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Conservation & Environmental Volunteer Projects (Costa Rica)

Program Duration

1-2 Week, 2-4 Week, 5-8 Week


Throughout the year


These programs require a minimum 4 week time commitment. Volunteers for this program must have low-intermediate Spanish language skills, and be comfortable in a 100% Spanish speaking environment.


  • English

Cost in US$:

Varies by duration. Contact us for details.

Cost Includes:

  • In-country staff support
  • Language instruction
  • Registration fees
  • Written materials pre-departure
  • Food
  • Housing

Program Fees Include:

Pre-departure Support: ELI's staff is very knowledgeable and happy to help volunteers to prepare for their travels.

Airport Pickup: Volunteers are met at the airport in San Jose and provided with transportation to their host family.

In-country Orientation: Each volunteer program starts with a two to three day orientation which covers important topics on the logistics of living and working in Costa Rica.

In-country Staff Support: ELI's Costa Rica coordinator has years of experience working with visitors to Costa Rica. He is very resourceful and on call 24/7 in case of emergency.

Accommodations: Volunteers will stay with a local host family where they will be provided with a room and breakfast and dinner each day. By living with a family, volunteers will learn about the day to day rhythms of Costa Rican life first hand as well as sample traditional meals not usually available in restaurants.

Spanish Instruction: Participants will receive one week (20 hours) of Spanish instruction at a local Spanish language school. Participants wanting more Spanish instruction can enroll in additional classes.

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Animal Welfare
  • Biological Research
  • Community Development
  • Conservation
  • Eco-tourism
  • Environment
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Human Rights
  • Law
  • Marine Conservation
  • Parks
  • Reforestation
  • Tree Planting
  • Wildlife

Typical Volunteer

There is no typical ELI volunteer. We work with people from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds. ELI has placed volunteers ranging in age from 18-81. Successful volunteers are flexible, upbeat, energetic, and inquisitive.

Age Range

18 and up

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Group living
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves

  • Resume
  • Online Application
  • Written Application