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Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Costa Rica
Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Costa Rica

Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Costa Rica

At first glance, Corcovado National Park on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is a mere pin prick on the world map, covering a measly 0.03% of the world’s landmass. This makes it even more astonishing that an incredible 4% of the world’s species call the park home and that it is, as described by National Geographic, ‘one of the most biologically intense places on the planet’.

Located in Central America, Costa Rica is nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean and is home to over 500,000 different species of animals, giving it the highest species density of any country in the world. Over 50% of species found in the country call the Osa Peninsula home, meaning this project is located in the most biodiverse region of one of the most biodiverse countries on the globe – truly a hotspot within a hotspot!

The Osa Peninsula at a glance:

Why volunteer with wildlife in Costa Rica?

Sadly, the region and its inhabitants are being gravely challenged by habitat fragmentation and destruction, pollution, poaching and climate change more broadly. Over the past several years, Frontier has been working on the peninsula to carry out groundbreaking survey work and vital data collection in an attempt to combat the effects of these challenges and to preserve this environmentally significant area.

The research camp itself is based amongst dense tropical forest on the edge of Corcovado National Park, close to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Volunteers live and work with other enthusiastic and energetic conservationists, working together to carry out critical surveys and data collection activities. Joining this vitally important project will not only give you an opportunity to experience a world of fragile beauty, but to more importantly contribute to the conservation of Costa Rica's precious and unique habitats for the future.

What opportunities does Frontier offer to volunteer in wildlife conservation in Costa Rica?

For volunteers with a shorter time in Costa Rica or who are looking for their first experience in conservation volunteering, the Costa Rica Big Cats, Primates and Turtles placement or the Costa Rica Climate Change placement are both very popular. Volunteers with experience in conservation biology may qualify for our Costa Rica Wildlife Conservation NGO Internship.

If you're not sure which placement to choose, please fill in our short application form and one of our volunteer advisors will call you back to talk you through the options and answer any questions.


“My time on the Climate Change project in Costa Rica was the best experience of my life! My only regret is that I didn't stay longer. As soon as I arrived on camp I felt part of the jungle family. Everyone is like-minded so it's really easy and natural to get along with people. During my time on the project I was lucky enough to tag an Olive Ridley Turtle which is something I can boast about now and saw two Green Turtles as well as releasing hundreds of hatchlings. Honestly, if you're contemplating whether or not to do this project JUST DO IT. Although be prepared to become addicted to wildlife and Costa Rica in general when you return! ”- Amy Wright– Costa Rica Climate Change Project


See our Costa Rica widlife volunteering placements below:

Costa Rica, Wildlife Conservation

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Costa Rica Big Cats, Primates & Turtle Conservation

Contribute to vital conservation research in one of the most ecologically diverse locations on the planet.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $295

  • Prices: from $295
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: Wildlife
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: CBP

Costa Rica Climate Change Project

Carry out groundbreaking survey work in Costa Rica's remote habitats and help combat the effects of climate change as you track and conserve some of the country’s most mysterious creatures.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $295

  • Prices: from $295
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: Discount
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: CCL

Costa Rica Animal Rescue Project

Work at a centre dedicated to the care and conservation of some of Costa Rica's most threatened species.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $1,045

  • Prices: from $1,045
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: Wildlife
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Project code: CAR

Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary

Work in an animal rescue or conservation centre as you aid in the care and welfare of some of Costa Rica’s most enigmatic and elegant residents.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $1,745

  • Prices: from $1,745
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: Wildlife
  • Duration: 1 month +
  • Project code: CRW

Costa Rica Turtle Conservation

Visit the tropical beaches of Costa Rica and play your part in the conservation and preservation of some of the ocean's most recognisable inhabitants, turtles.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $1,195

  • Prices: from $1,195
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: Marine
  • Duration: 2 weeks +
  • Project code: CTC

Costa Rica Big Cats Conservation

Journey into the Costa Rican jungle and keep a keen eye out for the various big cats which prowl their leafy domain.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $295

  • Prices: from $295
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: Enviro
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: CBB

Costa Rica Primate Conservation

On our Costa Rica Primate Research Programme you will be carrying out vital surveys on all four species of primate present in the highly biodiverse region of Costa Rica, namely the Osa Peninsula.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $295

  • Prices: from $295
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: Enviro
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: CPR

Costa Rica Wildlife Conservation Course Credit Internship

Embarking on an internship abroad is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable practical skills and course credit in one’s field of study while experiencing full immersion in a novel culture.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $2,595

  • Prices: from $2,595
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: Credits
  • Duration: 4 weeks +
  • Project code: CBPCC

Costa Rica Teaching and Primates

Participate in our Conservation and Community Adventure whilst living in the surroundings of beautiful Costa Rica
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $795

  • Prices: from $795
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: Group
  • Duration: 1 week+
  • Project code: CRTP

Costa Rica Conservation and Community Adventure

Participate in our Conservation and Community Adventure whilst living in the surroundings of beautiful Costa Rica.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from $795

  • Prices: from $795
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: Group
  • Duration: minimum 1
  • Project code: CCA

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