Animal Welfare at Rescue Center

Wildlife Sanctuary Costa Rica
Program Facts
CR-WN100
Costa Rica
Volunteer Work
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Booking No.

CR-WN100

Program Type

Volunteer Work, Animal Welfare

Place

San Miguel, Turrúcares, Alajuela Province

Volunteer Responsibilities

Preparing food for animals, feeding animals, cleaning animal cages, construction of new or bigger cages for the animals, repairing cages, clearing and maintaining walking paths and hiking trails, administering medicine for sick animals, monitoring the behavior of the animals, maintaining the center's infrastructure, creating enrichment projects

Work Hours

6-8 hours/day, on 6 days/week

Program Start Date

On any day

Minimum Stay

2 weeks

Minimum Age

17 years

Language

Elementary Spanish skills. Also book your Spanish course in Costa Rica with us.

Skills

No special skills required, but you should definitively be an animal lover and not fear any kind of animal

Accommodation

Shared room in volunteer house

Food

Full-board

Location

Turrúcares is situated in the tropical forest of Costa Rica. The forest is located around 40km NW of San José and 23km NW of the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela.

Climate

Turrúcares has tropical climate. In the winter there is much less rain than in summer. The average annual temperature is 24 °C (75 °F).

Vaccinations

Recommended are Yellow Fever, Rabies, Tetanus, Hepatitis. Please please ask your doctor for additional advice.

Internet*

Limited Internet at the project site

In-country support

Volunteer coordinator at project site and additionally in San José

24/7 Emergency No.

With the booking confirmation, you will receive our 24/7 Emergency Number where you can reach us around the clock in case of emergency.

Packing List

Rubber boots, comfortable work clothes, work gloves, flash light and extra batteries, mosquito and sun protection, rain jacket

Application

Application possible at any time, with at least 2 weeks’ notice. (Download Registration Form)

Insurance

Travel Health Insurance for Costa Rica mandatory


*We would like to point out that in Central America, especially in remote areas where many of our volunteer work projects take place, Internet and/or cellular radio systems do not always work reliably.

The wildlife sanctuary is a privately-owned animal rescue center that focuses on caring for, rehabilitating, and studying Costa Rican wildlife. Working directly with the government, the center receives confiscated, sick, and injured wild animals. The animals that come to the rescue center receive the medical attention and love that they desperately need. Although many of the animals end up being released back into the wild, those who cannot remain in the center. The animals that remain help accomplish a mission by being a part of the education program that aims to teach people to respect nature and animals. The animal welfare center also receives visitors who are guided through public areas. Although the rescue center works with the government of Costa Rica, they do not receive governmental support. They rely on their membership program, private donations, volunteer programs, and visitors to the sanctuary to fund the project.

This animal rescue center strives to give animals the care and respect they deserve while rehabilitating them. There are plenty of activities that you can enjoy during your stay in the center. On the weekends and during your spare time, you can enjoy a wide range of fun outdoor activities.

 

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An average week for a volunteer involves feeding the animals on a daily basis and cleaning their cages. From time to time, help with constructing and maintaining the cages may also be needed. There are also observation and enrichment projects where you are encouraged to spend time observing the behavior of the animals. This project has welcomed students, travelers, and professionals from around the world who have an interest in hands-on conservation and data collection work with endangered species.

As a volunteer, you should have a genuine desire to work hard and understand the animals’ situation since you will be responsible for the welfare and day-to-day care of them. You will not only be involved in daily feeding and cleaning duties, but also construction and maintenance work that aim to improve their living conditions. The Rescue Center also releases animals that are ready to be reintroduced to the wild jungles of Costa Rica. Volunteers will support the release facilities, studying how, where, and when is the best time to return animals to their natural habits. The animals, especially the monkeys, love to play. Volunteers always have a lot of fun designing and creating toys for the animals to play with. This helps the animals overcome the traumatic experiences that they had in the past and reminds the staff and volunteers how lucky they are to have a center for these precious animals.

If you have experience in any area of conservation or veterinary work, we would really encourage you to spend time at the center. They will try to accommodate any interests that you have. The more time and effort you are willing to put into this project, the more you will get back in return.

The volunteers in Costa Rica live together in dormitories that are in a large volunteer house. The house is basic but equipped with the essentials. There are two shared bathrooms, one for men and one for women. The kitchen is fully equipped, and local women provide the volunteers with meals. There is also a large dining area where volunteers meet to have meals. This area is also the meeting point where volunteers gather together to talk, chill out, or to make plans for their free time. Local cooks prepare authentic Costa Rican meals for the volunteers (rice, beans, vegetables, pasta, meat, seasonal fruits).

Volunteers are encouraged to help with duties in the kitchen as well. Living together with people from around the world that have different points of view, attitudes, and lifestyles requires tolerance and respect. On the other hand, it is a really enriching experience and an opportunity to make lifelong friends.

Volunteer Work with wildlife in Costa Rica includes:
  Consultation of our experienced staff
  Translation of application documents
  Volunteer work placement
  Orientation session on arrival
  Orientation kit
  English-speaking local support
  24/7 Emergency Number
  Shared accommodation in Volunteer House
  Full-board
  Overnight stay(s) in San José upon arrival
  Airport pick-up San José
  Transfer in San José Accommodation-Bus Terminal for journey to project site
  Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance
  Flight booking service (optional and for free)
  Certificate of participation

What’s not included:
  International flight
  Travel health insurance
  Local travels

Prices:

Program / Duration

2
weeks

3
weeks

4
weeks

additional
week

Volunteer House
(full-board)

700 USD

890 USD

1,080 USD

190 USD

Application fee of 120 USD ito be added. One week corresponds to 7 days and 6 nights.

 

Optional:

Travel Health   Insurance  

more info here

Do you like this volunteer program in Costa Rica? You want to commit yourself to the well-being of exotic animals while volunteering in Central America? Apply now. The registration process for our volunteer work places in Costa Rica is easy and simple.

  Download and complete our registration form. Just follow the steps mentioned on the first page.

  Send the completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or directly to your personal contact at South America Inside.

  With your application, we check the availability in the volunteer project in Costa Rica for your desired dates. Once we get a positive feedback from the program site, we will send you to the booking documents. To book your stay abroad in South America with us, you just have to return the signed agreement and pay the program cost.

  And that’s it! Your volunteer program at the Rescue Center in Costa Rica has been booked and your adventure is ready to start!

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