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Volunteer in Costa Rica

Located in the heart of Central America, is Costa Rica, one of the planet’s most biodiverse ecological systems in the world. Costa Rica boasts lush rainforests and sandy beaches, both rich with several of thousands endemic species of animals. It’s a small country with a population of about 4.5 million and, amazingly enough, although the country takes up less than 0.1% of the earth, it is home to over 5% of the planet’s plants and animals - making it one of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet. People go to Costa Rica to revel in its unmatched uniqueness and variety of plant and animal life, surf its world renowned waves, and to experience the friendly “pura vida” vibe of the culture and people. 

San Jose is the country’s capital, housing the majority of the land’s inhabitants and is typically the most popular volunteer and tourist destination. Outside of the bustling city are the forests and farms, where it is likely you will spend a great deal of time as a volunteer as well. 

Costa Rica is known across the world for its for its natural life preservation and environmentally-friendly legislation. The indigenous communities are extremely connected to the land and consider it their duty to maintain and preserve the environment that gives them a home. Its no wonder why volunteers are so attracted to this country! In terms of environmentally active work, many volunteers join projects that allow them to make genuine contributions to conserving this stunning landscape and the wildlife within it - it is no wonder Costa Rica is considered one of the most sustainable countries on earth!

Although Costa Rica is rich from an ecological standpoint, it is a developing country with a low income rate. It does, however, rate high in human development when compared to its income, which means that volunteering abroad in projects such as healthcare, education and childcare are extremely popular. So, while environment related projects, such as the monitoring and release of sea turtles, are the most favored, human rights related issues come to a very close second. 

No matter what type of volunteer project you elect to do, all volunteer work in Costa Rica will be extremely rewarding. It is amazing what one can learn by immersing themselves in a culture that is different than their own, especially in Costa Rica where the people and the culture reflect a “pura vida” way of life. This phrase literally translates to “pure life”, but it has a much more profound meaning once you experience the exciting land. “Pura vida” means live life for today and be fortunate for what you have, because there are always people who have less, and life is simply too short to be unhappy. So start living “la pura vida”, choose Costa Rica as you next volunteer abroad destination and make a lasting impact working with exotic wildlife or a community that really needs your help.
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