Volunteer in Costa Rica
Give back, help out, and make an impact!
A volunteer project in Costa Rica offers you a unique opportunity to live and work in a Spanish speaking environment while giving back to a community and immersing yourself in the local culture.
Community service and volunteering abroad is a life-changing experience where volunteers expand their horizons in a way that could never be achieved in a classroom.
Connect with like-minded, motivated, and compassionate people from around the world and walk away with a newfound outlook on how to create change everyday in your own life.
This is not Tourism
Tico Lingo is a locally-based and locally-run organization. The volunteer projects we offer are aimed at supporting Costa Rica’s local communities, biodiversity, and environment. This isn’t tourism – this is traveling with a purpose.
We Believe in Immersion
We encourage complete linguistic and cultural immersion and are dedicated to ensuring that our volunteer projects have long-term positive impacts within the community and give our volunteers an opportunity to speak Spanish.
Extensive Support Provided
The Tico Lingo volunteer team is multi-lingual, educated, and very well-traveled. We provide every volunteer 24/7 on-site support for all our projects and offer years of experience to help you select the project best for you.
Volunteering abroad is a mind-opening experience that exposes one to other cultures, languages, and new ways of life.
Each volunteer will have the unique opportunity to experience a side of Costa Rican culture that the average tourist never sees. You’ll be immersed in an environment where you’re learning new skills, interacting with new people, and making lifelong friends. You’ll walk away knowing you’ve made a positive impact on a community while improving your Spanish abilities at the same time.
Anyone who is enthusiastic and open-minded is welcome at our programs. Volunteers typically work alongside other volunteers who come from all over the world, so a culturally curious and outgoing attitude is a huge plus!
– At least 18 years of age
– Participants ages 13-17 are welcome when there is a faculty leader, parent, or guardian present
– Healthy and physically prepared to work and live in areas where English isn’t spoken
– Flexible; willing to do various tasks based on season and project needs
– Positive mindset
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Responsible and safety-minded
Each volunteer project has its own set of needs for volunteers, but generally volunteers will be expected to dedicate at least 6 hours a day, 5 days/week to their project.
Duties range from working with children to teaching English, and protecting turtle nests and feeding toucans. Duties depend heavily on the type of volunteer project, but each will require volunteers to take directions from on-site local staff as well as work with different types of people in both English and Spanish.
Volunteer Projects in Costa Rica
Tico Lingo is a small locally-based and locally-run organization aimed at offering impactful experiences for both our volunteers and our local project staff. The projects we work with are aimed at supporting Costa Rica’s local communities, biodiversity, and environment.
– Most volunteer projects start every Monday year-round
– All projects have professional English speaking staff on-site
– All projects offer volunteers Spanish language practice
– 24/7 in-country emergency support
– No registration or processing fees
– All-inclusive project fees as low as $580 (Airport shuttle, meals, lodging, materials, all transportation)
Protect endangered marine life
Sea Turtle Conservation
on the Caribbean Coast
Practice your Spanish with a local community while saving critically endangered turtles in a unique island location.
Teach, Inspire, and Change Lives
Volunteer with Kids
at a Local Kindergarten
Rehab and release native wildlife
Animal Rescue and
Aid in the mission to rescue to and save hurt and hungry wildlife and a animal refuge center in Costa Rica. Feed, clean, take measurements, and help release 25 different types of animals.
Educate, Share, and Gain Experience
Teach English at a
Local Public High School
Create fun, interactive lessons that encourage students to speak English. Support local teachers by helping create resources that future volunteers can use to further students’ education.