Animal Rescue - Dog Shelter

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Coordinator | Angela
Coordinator | Angela
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Provide a safe place for mistreated animals
Work in a international team and gain Spanish skills by talking with locals in your town
Provide a home for animals without one and who would suffer otherwise
Help in the garden, house and be a family for the animals
We are looking for: Unconditional dog lovers who want to be here to help us with our rescued animals 

Help us take care of our rescued animals including dog and cats This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 25+
The program is located in a tranquil and remote mountain village. It is located typical and authentic Costa Rican neighbourhood. The property has a large garden with flowers, fruit trees and all sorts of exotic plants. 
Our rescue dogs live in large partly roofed outdoor compounds right next to the house. Some dogs live inside the house like pets.  There is also a cute little cat called Lemon who lives with the volunteers in the house. She is very independent and loves to cuddle.

The project try to limit the number of dogs to 18-22 but they often have more. In this respect we expect our volunteers to be flexible, if we have an emergency case that needs urgent shelter. 

Once the animals are ready for adoption, we usually find homes for them in Costa Rica, but also in the States and Canada. 
The accommodation provided for our volunteers is a spacious, single story bungalow with 4 bedrooms, a large fully equipped kitchen with a dining table and everything you need to prepare your meals.

Typical day

Working with animals especially with dog and cats, every day can be different. We never know if their is coming an emergency case and the hole day plan will be different. Here an idea how a normal day looks like:
6.30 am: cleaning, blcok walk and breakfast preperation
7.15 am: feeding breakfast
8.00 am: house, garden cleaning and long walk
10.00 am: garden time (focus on small and new dogs)
11.00 am - 1.00 pm: free time
1.00 pm: garden time (like 10 am)
2.00 pm - 05.00 pm: free time
5.00 pm: meal preperation
5.30 pm: evening feeding
6.00 pm: block walk
6.45 pm: bedtime for animals
All days: puppy time :)
volunteers helping 6-days a week in that project.

Free-time activities

During your volunteering time you do have 1 days off and can discover Costa Rica. Costa Rica has a lot to see. You can go to National Parks and go hiking their, go to waterfalls, to the beach and enjoy your days of. To the beach you need to take a bus and it is just during free days possible. At many beaches in Costa Rica you can make a lot of Water Sports.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 25 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 06:00 - 18:00

What's Included

Services by Jamso Trainee
Your volunteer stay do have just a once payment fee to us for our help:
- 12/7 support
- airport pick up. During Covid 19 we do have different options which we provide each volunteer. 1. taxi from aiport to the project (at any time your flight arrives), 2. airport pick up & one day overnight close to the aiport at a host family, next day taxi to the bus station and you go by bus to the project
- placment in one of the greatest projects
- accommodation (on project side)
- we can provid online Spanish classes if you wish - extra cost
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport
During Covid 19 we do have different options which we provide each volunteer.
1 option: taxi from aiport to the project (at any time your flight arrives),
2 option: airport pick up & one day overnight close to the aiport at a host family, next day taxi to the bus station and you go by bus to the project

bungalow with 4 bedrooms, a large fully equipped kitchen - tipical costarican house

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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
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

You can start every day between Monday - Saturday.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$100 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Jamso Trainee 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 Jamso Trainee during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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