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5 Reasons To Volunteer In Costa Rica


Top 5 reasons Costa Rica should be your next volunteering destination with IVHQ.

IVHQ’s Costa Rica volunteer program starts at just $380 for 1 week, with accommodation and meals included

Did you know… Costa Rica doesn’t have an army and almost all of the country’s economic resources are poured into healthcare, education, and wildlife conservation?! This makes it an awesome place to volunteer abroad!

On IVHQ’s Costa Rica volunteer program, you can make a valuable contribution through community and conservation projects, while soaking up the sunshine, practicing your Spanish, and enjoying endless outdoor adventures!

Want to learn how to surf or scuba dive? Keen to go ziplining or whitewater rafting? How about exploring stunning beaches, volcanoes, waterfalls, and wildlife? You can pre-book all these epic activities and more with IVHQ’s add-on tours, available exclusively to our volunteers at discounted rates.

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IVHQ’s volunteer projects are based in the vibrant cultural hub of San Jose and the beautiful nature reserve of Manuel Antonio. We can think of countless reasons why you should head to these magical destinations, but here are our top 5…

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1. Make a difference volunteering in the heart of Central America

The small population of Costa Rica relies heavily on tourism for jobs and economic growth but sadly, Covid-19 has severely impacted this. IVHQ volunteers help local communities get back on their feet by supporting Construction, Childcare, Teaching, Healthcare, and Eco-Agriculture projects. If you’re passionate about animals then you’ll find our popular Turtle Conservation and Animal Care projects especially rewarding.

Discover Costa Rica's unparalleled nature & wildlife while volunteering with IVHQ.

2. Discover Costa Rica’s unparalleled nature & wildlife

Costa Rica’s focus on conservation means it is renowned for its incredible beaches, dramatic volcanoes, lush rainforest, and impressive biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of the country is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife such as spider monkeys and quetzal birds. There are also plenty of waterfalls, hotsprings, coffee plantations, surrounding islands, and marine life to explore. You can book these through IVHQ’s affordable add-on tours.

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Embrace all the adventures that Costa Rica has to offer when volunteering with IVHQ.

3. Embrace your adventurous side

Want to get out of your comfort zone and try some epic new activities? Costa Rica is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise! You’ll have the chance to zipline through the jungle, go whitewater rafting, learn to surf, get your PADI scuba diving certificate, go sailing, explore local coffee plantations, and much more! The IVHQ team can help you build these into your trip itinerary.

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4. Experience Costa Rica’s “Pura Vida” way of life

Pura vida – meaning “pure life” – is a Costa Rican way of life. It is living simply and intentionally, being present, appreciating nature, reconnecting with yourself, and connecting with others. This makes Costa Rica the perfect place to slow down, whatever that looks like for you. It could be relaxing at the pool after your day’s volunteering, immersing yourself in nature, stretching into some yoga, or enjoying delicious local cuisine with your fellow volunteers.

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5. Learn Spanish & practice with the friendly locals

Always wanted to learn another language? With IVHQ, you can take Spanish language lessons alongside your volunteering in Costa Rica! This is an awesome way to maximize your impact within the local community and learn an invaluable new skill! These classes are available exclusively to IVHQ volunteers at the discounted price of just $145 for five 2-hour small group lessons – that’s just $29 per class!

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How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!