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Cross-Cultural Solutions: Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica for the Experience of a Lifetime!
Experience another culture like never before while making a real difference in people’s lives. You’ll gain perspectives and insights into the local culture and yourself. It’s an exciting and personally inspiring experience, and you’ll develop memories that will be with you forever. CCS Volunteer Programs offered in Costa Rica.
Volunteer in Costa Rica Dates Offered: Choose from start dates year-round and lengths-of-stay from 1-12 weeks.
Costs: The U.S. tax-deductible program fees for programs starts at $1853. Program fee includes: personalized Volunteer Placement, language instruction, cultural education, food, lodging, transportation to and from all Cross-Cultural Solutions’ placements and programs, pre-departure guidance from headquarters staff, 24-hour access to in-country staff, travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance, and more.
Contact: Cross-Cultural Solutions, 2 Clinton Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801;Tel: 800.380.4777 or 914.632.0022; in the UK call 0845 458 2781/2782; other countries call +44 (0) 1273 666392; Fax: 914.632.8494.
Email: info@crossculturalsolutions.org
Website: www.crossculturalsolutions.org
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Wildlife Conservation Expedition in Costa Rica
This expedition is based in Tortugero National Park, one of the most remote and breathtaking regions of the Costa Rican rainforest. Work, live and explore the Costa Rican rainforest alongside an international team and contribute to the development and management of long-term wildlife conservation efforts along Central America’s Caribbean coast.

During your time on this expedition you will gain a holistic understanding of the Costa Rican rain forest and its ecosystem by conducting important research on populations of sea turtles (subject to their nesting season), jaguars and aquatic birds.

Wildlife Conservation Expedition in Costa Rica Dates: Visit our website for upcoming start dates
Costs: From $2482 for 4 weeks
Email Contact: info@gviworld.com
Phone Contact: 888 653 6028
Where do I go from here? Visit the website for more information on this volunteer abroad in Costa Rica
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Volunteer with Turtles in Costa Rica
Travel to the heart of Tortuguero National Park in Costa Rica and join forces with GVI’s wildlife conservation team to help protect endangered sea turtles.

Our team works directly on monitoring the endangered green, hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles during their nesting season. By recording critical data to track these animals we can make serious contributions to help ensure their continued survival.

This conservation program, run in conjunction with the Costa Rican Environment Ministry, offers continuous hands-on training and unique opportunities to explore the natural habitat of these amazing turtles.

Volunteer with Turtles in Costa Rica Dates: Visit our website for upcoming start dates
Costs: From $1785 for 2 weeks
Email Contact: info@gviworld.com
Phone Contact: 888 653 6028
Where do I go from here? Visit the website for more information on this volunteer abroad in Costa Rica
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Jaguar Conservation Program in Costa Rica
Live and work in the rainforest of Costa Rica and protect endangered jaguars.  In the 1950’s there were over 400,000 jaguars living in the Americas.  This population has now dropped to an estimated 14,000.

Our team monitors and tracks jaguars in Tortugero National Park on the Caribbean Coast, and relays data to both the Costa Rica Government and other important Conservation Organizations.  By studying their food sources, habitats and distinct behaviors, you can help provide information that may be critical in helping to preserve these animals. 

This projects offers continuous hands-on training and unique opportunities to learn about the rainforest and the amazing wildlife it supports.

Jaguar Conservation Program in Costa Rica Dates: Visit our website for upcoming start dates
Costs: From $1785 for 2 weeks
Email Contact: info@gviworld.com
Phone Contact: 888 653 6028
Where do I go from here? Visit the website for more information on this volunteer abroad in Costa Rica
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Volunteer with Children in Costa Rica
Journey to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast and join our community program to help disadvantaged kids.  This project operates in the provincial town of Quepos, located just outside of Manuel Antonio National Park.  The main focus of this project is to lend assistance to the local school district, which has a severe shortage of teachers.

Working in the local community will give you an intimate and unfiltered look at Costa Rican culture. You will improve your Spanish, make friends and gain new perspectives, all while contributing to improve the education available to local students. 

