Costa Rica Volunteer Quests

Volunteer in Costa Rica

"We were able to make a small difference in our community while being immersed in the Latin American culture. I truly learned so much about Costa Rica and the world as a whole. Living with a host family really made me feel like a Costa Rican. I'd like to thank United Planet for helping me give back to the community, teaching me a great deal and leaving me with some unforgettable memories. Pura Vida!"

--Dipti Rao, United Planet Volunteer in Costa Rica

What makes a United Planet Short-term Quest unique?

United Planet’s Quest volunteer abroad programs are 100% cultural immersion experiences. United Planet Quest programs run year-round and are available to individuals and groups of all ages, skill levels and nationalities.  We have no doubt it will be life-changing and provide lasting memories. Read on for more detailed information about volunteer opportunities in Costa Rica.

All Quests include:

  • Flexible start dates and lengths of stay (1-12 weeks)
  • Personalized attention from Coordinators
  • Local home stays or on-site lodging options
  • Exciting excursions, cultural activities and/or language lessons

Country Information

volunteer in Costa RicaDescribed as a green paradise, Costa Rica is well-known for its amazing natural beauty and biodiversity, from sunny shores to idyllic vistas and verdant rainforests filled with quetzals, howler monkeys and all manner of flora and fauna. Through eco-tourism, Costa Rica is prospering while still protecting the country’s vast natural resources and ensuring its economic future.

See what the country of Pura Vida (‘Pure Life’) is all about by volunteering on one of United Planet’s 20-plus projects. Volunteering is a great way to kick start your Spanish conversation skills, learning on the go as you patrol protected sea turtle beaches or teach English at local primary schools.

Get a glimpse of the famed Tico lifestyle and you’ll never want to go home! Volunteers in Costa Rica should expect to adopt the hora tica, or tico time—punctuality doesn’t reign supreme here, but conservation does!

Volunteer Opportunities in Costa Rica: 1 - 12 weeks

United Planet currently offers environmental volunteering opportunities in different climates and locations as well as social projects in partnership with local organizations in Costa Rica. Click here for Long-Term Quests in Costa Rica.

What's Included and Program Details

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Costa Rica Start Dates & Prices 

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Sample Costa Rica Itinerary


•   City Tour of San Jose
•   Visit Poas volcano
•   Spanish classes (in San Jose) and Optional Spanish Language Immersion Course

Quest Program Briefs

international environmental volunteer programs Environmental and Animal/Wildlife Quests
Volunteers in Costa Rica involved with Environmental Quests can work at conservation areas, national parks, wildlife refuges and more. We offer a wide range of different experiences: from creating trails in the cloud forests to cultivating medicinal plants, guiding tourists and patrolling protected turtle beaches. There are no Spanish language requirements for the environmental projects, though basic Spanish is very helpful. Read more...
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Working with Children Quest
Minimum Stay: 10 days
Volunteers needed: Year-round. Closed July 2014
Requirements: At least 16 years old, Basic Spanish

Volunteers can be placed at schools, day cares, orphanages, or a local hospital where they will be mentors to local children. Common tasks include helping with homework, teaching English, and leading games and activities. Volunteers may also be asked to help around the site with gardening, cooking, cleaning, and maintenance work. The children's ages will vary depending on the site, and you will be placed according to your skills and interest as well as where the most help is needed in the community. No experience needed, but a positive and flexible attitude are required.

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Working with the Elderly Quest 
Minimum Stay: 4 weeks 
Volunteers Needed: Year Round
Requirements: At least 18 years old, Intermediate Spanish

Volunteers will be placed at elders’ homes which provide the elderly
with recreation and special attention. Volunteers may be asked to take
part in or organize activities such as exercises or workshops (sewing,
cooking, handicraft, etc.), assist in physiotherapy and medical care,
and accompany the residents to events as well as spend quality time
with them. No experience needed but a positive and flexible attitude
is required.

Three Easy Steps to Apply

Questions about applying?

Call one of our friendly regional Quest coordinators today. We will walk you step-by-step through the application process and answer any questions you may have.

Step 1: Choose your Quest. Contact us at any time for help!  We'd love to talk to you. Email or call  1-800-292-2316.

Step 2: Enroll online. Please fill in the enrollment form. Then reserve your spot with a deposit (which will be credited toward your program fee).

Step 3: Meet your Quest coordinator and iron out the details. Once you've applied, your United Planet coordinator will contact you, and arrange a phone session to talk about your Quest of interest. THANKS!