Pura vida! You will hear this phrase again and again during your stay in Costa Rica, either as a hello, goodbye or just stating that all is well. It’s literally translated as “pure life” and just those two words say so much about the culture of this country and what your experience will be like...pura vida!
While traveling in Costa Rica you will experience true adventure in a stunning natural paradise with a rich variety of exotic animal and plant species. The country is well known for its environmental protection policies and its abundance of natural resources. A quarter of the country consists of protected areas and national parks. Costa Rica gives you the unique chance to volunteer in National Parks, Wildlife Refuges, Biological and Forestal Reserves that belong to the Conservation Areas National System.
Invasion at the crack of dawn...
Late in the night, every spring thousands of sea turtles approach the beaches to lay their eggs, burying them in the sand for protection. These precious creatures are endangered due to poachers and erosion. In order to conserve these little treasures, the government of Costa Rica, along with international support from other countries such as Germany, is actively working on cultural and natural conservation. A variety of other natural resources are the focus of the various volunteering programs in Costa Rica. They are working hard to ensure the preservation of the rain forests, the volcanic landscapes and the coastlines, which are the natural habitat of about 850 bird species.
As a volunteer in Costa Rica you have the opportunity to get close to nature and contribute to the conservation of the country's natural resources, while discovering a new culture, a new way of life, pure life!
Volunteer work in Costa Rica’s environmental conservation projects is a truly unique and fascinating experience in a truly special country, where beauty is emphasized by its friendly and hospitable people. Costa Ricas people call themselves Ticos or Ticas, which derives from the Spanish word “hermanitico,” which is a term of endearment for “younger siblings,” and actually reflects the respectful relationship of its people.
Gil González Dávila was convinced that the country had a “rich coast”. And this is how the country got the name, Costa Rica.
So who was actually the great discoverer of Costa Rica? You may be right by assuming that Christopher Columbus was the first European to reach the South American continent. After him another special explorer found his way to Costa Rica, his name was Gil González Dávila. The indigenous people welcomed him with lots of presents made of gold, so he was convinced that the country had a “rich coast.” And this is how the country got the name, Costa Rica.
This small South American country may be just a narrow strip of land, but it is located between two of the biggest oceans. Surfers are usually attracted to the South Pacific on the west, but can also find some waves on the east, in the Caribbean Sea. The mesh of Tico and Afro-Caribbean culture found in the Caribbean, sets it apart from the Pacific side, with its even slower pace, distinct style of cooking and its Rastafarian vibe. Be cautious doing any water-based activities, as the currents are known to be strong.
Costa Rica has only 2 seasons, dry (summer) and wet (winter). Its year round tropical climate makes volunteering in South America more attractive than anywhere else. Even in the rainy season you will have a pleasant time, and the chance to experience a mix of rainy, stormy days and fun in the sun days. There are plenty of outdoor activities such as swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing and hiking, which are a welcome change to your volunteer work in Costa Rica, and the key to a relaxed and balanced life between nature and adventure.
Capital : San José
Area : 51.100km²
Population : 4.3 Mio