Jaguar Conservation Program in Costa Rica Dates: Visit our website for upcoming start dates
Costs: From $1522 for 2 weeks
Email Contact: info@gviworld.com
Phone Contact: 888 653 6028
Where do I go from here? Visit the website for more information to volunteer with children in Costa Rica
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Volunteer in Costa Rica with Geovisions Volunteer in Costa Rica with Geovisions

Children’s Hospital In Costa Rica
Our medical programs include a paramedic center or a children's Hospital. We offer Ecology Conservation in Cabo Blanco and Marine Conservation in Puntarenas. Assist in schools and orphanages or teach English to a group 15 hours per week as part of the Conversation Partner program.

Dates: Year ‘round
Cost: Please see website for prices.
Contact: GeoVisions, 63 Whitfield St. Guilford, CT 06437.
Tel.: 203-453-5838. Toll free 1-877-949-9998.
Email: programs@geovisions.org
Website: geovisions.org

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Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica – United Planet – 1-52 Weeks
United Planet's volunteer abroad Quests offer volunteers a unique blend of work, cultural immersion, and fun. All ages and skill levels are invited to enroll. Join us for 1 week or up to 1 year in Costa Rica – you can volunteer working with children, protecting the environment, working in a healthcare setting, and more! Volunteers live with a local host family, participate in cultural activities and excursions, and receive 24/7 support – a true immersion experience that allows you to build relationships that last a lifetime.
Volunteer in Costa Rica with United Planet Cost: Varies with duration of your stay. Please visit our website for details.
Dates: Ongoing start dates. Visit our website for details.
Contact:
United Planet, 11 Arlington St, Boston MA 02116, USA.
Tel.:
800-292-2316 or 617-267-7763.
Email: quest@unitedplanet.org
Website: www.unitedplanet.org
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Accept the Challenge — Volunteer in Costa Rica this Summer!
AMIGOS operates in nine countries throughout the Americas - in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Paraguay. With AMIGOS, you'll be immersed in another culture, collaborate with your host community on a development project, and work side by side with local youth meanwhile building your own leadership skills. AMIGOS summer projects range from 4-9 weeks and are open to students from 16-25 with basic Spanish proficiency. AMIGOS programs in Costa Rica focus on youth leadership in the field of environmental sustainability.
Volunteer in Costa Rica Dates: Depends on program
Cost: Check our website for Program Requirements and Cost
Email: Contact Us
Website: amigoslink.org
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Globe Aware
The Road Less Traveled Village Experience: El Sur, Costa Rica

In Globe Aware’s El Sur program, volunteers have the opportunity to assist villagers whose farmland has recently been taken over to create the spectacular Carara Rainforest Reserve. The villagers hope to create sustainable community-based tourism, and Globe Aware volunteers will help by completing projects such as building suspension bridges, painting schools, constructing recycling stations, and building systems to help bring clean water into the community. For fun, volunteers can enjoy hiking in the rainforest, horseback riding, coffee tasting, and learning about cheese making and traditional sugar cane processing. Accommodations include comfortable, recently constructed cabinas with Western-style bathrooms and showers (not including heated water) and limited electricity. Take this trip to Costa Rica and join in on providing sustainability and opportunity for one of the friendliest communities you’ll ever encounter!
Volunteer in Costa Rica in El Sur with Globeaware Dates: Please refer to our website for trip dates
Cost: $1290
Contact: 6500 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75214
Email: office@globeaware.org
Tel: 1-877-LUV-GLOBE
Website: www.globeaware.org
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Globe Aware
Costa Rica—Orosi Valley

