Drake Bay Backpackers

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Drake Bay Backpackers opened in March 2014 as an experiment in raising funds for the environmental programs of the Corcovado Foundation. You can stay as a guest at the hostel, or apply for a Volunteer placement. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about eco-tourism in Costa Rica, promote the Osa Rural Tours network, and meet volunteers and guests from all over the world!

Since last year, the hostel has earned over $17,000 for our environmental programs and increased the opportunity for locals to earn income through homestays and local eco-tours. Several hundred local tours have been sold, and the hostel has gained a certificate of excellence, as well as a Gold Level Green Leaders certification on Trip Advisor.

The inspiration for Drake Bay Backpackers came from an empty building! The excellent facilities at our sea turtle conservation headquarters were previously left empty for six months of every year, so we saw it as a great opportunity to help generate publicity and funding for the community and our environmental programs.

Click here to find out more about the volunteer program or to apply now!


It’s a hostel that attracts great patrons! They’re concerned about the environment, are active and are from every part of the world you can think of. I would definitely stay there again. Thanks for everything, Backpackers! Crystal, Trip Advisor

Volunteer Today

This year we anticipate a very busy tourist season. We have been in the process of making further improvements to the hostel including new common areas, expanded kitchen and computer bank. Drake Bay Backpackers has limited volunteering placements available, but busy months are often July, August and December-February.

Placements are available from 01 January-31-December (limited positions)
Minimum stay: Four weeks.
Requirements: Aged 18 or over, fluent English and Spanish preferred. You must be friendly, communicative and able to work for 6-7 hours per day. Volunteers with hotel, restaurant or bar experience will be given priority. You must have a medical travel insurance policy for the duration of your stay.

The hostel is located in the south pacific region of Costa Rica, called the Osa Peninsula in the village of El Progreso, Drake Bay. Volunteers will be given accomodation in the hostel, either in the dorm or a private room, depending on availability. This vibrant community is right on the doorstep of attractions such as Corcovado National Park and Isla el Cano, as well as several pristine Pacific beaches. We recommend that volunteers travel by ‘bus and boat’ or by plane to reach the program from San Jose. More information can be found on the Drake Bay Backpackers website.

Drake Beach Costa Rica
About the Work
As a volunteer you will assist with the daily operations of the hostel including preparing rooms, welcoming guests, selling tours and maintaining the property. You may also be required to do light cleaning, prepare meals or work in the garden. Drake Bay Backpackers has maintained a very high standard of customer service, so we expect you to be able to learn quickly and take initiative with tasks.

What about Free Time?
You will be assigned one free day each week, during which you may choose to take advantage of the tours and activities offered by the hostel, socialize with volunteers and guests or just relax on one of the many beautiful nearby beaches.

How much does it cost?
Volunteers stay for free at Drake Bay Backpackers! All meals are included, though we do not cover spending money nor any transportation costs.

Important Note: There is no ATM in Drake Bay, so you should make sure that you bring enough cash for the duration of your stay.

Corcovado National Park

Apply Now!

Please send via email your CV and a brief introduction about why would make a great hostel volunteer to francisco@corcovadofoundation.org. If your application is successful, you will receive a confirmation email, along with with detailed information about transportation, what to bring and what to expect.

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