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Costa Rica

Discover Costa Rica, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world; ISV volunteer projects demonstrate how people and nature are inextricably linked. One of ISV's Costa Rican Projects was recently awarded "Outstanding Project of the Year" at the World Youth and Student Travel Awards.

Costa Rica Volunteer Projects

Help community development efforts & conservation of precious natural resources!

Agriculture and tourism are the two of the main industries in this developing nation; thus environmental protection and community support are clearly connected components for the sustainable development of Costa Rica. The majority of ISV’s projects here are grassroots initiatives, created directly with local communities for the benefit of their inhabitants. Many community-based projects are strongly linked to conservation and vice versa.

With ISV, you have a multitude of options that will enable you to make a difference in this unique country! Whether you choose to volunteer in community or conservation projects, you'll no doubt make new friends and enjoy getting to know what life is really like in a typical Costa Rican setting.

Environmental Management

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Help protect Costa Rica's outstanding biodiversity and natural beauty.

Costa Rica is renowned for its biodiversity and incredible natural beauty. Scientists, environmentalists and concerned locals are combining efforts to protect the fragile ecosystems. Volunteer in some of the most spectacular scenery in Costa Rica on projects that help to protect the natural environment, and shape policies for a sustainable future. Education, conservation and economic development in Costa Rica are closely tied and represent the basic building blocks of sustainable development. Projects involve assisting with tasks such as organic farming, painting educational murals at schools, scientific research to support community agriculture initiatives (such as medicinal plants and coffee), and trail building/maintenance to encourage rural tourism.

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Wildlife Conservation

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Make a difference to Costa Rica's remarkable animal species.

Help protect the delicate balance of nature by researching and monitoring endangered species and habitats in Costa Rica. Tasks may include: observing feeding behavior of spider monkeys, toucans and other tropical species and mapping fruit tree distribution based on wildlife habitats; beach patrols to protect the nests of leatherback, green and hawksbill sea turtles; construction and monitoring of turtle egg hatcheries. ISV volunteers also help support alternative sustainable tourism and income generation by participating in family home stays.

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Community Development

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As a developing nation strongly dependent on agriculture and tourism, community initiatives are essential components for the sustainable development of Costa Rica. The majority of ISV’s projects are grassroots initiatives located in rural areas, and run in direct consultation with the local community leaders and associations for the benefit of the people that inhabit the areas.

Given the close relationship between people and their environment in Costa Rica, it is difficult at best to separate healthy living conditions and successful livelihoods in rural towns, from the wellbeing of the surrounding environment. Hence most of the projects here combine some aspect of community support or development with environmental conservation, with the intent of benefitting social, economic and ecological conditions now and in the future.

There are some incredibly exciting projects that you can be part of to help local people meet some of their needs and build a more prosperous and environmentally-friendly life for themselves and their communities.

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