Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica

There are 74 organizations offering a total of 213 GoNomad Volunteer Abroad programs


International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ]

International Volunteer HQ is the world's leading volunteer travel organization, providing affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs in 40+ destinations. Based in either San Jose or Manuel Antonio, volunteers in Costa Rica choose from 12 meaningful projects including Turtle Conservation, Teaching Healthcare and more...


Maximo Nivel provides volunteer programs in San Jose and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Work directly with local projects and really get involved, because Maximo Nivel is a locally-based organization too! Volunteer placements include: Working with Kids, Teaching English, Construction, Conservation, Animal Care, Medical/Healthcare and more. University credit is available for most programs.

Kaya Responsible Travel

Experience the local life of Costa Rica through Kaya Responsible Travel volunteer projects. Volunteers have the chance to participate in Community Building Activities such as Teaching English in a coastal village, Medical Assistance of mothers and children, and helping in Wildlife Conservation projects. Possible weekend excursions include surfing, bungee jumping, and dolphin watching. Placements are available to worldwide participants who are at least 18 years old.


Experience the famed “Pura Vida” lifestyle and lend a helping hand to the local community and wildlife. Keen on some outdoor fun? Costa Rica has an abundance of interesting hotspots, from the lush rainforest to white stretches of sandy beaches.

ELI Abroad

A magnet for world travelers, Costa Rica is a haven for nature lovers. ELI Abroad volunteers teach, work in gender equality and women's empowerment projects, public health initiatives, microfinance and conservation. They live with host families, and on weekends explore Costa Rica's famous beaches and rainforests. Basic Spanish required.

Projects Abroad

For more than 20 years, Projects Abroad has been sending volunteers to various developing countries, including Costa Rica. Participants experience the unique culture while engaging in community service projects in cities such as Liberia and San Jose. This voluntary service placement is open to participants from all over the world for varying durations.

Academic Programs International

API offers volunteer positions in and around San Jose. Volunteers can choose from many projects, including childcare, teaching or tutoring, social justice, sustainable farming, environmentalism, and more. Volunteer placements are customized to your skill set and personal goals and the needs of the community. Serve the local community and leave a lasting impact when you volunteer with API!

World Endeavors

  • Volunteer in Costa Rica with World Endeavors

    World Endeavors offers exciting programs that allow participants to experience Costa Rica while contributing to the community in a meaningful way. Volunteers can choose from a variety of projects including teaching, orphanage assistance, environmenta...

Oyster Worldwide

  • Volunteer with Turtles in Costa Rica

    Spend some time in the wild coastal areas of Costa Rica, working with a local charity to help protect adult and baby turtles facing extinction and are increasingly at risk. This programme offers you the opportunity to be part of a vital project that ...

Plan My Gap Year

Go on a medical internship program in Costa Rica with Plan My Gap Year and earn experience to build a career. The medical internships, specifically designed for health care students and professionals, offers an assortment of opportunities, from small clinics that handle minor cases to large hospitals that manage complex surgeries. Participants are required to have an intermediate proficiency in Spanish.


Gapforce has 9 programs in 8 different locations. Programs are offered in Belize, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nepal, Spain and 3 other countries.

Raleigh International

Raleigh has been working in Costa Rica & Nicaragua for the past seven years. Discover Costa Rica and its beautiful variety of national parks, world-class biodiversity, stunning & challenging trekking terrain and remote indigenous reserves.

Globe Aware

Learn about the culture and lifestyle while making a difference with Global Aware in Costa Rica. For two weeks, prospective volunteers worldwide may help small communities in San Jose and improve their well being. The program includes Environmental Conservation, Reforestation, and Community Development.

Love Volunteers

Love Volunteers has provided thousands of volunteers with the chance to travel abroad and volunteer where help is really needed. Love Volunteers provides safe, responsible, affordable volunteer programs in Costa Rica for volunteers who want a truly memorable experience abroad. Check out our programs!

GoEco - Top Volunteer Organization

GoEco invites volunteers to help out with the conservation and community development projects in Costa Rica. Participants can also assist in teaching and social work programs. Project locations offer a beautiful backdrop for volunteer activities.

Global Leadership Adventures

  • GLA Costa Rica - Volunteer Programs for Teens

    Travel to Costa Rica and make a difference in an area or field you are most passionate about through any of the teen volunteer programs offered by Global Leadership Adventures! Your options are as follows: - Animal Rescue Project™ - Spanish Se...

Greenheart Travel

  • Volunteer at an Animal Rescue Center in Costa Rica

    Based on a private ecological reserve in the rainforests of northern Costa Rica, this Eco-Reserve and Animal Rescue Center was founded to give endangered, injured and abandoned animals a home. Volunteers a the project focus on rehabilitating animals ...

