Whether your version of Pura Vida includes surfing or scaling mountains, howler monkeys or hummingbirds, coffee of cocao, camping or canyoning — alright, you get our point — well, you'll find it when you volunteer in Costa Rica. A worldwide leader in ecotourism, Costa Rica is known for its rich biodiversity, myriad ecosystems, and not to mention its warm and welcoming people. Learn more about this vibrant country firsthand with our Costa Rica volunteer program.
...Costa Rica is known for its rich biodiversity...
While this incredible environmental richness is a national treasure, it also brings with it some interesting social and economic challenges, such as an increasing percentage of regional immigration. Costa Rica’s reputation for social stability, along with its free education and universal healthcare, has drawn the attention of international trading partners, as well as immigrants from other Central American countries seeking better lives. As the economy changes, so do traditional social structures, which abandon vulnerable populations and leave them little access to healthcare, education, or social services. As a Cross-Cultural Solutions volunteer abroad in Costa Rica, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside local organizations as they work to address these societal issues.
As a volunteer in Costa Rica, you'll assist with the care of infants and children, improve education for children, improve health and the sense of dignity among the elderly, or work to improve the quality of care for people with disabilities. As a CCS Costa Rica volunteer, you'll contribute your time and passion to a local organization working to effect real and lasting change. No matter where you spend your time as a Costa Rica volunteer, your unique energy will offer a refreshing change of pace to under-resourced local organizations.