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Volunteer adventure in Costa Rica

Sustainable development in remote communities


4, 7 & 10 weeks


£2050 – 3450


Cost Rica

In brief

Expedition is a unique mixture of impactful projects, personal discovery and true adventure. Expedition brings young people together from all over the world to create change. Change in the communities you work in, change in the environments you live in and change in yourself.

We need volunteers aged 17-24 to help deliver our sustainable development programmes in remote communities around the world. 

Volunteers live in a homestay with a local family, work on sustainable projects in remote communities or national parks with an international team, and trek through unique and stunning landscapes. You will be challenged to achieve things you didn’t know you were capable of and return home with the power to create lasting change.



On a Costa Rica Expedition visit one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, home to national parks, volcanoes and stunning beaches.

  • Immerse yourself in Costa Rica – learn about local life and customs.
  • Work on meaningful community led projects, contributing to the Global Goals.
  • Take part in an adrenaline-fuelled adventure trek. Challenge yourself, get muddy, see amazing scenery & wildlife and sleep under the stars.
  • Make your CV stand out – develop key skills that will set you up for the future.
  • Make genuine, lasting friendships and grow a network which covers the globe.

During your community project you’ll be able to work alongside indigenous people to improve their access to education.

Join Raleigh International on an exciting Expedition to Costa Rica. Put your Spanish to the test in a country that is home to volcanoes, tropical rainforest and some of the friendliest people on earth.

A five, seven or ten-week Expedition in Costa Rica provides exposure to different people, new cultures, situations, and environments. You will get the chance to take part in up to three projects, dependent on the length of your Expedition: Community, Environmental and Adventure.

A Raleigh expedition in Costa Rica is a unique opportunity to help raise environmental awareness and tackle poverty, whilst living in some of the most beautiful places on earth.


In your environmental phase you could help conserve Costa Rica’s biodiversity and improve access to national parks.

Your days will be spent working on a community led project, contributing to the Global Goals. You and your team will be helping improve access to water and basic sanitation facilities. You will be working with our local partners and the community themselves to create lasting change together. It will be both challenging and extremely rewarding.

Our environmental work is focused on national resource management. You will get to work in one of the country’s stunning national parks, home to flora, fauna and some pretty spectacular wildlife; red eyed frogs, white headed capuchin monkeys and macaws to name but a few. You’ll stay in the park itself. Home will either be in a park building or you’ll to set up camp in the park itself.

And for your adventure phase trek through rainforest and up volcanoes on a variety of stunning routes that tourists don’t get access to.

You will also get the opportunity to take part in an exhilarating adventure trek. We have a variety of trek routes in Costa Rica. You could be trekking through either country. On our coast to coast trek, you walk from one side of Costa Rica to the other from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. You and your team will navigate the trek with the support of our Volunteer Managers. Terrain will be varied, you could be in thick jungle or rainforest one day or walking along the ridge of a volcano with far reaching across the landscape, the next.

Each night you and your team will set up camp and take turns to cook for one another. You might stay in a local community or out in the wilderness.

All our projects are driven by the needs of the communities we work in, and more than 70% of our income goes directly to the projects, so you can be sure that you’re having a lasting, positive impact.

Interested? Then make an enquiry.