Animal Rescue and Care Supporter

founded in 2017
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Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
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Help some of Costa Rica's animal species recover and return to nature
Create a more sustainable environment for Costa Rican animals
Get to know and understand Costa Rican culture
Visit some of Costa Rica's most scenic spots on your free days: pristine beaches, the beautiful San José...
Understand better how ecosystems work.
Deforestation and animal trafficking in Costa Rica has rendered wildlife more vulnerable than ever. You can com help local nature regenerate and integrate back to nature. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
The objective of the volunteer project at the animal center in Costa Rica is to collaborate in the rehabilitation, conservation and reincorporation of wildlife into their natural habitat.

With this international volunteer program you will learn aspects related to the ethology of animal species, contribute to the protection of animals and help reduce the negative impact created mainly by human activity, promoting awareness in the care of animals and their habitat.

Volunteer work focuses on environmental issues as well as animal care and protection. Activities may vary according to the needs generated in the program. Volunteers may perform daily routines such as:
  • Animal care.
  • Maintenance and cleaning of enclosures.
  • Providing animal welfare and learning how to handle them avoiding their domestication, so that they can be successfully reintroduced into the wild.
  • Daily feeding of animals (twice a day). For the feeding of the most dangerous animals, the volunteers will be accompanied by the personal manager of the center.
  • Cleaning of green areas.
  • Support in environmental enrichment programs.
  • Tree planting.
  • Production of crops and composting (when available).
  • Construction of natural structures for animals.
  • Animal care with veterinarians. Requires prior training, provided at no additional cost and is only available on certain occasions or seasons.
  • You will also collaborate as a guide in the Ecotourism program. This activity requires previous training, provided at no additional cost.

Some of the animals you will be able to help at our center are:

  • Birds: yellow and red-capped parrot, blue-headed parrot, white-crowned parrot, green-winged macaw, eclectus parrot, African grey parrot, catano parrot, bicolor toucan, sun conure, hyacinth macaw, alba cockatoo, red, blue, green and yellow macaw.
  • Felines: margay, ocelot, puma.
  • Turtles: yellow-footed tortoise, sulcata tortoise.
  • Monkeys: marmoset monkey, marmoset monkey, spider monkey.
  • Herbivorous animals: tapir, white-tailed deer.

Typical day

The program is carried out within the animal care center in San Carlos. We work from Monday to friday, all year round.
  • The activities usually start between 9:00 and 13:00 hours, there is usually a break for lunch and then work resumes.
  • The volunteer has one day off per week, being able to leave the animal care center to discover what Costa Rica has to offer, or go to nearby countries such as Panama or Nicaragua.

Free-time activities

Costa Rica is a country with great biodiversity in flora and fauna. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It has recognized provinces and unique characteristics such as:
  • Limón
  • Puntarenas
  • Guanacaste
  • And its capital San José.
In these places you can find a wide range of activities including:
  • Tours to natural parks
  • Volcano climbing
  • Sea turtle watching
  • Being surrounded by nature
  • Beautiful beaches
Because of its very welcoming and friendly people, it is considered one of the happiest countries in the world.
Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
-Willingness to fulfill assignments
-Be empathetic, participatory, and very committed to the cause and the program.
-There are many activities in which you can help animals, therefore, it is not required that you have specific knowledge about them, but a good aptitude and respect for animals is needed. All activities will always be carried out under the supervision of the staff of the organization, volunteers will be integrated into groups supervised by group coordinators.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 13:30

What's Included

Services by Adventure Volunteer
The above mentioned rates cover:
  • Airport pick-up and transfer to the volunteer's place of accommodation.
  • Accommodation during your volunteer program
  • 3 meals per day during your volunteer program.
  • Support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the adventure volunteer team.
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Orientation and induction to the program
  • Certificate of hours volunteered
  • Accident insurance during your volunteering
  • Liability for your activity
  • Receipt of the program fee from the NGO
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program.
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport
Volunteers will be picked up at the airport between 8:30 am and 8:00 pm. If the volunteer arrives outside these hours, he/she will be picked up the following day.
The spaces provided for volunteers have common areas such as:
  • Shared room with other volunteers.
  • Dining room
  • Common kitchen
  • Common bathrooms
Guest Family
Food & Beverages
  • Accommodation includes three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during your stay and the performance of your volunteer work.
  • They will be made and served by the local staff with the help of the volunteers. These are local meals that will only be served at the volunteer's home.
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

The project is open all year round. 

Volunteers may arrive on their day of choice, although we would recommend arrivals to be any day before 16:00

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$508 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Adventure Volunteer will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Adventure Volunteer during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Animal Rescue and Care Supporter

Deforestation and animal trafficking in Costa Rica has rendered wildlife more vulnerable than ever. You can com help local nature regenerate and integrate back to nature.


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