first hand Costa Rica

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Years in business

We offer you to immerse in the daily life of costarican families and work routines of teaching and conservation projects. These new found knowledges teach you a lot.

In 1994 we at first hand moved to Costa Rica and everything started when my son went to a little elementary school near Sámara: 11 children, 6 degrees, one classroom and one teacher. We started bringing volunteers to this little school and 'poco a poco' other schools addressed us with interest of ...

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In 1994 we at first hand moved to Costa Rica and everything started when my son went to a little elementary school near Sámara: 11 children, 6 degrees, one classroom and one teacher. We started bringing volunteers to this little school and 'poco a poco' other schools addressed us with interest of having volunteers and families offered themselves for having volunteers in their house.

Since then a lot has changed and developed at first hand – we started many new teaching programs and conservation projects all over the country – but one thing is still the same: we have a very personal and very close contact to all of our schools, guestfamilies and projects. We live in Costa Rica and we will be there when you need us!

First hand offers volunteer opportunities in schools, kindergarten, music schools, turtle camps, animal reserves, macaw stations, farms and in the rainforest.

We, the agency for volunteer work first hand, are in direct contact with schools and environmental conservation projects planning, organizing and joining our volunteers during this unforgettable and worthy experience!

We have 20 years experience of living in Costa Rica and feel commited to the people, comunitary help and sustainable ecological development. Through the 'Asociación Intercambio Cultural ALEGRIA - AICA', a non-profit organization, we have been promoting intercultural exchange in all areas of artistic expression and organizing festivals and benefit events. 

First hand offers projects almost everywhere in Costa Rica. San Jose, Islita, Buena Vista, Manzanillo, Drake Bay, Mata Palo...just to name a few!

Our Vision

first hand wants to contribute to a sustainable development and mutual respect by intercultural exchange and learning from each other.

Why volunteering with first hand?

Your contribution makes the difference in educating children, preserving marine turtles or other animals and protecting the rainforests of Costa Rica. You live and work with locals and you get to learn the real life of Costaricans. Every day you deal directly with opinions, lifestyles and routines of a different culture. These new found knowledges teach you more about yourself! You learn or improve your spanish skills. Language is the key to understanding the values of a different culture. Work experiences in foreign countries are indispensable in times of globalization. A volunteer based commitment will open many doors for you.

About Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a little tropical paradise between two oceans. Hardly any other country has such an abundance of plants and animals on such a small terrain. 25% of it's area is protected by national parks. Active volcanos, hot springs, rain and cloud forests, mountain rivers, spectacular waterfalls, subterranean caves, coral reefs, mangroves, amazing caribbean and pacific beaches and a fascinating animal world invite you to discover and enjoy.

Costa Rica has the oldest democracy in Latin America, a working social system, responsable environmental laws and is the only country in the world that has no army. The relaxed 'pura vida' lifestyle of the 'ticos' and their hospitality towards visitors make it one of the safest top destinations in Latin America.

Pessoa de contacto

Sofia Stein

Línguas faladas: Inglês, Francês, Georgiano, Esloveno
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first hand Costa Rica revisões

Lisa rating4,4

2017 at Agroecological Farming

My stay at Finca La Flor was short but still very intense. The two weeks with Bri (the owner) were full of nice conversations with the most diverse people. Working with the animals or in the fields was a lot of fun in this overwhelming landscape as well as cooking with the locals. But you expect a ...
Luisa rating4,6

2017 at Agroecological Farming

On 06.03 I went to the Finca Agroecologica La Flor. It is located near Cartago in the mountains with a beautiful view of a valley and the volcano Turrialba. Every day there was something else to do. Sometimes the work was physically quite strenuous. But there were always enough breaks as well as ...
Clara rating4,6

2016 at Agroecological Farming

After almost two months on the coast, I went to the third project in the mountains, near Cartago, where a different volunteer had been waiting for me, for she was except me the only volunteer on the farm. She was also the first German I had met in Costa Rica and it was nice to speak German again. We ...
Ursula rating4,4

2015 at Agroecological Farming

The work on the farm was very interesting, we did something new almost every day and I learned so many different things about medical herbs, feed crop, making cheese and much more. I was lucky to have a big group of German volunteers working there at the same time as me so there was always something ...
Leonie rating4,6

2015 at Agroecological Farming

I spent five months in total in Costa Rica, four of which had been perfectly organised by First Hand. I worked at the Eco Farm in the central valley for three months and then another four weeks at another program. The time at the farm was amazing, a well organised work schedule and great company ...
Lara rating4,6

2014 at Agroecological Farming

I spent two months at the farm and when I first arrived I was already blown away by the stunning nature and all the plants that were cultivated. All the workers were super nice and we spoke to each other exclusively in Spanish, which was great to improve my skills. The work varied from day to day ...

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Zero Hunger
  • Quality Education
  • Responsible Consumption And Production
  • Life Below Water
  • Life On Land