Volunteer with the Marine Project in Puntarenas

Do you love animals? Do you want to spend time on a beautiful beach volunteering with the marine project in Puntarenas, Costa Rica? Global Crossroad has an affordable and reputable volunteering with the marine program opportunity in Puntarenas, Costa Rica just waiting for you!

  • Volunteer abroad with the marine project in Puntarenas, Costa Rica for a low starting price of just $175
  • Special opportunity to work in and close to the ocean in an effort to protect and restore marine lives
  • Highly recommended and reviewed program since 2003 for the beach and animal lover
  • Always feel safe and support with our readily accessible in country coordinator

Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse places on earth, and this Latin American country is a model for conservation efforts. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including turtles, dolphins, whales, sharks, crocodiles, and pelicans. In the volunteer with the marine project in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, you'll get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to care for and protect these precious creatures.

As a volunteer you get to interact directly with the animals in an effort to maintain conservation, breeding and rehabilitation initiatives. This volunteer with the marine program in Puntarenas, Costa Rica is one of our most popular volunteer programs, as it gives you a hands-on experience, and involves working with some of the most magnificent animals ever, in one of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. This will be the experience of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful places on earth. You will gain hands-on experience working with marine animals and feel fulfilled in your valuable contribution to this volunteer with the marine program opportunity in Costa Rica.

Role of Volunteer

When you volunteer abroad with the marine project in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, you will work with local nature reserves and park authorities to protect, care for and educate the public about Costa Rica's unique marine life. Daily activities will depend on your chosen track.

Marine Life Education Help with education workshops in the following topics:

  • Sharks and whales
  • Turtles (terrestrial and oceanic)
  • Water Pollution
  • Marine Food Chains
  • Waste Recycling

Marine Life Maintenance

  • Capture animals (both selection and transportation)
  • Acclimation and quarantine
  • Breeding
  • Incubation
  • Nursery
  • Maintenance of small animals

Marine Life Conservation

  • Rescue marine animals
  • Rehabilitate marine animals
  • Release animals back into natural environment

Skills and Qualifications Needed

There are no specific qualifications needed to join the volunteer with the marine program in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. However, participants with a beginner-intermediate knowledge of Spanish are preferred. If you cannot speak Spanish, we suggest you sign up for our Spanish language course as this will make your stay more rewarding.

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   Marine Conservation Project Fees
      1 Week $175
      2 Weeks $300
      3 Weeks $425
      4 Weeks $550
      5 Weeks $675
      6 Weeks $800
      7 Weeks $925
      8 Weeks $1050
      9 Weeks $1175
      10 Weeks $1300
      11 Weeks $1425
      12 Weeks $1550


    • Airport Pickup in Private car from San Jose airport to Puntarenas – 3 hours $110
    • Transportation by bus from airport to Puntarenas $40: volunteer will travel unaccompanied to Puntarens and picked up at the local bus station
    • Spanish Lesson (10hrs per week) $90

    For all

    • Comprehensive Traveler Insurance $3.49/day (for all locations)

How your fee is allocated?


Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
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.