Environmental Education Youth Club

founded in 2004
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Live in the middle of the tropical rain forest and support an unique community project for environmental education
Gain experience working side by side with our local team within a unique diverse community in the Caribbean
Immerse yourself in a new culture and country that values its unique biodiversity
Plant the value of conservation within the local youth and exchange learn about their happy lifestyle
Ride your bike along the seafront, go surfing or just enjoy the beautiful beaches while you are here.
This program supports our efforts to bring environmental education into schools as well as afternoon activities with the youth of Puerto Viejo and nearby villages. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

This project was established to work with the local children to gain awareness of their environment and acquire knowledge, skills, values, experiences, and also the determination, which will enable them to act – individually and collectively – to solve present and future environmental problems. In this project scope the participants will enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective decision-making skills, using workshops, presentations and support field trips to address environmental issues. Environmental education is a very important topic in these remote areas and in cooperation with Planet Conservation and other local entities the children of the community are learning about the importance to protect their natural habitat they are surrounded with.

Typical day

With the local coordinator volunteers plan the activities of the week with a specific topic they would like to address. We usually visit a school and work with the local teacher, in the school garden or with extra curricular activities to involve the students in environmental issues that are important in the area like the importance of reducing waste, a proper waste management, responsible fishing, reforestation, food garden, ocean cleanup and more. Some afternoon the volunteers will be involved in the activities of the environmental education Kids Club which is an after school project free of charge to go further with the activities, beach cleanups, sign making, art projects, etc.

Free-time activities

Puerto Viejo and surrounding offer a lot of great activities either near the beach, in the water or the rain forest. Volunteers receive support and discounts for local tours such as zip lining, rafting, visiting indigenous communities the chocolate farm or the local animal rescue center, kayak, surfing, SUP, horseback riding or just ride their bike along the beach front and enjoying a coffee or sipping chocolate while chatting with new friends.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) or Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Education, Spanish, Tropical Studies, Marine/Biology, Ecology at University level
Required Documents
CV, letter of interest and personal recommendation
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience in working with children of different ages (6-12), crafts, recycling, open minded
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Planet Conservation

Accommodation, 2 meals per day, local coordination, 24h local emergency number.


Fees include shared accommodation at the Volunteer house where each room has 2 bunk beds and a bathroom. private rooms upon availability. Accommodation counts with pool and yoga deck, internet access, games and books as well as a full equipped volunteer kitchen and fridge for our volunteers.

Upon request we can offer host family stay or hotel or apartment booking.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

We include breakfast and a healthy dinner during your stay (vegetarian, vegan meal plans available at no extra costs) that include main dish, salad and a natural juice or ice tea.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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

This project runs throughout the year. During school holidays (December - mid February; July) the Environmental education kids club runs daily with a vacation program. Students usually arrive on a weekend and start on Monday. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 16 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
16 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$247 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Planet Conservation 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 Planet Conservation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Environmental Education Youth Club

This program supports our efforts to bring environmental education into schools as well as afternoon activities with the youth of Puerto Viejo and nearby villages.


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