Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica with IVHQ

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Volunteer in Costa Rica

Volunteer in Costa Rica with International Volunteer HQ, the world's most affordable and trusted volunteer organization. IVHQ has a wide range of volunteer abroad projects available in Costa Rica, including Turtle Conservation, Teaching English, Childcare, Eco-Agriculture Conservation, Healthcare, Construction and Renovation, Special Needs Care and a Spanish Service Learning Course.

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At a glance...

  • Available year-round
  • 8 meaningful project options
  • Projects based in San Jose and across Costa Rica
  • Accommodation in homestays
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from $330 for 1 week
  • Affordable Spanish language lessons available
  • Between 40 and 80 volunteers start in Costa Rica each month

I loved my project - it was the perfect fit! I made wonderful friends and connections with everyone. Being one of the youngest volunteers on my placement, it brought me a new sense of maturity. I'm extremely grateful for the personal and emotional growth that this project gave back to me. I can't wait to go back!

Jade Manuel
Why volunteer with IVHQ?
  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we're able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organization in Costa Rica to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Costa Rica will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we're dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly-run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you're well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you'll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you'll have your weekends free to explore Costa Rica with your new-found friends.

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Pura Vida (as the Costa Ricans would say) definitely describes how I felt throughout this whole trip. Not only was I with the best group of pre-med students but I also experienced some of the most eye opening experiences on this trip, that will forever be motivators to continue on with my dream! #ivhqcostarica #maximonivelcostarica #takemeback
Luna ❤️ An albino black sea turtle who hatched during my time at verdiazul in 2013. A very rare but beautiful genetic mishap. Hopefully she's swimming around somewhere loving life! #tbt #luna #albinoseaturtle #costarica #verdiazul #playajunquillal #nofilter #albinism #beautiful #science #genetics #volunteering #conservation #seaturtle #rarebeauty #ivhq #marinelife #turtlelove
Soakin' up this world ☁️☁️ IRAZU•VOLCANO #volcano #irazu #costarica #beautiful #puravida #nofilter #ivhq
Wearing my #USC scrubs today...ready to conquer the day ❤️ #puravida #costarica #jessicatakescostarica #nurselife #reppin #nofilter #determined #ilovecostarica #volunteers #ivhq #dreambigworkhard #happy #2016worldtravels
My travel crew #costarica #ivhq
Missing my little sunshines so much ☀️ these lil monkeys were such amazing students I'll never forget this (teaching & learning) experience #IVHQ #teachingabroad #costarica
Haven't you ever wanted to Tarzan swing through a rain forest? #monteverde #costarica #ivhq #takemeback
My work for the summer #ivhq #ivhqcostarica #arribada
Was lucky enough to see the baby sea turtles hatch this morning! Best. Day. Ever. & last night on our beach walk we saw 3 leatherback turtles, only one laid eggs, so we took the eggs as she was laying them and reburied them at the hatchery. Leatherback turtles are around 6 ft and weight 2,000 lbs! #seaturtles #costarica #maximocostarica #puravida #parismina @maximoabroad #ivhq #ivhqweekends
That time I spent a month in Costa Rica saving baby turtles ☀️ #costarica #turtleconservation #volunteer #IVHQ #timetogoback
Loved this project! Wish we could stay longer to see more progress. #costarica #volunteer #construction #costaricanconcrete
Left Parismina this morning and headed back to San Jose. I'm going to miss the the turtles and the beach. So glad I got to spend the last few weeks in such a beautiful place! #volunteer #costarica #ivhq

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