Trip Details

Farming Volunteer Placement in Costa Rica

An early morning rise on a farm is like no other! And on our Farming Volunteer Placement in Costa Rica, you will be waking to sounds of livestock as you prepare for a busy day! Working with local farmers, you will help with the horses, cattle and fowl, as well as tending to crops, which are mainly coffee, avocado, and some cacao. In addition, our TRU volunteers will be assisting with bio gardening projects, horse training, fish farming, or attending cattle sales or horse shows, depending on what is going on at the time/season.

Stay on a Farm for an Authentic Slice of Costa Rican Life!

During your project, you will stay at our volunteer centre, but will also have the opportunity to stay on the farm that you’re working on. As you would expect, your tasks will vary depending on the season, but the care of the livestock is an all year-round affair. Consequently, volunteers will need to be willing to get their hands dirty (and feet, and bodies:) as they traipse through mud and …other things during the course of their day. Further, if there are opportunities to take part in rural development or agronomy projects during your stay, we will make sure that you are involved!

Travel further a-‘field’ with New Found Friends!

Of course, there’s more to Costa Rica than its farming communities – far more! This city is a very popular tourist destination, and offers many activities and places to see, from jungle canopy walks to marine reserves, watersports such as surfing and of course, the city itself! Most of our volunteers explore the local town (Esparza) through the week and head out on their own adventures together at the weekend! And if you’d rather just chill, our accommodation has great communal spaces, inside and out, to relax in with your friends!

Why be a Farming Volunteer in Costa Rica?

  • Learn about authentic agricultural and rural life in a developing country
  • Help local farmers and gain new skills is farming and livestock care
  • Make new friends and plan adventures as you volunteer on your project
  • Enjoy staying in our Eco-houses with great facilities and outdoor spaces
  • Discover authentic Costa Rican cuisine, with all meals and beverages* included

*tea, coffee and drinking water

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Trip Itinerary

The Farming Volunteer placement offers you an authentic slice of Costa Rican life, and you will be involved in many aspects of traditional farming. Whilst this project is challenging (life as a farmer isn’t always easy!) it is also incredibly rewarding, and you’ll take home a wealth of knowledge about animal welfare and agriculture – as well as some great stories!

Daily Schedule

Your schedule is flexible, but you should prepare to be active for 3-8 hours. You will have lunch on the farm and can expect to be occupied from early in the morning until as late as 17:30, depending on what is needed at the time. Some days will be tough, while others will be relatively relaxed, and activity will depend on the season.

Evenings and Weekends

At the end of your day as a Farming Volunteer here in Costa Rica, your evenings and weekends are free to do as you wish. And there’s plenty to do locally after your day of volunteering! However, many of our volunteers plan group outings together at the weekends, or simply hang back at the accommodation and get to know each other in the evenings.

Places to Visit

Esparza and Puntarenas have plenty to offer for weekend activities, including horse riding, watersports (surf is huge), game fishing, canopy tours, hotels to suit all budgets, and some of the best scenery in the world. Puntarenas is also ideally suited to take a scenic ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula and its many secluded beaches. Further, Esparza is on the Panamerican Highway, so access to the rest of Costa Rica and the rest of the American continent is at your doorstep!

Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances

Trip Accommodation

Esparza is an agricultural town and is the second oldest in the country. Further, it also has a rich history that includes legends of hidden pirate gold! The pace of life is relaxed here, and you will find locals to be incredibly warm and friendly – our volunteers are always the talk of the town when they come to visit!

About the Accommodation

You’ll stay in two newly built Eco houses in our centre in Esparza: Jaguar House and Toucan House.

These houses sleep up to 22 people, and most rooms have bunk beds, with all rooms single-gender. However, private rooms are available if preferred.

For relaxing, there is also a large dining hall/games room/communal area shared by both houses, with free WiFi, and table tennis, and a large garden of tropical plants, including coconut palm, papaya, banana, and citrus.

Food Arrangements

Costa Rican food is a blend of native American, Spanish and African cuisine, and is quite mild (not too spicy!). You will have three meals a day on weekdays (two on weekends), all included in your programme. Most meals will include either fish, chicken, pork or beef, but vegetarians can be catered for.


There are shops within 300 metres of the centre, and bars, restaurants, and an excellent public pool within 15 minutes walk. There is an ATM within 1km and more ATMs in town, about 2kms. Buses into town and further afield leave from within 300ms of the centre.

Esparza and the surrounding area has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants within easy reach.

Trip Country Info

Costa Rica

Capital: San José
Language: Spanish
Currency: Costa Rican Colón (CRC)
Time zone: UTC -6

Country Information
Pura vida (“real life”) has become the unofficial motto of Costa Rica. And for a reason. Costa Rica is, in essence, a slice of tropical paradise in Central America, and its inhabitants, AKA “the ticos”, are justifiably proud of it. Perfect waves for surfing, breathtaking sunsets, misty crater lakes, waterfall-filled hiking trails, white-water rapids, sun-kissed beaches, adventure-filled paths and wildlife that includes howler monkeys, capuchins and other friendly-looking animals await you in this small, yet magnificently varied country.

Costa Rica has a reputation for being a tropical paradise, and rightly so. However, due to its diverse terrain, the country boasts a range of different climates.

Costa Rica has no real summer or winter due to its proximity to the equator, and the average temperature ranges from 21°C to 27°C. However, a rainy season does exist, and takes place between May and November. The central valley is often cooler than the coastal areas.

The Pacific coast tends to be hot and dry all year-round, especially the northern part (known as the Gold Coast), while the highlands (around Monteverde) are filled with mist during much of the year, due to the high altitude. The Caribbean coast is quite hot and moist, and receives rain during most of the year. The lowlands have quite a warm climate, with an average temperature of 26°C, and the Central Valley, including San José, is said to have the best climate in the country.

Costa Rican culture, as in most Latin American countries, is heavily influenced by Spain, as a result of colonization. However, parts of the country have other strong influences, such as that of Limón, which has more of a Jamaican feel to it. There are also several indigenous areas throughout the country.

A great part of the music and folklore of Costa Rica comes from the north of the country, where Mayan culture mixes with Afro-Caribbean trends. Costa Rica has a distinctive musical genre known as punto and most of its music can be easily distinguished by a very unique rhythm known as tambito.

Costa Rica goes by the motto Pura Vida, which means “pure life” and the phrase can be used as a greeting or a farewell, or just to say “that’s great” or “all’s good”. The phrase was originally from a Mexican film, but was soon adopted by Costa Ricans, and is used in several contexts to express a positive outlook on life.

The cuisine of Costa Rica relies heavily on fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fish and meat. Rice and black beans are traditional and included in most meals. Potatoes are another staple of Costa Rican gastronomy as wells as plantain, a member of the banana family.

Due to the tropical location of the country, you will be able to find many exotic fruits that you might have never heard of before!

Due to the amount of tourism that Costa Rica boasts, international food is offered in many sites – from Japanese to Mexican to Peruvian.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Travel Insurance
Under 18, Parental Consent

Additional Requirements

Recommended Vaccinations
Sturdy Boots/Shoes

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa