Environmental Conservation in Costa Rica

When an overwhelming majority of the world’s scientists agree that climate change is negatively affecting the planet, environmental conservation should be at the top of our “To Do” lists.  And that’s exactly what this project is all about!  Millions of people take beach vacations every year.  The impact of those tourists leaves a lasting, negative impact on the local environment and wildlife.  The Environmental Conservation in Costa Rica project aims to combat that impact.  Why not work on your tan and help the environment at the same time?  It’s a win-win!

As a volunteer on the Environmental Conservation in Costa Rica project, you’ll spend your days performing various tasks to reduce the impacts of tourism along a stretch of beach on the Pacific Coast.  Beach cleanups are one of the most simple and effective ways of combating pollution and is a regular activity for volunteers.  Planting almond trees to contribute to reforestation along the beach plays an important role in conservation of the scarlet macaw as the almonds are one of its primary food sources.

In addition to the conservation activities, volunteers will also help to beautify the area by creating educational signs and painting murals and local buildings.  There’s also the potential to work with a baby sea turtle nursery on this project, depending on the season and the needs of the project.

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Room & Board

Your project fee for projects in Costa Rica covers your room and full board in either a host family house or volunteer dorm-style facilities depending on the location of your placement.

  • Shared, single-sex room (occasionally a private room is available) with a fan
  • 3 meals per day (meals will typically be simple Costa Rican dishes)
  • Drinkable tap water
  • Hot water is not available (hot water is not common in Costa Rica)
  • Some locations have limited WiFi access (location dependent)



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

1 week$275
2 weeks$500
3 weeks$700
4 weeks$875
6 weeks$1,150
8 weeks$1,550
12 weeks$2,250
Prices for projects in Costa Rica are in US dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (www.xe.com).

Included: Airport arrival transport • Pre-departure information • In-country orientation, training and coordination • Accommodation: private or shared room (location dependent) in a host family house or volunteer dorm-style facility with a fan • 3 meals per day (in most locations*) • 24/7 emergency phone

*In the volunteer houses in Jacó & Heredia, volunteers receive breakfast and lunch. Dinners are not provided as most volunteers choose to eat at local restaurants or cook for themselves and food waste became an issue.

NOT Included: Flights • Travel insurance • Local transport • Return airport transfer • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees

For custom lengths of stay not listed, please contact us for pricing.


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Trip Add-ons

Volunteers participating in all projects in Costa Rica have the opportunity to take add-on Spanish language lessons.  Click the button below for more information.

Spanish Lessons


Special Considerations | Environmental Conservation in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

For special considerations regarding all projects in Costa Rica, please visit the Costa Rica page.

Placement Location

Our partner NGO in Costa Rica supports a huge number of projects.  In most instances, placements will occur at the location most in need of volunteers at the time.  Occasionally, volunteers will be given the opportunity to select which location they prefer.