Despite making up only 0.03% of the world’s landmass, Costa Rica is home to nearly 5% of the planet’s biodiversity.
What can I expect on my Raleigh Expedition?
Everyone’s Expedition is slightly different – depending on how long you stay when you go and where. This is an outline of what you can expect from a 10-week Expedition. For a more in-depth description of life on a Costa Rica Expedition, including camp life and project info, download your sample itinerary.
Costa Rica has a naturally rich ecosystems but it's fragile and vulnerable.
How to apply
Get ready for your Expedition – we will support you all the way!
The on-the-ground team
Here are some of the Raleigh Costa Rica team who will be looking after you
Carlos, Country Director
Carlos leads the development of Raleigh Costa Rica and is responsible for the general management of the organisation. Carlos has extensive experience working in the NGO sector, working in several countries across Latin America before joining Raleigh in 2019.
Osman, Operations Manager
Osman oversees the day-to-day logistics and health and safety of Raleigh’s Expedition programmes, as well as leading on the development and execution of community resilience and youth leadership projects. Osman studied Rural Development and is a Raleigh alumni!
Génecis, Operations Coordinator
Génecis leads Raleigh’s environmental projects, Latino volunteers’ recruitment, as well as overseeing the day-to-day logistics and health and safety of Raleigh volunteers during Expedition. Génecis is a Venezuelan migrant and geographer.
What makes Raleigh Expedition unique?
Volunteering with Raleigh International is an immersive, one-of-a-kind experience. Described by our volunteers as “absolutely life-changing”, it’s a journey you will never forget. Don’t expect tourist hotspots, five-star hotels and 24/7 wifi (we are all about the digital and alcohol detox); instead, expect a memory-making adventure full of fun, rewarding experiences and real world connection.
What our Raleigh volunteers say
Hear from our past Raleigh alumni's life changing experiences
“The effect it had on me was profound…on returning I completely changed my career and then went back on Raleigh as a Volunteer Manager. Twenty years later I draw on those experiences regularly both in my professional and personal life.”AlisonRaleigh Alumni
“Before I was an introverted, shy person and now I am talking with other people without hesitation. Before, I was only comfortable sitting with a group of two or three people but now, I’m able to speak within a group of 20 or 30.”BikalRaleigh Alumni
“It’s been an opportunity to grow as a person in ways that you wouldn’t think possible. It makes you more aware of the world that you live in. I remember coming back from the mountain trek and looking around; I thought about how sad it is how man changes the world so easily. So, it’s important to go back to your roots, to the proper wild, and experience it.”FreddyRaleigh Alumni
“I was a kid that had barely left Manchester…I quickly realised that a regional accent, schooling, job prospects didn’t define you. It’s your actions, how you relate to people, building relationships, resilience and your ‘bounce-back-ability’ that do that. My experience with Raleigh really change the direction of my life for the better and gave me the confidence to run my own business.”TonyRaleigh Alumni
Frequently asked questions about Raleigh Expedition in our Costa Rica locations
All volunteers are invited to attend a Pre-Expedition Training Event to meet other volunteers and here more about Expedition.
We recommend you learn as much Spanish as you can before you come; this will make communicating with members of the community and partner organisations easier. We also recommend practising hiking in preparation for the trek, but this is not necessary.
Raleigh provides dry and fresh food, and volunteers rotate to cook for the group. The staple food in Costa Rica is rice and beans, which can be accompanied by different vegetables and proteins. Tropical fruits are delicious and very sweet, and we eat them frequently.
We recommend you reserve your place between 5 to 6 months before, although we can accept applications up to three months prior to departure.
Bringing some money is advised as you may occasionally get snack cravings (like we all do). You can also use this money for any drinks and souvenirs you want to purchase. For more information, speak to the expedition team or volunteer coordinators.