Costa Rica Impact Expedition: 2 Weeks

Get a taste of true off-grid living on this exciting expedition. Experience life in rural Costa Rica, where you’ll have the chance to spot some truly incredible wildlife and make a real difference on some important environmental and community projects.

  • Location Costa Rica, Central America
  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Expedition Type Service Expeditions

This 2 week expedition will give you the opportunity to live in the remote rainforest of Costa Rica, where you will have the chance to spot some incredible wildlife. Head up to the cloud-forest to get the adrenaline going with some zip-lining and learn about the work of a cooperative growing coffee and chocolate.

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A fully supported expedition, from start to finish

Your expedition cost is comprehensive and covers the incredible activities you’ll be taking part in, as well as the extensive support you’ll receive in the lead up to, and during, your expedition.

Don’t forget you’ll also need your vaccinations, visas, kit and some spending money. You can find guidance on all of these on your personal Traveller Gateway once you sign up.

  • Ongoing pre-expedition support
  • Flights and in-country transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Food and accommodation
  • Project costs
  • Leader and staff costs
  • Camps t-shirt
  • Orientation and language lessons
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Reserve location

This sample itinerary will give you an insight into what you’ll be getting up to. Please note, the exact projects, activities and camps may change closer to the time of your expedition.

Day Activities More details
Day 1 Arrive in San José After arrival into San José airport, you will be greeted by a member of our Camps staff and taken to your accommodation in the city for the evening. There will be some free time for you to explore San José before you head back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Day 2 Transfer to Camp After breakfast we’ll take the five hour journey to Camp Caño Negro. The camp sits on the shores of the wetland national park of the same name, one of the world’s most important migratory bird sanctuaries. Once settled into your new home, you’ll be introduced to the Camps Crew who will ensure you are familiar and comfortable in your new surroundings. Our Project Managers will explain what project activities you will be undertaking during your time here.
Day 3 -6 Environmental conservation work Over the next few days, you’ll be working alongside the rangers of SINAC, the government national parks authority, on vital conservation projects. Those could include animal tracking, planting saplings for reforestation, creating boundary markers for the “refugio” or building beehives. Two sides of the camp are formed by the waters of the wetlands, so animal spotting within the camp itself is common.
Day 7 Travel to Monteverde After breakfast you will have time to say your goodbyes to the team at Camp Caño Negro and then you will head to the central mountains and the cloud forest. After dinner, we will take a night-walk in the forest, which is a great opportunity to see many of the native species who call it home.
Day 8 Adventure In the morning we will head off for a zip-lining adventure, seeing the cloud-forest from within and above the tree canopy. In the afternoon we will visit a chocolate and coffee cooperative to learn about how those products are grown and, of course, taste them
Day 9 Camp Terraba A drive down through Costa Rica to Camp Terraba. At the camp, you will be introduced to the crew and the projects, some of which will be more community focused.
Day 10 – 12 Project work Over the next few days, you will work on a variety of projects as well as learn about the life of this indigenous community. The Bröran people have about 9000 hectares of land and are working there to conserve the natural environment and maintain their identity – which is closely linked to that land. During the time in camp, you will trek out to a conservation project just outside the community and in the evenings, you will try your hand at local handicrafts
Day 13 Travel to San José Today you will say your goodbyes to the team and community at Camp Terraba as you travel back to San Jose. Upon arrival back in the capital you will have time to relax and enjoy your final evening.
Day 14 Departure After breakfast you will travel to the airport ready for your journey home.

How you’ll make a difference

You’ll work on a range of projects throughout your expedition, each aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and designed to make a significant and lasting impact on the region’s most critical issues.

Wildlife conservation

Wildlife protection and conservation

A number of regions within Costa Rica suffered from extensive deforestation through the last century, which negatively impacted the huge array of wildlife living here. But, in the last decades much has been done to recover this situation and you’ll help support on-going efforts to continue that good work such as with monitoring biodiversity, building bird boxes and supporting primate conservation.

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Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

community development

Community development

The indigenous communities of Central America have missed out on much of the economic development of the region. You’ll help to support one of our ongoing projects such as constructing a special educational needs centre and a community playground.

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Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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Reduce inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

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Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Experience the local way of life in our authentic camps

Our camps are the heart of our expeditions. Built and staffed by locals in the traditional style, and located within the heart of communities, they are the perfect place to relax after a day of project work. You’ll get to stay in a number of camps during your expedition, which could include those featured below.

Camp Terraba

Camp Terraba

Immerse yourself in the local community – formed by the indigenous Teribe people – who are proud of their distinct culture and have autonomous control over more than 900 hectares of forested land.

Camp Terraba is based in a converted school and has spectacular views across the surrounding forests. You will be sharing the camp with your fellow volunteers and some local toucans!

  • Location: The community Terraba is located in Buenos Aires, Puntarenas Province. 5 hours from San José.
  • Accommodation style: Converted school with rooms
  • Bed type: Bunk beds
  • Toilets: Flushing
  • Showers: Cold bucket shower
  • Power: Will need a universal adapter/converter
  • Signature dish: Rice and chicken.
  • Social areas: An outside chill out area close to the local football pitch
Camp Cano Negro

Camp Caño Negro

The boundaries of Camp Caño Negro are formed by the waters of the Caño Negro refugio (wildlife refuge) which stretches into Nicaragua. Situated in the far north of the county it is next to one of the world’s most important migratory bird habitats. Relax in the mornings spotting caiman basking on the banks of the waters edge.

  • Location: The community of Caño Negro is located in the Alajuela Province. 4 hours from San José.
  • Accommodation style: Cabins
  • Bed type: Bunk beds
  • Toilets: Flushing
  • Showers: Cold, running water
  • Power: Will need a universal adapter/converter
  • Signature dish: Hash palm with chicken with sauce
  • Social areas: Large lawns ideal for chilling out on

I visited Costa Rica with a group from my school and I can say that it was one of the best experiences of my life! The leaders from Camps were super friendly, super enthusiastic and just generally great people – they helped us get the most out of this amazing trip.

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Our local camp legends

Our camps are staffed by members of the community who will make you feel like a local in no time. These legends will make your expedition spectacular and will show you the very best of their home country.

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Costa Rica is a very happy, peaceful country with some of the world’s most important wildlife and rainforests. It is so important to protect the environment and the work that we do here at Camps International enables these natural areas to be protected for the future.

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