Plastic Free and Recycling Campaign Supporter

founded in 2004
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Become part of a team that protects the beautiful environment of the Caribbean and take action by cleaning beaches, help in Recycling initiatives and distribution of information.
Help to create innovative products with our Recycling machine, help merchandise them and gain insight in the circular economy program to sustain this and other programs
Work in environmental education with local youth and help plan and execute workshops with our partner project and within local schools
Improve your Spanish with our local team
Immerse yourself in the beautiful South Caribbean lifestyle, explore its abundant nature and experience exciting tours at discounted rates.
This program invites you to become part of the plastic free campaign where we organize beach cleanups, environmental education and products with a recycling machine. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

This project was implemented in 2019 and is a vital part of the national program to eliminate the use of single used plastic products. Our team is always looking for motivated helping hands to work on sustainable practices among the local population, support our plastic free campaign that organizes bi-weekly beach cleanups, workshops within the community and local schools and also offers to work creatively with our Plastic recycling machine. Together we will create the weekly program and distribute the workload among all participants and the guiding team. New ideas welcome and experience with a sustainable lifestyle preferred. As we want to expand the production of recycled plastic products we welcome participants with experience as well in project management and production but also young volunteers who would like to become part of our team and take action.

Typical day

A typical day might begin with a good breakfast at 7am at our volunteer accommodation to be ready for the bi-weekly beach cleanup together with our team and kids from the Environmental Education program at 8:30am. After a few refreshments we will jump into the river to rinse of the sand and cool down  before we stop by our partner stores near by to check on items that need to be replaced or displayed at 10 am. Afterwards we will measure the collected trash, separate it and document. Selected items will be cleaned and used to create new products with our recycling machine 11:30am.

Take off for the afternoon and enjoy the nearby beaches or restaurants. In the evening after our community dinner we hold a small recap with other volunteers, help them analyze their consumer behaviour and watch a related documentary while enjoying our delicious sweet&salty popcorn.
Another day might start with the production of products which means to separate different types of plastics, colors and start to shredder them into small parts before heating up our machine. Then the production begins of pearls for our most wanted bracelets, rulers, frisbees or little planters. It is always a satisfaction to see the outcome and knowing that you have made a difference and given trash a new purpose.

Free-time activities

The area offers a lot of activities for the leisure time such as beach time, biking, surfing, SUP, sea and river kayak, hiking, nature observation and other fun tours such as Wildwater Rafting, Zipline tour, diving, snorkeling or trips to nearby islands. Just ask our local team and we are happy to help with the organization and offer discounts for our volunteers.

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
Required Documents
CV and Motivation letter
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 from 08:00 - 12:30

What's Included

Services by Planet Conservation

The fees include shared accommodation at our volunteer house, breakfast and dinner. We also offer free activities on site such as yoga classes or latin dance classes. For participants 4+ weeks we also include Airport pickup service and first night with host family in San Jose as well as one week of free bike rental ($100 deposit required for lock, repair or cover lost bikes). All our volunteers have access to local discounts in selected stores, tours and services. 24h emergency support and support with travel arrangements.

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

We include Airport pickup for participants 4+ weeks and the first night stay at a host family in San Jose. 


The volunteer accommodation is located in Cocles, Puerto Viejo. Rooms are usually shared with 4 participants, each room with bathroom, cold water only. The property counts with a nice swimming pool area, yoga rancho and volunteer kitchen with stove, fridge, sandwich maker. We also invite you to help actively in the vegetable garden, compost and recycling system. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

We include Breakfast and Dinner. Meals are healthy and a large variety with local fresh products. We don't offer sausages or beef and usually have 1-2/ week chicken or fish on the menu, vegetarian and vegan meal plans available at no extra fee. Glutenfree requirements have a small surcharge. please inquire upon reservation and let us know of any allergies or food specialties. Breakfast comes with fresh fruit, granola, homemade yoghurt, bread, cheese and/or marmalade. Dinner always includes a side salad and fresh fruit drink. Coffee, tea and filtered water available throughout the day. We encourage our participants to bring a refill bottle to avoid buying water in plastic.

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.
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 program runs year around and usually the program starts on a Monday with an introduction on the topic and explanation of all elements we would like you to focus on. We recommend to plan your arrival for Sunday in order to participate in the introduction. We are happy to help with arrival arrangements.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
20 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$221 /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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