Costa Rica Community and Conservation 1 Month
Famed for its jungle-fringed beaches, volvanoes and breathtaking biodiversity, Costa Rica is a true gem within Central America. This tropical haven will become your home for one month as you live alongside an indigenous community, immersing yourself in the culture and traditions of these fascinating people.
Most of your time will be spent collaborating with local people on a host of sustainable project initiatives, all designed to improve lives and protect the environment.
When it’s time to enjoy some down time, we will take you to one of Costa Rica’s beautiful beach locations and a visit to Monteverde where you can zip line, take in a scenic canopy walk or a guided rainforest hike to spot wildlife at night.
the impact you will make
Community Improvements (Terraba)
The indigenous communities of Central America have missed out on much of the economic development of the region. Terraba is the only local community not to have a communal area for families to gather and prepare food in a hygenic environment. You will be assisting in the building of a community kitchen which will be used by numerous community groups.
Wildlife Protection (Caño Negro)
Though Costa Rica accounts for only 0.03% of the earth’s surface, it holds 6% of the world’s biodiversity. However, the diverse flora, fauna and animal species are under threat from human activity. Your work here will help to protect the local wildlife through conservation efforts with the community.
Camp Terraba is based in a converted school and has spectacular views across the forests surrounding it. You will be sharing the camp with your fellow volunteers and some local toucans!
Location: Terraba is located in Buenos Aires, Puntarenas Province. 5 hours from San José.
Accommodation style: Rooms with bunk beds.
Power: Will need a universal adapter/converter
Signature dish: Rice and chicken.
Social areas: The camp includes a block of 9 rooms with bunk beds for the capacity 54 people, bucket showers and flushing toilets. In front is the dinning room and kitchen that is separated with a long counter down this rustic building.
Camp Caño Negro
A peaceful natural haven, Camp Caño Negro is based near the waters of the wetland national park and you can spot caiman basking on the banks of the water in the morning.
Location: Guanacaste, situated in the northwestern region of the country
Accommodation style: Dormitories with bunk beds typically in wooden cabins
Power: Mains electricity and US plug sockets
Phone signal: Reasonable signal
Day to Day
Welcome to Costa Rica!
Arrive into San Jose where you will be met by a member of our Camp Costa Rica team.
Camp Terraba is located in the heart of an indigenous community with a rich cultural heritage. It is situated in the Puntarenas region of southern Costa Rica, close to the Terraba river which is the largest in the country.
Projects here centre around community development and could involve building communal structures for community events and helping to develop infrastructure within the village. Our volunteers have also been collecting data for a biodiversity study which will be used to petition to the government against destroying community land to build a reservoir.
The next couple of days will be spent in Osa Peninsula exploring the incredible national parks of south western Costa Rica.
Back to Camp Terraba to continue our community projects.
We will take you one of Costa Rica’s many beautiful beach locations for two days of relaxation and a chance to experience the local cuisine and nightlife.
Camp Caño Negro
We will travel to Camp Caño Negro, situated in the northwestern region of the country. This area is home to a spectacular wetland national park which stretches over the border into Nicaragua and boasts some incredible wildlife from caiman to sloths and a huge variety of birds. To date, our volunteers have been working hard to save the bees by getting stuck into our beehive building project. We are also working on a habitat protection initiative to protect the vital migratory of birds.
We will take you to mountainous Monteverde, famous for its cloud forests, and the adventure capital of Costa Rica. You can spend the next couple of days relaxing in this beautiful spot or exploring your surroundings. If you’re feeling more adventurous you can book a zip line, canopy walk, coffee tour or a guided night walk.
*Please note these are additional activities and not included in the cost of your programme.
Camp Caño Negro
Back to Camp Guanacaste to continue our environmental projects.
Your Costa Rica adventure has come to an end! We will say our final goodbyes before transferring you to San Jose Airport, a few hours before your departure.
Don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations. Please note, you must be over 18 years old at time of departure.