Animal rescue and care

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

The work of the volunteers is focused on environmental issues as well as on the care and protection of animals. The 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 the welfare of the animals and learning to handle them while avoiding their domestication, so that they can be successfully reintroduced to nature.

+Daily feeding of animals (Twice a day). For the feeding of the most dangerous animals, volunteers will be accompanied by the staff in charge of the center.

+Cleaning of green areas.

+Support in environmental enrichment programs.

+Planting trees.

+Crop production and composting (when available).

+Construction of natural structures for animals.

+Assisting the animals 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 Eco-tourism program. This activity requires prior training, provided at no additional cost.

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

Birds: Yellow and red copete parrot, blue head parrot, white crown parrot, green wings macaw, eclectus parrot, grey African parrot, catano parrot, bicolor toucan, sun conure, hyacinth macaw, dawn cockatoo, red, blue, green and yellow macaw.

Felines: the margay, ocelot, the jaguar.

Turtles: yellow-footed turtles, sulcata turtle.

Monkeys: tamarin monkey, marmoset monkey, spider monkey.

Herbivorous animals: tapir, white-tailed deer.

Sloth bears: two-legged and three-legged.

Typical day

The program takes place within the animal care center of Puntarenas. We work from Monday to Sunday, all year round.
The activities tend to start between 6:00 and 15:00 hours.There is usually a break for lunch and then work is resumed.
The volunteer has one free day a week, being able to go out of the animal care center to discover what Costa Rica has to offer, or go to nearby countries like Panama or Nicaragua.

Free-time activities

Costa Rica is a country with great biodiversity in flora and fauna. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It has well known provinces and unique characteristics such as:
+And its capital San José.

In these places you can find a wide array of activities including:
+Tours to natural parks
+Climbing volcanoes
+Sea turtle sightings
+Being surrounded by nature
+Beautiful beaches
And many more
Due to 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)
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, Friday and Saturday

What's Included

Services by Adventure Volunteer
The aforementioned fees cover:
+Airport pickup and transfer to the volunteer’s place of accomodation.
+Accommodation during your volunteering
+3 meals a day during your volunteering program
+24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
+Monitoring and evaluation of the programme
+Orientation and induction to the program
+Certificate of hours done in your volunteering
+Accident insurance during your volunteering
+Civil liability for your activity
+Receipt from NGO about your program fee
+Guidance, advice and management in the choice of programme
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport
Volunteers will be picked up at the airport at between 8:30 and 20:00. If the volunteer arrives outside of these hours, they will have to be picked up on the next day.
The spaces set up for volunteers have common areas such as:

+Room shared with other volunteers.
+Common kitchen
+Common bathrooms

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 carried out and served by the local collaborating 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 on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, as this allows volunteers to be more easily incorporated into the project. before 4pm

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$371 /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

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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