Join an Expedition in Nicaragua & Costa Rica

Volunteer for 5, 7 or 10 weeks

“To go from watching my host mum struggle in her daily life, carrying a 25 litre water can to the river numerous times a day to seeing her turn on the tap 4m away from her front door at the end of the project was incredible.”

– Dougie, volunteered in Nicaragua & Costa Rica

Welcome, bienvenidos, to Nicaragua & Costa Rica

These two vastly different countries make up a colourful and lively area of the world: Central America.

Costa Rica is famed for its friendly welcoming people and its stunning environments – it also contains 5% of the planet’s biodiversity within its borders. Costa Rica aims to be the first carbon neutral country by 2021. Despite this, the country still faces problems with inequality in rural areas.

Bordering Nicaragua’s landscape features large lakes (Lake Nicaragua is one of the world’s largest) and volcanoes. With 70 different ecosystems, Nicaragua is known for its ecological diversity. It is the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere so there’s a real need for us to be there.

Raleigh has worked closely with communities in both countries for the last 10 years to create long-lasting, sustainable change.

Join us on Expedition here and help us make positive change in two of the world’s most dazzling countries.

What could I be doing?

Volunteer on a Raleigh Expedition in Nicaragua & Costa Rica and experience two very different countries and cultures. Find yourself working with rural communities in the very heart of Nicaragua or in remote areas of Costa Rica, working to protect one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet.

Two volunteers interview a local woman while on Expedition in Nicaragua and Costa Rica


Don’t just visit, live it! On a 10 and 7-week Expedition, you’ll be living in a local community and working side by side with the villagers, staying in their homes for 19 days. You will work on a water and sanitation project in Northern Nicaragua – bringing clean water to the community.

Volunteers working on an environmental project while on Expedition in Nicaragua and Costa Rica


On the 10 and 7-week Expedition, you will get to call one of Costa Rica’s national park’s home. You could be helping improve access to the park for park rangers, communities and tourists. Those on a 5-week Expedition, will either do a Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) or Natural Resource Management (NRM) project. The NRM project will take place in the Matagalpa region, in northern Nicaragua, working alongside our project partner ODESAR. You and your team will be working to increase the resilience of communities to climate change related shocks and environmental degradation, such as helping establish vegetable gardens to promote the food security of families and establishing nurseries for medicinal plants, citric and forest trees. You’ll be living in a local community with host families for the duration of the project.

Volunteers reading a map while on Expedition in Nicaragua in Costa Rica


Nicaragua and Costa Rica’s stunning volcanic landscapes present the ideal location for an adventure phase. You will trek in either Nicaragua or Costa Rica and you may even get the chance to trek from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean! Not many people can say they’ve done that!

When can I go?

Dates Weeks Availability Application deadline
06 Jul – 12 Sep 10 Limited availability Extended to 31 May 2018
06 Jul – 22 Aug 7 Limited availability Extended to 31 May 2018
26 Jul – 12 Sep 7 Limited availability 31 May 2018
22 Jul – 25 Aug (Nicaragua only) 5 Limited availability 24 May 2018
12 Oct – 19 Dec 10 Places available 16 Aug 2018
12 Oct – 28 Nov 7 Places available 16 Aug 2018
01 Nov – 19 Dec 7 Places available 06 Sep 2018
Did you know?
  • Costa Rica is home to the highest density of biodiversity of any country worldwide.
  • There are 26 national parks in Costa Rica covering over 25% of its area.
  • Lake Nicaragua is the largest in Central America.
Nicaragua only 5 week Expedition

Please note that the 5 week programme in summer 2018 will be in Nicaragua. Volunteers will not visit Costa Rica during their Expedition. If you would like to visit both countries it is advised that you apply for a 7 or 10 week Expedition.

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