Costa Rica is one of the 20 most biodiverse countries in the world. It is home to 26 National Parks and is known for its incredible range of unique wildlife. More than 500,000 species are found here, representing 4% of the total species estimated worldwide, despite the country being only 0.03% of the world’s landmass.
Approximately a quarter of Costa Rica is made up of protected jungle, and despite its popularity for tourists, there is significant disparity in income between the richest and poorest communities. Raleigh International works to preserve Costa Rica’s biodiversity and address inequality. Our volunteers work with innovative young people of Costa Rica and local project partners to preserve its natural resources, increase the resilience of local communities to climate change and improve access to education.
Environment Project – Improving Access to Conservation Areas
Costa Rica has been a world leader in environmental policy aiming to be Carbon Neutral by 2021. Come together with passionate youth leaders from Costa Rica and across the world to support Costa Rica in leading the international flight against climate change on your environmental project. You will work in a national park to improve the trails and ranger stations and increase environmental awareness with local communities via environmental education initiatives, helping them to better manage their natural resources for future generations.
Community Project – Improving Access to Education
Indigenous populations in Costa Rica are often the most marginalised members of society and tend to be some of the poorest. Education levels in these communities are much lower than the national average and poor school infrastructure further exacerbates the situation. Join forces with local indigenous communities to improve access to education for some of Costa Rica’s most marginalised/disadvantaged children by improving educational infrastructure and school facilities. Improving infrastructure in these marginalised communities will help create a more inclusive society for all Costa Ricans. We will also ensure the community have the know-how to manage and maintain the schools in the years to come.
Adventure Leadership Trek
There are several different trek routes you can join us for in Costa Rica, that will take you across an incredible variety of terrain. You and your team will navigate your 250km trek through rainforests, valleys, rivers, and mountains, with the support of our Volunteer Managers and each other. Trek requires courage to venture outside your comfort zone, and you will experience highs and lows. Supporting one another through these moments, the friendships formed on trek are often some of the strongest on Expedition because of all that you have shared and learnt together.
Learn more about participating in Costa Rica Expeditions.