Sloth And Wildlife Conservation Supporter

gegründet 2003
The Great Projects
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Koordinator | Lauren
Koordinator | Lauren
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Volunteer with sloths, monkeys and a range of other wildlife in their native home of Costa Rica and help protect these amazing animals from the dangers of deforestation. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+

Begin your volunteer adventure and head to the rainforests of Costa Rica, where you can take part in the vital conservation of some of the country's most vulnerable wildlife. Your help will enable the sanctuary to care for the many animals that come through its doors, giving these creatures another chance at life.

Founded in 1999 by two young girls, the project has grown from a humble fund-raising initiative designed to raise money to plant trees in the rainforest, to the phenomenal animal sanctuary that we see today. Take part in the enrichment of its resident animals, observe their behaviours, and keep their environments clean and suitable at all times. You could also take part in food preparation, the maintenance of enclosures, and monitoring of animal health.

Your time spent on the project will be crucial in the protection of sloths, monkeys, and a plethora of other exciting animal species, aiding the centre to run smoothly and effectively - and therefore, allowing the sanctuary to provide further care for any animal that needs it.


Enrichment: You will complete a variety of enrichments that help exercise the animals' wild instincts. These enrichments can be both environmental and nutritional. The environmental enrichment activities entail the volunteers to head into the rainforest under the supervision of an animal caretaker to find the leaves of native trees and palms to make the animals’ enclosures as close to their natural habitat as possible. During nutritional enrichments, volunteers will come up with ways to make the animals work for finding their food. This keeps their hunting instincts going strong.

Food Preparation and Distribution: You will spend time collecting, preparing, and then distributing food and water to the animal residents at the centre. You will do this alongside a trained animal caretaker who will ensure that you approach the enclosures in the correct manner, and have prepared the correct food for the right animal. 

Enclosure Cleaning: To ensure that all of the animals at the centre have a hygienic and suitable environment in which to live, you will help by cleaning the enclosures on a regular basis (typically once a day.) Cleaning will be done alongside an animal caretaker resident at the project site.

Rescue & Release: With almost 200 rescues and releases taking place per year, you may have the opportunity to join the team in either activity. Whether witnessing the rescue of a monkey or watching a sloth find its way to freedom, this is certainly an enjoyable part of the project.

Boot Camp & Nursery: You will have the opportunity to see young sloths up close as you pay a visit to the on-site boot camp or nursery. This is an educational activity, as you will gain an understanding of what it takes to aid the species' conservation.

Sloth Tracking: Once per week, you will head out into the forested grounds of the reserve in search of a sloth which had previously received care at the sanctuary. Prior to its release, the sloth was fitted with a tracking device to allow members of the team to locate it and make behavioural observations from a safe distance.


When taking part on this volunteer project, be aware of the fact that much time will be spent on your feet and therefore a moderate fitness level is required for participation. In addition to this, Costa Rica can be very humid, so do bear this in mind when deciding whether this project is for you. Finally, in reference to the reforestation activities outlined above, do note that this involves a lot of walking on uneven ground and on terrain that can at times be quite treacherous (especially after the rains!) In addition to wearing suitable footwear and breathable outdoor gear, please consider your own physical capabilities before taking part in this particular activity.


This project is based within the rainforest, with an approximate 10 minute drive through palms to the door of your accommodation. Volunteers will share accommodation with up to 8 other people, in a spacious building complete with kitchen, toilet, shower, dining area and 4 bunkbeds (one single bed may also be available, if not already occupied). For a fee of $150 USD per night, volunteers can upgrade to private cottage accommodation.

The project grounds are vast and natural, shrouded in trees but still well-kept. There is an onsite pool if the volunteers wish to cool off or unwind in their spare time, and there is also a restaurant (self-serve for 2 out of 3 meals per day), and a seating/lounge area in the foyer.

Equipment to bring

Volunteers are advised to bring a head torch, as it is very dark at the project site from around 5/6pm onwards and the walk between the restaurant and your accommodation is not well-lit (a head torch may also come in handy on some activities.) It is also wise to bring a rain jacket/waterproof clothing, plenty of spare socks, and some waterproof shoes with good grip.



