Volunteer in the Conservation Program in San Jose

Are you an animal and nature lover? Are you looking for an affordable adventure abroad where you will have the chance to make a difference in the natural world of Costa Rica? Check out volunteering in the conservation opportunity in San Jose, Costa Rica.

  • Volunteer abroad in the conservation program in San Jose, Costa Rica for a low starting price of only $435
  • Work hands-on in a field that you are passionate about
  • Reputable, recommended, and highly reviewed program since 2003
  • Always feel safe and secure with our constant in country support

Are you passionate about nature conservation? Do you want to experience unique Latin American culture and learn Spanish? Volunteer in Global Crossroad's volunteer in the conservation program in San Jose, Costa Rica and return with unforgettable memories. This will be a highly rewarding volunteering overseas in the conservation program in San Jose, Costa Rica experience. You will feel a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction knowing that your contribution to the preservation of this special part of the world.

Like other developing country citizens, Costa Ricans need help understanding the importance of their natural surroundings and the value of preservation. They also need dedicated volunteers who are willing to motivate and inspire local conservation staffs in Costa Rica. Safeguarding the exquisite ecosystems of Costa Rica is only possible if conservation efforts begin at the grassroots level and have motivated staffs and volunteers.

The volunteer in the conservation project in San Jose, Costa Rica takes place in the lush valley of Atenas, famous for coffee and sugarcane plantations. The area also has very rich soil, making it possible for most things to grow here. The program is currently understaffed so needs volunteers. It works with municipal forest and is building trails as well as promoting newer conservation programs. There are also many tree planting programs throughout Atenas.

Role of Volunteer

The volunteering in the conservation opportunity in San Jose, Costa Rica generally works to upgrade the existing facilities and help develop creative eco-tourism-related projects. The primary jobs of volunteers will range based on project choice, but many work to maintain and improve existing facilities and help with trail construction. Many protected areas serve as educational centers for the community.

Volunteers often develop environmental education for children and the community, and establish different sustainable systems to guarantee conservation of flora, fauna and water resources in the areas. The Costa Rican Protected Areas are especially proud of the diversity of birds (red and green macaws) and butterflies (morphos) that live in their forest along with small mammals such as anteaters, raccoons, and others that proliferate within their boundaries.

Skills and Qualifications Needed

There are no specific qualifications needed to join our volunteer abroad in the conservation project in San Jose, beyond a preferred basic/intermediate fluency in Spanish. If you cannot speak Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish Language Studies program. Please note that many of the projects are quite physical, therefore conservation volunteers must be in good physical shape. A volunteer should be enthusiastic and a self-starter yet able to follow directions well.

Dates and Prices

Dates: Volunteer in Costa Rica

All volunteer programs in Costa Rica start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.

Prices: Volunteer in Costa Rica

Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality volunteering programs in Costa Rica. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer program in Costa Rica application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

  Duration   Conservation Project Fees
  1 Week   $435
  2 Weeks   $710
  3 Weeks   $985
  4 Weeks   $1,195
  5 Weeks   $1,380
  6 Weeks   $1,565
  7 Weeks   $1,750
  8 Weeks   $1,935
  9 Weeks   $2,120
  10 Weeks   $2,305
  11 Weeks   $2,490
  12 Weeks   $2,675
  • Comprehensive Traveler Insurance $3.49/day (for all locations)

How your fee is allocated?


Program fees cover:
  • Housing in shared rooms
  • Breakfast and dinner (2 meals) 7 days/week.
  • Airport pick-up
  • Orientation
  • Project management
  • Weekly salsa lessons
  • Free Tandem Conversation Program.
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

The volunteering overseas in Costa Rica program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.