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Costa Rica Volunteer Quests
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
Described 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
• City Tour of San Jose
• Visit Poas volcano
• Spanish classes (in San Jose) and Optional Spanish Language Immersion Course
Quest Program Briefs
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...
Working with Children Quest
Volunteers can be placed at schools, day cares, or orphanages and be a mentor 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.
Health Care Quest
Located in the capital city of San José, the City Hospital is part of the Costa Rican Universal Welfare System and is the leading hospital dealing with children's health and their treatment in the country.
Volunteers can give support to the children by visiting them bedside, assisting with the everyday tasks of the hospital, playing with the children at the hospital's playground, and helping in the laundry area. Please note that the primary task for students is observation. Volunteer tasks will vary depending on the volunteer’s level of medical expertise and Spanish ability.
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!
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