Volunteering in Costa Rica
Academia Tica’s Volunteer Program in Costa Rica (community service work or service learning) is a perfect opportunity to travel within Costa Rica, practice the language and lend some help.
These once-in-a-lifetime experiences present the opportunity to grow by working along with people, in nature or with animals. It is a mixture of adventure, hard work, learning and making a difference.
All our volunteering projects have been carefully selected to work with foreigners. You will go to a place where you are really needed and able to help.
This program is for those students who:
Groups of all ages are welcome! This includes working in projects for long or short periods of time in any of our project categories. Please let us know your expectations for the group’s work and let’s bring them to an extraordinary experience!
Each year, volunteers’ work represent valuable hours that save the already scarce resources that can be used to improve the conditions of each project. You could see it another way: volunteer’s work may be something that will never be done if you’re not there! At the same time, there is a great desire for sharing knowledge and learning both ways.
Why does volunteering has cost?
The reason for this is that all projects are in a very tight financial situation and most are actually only able to function with the support of volunteers. Most projects have high operation costs: imagine in an animal rescue project, how much animals have to eat, how much you have to spend in cleaning equipment and supplies, how much the people that are working there year-round should earn how much does an enclosure cost… animals can’t live properly in small cages! Also, they don’t have the money to cover the living expenses of their volunteers. This is where you come in, contributing to
Projects usually require a donation or fee that helps covering administration and material costs. This is charged at the moment of your booking to ensure your spot. Academia Tica has a fee of $100 for all administrative work related to your inscription, selection of project and other activities. The school also has a charge of $50 which covers a donation/sign up fee that projects always require. Lodging fees should be paid directly to the project managers and is approximately $30-$35 per day (in most cases this includes three meals).
Volunteering project types and options
As close as it gets to wild animals
Animals face a big arrange of situations and there is a big concern for those that are caused by human intervention. From illegal captivity to illegal hunting, many wild animals are found in precarious conditions and have to be brought to rescue centers. The job is to make their living conditions the best possible and help them recover.
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The projects with social institutions and communities focus on human interaction with vulnerable populations and special needs. This is a field where no action is rendered little, and every moment is a chance for learning about you, about life and the others.
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We are blessed with thousands of turtles coming to our shores each year, but this also bears a huge responsability. Turtles are among the most beautiful and interesting animals out there, but also among the most endangered species. These projects are about helping to improve the nesting conditions of these amazing reptiles, thereby increasing the life expectancy of baby turtles.
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More and more, organic practices are adopted everywhere in the world for their potential in sustainability, social and economic development. This integrated model farm is visited by experts and institutions for its implementation of agricultural techniques and it’s owned by a well-known organic pioneer in Costa Rica. Grow vegetables, take care of farm animals and make vermicompost!
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The best way to experience nature
Work on national parks and special conservation projects all around Costa Rica. You will live in volunteer shelters in remote areas where help is needed most. Work, learn and see animals, plants, landscapes and forests that are among the world’s most beautiful and diverse.
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Academia Tica and the community
Academia Tica is actively involved with the communities of Coronado and Jacó. Our philosophy of teaching is that a student should not only strive for a “travel” but rather a “travel, learn and get involved” concept. We collaborate with many local social institutions and enterprises.
Locos por el Bosque
Since 2015, Academia Tica has been sponsoring a local environmental project: Locos por el Bosque (in English: “crazy for the forest”).
This new project has been protecting an important wildlife corridor between Braulio Carrillo and Irazú National Parks in the mountains of Coronado’s cloud forest. The area is home to monkeys, birds, resplendent quetzals, trogons, big cats and other mammals along with a high diversity of plants and endemic species in general.
It has an interesting ecotourism and adventure approach that also includes the very small community of Monserrat. Locos has been one of our favorite places to visit for some time for its beautiful untouched scenery that is hardly accessible in this pristine condition in any other location in Costa Rica.