Globe Aware’s Costa Rica program takes place about an hour from the city of San Jose in the gorgeous, hidden valley of Orosi. There in Orosi, villagers of the small community of El Yaz enjoy their natural paradise, but struggle to make ends meet as their access to sustainable jobs, hot water, transportation, and proper nutrition are limited. Through this program, volunteers have the opportunity to engage in agricultural work and organic farming and gardening in order to benefit these struggling villagers. Projects often focus on permaculture, reforestation, and environmental issues. Volunteers will stay in a rented house in the midst of beautiful, lush vegetation with running hot water, flushing toilets, and electricity. Leisure activities include nature hikes, horse-back riding, and bathing in natural hot springs. Come enjoy the beauty of the Orosi Valley and help protect and preserve the paradise of the rainforest!
Volunteer in Costa Rica in Orosi with Globeaware Dates: Please refer to our website for trip dates
Cost: $1290
Contact: 6500 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75214
Email: office@globeaware.org
Tel: 1-877-LUV-GLOBE
Website: www.globeaware.org
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Projects Abroad in Costa Rica
Projects Abroad is the world’s leading short-term international volunteer organization.
Projects start year-round and last from one week to a year. Opportunities exist in teaching, child care, social work, conservation, journalism, international development, and sports. Volunteers also have the option to take Spanish language courses. Programs are for ages 16+.
Volunteer in Costa Rica with Projects Abroad Dates: Start any day you choose.
Cost: Please see our website for prices.
Contact: Projects Abroad, 80 Broad St, Floor 32, New York NY 10004.
Tel: US Toll-free 1 888 839 3535.
Email: info@projects-abroad.org
Website: www.projects-abroad.org
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Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica from US$300
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) offer affordable volunteer abroad programs in Costa Rica from only US$300. Volunteers can participate in a variety of projects including Teaching English, Childcare Work, Construction and Renovation, Eco-agriculture Conservation, Healthcare and Turtle Conservation. IVHQ sends thousands of volunteer travelers worldwide annually — you will not find a more affordable, high quality and trustworthy volunteer travel company.
Volunteer in Costa Rica Volunteer in Costa Rica with VolunteerHQ Cost: Program Fees start from US$300
Dates: Programs begin every Monday of each month. Duration: Volunteers can volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.
Contact: International Volunteer HQ
, PO Box 8273, New Plymouth, NEW ZEALAND.
Tel.: US/Canada Toll Free: 1-877-342-6588; UK Toll Free: 0-800-234-1621; Australia Toll Free: 1-800-557-380; International: +64 6 758 7949.
Email: info@volunteerhq.org
Website: www.volunteerhq.org
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Volunteer Costa Rica with InterExchange Working Abroad
Often described as the "jewel" of Central America, Costa Rica boasts a year-round tropical climate and awe-inspiring natural beauty. As a volunteer, you not only can enjoy the beautiful beaches and wildlife around you, but can also make an impact in your new community. Our program begins with two to four weeks of intensive language instruction, followed by a two to four-week volunteer placement. You’ll be able to choose from a variety of interesting projects and work sites, including working in national parks, assisting at a nonprofit for underprivileged children, supporting public school teachers, or working in a zoo.
Vlounteer in Costa Rica with Working Abroad Dates: Year-Round
Cost: Starting at $795
Contact: Interexchange, Inc., Working Abroad, 161 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10013.
Tel.: 212-924-0446
Email: workabroad@interexchange.org
Website: www.InterExchange.org/workingabroad
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Worldteach
Volunteer in Costa Rica
If you are looking for an experience that will push you to discover who you are and what you are made of, do WorldTeach. Even if you don’t plan on being a teacher, I would still highly suggest this program. They will teach and train you to be an amazing teacher, you just have to have the guts to try.” Apply now to teach in underserved communities. Depart in Dec & Jan for Costa Rica.
Volunteer Work Teaching in Costa Rica Contact: WorldTeach, One Brattle Square, Suite 550, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
Tel./Fax: 857.259.6646 ext. 201/857.259.6638
Email: info@worldteach.org
Website: www.worldteach.org
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Frontier: Exciting and Rewarding Global Volunteering Opportunities
For over 20 years, Frontier volunteers have been pushing the boundaries, making unprecedented discoveries and helping hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged people in isolated communities worldwide. Choose from volunteering abroad, adventure travel, wildlife and marine conservation or teaching on your gap year or volunteer placement! We also offer valuable internships, paid work, medical and sports coaching placements.

Check out some of our most popular projects, from our Costa Rica Wildlife Conservation project to Tanzania Marine Conservation project, which attracts volunteers from all over the world!
Adventure travel and volunteering
Volunteer Worldwide with Frontier
Dates: Most projects are flexible and run all year round.
Contact:
Bobby Johal, Irvine Towers, 18100 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612, U.S.A.
Tel/Fax: +1 949 705 4492
Email: info@frontiergap.com
Website: www.frontiergap.com
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Costa Rica Volunteer Opportunities with Volunteering Solutions
Volunteer in Costa Rica with Volunteering Solutions and gain valuable experience while in this amazing country located in Central America. Volunteering Solutions provides opportunities in various program options such as a volunteer orphanage program, teaching program, turtle conservation program and wildlife and conservation program. Volunteers work Monday to Friday, 5 days a week and are free on weekends.

