Volunteer Work, Animal Welfare
year round, flexible start and end dates
The Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center is dedicated to rescuing and protecting native animals. The welfare of the animals and the preservation of the fantastic local fauna is the ultimate goal. Injured animals are taken in and revived in the animal rescue center. Here they are safe and able to recover from their trauma and wounds.
Animals that are ill, injured and orphaned for a variety of reasons, most of which are directly or indirectly caused by human activities, are treated here. If possible, the rehabilitated animals should be released back into their natural habitat, but this is a very risky undertaking and is only possible for a few animals.
The animal rescue center is run by a non-profit organization.
The animal rescue center has an infirmary where animals can be treated. The installations also include the areas for the exotic birds, sloths, monkeys and a large volunteer house for the volunteers who are a very valuable support for this project. The animal sanctuary is surrounded by beautiful evergreen nature to ensure the animals a place that resembles their natural habitat as closely as possible.
The Animal Rescue Center takes care of a variety of animals including monkeys, sloths, anteaters, possums, birds, and more - basically anything that needs help! (Note: Animal population is subject to change and cannot be guaranteed).
As the name of the program suggests, the day-to-day work of the volunteers revolves mainly around caring for the animals. In addition to procuring food, preparing it and feeding the animals, this also includes cleaning, repairing and expanding the cages and enclosures. Volunteers also help maintain the on-site walkways leading to the cages and pens.
Volunteers work between 6 and 8 hours per day from Monday to Friday/Saturday. The weekends are usually free and you can travel or explore the beautiful surroundings. Excursions to the dream beaches of Costa Rica are also possible.
As a volunteer you should have a deep desire to work hard and understand the situation of the animals as you are responsible for the welfare and daily care of the animals. You will not only be involved in the daily care and cleaning work, but also in construction and maintenance work aimed at improving the living conditions of the animals. The sanctuary also reintroduces animals if they are willing to survive on their own in their natural habitat, although this is not always possible.
The animals, especially the monkeys, love to play. Volunteers always have fun designing and making toys for the animals. This helps the animals get over the traumatic experiences they've had in the past and reminds staff and volunteers how great it is that there is a rescue center for these wonderful animals.
The animal rescue station is also open to visitors; their entrance fees and donations are important sources of income for the center to be able to finance the work with the animals. From time to time, volunteers also help to look after the guests, educate them about the animals and their dangers and they ensure that everything is in order during a visit.
Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.
The volunteers at this animal rescue center in Costa Rica live together in dormitories in the simple but cozy volunteer house. The house is equipped with the essentials. There is a dining area where volunteers meet to eat. This area is also the meeting point where volunteers gather to talk, relax or make plans for their free time. Local cooks, who primarily prepare local meals (including vegetarian and vegan options), provide delicious food.
The volunteer house has electricity, drinking water, WIFI internet and a good working cell phone signal. The washing machine can be used at an additional cost.
Note: In Latin America, especially in remote areas where many of our volunteer projects take place, the cellular or internet connection is not always reliable and fast.
The volunteer project is located in the Alajuela region near Turrucares, in a beautiful natural setting. The area is characterized by small rivers, extensive meadows, hills and rich flora.
Turrucares is located pretty much right in the middle of Costa Rica not too far from the capital, San José. The Pacific coast with its dream beaches is also not far and is ideal for a weekend trip.
In our Wildlife & Nature projects, our volunteers get along well with English language skills.
For optimal program preparation and cultural integration in the destination country, we recommend participating in a Spanish course in Costa Rica (optional).
Pre-departure and in-country support
Before arrival, our experienced team will be at your disposal to assist you throughout the booking process and travel planning. With the booking confirmation you will receive our 24-hour emergency number, so that you can reach us in case of emergency.
In addition to the assistance given by our office staff you will be supported by our partner organization in Costa Rica located in San José, as well as the on-site volunteer coordinator on-site.
Depending on the day of arrival in Costa Rica, the program includes one to two nights in San José in a single room with a host family (including breakfast).
Before you leave for the project site, you will take part in an orientation talk with our colleagues in San José.
Costs & Services
Our Volunteer Work at the Wildlife Rescue Center in Costa Rica includes:
- Shared room in volunteer house
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Airport pick-up San José with 1 overnight stay in San José (single room, breakfast & dinner)
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application documents
- Elaboration of your internal application profile
- Volunteer Work Placement
- English-speaking in-country support
- Orientation session in our partner office in San José
- Handbook Costa Rica
- Intercultural guideline
- Certificate of participation from South America Inside
- 24/7 emergency number
- Help with taking out suitable travel insurance
Application fee: US$ 150
Program fee: US$ 895 (minimum stay 2 weeks)
Each additional week: US$ 325
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