In case you
are not only interested in travelling through a country, but also to get
involved with its nature and people, volunteering with AiL might be exactly
what you are looking for!
Midst the nature
50% of Costa Rica´s territorial surface is protected by national parks and
nature reserves; and all these projects depend on the help volunteers offer to
maintain and preserve their biodiversity.
sea turtles, cleaning the beaches, planting new trees, improving forest trails…
the options for you to support the environment and lend a hand to nature are
In case you
prefer social projects, we also offer volunteering with children, teaching
English at local schools or sitting at social institutions.
cannot make up your mind to just one of the projects, you may divide your time
to be part of different initiatives, but you will need to stay for at least 2
weeks at each one of them.
In order for you to be eligible to become an AiL volunteer, you need to:
Be between 18 and 65 years and in good physical condition
Present an official certificate of good conduct
Download, fill out and send back our application form (Booking)
Stay for at least 2 weeks in each project
Having basic Spanish skills is a plus
Be able to adapt easily to different situations
Be interested in a new culture and in getting to know their people, as well as to support their natural and human resources
A bunch of young sloths
In order to make your start a little easier, you will participate in an orientation the day
after your arrival. This orientation has been developed so that you can learn
some important facts about Costa Rica and its people. On your second day in
Costa Rica, you will be sent off to the project of your choice.
In case you do not feel very comfortable with the Spanish language we can offer an
Express-Spanish-Course, in which you can learn relevant vocabulary for your
volunteering in Costa Rica. This course will give you the confidence you need
to have a successful experience.
As AiL organizes various excursions and trips throughout the year, you are welcome to
join us! This will give you the chance to get to know other parts of the
country or even Panama or Nicaragua.
A tiny sea turtle baby
A lonely sea turtle at sunset
Here you may find a few examples of the projects we work with and which require your help:
North Pacific (beach)
Protection of fauna and
resources of the sea:
cleaning forest trails and beach
education with community
monitoring of fauna (monkeys, deer, reptiles, birds,
Refugio de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro
Environmental education program with the community
and schools, cleaning of rivers, organic orchards, organic greenhouse
Parque Nacional Corcovado
and signposting in forest trails, cleaning of the beaches, tourist information
Playa Zapotillal y Nombre de Jesús
Protection of sea turtles; nighttime patrols on the
beaches, taking turtle eggs to hatcheries; maintainance of hatcheries und
cleaning of the beaches
Loroco is a farm, which is administered by an indigenous family. They have organic plantations of rice, beans,
corn, bananas and much more. Their goal is to manage the farm in harmony with
nature and natural resources
Parque Nacional Volcán Tenorio
and signposting in forest trails
Whether a determined project is available for you in your desired time frame depends on each project. Please remember that projects dedicated to the protection of sea turtles will only need your help when it´s sea turtle season; this means when the turtles have laid their eggs or young turtles are being born.
At AiL we are happy to talk to you about your options!
for volunteers are simple, but safe: in case you have decided to help out in a
national park, you will be accommodated in a special cabin for volunteers; this
gives you a chance to meet other volunteers from around the world. You will be
provided with 3 simple, but tasty meals a day.
projects accommodations are in host families, in which you receive 3 meals a
day and laundry service; a family will provide you with lots of opportunities
to extend you language skills and to make close friends.
Accommodations for volunteers at Corcovado National Park