Explore this beautiful country after hours and on the weekend! Our volunteering programs are located in the capital city of San Jose and surrounding communities.

Volunteering in Costa Rica Dates: Starts Every Monday
Cost: Starting at $500
Contact: Volunteering Solutions
Tel.: US Toll Free: 1-888-790-3096. UK Toll Free: 0-800-014-8160.
Website: www.volunteeringsolutions.com/costa-rica/volunteer/volunteer-in-costa-rica
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Volunteering in Costa Rica Made Simple — Join AVIC Today!
AVIC (Assoc. Int. Volunteers in Costa Rica) is a Costa Rican is a Non-Profit Volunteer Hosting Organization based in San Ramon.

Our mission is to make sure that participants on our placements have a safe and unforgettable experience volunteering in Costa Rica. Our service includes Organizing Placements, Accommodation, Meals, Airport Pickup Service, Orientation, In-country Support and Management, Social Activities and a Letter of Completion. We do all of this for a very reasonable price.

This is what is included when you sign up! Volunteer placement arranged for you; airport pick up service; 3 days of orientation; accommodations, 2 meals per day; 24/7 in-country supervision; great social activities; and a letter of completion!
AVIC Volunteer Dates: Our program starts every other Friday
Cost:
$550 for 1 week, plus $175 for each extra week
Contact: AVIC, Apartado 280-4250, San Ramon, Alajuela, Costa Rica, San Ramon, AL, 20201, Costa Rica
Tel.: +506 2445 8210; North American Tel 1-877-280-5369; European Tel. +44 0800 098 8865.
Email: info@volunteercostarica.net
Website: www.volunteercostarica.net
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A Broader View Volunteers Corp
Volunteering with a Non Profit Charity Overseas
A Broader View Volunteers is an U.S. Non profit charity.
We work in 24 countries with over 224 programs, including Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, South Africa, Cameroon, Rwanda, Nepal, India, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, and China.
With A Broader View (ABV), you'll be immersed in another culture, collaborate with your host community on a development project, and work side by side with local youth while building your own leadership skills. ABV works year round from 1-week to 12-week programs.
Volunteer in Costa Rica

Dates: Ongoing programs, year round, you choose your dates of arrival and departure.
Cost:
From US$895 for one week to US$2240 for 12 weeks (you can tax deduct the expenses). Program fee includes: personalized Volunteer Placement, cultural education, meals, accommodation, pre-departure guidance, 24/7 country staff, tax deducted fees, the option to fundraise within our website, and more.
Contact:
A Broader View Volunteers Corp, 236 Glen Place, Elkins Park, PA 19027.
Tel.:
866-423-3258 or 215-780-1845 (US), (020) 3289-9896 (UK), (02) 8003-3474 (AU).
Fax: 215-887-0915 / Skype: Abroaderview.org
Email: volunteers@abroaderview.org, info@abroaderview.org
Website: www.abroaderview.org

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Corcovado Foundation
Volunteer in Costa Rica on the Turtle Conservation Project in Drake Bay
Duties: Beach cleaning activities, night watch, searching the beach for turtle eggs (mostly at night), taking scientific data, learning about sea turtle habits and population, taking care of the nesting area, construction activities, environmental education activities and the liberation of hatchlings. See website for more details.

Visit: www.corcovadofoundation.org

ELI—Experiential Learning sInternational
Volunteer in Costa Rica
Lush rainforests and pristine beaches serve as the backdrop to ELI’s volunteer programs in Costa Rica. We offer volunteer opportunities that benefit the locals while giving participants a unique cultural experience. Volunteers can teach, work with youth, community development projects, income generation projects, women’s empowerment, conservation, or in a clinic.

Contact: info@eliabroad.org, www.eliabroad.org

Escuela Futuro Verde
Volunteer in Montezuma, Pacific Coast, at a Non-Profit school - 2.5 & 5 month' programs
Escuela Futuro Verde is excited to offer an array of volunteer opportunites - whether your interests lie in assisting classroom instruction, organizing after-school programs, or leading outreach efforts with educational organizations in the region.
Unlike other non-profit organizations in the area, we ask for no fees from our volunteers – only a strong commitment to improving the lives of children in the Southern Nicoya Peninsula. While we do not charge, we have high standards for the people we work with and are seeking only accomplished, dedicated, and creative professionals who are willing to commit to making a difference in our corner of the world.

