance onto the projects.


Develop your Spanish skills; practice both with your homestay family and also with the project beneficiaries and staff

Give something back and support initiatives in the poorer communities in Atenas

To live and volunteer with friends your own age

To have an adventure

Improve your CV/Resume when you are applying for jobs, internship or university places by participating in a cultural exchange

  • Spanish

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • Spanish
  • English

Cost in US$:

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Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

Accommodation: Single or shared room in a homestay (according to availability)
Food: 3 Meals per day
Airport pick up and drop off from San Jose International Airport
Training: Pre-departure preparation pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
Language classes: 6 hours language class provided
Support: On-site coordinator providing 24 hour support
Activities: 1 dance class or 1 cookery class included. Staff help organise evening and weekend activities.

Credit Available


Experience Required


Volunteer Types
  • Economic Development
  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Wildlife
  • Teaching
  • Animal Welfare
  • Conservation
  • Community Development
  • Childcare & Children
Age Range
16-17 year olds
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays

Application Process Involves
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Online Application
Year Founded