Volunteer in Costa Rica - United Planet - 6-12 months

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Program Description

Costa Rica is a destination known for its amazing beauty, eco-tourism, biodiversity, and warm, welcoming people. As a volunteer, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a place of undisturbed rainforests, peaceful atmosphere (the Costa Rican army was abolished in 1948) and relaxed “Pura Vida” lifestyle. Costa Ricans are friendly and always willing to lend a hand (or even a home!) in times of need. Slow down and appreciate a different pace of life – you’ll definitely feel at home in no time in this family-oriented culture.

As a volunteer in Costa Rica, you'll have the chance to volunteer with children, the elderly, or on environmental wildlife conservation projects!

United Planet partners with the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) for its long-term programs. As a volunteer, you will be hosted by ACI, ICYE’s Costa Rican partner organization. As an international non-profit, ACI has been committed to promoting cross-cultural exchange between young people worldwide since 1967.


Volunteer opportunities include:

Social Work: Volunteer with street children, taking care of the children, helping with homework, and playing games. The goal of this project is to further the educational and personal development of the children.

Caring for the Elderly: Volunteer assisting elderly citizens in a residential setting. Tasks include providing company for residents, helping with basic tasks, organizing activities, and sometimes assisting with physical therapy.

Environment: Help with conservation efforts of native wildlife, including various species of plants, birds, invertebrates, or primates.


18 – 26 years old (upper age requirement is flexible)
Citizen or resident of the United States or Canada

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What`s Included

Included in Your Quest:

Extensive pre-departure preparation, including a training weekend in New Hampshire with United Planet staff
Food and lodging in your host country
Airport transfers
Emergency medical insurance
In-country orientation upon arrival and ongoing support and supervision throughout your Quest
Language training
Mid-year camp (for 1 year volunteers) and final camp
Monthly stipend for incidental expenses

Program Locations

San Jose, Costa Rica

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Program Details

United Planet
  • Costa Rica: San Jose
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
6-12 months
English, Spanish
American, Canadian
Starting at USD 8,995

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