Contact: info@futuro-verde.org, futuro-verde.org

Global Choices
Volunteering in Costa Rica
Volunteering in Costa Rica gives you a chance to participate in various interesting conservation programmes which would suit not only animal lovers, take part in educational activities in schools and other community projects.
All our projects in Costa Rica give you an opportunity to observe the local flora, acquire new skills, learn a different language and soak up a new culture.

Contact: info@globalchoices.co.uk, www.globalchoices.co.uk

Global Volunteers
Serve on village development projects in Costa Rica! "Pura Vida" -- Costa Ricans' traditional greeting meaning "pure life" -- speaks of walking lightly and giving back to the earth.

Contact: www.globalvolunteers.org/costarica

ICADS Intensive Spanish Immersion Program — Costa Rica
The Institute for Central American Development Studies (ICADS) offers 30-day programs of Intensive Spanish Language - 4 1/2 hours daily, five days a week. Small classes (4 students or fewer) geared to individual needs. Extra lectures, activities and volunteer opportunities emphasize environmental and social justice issues. Supportive, informal learning environment. Award winning programs. 25 years of excellence in teaching.

Contact: Institute for Central American Development Studies c/o ICADS, Dept. 826, P.O. Box 025216, Miami, Florida 33102-5216; info@icads.org; www.icads.org.

PRETOMA (Programa Restauracion de Tortugas Marinas)
Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica with PRETOMA
This year we are running 3 nesting beach projects where volunteers are welcome to participate in our effort to preserve the sea turtles of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. These projects are located in San Miguel (North Pacific Coast), Corozalito (North Pacific Coast) and in Punta Banco (South Pacific Coast).
See website for more details.

Contact: voluntarios@pretoma.org; www.pretoma.org/volunteers

Proyecto Asis Volunteer Work and Spanish Institute
Spanish language courses, learn in ecological reserve in rain forest, near volcano Arenal, small groups. Asis Job Volunteer: Ecological work in different areas

Contact: info@institutoasis.com, www.institutoasis.com

Reto Juvenil Internacional
Internship Volunteer Program
Directed to young professionals and college and university students, who want to donate their time and expertise in the planning, execution, and monitoring or community development programs, with an average stay period of 4 months. These programs can be well-suited for the development of field research projects and theses.

Contact: info@retojuvenilcr.org, www.retojuvenilcr.org.

Rustic Volunteer & Travel
Travel and Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica
With our established and caring in-country coordinators, our volunteer program in Costa Rica focuses on work in the areas of children at risk, teaching English, and health sector. We are delighted to say that Rustic Travel offers a combination tours to places like the Arenal volcano, La Fortuna waterfall, Quepos, Manuel Antonio National Park, Atenas, San Carlos and a host of other exciting and adventurous tour destinations. You will have the option of selecting programs from volunteering-only, touring-only or a wonderful combination of both volunteer and travel programs.

Contact: info@rustic-volunteer-travel.com, www.rusticvolunteers.org/volunteer-in-costa-rica/

Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center
Volunteering Opportunities in Costa Rica
Short- and long-term volunteer requirements are available for those willing to work closely with natives. A good knowledge of Spanish is required as is independence and responsibility to work on a variety of projects and in teams.

Contact: info@learningcentercostarica.org, learningcentercostarica.org

Tropical Adventures
Costa Rica Volunteer Adventure
Tropical Adventures provides volunteer adventure tours in Costa Rica, as well as Spanish lessons. Volunteer opportunities include working with children, the indigenous community, the environment and animal protection. It's a great way to explore Costa Rica, help others and make new friends for life.

Contact: info@tropicaladventures.com, www.tropicaladventures.com

uVolunteer
Making your Dream to Volunteer Abroad a Reality
uVolunteer specializes in providing volunteer work placements in Costa Rica, Ghana and Thailand. Our service learning projects include Teaching, Care & Community, Construction, Environment and Animal Conservation.
Our program promotes change and provides direction and purpose for our participants. Additional benefits are cultural insight, adventure and a safe environment for independent, female and student travelers.

Contact: 501 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE, 19809; tel.: (302) 241-2159; info@uvolunteer.org; go.uvolunteer.org.

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