Project Costa Rica

14 & 22-Day Volunteer Programs In Costa Rica

The goal of our Project Costa Rica Community Service programs is not only help the local community, but also for our participants to learn about themselves and to grow through their experiences. Upon completion of Project Costa Rica, each participant will receive a certificate recognizing 40 hours of community service credit (14-day program) or 60 hours of community credit service (22-day program). Our participants volunteer with the same project, Monday through Friday for four hours per day, in order to create meaningful bonds between our volunteers and those they are helping.

Volunteer at an Orphanage/School Project

Orphanage/School Project

Experience a life-changing summer as you volunteer part of your time at a local orphanage and part of your time at a local elementary or middle school. The orphanage is a professionally managed safe haven for infants, toddlers, and young children who have been removed from their homes due to reasons such as malnutrition and neglect. During the first week of this project, our volunteers will work at the orphanage for three days. Our volunteers' responsibilities at the orphanage include painting and improving the orphanage's buildings and property, spending quality time playing and bonding with the children, and helping the staff with daily responsibilities. The second part of this project takes place at a local school that caters to 7-12 year-old children. Projects include spending time with the school children during their recess periods, painting murals on the school's walls, planting eco-friendly gardens and plants, and improving the general condition of the classrooms. At both projects, each teenager will participate in each of the volunteer activities. Both projects offer a unique opportunity to learn first-hand the hardships many young people in the world face, and to give back to underprivileged children growing up under challenging circumstances. Bring your energy, enthusiasm, and an open-mind and help change the life of Costa Rica's children.

Volunteer at a Wildlife Rescue Center

Volunteer at a Wildlife Rescue Center

Volunteering at the Wildlife Rescue Center, located on an 8-acre reserve on the edge of the rainforest, is a meaningful opportunity to care for abandoned and injured wildlife. The mission of the center is the care and eventual release of the animals into their natural habitats. Resident wildlife has included monkeys, kinkajous, peccaries, sloths, parrots, and other exotic animals. Our volunteers will work side-by-side with compassionate professionals in this government-supported sanctuary. Our participants' responsibilities include feeding the animals, cleaning the animals' living quarters, and working on long-term projects that benefit the rescue center and its inhabitants. In past summers our projects have included building new enclosures, painting the property's buildings, clearing new pathways through the jungle, and improving the general condition of the rescue center. Each volunteer will participate in each activity throughout the program. Due to our hard work and commitment to each task, the rescue center is able provide a better quality of life to their residents..

Volunteer at a Dog Sanctuary

Volunteer at a Dog Sanctuary

If you love dogs, this is the place for you! Lend your heart, time, and energy to an incredible dog sanctuary, home to 80 dogs looking for their forever homes. Nestled in the lush, green landscape of La Fortuna, the dog sanctuary relies on the support and time of volunteers, as well as financial contributions from the public to give these deserving dogs a loving home at the sanctuary until they are permanently adopted. Here you will walk, play, feed, bathe, clean and groom the dogs, as well as help with projects that will benefit the sanctuary and improve the lives of the dogs. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of our volunteers, the dog sanctuary is able to provide extra love, care and attention to the dogs. This is truly the experience of a lifetime – one you will never forget! For dog lovers, only.

Volunteer at a Day-Care Center

Volunteer at a Childcare Community Center

The Cen-Cinai Center, or "Cen" as it is known locally, is a government-funded organization that aims to create optimal conditions for education and development in impoverished communities of Costa Rica. The center’s objectives are to give pre-kindergarten children that live in poverty the opportunity to develop their physical, intellectual, and social potential. During the first week of the 22-day program** (the children are not at the Cen due to schools being closed in Costa Rica this week), our volunteers will work on projects that improve the general condition of the Center. Our volunteers have helped by participating in several projects: painting and improving the buildings and classrooms, planting new flowers and plants to beautify the grounds, and rebuilding the playgrounds on the property. During the second and third weeks of the program, when school is back in session, our participants will also have an opportunity to spend some time with the center’s children, helping the local teachers with various tasks. Each volunteer will participate in each activity, every day. This is a great opportunity to improve the quality of life for Costa Rican children.

**Please note that schools in Costa Rica are open during both weeks of the 14-day program.

Volunteer at an Elementary School

Volunteer at an Elementary School

With a literacy rate of 96%, Costa Ricans take education very seriously. This is your opportunity to improve a local elementary School in several meaningful ways. During the first week of the 22-day program** (the children are not at the school due to schools being closed in Costa Rica this week), our volunteers will work on projects that improve the general condition of the school. Projects may include painting murals on the school's walls, planting eco-friendly gardens and plants, and improving the general condition of the classrooms and property. The second and third weeks of the program, when school is back in session, our participants will also have an opportunity to spend some time with the school’s children during their recess periods and free time. Every project we are asked to do helps bring a sense of pride to the local children and residents in their schools. Each volunteer will participate in each activity throughout the program. Due to the hard work of our participants, every year we are asked for help by more local elementary schools. This is a wonderful opportunity to leave a lasting impact on the local children.

**Please note that schools in Costa Rica are open during both weeks of the 14-day program.


Service Details

  • Summer Community Service participants volunteer with the same project for the length of the program in order to fully realize the importance of their project from beginning to end.
  • Participants volunteer Monday - Friday, four hours per day, for the duration of the program, earning 40 or 60 hours of Summer Community Service credit.
  • Service project space is limited at each volunteer site, so project selections are granted following your date of enrollment, based on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The goal of community service is not only to give back to the local community but also for our participants to learn and grow through their experiences.