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1. Posted by kelly126 (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

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Hey everyone,
I am planning on volunteering in Costa Rica for about 2-3 months beginning October 1st. I have been researching volunteer programs and have narrowed it down to a couple but I'm not exactly sure about them. I backpacked around CR for the month of June and I know the areas I'd like to be in but I also know that sometimes these programs aren't what they seem..I was hoping someone that has experience volunteering in Costa Rica could give me advice or tell me about a volunteer program they have done. Thank you!


2. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Hi Kelly,

what type of volunteer work would you be doing there?

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

I'd actually be really interested in hearing more about this too. One of the companies I work for just started offering volunteer work in Costa Rica and I'm keen to see what other opportunities there are. Most of the volunteer work there is in the teaching/environmental areas if I understand correctly?

What are you most interested in Kelly? Do you speak Spanish as I know this is nearly a pre-requisite for most programs...

4. Posted by kelly126 (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

Hello...thanks for replying. I am interested in animal rehabilitation or reforestation projects. And no I don't speak much spanish but I found after researching online that most organizations don't require that. Any suggestions or ideas?

5. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 11y

We have a volunteer program in neighboring Nicaragua, which is much poorer than CR. Most of teh people doing the menial labor in the "tourist" areas and the maids, gardeners in CR are Nicaraguans, legal and illegal. To find out more, get to know us personally, view lots of photos and request a free DVD from the moderator join our YahooGroup: click on url:

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6. Posted by Volunteers (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

If you have a little time in front of you and that you plan a stay in Costa Rica, I recommend you the Kan Tan project. I was likely to belong to the first 5 volunteers in December 2002. Since this day, the project has grow up well. Since the beginning, approximately 100 volunteers came from all over the world give a little of their time and a lot of “sweat” working hard every day. I can't be in Costa Rica to help people but I have decided to remotely do it while hoping to go back very soon. If you want to know a little more, I incite you to visit who will give you information on the project and which will give you some ideas on the work completed by the first 5 volunteers. Unless very simple to help us: Make known your friends or

If you need more information feel free to contact me....

Merci, happy travel and we hope to see you one day in Boruca - Costa Rica

Angelica and Nicolas

PS : Sorry for my poor english (Website still under construccion)

7. Posted by alextravel (Full Member 75 posts) 11y

This may be a website to check out. It has a good range of thing from all over Latin America and they are quite resonably priced.

let me know what you think.

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10. Posted by beachluv (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

For all of you considering doing volunteering in Costa Rica, I just want to warn you of a company, based in the US, called Global Crossroad. I have just returned from a month long trip with Global Crossroad to Costa Rica. It was very disorganized, the team leader was not informed of duties or expectations (a fault of Global Crossroads). Also, the local organization (Amistad Institute) in Costa Rica had a very different schedule as the one we had been given by the Global Crossroad website. Please note also that Global Crossroad is a FOR PROFIT BUSINESS and that none of the money you pay to participate goes towards the projects. Just wanted to give you a heads up!