ASVO is a non-governmental and nonprofit organization who protects and conserves Costa Rica´s natural resources.

About the Project

ASVO (Association of Volunteers for service in protected areas) has been active in Conservation in national Parks, beaches and communities of Costa Rica. We are a non-governmental organization (NGO) self-managed and nonprofit. We act as a bridge between civil society and Costa Ricas natural areas , allowing more and more people to get involved responsibly in the conservation of our national patrimony, - natural and cultural. 

We work in synergy with national and foreign volunteers, local communities, schools, colleges, national and international universities, government agencies, private companies and other environmental organizations. We develop our volunteer programs in 28 different areas of the country and about 2300 volunteers from around the world each year enable our efforts for conservation.

Social Impact

  • In 2001 , ASVO was nominated for the Youth Volunteer Award, granted by the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports, the National Movement for Youth, and the National bank.
  • In 2005 the Government declared ASVO in the public interest. We train and educate to change environmental behaviors and work to promote cultural relations. We create social awareness in communites.
ASVO wants to achieve a self-sufficient growth within the organization, capable of subsidizing its own projects. To participate in conservation initiatives through the development of collaborators and strategic alliances.

NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organisation
Foundation Year
Contact Person
Thomas Badilla
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