Animals & Reforestation

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gegründet 2006
first hand Costa Rica
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Koordinator | Frank
Koordinator | Frank
Here you will have it all - help animals in a wonderful nature and plant trees! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+

About the Program

This center is a paradise within another paradise in the middle of the jungle.

It is located in the central Pacific region, a biologically related location with the National Parks of Carará and la Cangreja, being a transitional zone between the northern dry forest and the rainforest, with the presence of species from the Puriscal forest, a large quantity of endemic and plant biodiversity.

Next to the program's hotel installations (which is an important income to run this program), the objective is to benefit wildlife and boost the estate´s capacities into a biological corridor, restore the eco-system and reforest with native species. Through these activities the adjacent communities can have improved repercussions, encouraging economic activity through quality ecotourism, development, and environmental education.

Currently, with the decrease in agricultural activity and new environmental consciousness plus the booming of ecotourism as a generator of work and development, a restoration of natural species has favorably presented itself as a priority to the program. For that reason, 110 hectares of the estate have initially been transformed to reforest the environment with native species. After almost 20 years and more than 20000 planted trees it is true to say that something has been done.

With the support of the Ministry of Environment, they have built a wild animal rescue centre that cares for endangered species and reintroduces them to a natural habitat in which they can thrive. There is an animal hospital, a quarantine centre and a supervised area in which animals can recover and be prepared for their release.

Things to Bring

  • Responsibility, orderliness, friendliness
  • Respect and love for animals and the will to learn from them – you should not be afraid of working directly with animals
  • Willingness of doing any kind of work as cleaning excrement of animals and also repeating tasks until they are well done
  • Motivation and love for work!
  • Being conscious that you are in a tropical country with heavy rains and really hot temperatures that you will have to work regardless of the weather!
  • comprehension of Spanish (a minimum is essential for communication)
  • a flashlight
Special requirements
  • Health insurance 
  • You have to proof by scan and copy that you have a tb-test or/and that you are vaccinated against tb. You will not be able to participate in this project without this test! After your application and after we reserved a place for you, you have to proof this by email/scan and you have to bring the copy to the project. Tb is a highly infectious disease that could contaminate easily the whole center including the animals. 
  • Medical insurance valid in Costa Rica; bring a copy 
  • Minimum stay 4 weeks
Please have the airport tax of 29 US$ in mind when you leave.


You will work 6 days a week and 8 hours – from 8:00 – 13:00 am and from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.

Breakfast 06.30h

Lunch 14.00h

Dinner 19.30 h

Your work includes:

  • Help caring for animals (preparing food, distribute food, cleaning bowls, facilities and kitchen)
  • Monitoring animals 
  • Gardening (preparing soil and organic fertiliser, planting, watering, tearing weeds out, tree nursery)
  • Butterfly-garden (repair holes, cleaning, collecting eggs and larves)
  • Maintenance (cleaning all areas and greens, painting handrails and cages, making signs and painting them, keeping pathways clean, reforestation)
  • Cleaning your room daily
  • Pickup of fruit from the near by plantations
  • Attendance of the vet, if necessary
  • Once a month, school visit


This program offers a leisure time program: 
On Wednesday, after lunch, they go to Jacó, to spend the afternoon there. Return time is 6:30 pm.
On Sunday at 10:30 am there is an excursion to Manuel Antonio to spend the day at the beach. You can have a picknick for lunch and return time a 6:30 pm.
On Friday, after dinner, there is a transfer to Jacó – depending on the volunteers decision. The transfer back is at 2:30 am.
Water Sports


Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Grundkenntnisse)
Benötigte Unterlagen
health insurance (valid for Costa Rica) und TB Test
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag und Samstag


Dienstleistungen von first hand Costa Rica
  • Accommodation
  • 3 Meals a day
  • We provide airport pickup
  • We organize the journey to the project and we also do hostel reservations in San José if needed (mostly it is needed!).
  • And, if you will combine projects, we will also organize the transportation between the projects. You will have to pay the cost for the pickup and the transport.
Abholung vom Flughafen Juan Santamaria International Airport

You will be picked up at the airport by our driver with a sign with your name and you will directly get in contact with your german, english, spanish speaking coordinator via phone. The driver will drive you to the reserved hostel (if necessary), give you the bus ticket (he will buy a ticket in advance to reserve you a seat in the bus), pick you up at the hostel the day of your journey to the project and bring you to the bus.
The cost will be around 60 US$ plus the hostel night - between 10-12 US$ (dorm) and 30 US$ (single/double room).


You will be living in the project's hotel installations - which is an important income to run this project - and you will share a room with another volunteer.


You will get three meals, prepared by the hotel kitchen - breakfast, lunch, dinner - based on the typical costarican cuisine: rice, beans, vegetables, meat and fruit. 

Limitierte Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Costa Rica zu finden.
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Costa Rica bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Costa Rica antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Costa Rica überprüfen.

Termine & Preise


Informationen zur Anreise

This program is available all year. It starts every Monday. Please arrive at least one day before the programs starts. 

Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
2 - 12 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
2 Wochen (Mindestaufenthalt)
$ 900
3 Wochen
$ 1.122
4 Wochen
$ 1.344
5 Wochen
$ 1.566
6 Wochen
$ 1.788
7 Wochen
$ 2.010
12 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
$ 3.120
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$ 355 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben aufgeführten Programmgebühren aktuellen Wechselkursschwankungen unterliegen können. first hand Costa Rica wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Die Zahlungen werden von PayPal, unserem vertrauenswürdigen globalen Zahlungsanbieter, abgewickelt. Wenn du kein PayPal-Konto hast, kannst du auch mit einer Kreditkarte bezahlen.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit first hand Costa Rica während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

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