Beach Conservation Experience

founded in 2003
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Coordinator | Valy
Coordinator | Valy
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Give back to the local communities by providing them with much needed help.
Gain Spanish practice by living with a host family and sharing daily life with locals.
Make memories you'll never forget during your time abroad.
Learn more about the Latin American ways, customs and habits.
We need your help to preserve the Costa Rican beaches and support the local community in the process! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+

Our Beach Conservation volunteer project is located on the extreme southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. ​

This nature reserve was Costa Rica’s first protected area for nature conservation and later became the first official National Park in 1963. Shortly thereafter, the National Park Service was created in order to preserve and protect these lands. The size of the reserve includes both land and ocean areas totaling around 3 million hectares, only 5% of which is open to visitors by way of the trail system. The remaining 95% is an “absolute reserve” allowing for the complete protection and preservation of the flora and fauna.

The Natural Reserve’s mission is to protect, manage, and research the park’s ecosystems as part of
Costa Rica's cultural and historical heritage. Through this work they aim to include members of the surrounding communities and to benefit the region through sustainable development. Ongoing research, study and volunteer efforts are key in carrying out this mission. 

Volunteers at Beach Conservation projects may be asked to:

  • Do trail cleaning and maintenance
  • Help clean up the beach
  • Update park signage by making new signs and also making sure the existing ones are in good shape and readable
  • Reviewing footage and do general maintenance on trap cameras
  • Track beds (Set up, monitoring and analysis)
  • Complete direct observation of wildlife on the park's trails
  • Receive and orient visitors to the park
  • Teach visitors about the history of the park and what trails they can go on
  • Assist local ranger in daily tasks
  • Facilitate school groups and researchers (day camps, conferences)
  • Prepare educational materials for school visits or special activities
  • Assist with general maintenance and preservation of the reserve

You are always supported by Maximo Nivel’s in-country coordinators but they are not on site at your project. You work directly with the Spanish-speaking project director and staff.

Typical day

The Beach Conservation program begins with a mandatory 2 day orientation session in San Jose, where you receive vital information about your project and trip to the project site.

Working hours vary according to the needs of the project, but you can expect to work 5-7 hours per day, Monday-Friday. 

Presently, work at the Beach Conservation site is organized using a station based model. Volunteers should follow this structure consistently. These activities have been specifically selected and agreed upon with the project director. We ask you to follow the station/program model described during your orientation.​

Free-time activities

Along the beaches, volunteers will find SCUBA, surfing, snorkelling, body boarding, and more or they can do land excursions with hiking, horseback riding or adventure tours and zip-lining that are also easily found. Opportunities to tour other parts of Costa Rica are also available if they want to explore outside of the area they will be staying in. Tours and trips can be easily booked through our on-site travel partner.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Maximo Nivel
Our fees include:
  • Airport pick-up
  • Host family / Dorm accommodations (shared room with half board in San José and full board at the project site)
  • Program and safety orientation
  • Walking tour
  • Official certificate of volunteer service
  • Emergency contact number 24/7
  • Program management
While in San José:
  • Free Tandem Conversation Program
  • Free office-wide WIFI and computer lounge
  • Free social activities
  • Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
  • Maximo Nivel Institute open 7 days/week

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Airport pick up in San José and public bus transportation to and from the project and San José at the beginning and end of the program are included.


The first two days in San José volunteers stay in a local Costa Rican family with a shared room and breakfast and dinner included. At the project, they are housed in either a family-stay or dorm-style accommodations where they are provided with three meals a day.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

The first 2 days in San José volunteers have 2 meals included (breakfast and dinner), while at the project they have full board with 3 meals/day.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Projects start every Monday, all year round. Volunteers arrive on Sunday and spend the first couple of days in San José, where they receive the orientation. In San José, they stay in a local Costa Rican family with a shared room and breakfast and dinner included. At the conservation project, they are housed in either a family-stay or dorm-style accommodations where they are provided with three meals a day. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
16 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$442 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Maximo Nivel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Maximo Nivel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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