API offers a wonderful opportunity to volunteer abroad in Costa Rica in placement areas such as child care, sustainable farming, environment/ecology, social justice, or education.

Costa Rica is a country of natural beauty, political stability, friendly people, and a temperate climate. Since dismantling its army in 1948, it has been known around the world as one of the most stable countries in Latin America and has often been a mediator in other Central American conflicts. The International Community acknowledged this contribution in 1987 by presenting President Oscar Arias with the Nobel Peace Prize.

Costa Rica has devoted itself to environmental conservation and educational achievement. This forward-thinking country took formal measures to protect its natural assets in 1955. Today, Costa Rica’s National Conservation Areas System (SINAC) covers more than 134 areas – national parks, reserves, and refuges – comprising roughly 27 percent of the national territory. This commitment provides an abundance of natural wonders and biodiversity – a paradise for naturalists and a wealth of wildlife. The relatively small size of the country allows one to explore the beach, jungle, and mountains all in one day. The population of Costa Rica is diverse and the people are generally warm and friendly. Come volunteer abroad in Costa Rica with API and experience this wonderful country and its people for yourself!

"Peace is a never-ending process. It cannot ignore our differences or overlook our common interest. It requires us to work and live together."

- Oscar Arias, Noble Peace Prize winner and former President of Costa Rica