Hibiscus Travels

  • Gap Year: Service & Spanish Language Abroad

    This program is for participants in their gap year or long-term holiday who would like to learn Spanish in Costa Rica and participate in international community service. The program blends Spanish language and culture courses with service learning...

Outward Bound Costa Rica

We design custom courses for groups of 5 participants minimum. Groups get to choose everything from the dates and durations of their trip, to the activities they want their program to include. We are also able to advise on activities and types of accommodation that match your interests and objectives, and pick the best locations for your course. Step by step, we will assist groups in planning an unforgettable adventure in Costa Rica, Panama or Nicaragua.

GoBeyond Student Travel

Students assist low-income communities around San Jose. Action packed excursions include trips to the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, banana and coffee plantations, rafting, hiking, zip-lining and horseback riding.

Putney Student Travel

  • Costa Rica Service Programs | Putney Student Travel

    Travel to Costa Rica, a model of conservation and biodiversity, and find out why this beautiful country's people are some of the world's happiest. For high school and middle school students we offer Service and volunteer summer programs. We also offe...

Volunteering Solutions

Explore Costa Rican culture through a number of community development programs, in the city of San Jose, with Volunteering Solutions. Participants can choose from three programs, volunteering in an orphanage, group placement opportunities, and women empowerment projects. All participants have the chance to learn the Spanish language through interaction with the locals on a daily basis.

American Institute For Foreign Study

  • AIFS Study Abroad in Costa Rica: Semester or Year

    Spend a semester or academic year in the lively capital of San José with AIFS! You’ll earn up to 23 credits per semester from Universidad Veritas through various courses and internship opportunities. Courses are taught in English and Spanish. No p...

Rustic Pathways

Engage in a tropical service adventure in San Jose, Costa Rica, with Rustic Pathways. Volunteers from all over the world, 14-18 years old, can participate in two-week long placements in a variety of fields, including Eco-Tourism, Construction, and Youth Development.

Bright Light Volunteers

  • "One World, One Sustainable Future" Costa Rican Experience

    Explore one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world and discover why the national phrase, "Pura Vida" or "Pure Life," is the perfect choice of words to describe life in Costa Rica. Participants traveling to Costa Rica will work with our local par...

Pod Volunteer

Volunteer with award winning Pod Volunteer in Costa Rica, a nature-lover’s paradise. Animal and conservation lovers are needed to join our Turtle Conservation project where you can assist with the monitoring and protection of endangered sea turtles, and Wildlife Rescue project where you will help to look after recued animals including sloths, monkeys, anteaters and birds.

Carpe Diem Education

  • Central America Semester | Carpe Diem Education Gap Year

    Learn about Sustainability and immerse yourself in Spanish language over the course of Carpe Diem's Central America semester. Learn about endangered marine life while getting an Open Water SCUBA certification, help protect natural coastlines and turt...

Intercultura Costa Rica

  • Spanish Immersion AND Volunteer Project

    In addition to our Spanish programs we offer volunteer projects throughout Costa Rica for anyone 18 or over. Volunteer in the areas of social work, education (most popular teaching English to local kids in public schools & kindergarten), nature & env...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)

ISA Service-Learning connects participants to local organizations where they learn how local experts are addressing socio-economic issues with the available resources. Dive deeper into the pura vida mind set and gain an understanding of international service in Cartago, Heredia o San José. Service opportunities range from beginning to advanced Spanish in dozens of service fields.


InterExchange is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting cross-cultural awareness through work and volunteer exchange programs. For more than 40 years, InterExchange has been connecting young people from all over the world with life-changing international cultural exchange opportunities.

Pacific Discovery - Gap Year, Summer & Semester Programs Abroad

  • Central America Gap Year Semester | Pacific Discovery

    Expect life-changing experiences while on an overland journey through the cultural heart of Central America: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. On our Central America Semester, you'll travel in a fun, safe and supportive group of 14 students ...

Tico Lingo - Spanish Immersion School

  • Sea Turtle Rescue and Spanish Immersion Program

    The Sea Turtle Rescue and Spanish Immersion program offers students the unforgettable opportunity to learn Spanish while making a difference at the same time. Tico Lingo has partnered with a nonprofit organization in Costa Rica dedicated to saving le...

ESL - Language studies abroad

  • ESL - Volunteering Programmes Abroad

    ESL - Language studies abroad offers a programme that combines language study and volunteering. There are two stages: first is attending an intensive language course and second is participating in a rewarding experience through volunteerism. ESL - La...

The National Registration Center for Study Abroad

  • Study & Volunteer in San Jose, Costa Rica

    Study Spanish and volunteer in one of a variety of projects in Costa Rica with The National Registration Center for Study Abroad. Volunteers spend 20 hours per week for two or more weeks in 50-minute group Spanish classes with a maximum of five stude...

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