Costa Rica Conservation Programs

Thick jungle canopies, active volcanoes, golden beaches and technicolor wildlife; Costa Rica is a living Eden. Our Costa Rica Conservation Programs enable you to volunteer in Costa Rica while gaining valuable conservation work experience.

Why do a Conservation Program in Costa Rica

One of the most biodiverse countries in the world, Costa Rica’s unflappable commitment to preserving the natural environment has paid off. Boasting an endless roster of environmental accolades, this pocket-sized country protects one-quarter of its wild lands, is the first country in the world to reverse deforestation and aims to be the first completely carbon neutral nation – all while contributing to the population’s prosperity.

Costa Rica’s volunteer programs are almost as diverse as its wildlife, with boundless opportunities to volunteer in everything from sloth sanctuaries to sea turtle protection; eco-tourism to sustainable development. On our Costa Rica Conservation Programs, gain valuable conservation work experience with grassroots organizations in the Nicoya Peninsula.

Nosara Conservation Program

Located on the northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, the rugged Nicoya Peninsula is the largest peninsula in Costa Rica. Comprising two provinces – Guanacaste and Puntarenas – the Nicoya Peninsula transitions from tropical jungle, wild beaches and vast cattle ranches in the north to humid jungles in the south. Stunning scenery and a strong focus on wellbeing has led to an influx of yoga enthusiasts and expatriates looking to connect with nature, enabling the region to emerge as a leader in eco-tourism.

Our Costa Rica Conservation Programs take place in the small coastal community of Nosara. Located in the northerly Guanacaste Province, Nosara is known for its sweeping beaches, world-class beginner surf breaks and sea turtles.

What Will I Do?

We work with local grassroots organizations dedicated to preserving Nosara’s environmental integrity, with volunteering opportunities ranging from reforestation to community development and sea turtle conservation – Nosara is one of the world’s largest nesting sites for the Olive Ridley turtle, with monthly nesting events bringing up to 100,000 turtles onshore.

Possible Internship Opportunities:

  • Community Tourism
  • Hospitality Management
  • Biology
  • Reforestation
  • Ecological monitoring
  • Environmental Studies and Education
  • Marine and Sea Turtle Conservation
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Environmental Protection
  • Community Development
  • Plus more!

Costa Rica Conservation Program Requirements

In order to join our Costa Rica Conservation Programs, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum eight-week commitment
  • Current university student, recent graduate, or looking to develop skills in the area of placement focus
  • Valid passport
  • English and/or Spanish abilities

Let's Get Started!

Our Costa Rica Conservation Programs run between two and three months, throughout the year. Longer stays of 12 weeks are possible but require a long-stay visa.

Get in touch to hear more about our programs and how we can help you gain the conservation work experience of a lifetime.