Everyone is familiar with the term “Bucket List”. Made popular by the 2007 comedy flick, a “Bucket List” is essentially a list of things to do before you die. And if you’ve ever dreamed of being surrounded by exotic wildlife, experiencing some of nature’s most beautiful scenery, and making a difference when it comes to the most fragile ecosystems on the planet, Costa Rica will cross more than a few items off that list.
The unique experience of volunteer tours takes you off the resort and into what really makes Costa Rica one of the most exciting and enjoyable countries on earth. So whether you’ve got your “Bucket List” in hand, starting your own, or just adding a couple things to your list, here are some “Bucket List” items you’ll find with Costa Rica volunteer tours:
Forget the pool or the hot tub, Mother Nature has you covered. Costa Rica is home to multiple hot springs, which allow you to soak in natural heated mineral water while taking in everything the jungle has to offer. Due to the volcanic activity in Costa Rica, the natural phenomena are a result of geothermally heated groundwater bubbling up to the earth’s surface. Whether you’re just looking to relax or soothing some sore muscles, these incredible hot springs are ripe with a therapeutic purpose.
White Water Rafting
Strap on your helmet, tighten that lifejacket and feel the power of nature as you’re thrust over wild rapids and vast river systems, as Costa Rica’s rainforests go zipping by. Rafting enthusiasts will find challenging white-water courses while beginners can ease their way into lower-classed routes, all under the instruction of experienced guides. These custom tours can be as tranquil or as heart-pounding as you like, giving you that “Bucket List” adventure you’ve always wanted.
Leave the beach and discover an entirely new world below the waves. Costa Rica offers some of the most breath-taking underwater venues, hosting endless species of tropical fish and underwater life, including vast and colorful coral reefs. Known as one of the top ecotourism spots on the planet, our snorkeling tours are led by trained and experienced local guides, who know the waters and wildlife first hand. The offshore adventures are often joined by a host of classic Costa Rican natives, such as sea turtles, reef sharks, and rays.
The most vital component of Costa Rican volunteer tours is the interaction and rehabilitation of injured and endangered animal life. Costa Rica is home to 5 percent of the planet’s biodiversity which is incredible due to the fact the country only spans a narrow 51,100 kilometers squared. With outside influences like poachers, industrialization, farming, and the exotic pet trade, the number of animals that wind up in our rescue programs grows each year.
Whether you’re looking to add to your resume, take part in our internships, or just want to help with the rehabilitation and release of Costa Rican wildlife, our friendly and knowledgeable staff welcome you. You can work with rainforest creatures like sloths, monkeys, and ocelots, or secure the coastline for various species of sea turtles, searching the waters and assisting in the protection of our most famous neighbors.