Volunteering in Costa Rica

For prospective expats in search of a more active overseas life, there is plenty of opportunity, especially in the field of volunteering in Costa Rica.

There are several organizations that facilitate many different types of community work throughout the country. You can teach English, rescue wildlife, champion environmental or social causes, preserve habitat, help needy families, and much more.

A quick search will yield dozens, if not hundreds, of volunteer opportunities available. Here are a few to get you started on your search.

In the Central Valley, you’ll find the Community Action Alliance in San Ramon. It’s a joint Costa Rican/foreign resident organization heavily involved in bringing positive change to the community. Members teach conversational English to local school kids and adults. They host job fairs to spur economic development. And they donate money raised from book sales and other events to local charities such as senior citizens’ homes.

On the southern Caribbean coast, there are two animal rescue centers in need of assistance. The Sloth Sanctuary specializes in injured two-toed and three-toed sloths. The Jaguar Rescue Center has not just jungle cats but also howler monkeys, reptiles, parrots, and more.

On the Osa Peninsula, on the far southern Pacific coast, you have the opportunity to monitor populations of nesting sea turtles, including the endangered Olive Ridley and Pacific Green species, through the Osa Conservation group.

These are just a few examples of the many volunteer activities available in Costa Rica. Some require several month’s commitment. Others weeks. Some just a few days a month.

If you’re so inclined you’ll find plenty of community work to keep you busy as you live and/or retire in Costa Rica.

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