Costa Rica

Why Costa Rica?

Our programmes in Costa Rica focus on access to basic services for indigenous communities and protecting natural resources.

Due to a history of inequality, indigenous groups across Costa Rica experience a higher infant, child, and general mortality rate as well as higher rates of malnutrition and disease than the rest of the population, often from largely preventable diseases. We work with these communities and the government to increase the provision and use of basic services such as education and healthcare.

With 5% of the planet’s biodiversity within its borders and 25% of the country a protected area there is a great deal of natural resource to preserve. We work with the national parks system and people who live on the fringes of the parks to encourage them to adopt more sustainable livelihoods and improve communication between each other.

We have been running programmes in Costa Rica since 2002. Building strong relationships with partners and communities. Giving thousands of young people experience in sustainable development work, as well as life and leadership skills that they carry with them throughout their lifetime.

What you can do


Costa Rica is a colourful, dynamic Central American country with an incredible array of natural environments. Home to more than 500,000 species and 26 national parks, it has one of the highest rates of biodiversity in the world.

Learn and improve your Spanish whilst living and working with indigenous communities to facilitate fresh water systems; raise awareness of ecosystem management or preserve and maintain access to Costa Rica’s famous national parks.

Join us as a volunteer and work towards creating lasting change.

Support us

As a partner with Raleigh International, your business can help to play a part in creating lasting change in Costa Rica.

The financial contribution you offer can help to support much-needed initiatives such as biodiversity conservation activities in Carara National Park.

Find out more about the returns a partnership supporting Raleigh’s work in Costa Rica can offer your business.

Project Partners

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The Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigacion y Ensenaza (CATIE) is a Pan-American agricultural research institution assisting medium and small farmers to develop sustainable livelihoods through agriculture in the new world tropics. They have their headquarters in Turrialba, Costa Rica and we have our field base in Costa Rica on the CATIE farm.