The itinerary here is subject to change, but as a rough guide is as follows:

Day one: Arrive at the project site from the airport, either by taxi transfer or a combination of bus and taxi transportation. Depending on your arrival time, you may be shown around the project site (including the kitchen, laundry room, pool and other facilities), and you will also be given time to settle in and introduce yourself to your fellow volunteers! Enjoy a delicious evening meal, prepared for you by a member of the project staff.

Project days: After breakfast, you will begin your day's work (around 8:30am), undertaking a series of activities such as enrichment and behavioural observation. The latter part of the day may involve 'walking' the animals, which means to take them out of their enclosures and to exercise them. This task is discretionary, but should the sanctuary staff assign you this task, you will likely be allocated one animal to work with and observe closely. One of the days in the week you will have the opportunity to visit the local Marina with your team, enjoying some delicious Costa Rican cuisine by the waterside!

Final day: Sadly, it's time for you to bid farewell to your fellow volunteers! Enjoy a delicious final meal of your choosing, prepared for you by the project staff. Share stories, reflect on any stand-out moments from your time spent volunteering, and enjoy exchanging photos and videos taken at the project with your fellow volunteers (if you so wish!)

If you are heading to the airport, there is a bus from nearby Quepos which will take you directly to departures; this costs $7 USD (but please note that if this is your preferred transportation method, you will need to make your own way to Quepos). If you would prefer to have a taxi from the project site to the airport, the volunteer coordinator will be happy to arrange this for you, and costs around $150 USD.


The project has its own pool on site, but if you would like to take part in a range of other activities, head to one of the nearby attractions. Go swimming at the beach, or enjoy time surfing, jetskiing or parasailing. Elsewhere, Manuel Antonio National Park is an excellent day out!



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
Hepatitis A vaccine und tetanus vaccine
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag und Sonntag


Dienstleistungen von The Great Projects
  • A monetary contribution to the project itself
  • Full orientation from the project managers 
  • Accommodation and meals as indicated
  • All activities
  • Wifi
  • Laundry facilities (once a week) 
  • Access to a swimming pool 
During your time at the project, you will be staying in shared accommodation with up to 8 other volunteers. The bathrooms at the project site are also shared between volunteers, and you will have access to a full kitchen with multiple fridges so you will be able to have a steady supply of cold water and chilled snacks! 

If you wish to upgrade your accommodation during your stay, then one of the luxury cottages may be available for an additional cost so please enquire with us to check availability. 
Lunch is the main meal of the day at the project and this large meal will always consist of rice, beans, a salad and vegetables, with the other parts of the meal changing on a regular basis to ensure variety. For breakfast and dinner, food will be provided but it is up to you to cook it yourself so we recommend taking turns with the other volunteers to prepare a delicious Costa Rican meal! 
Clean drinking water and a variety of juices and sodas are available to drink throughout the day at the project site, but please note that whilst alcohol is not prohibited, it is not provided. 

Please note that the project is able to cater for vegans, vegetarians, and those with allergies but please let us know before you travel so that we can inform the project team and they can get the appropriate foodstuffs in. 

Gute Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten. Das Abholen vom Flughafen ist auch 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

Volunteers will be accepted at roughly any time, but please try to be considerate with your arrival times (10am til 8pm would be the ideal timeframe.) In addition to this, be aware that buses and taxis may not always be available, operating on somewhat of a schedule. For further information, please contact our travel team.

The project takes on volunteers every day throughout the year, including Christmas, New Year and Bank Holidays. The doors will always be open provided volunteers are happy to get involved, so get in touch today!

Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
3 - 5 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
15 Tage (Mindestaufenthalt)
22 Tage
29 Tage (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$552 /Woche

Die Organisation berechnet ihre Gebühren in GBP. Die Preistabelle in USD unterliegt Währungsschwankungen. The Great Projects wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Zahlungen werden von PayPal abgewickelt, unserem vertrauenswürdigen globalen Zahlungsanbieter. Falls du keinen PayPal Account hast, kannst du die Anzahlung auch mit einer Kreditkarte bezahlen.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit The Great Projects während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

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