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Conduct Field Studies at a Wildlife Center

San Rafael de Heredia, Costa Rica show on map
founded in 2003
Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Research the local wildlife and assist guides on tours in the beautiful country of Costa Rica! Make a positive impact on the precious environment! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The Project

The Wildlife Refuge Center is located close to the city of Heredia, near the Braulio Carrillo National Park. With 140 acres, the Refuge Center is surrounded by secondary and primary cloud forests, rolling hills, steep cliffs, springs, waterfalls, diverse trees, orchids, and birds. The area is a hotspot for hiking because of its rich wildlife and magnificent views. The goal of the center is to maintain the beauty of Costa Rican nature.

The center allows people to see how important it is to protect our environment. Many schools and visitors come and participate in field studies, which helps them understand the nature of Costa Rica and what they can do to protect it.  

The center has many different programs that give visitors a direct insight into Costa Rican wildlife. Guided tours through the center allow visitors to admire waterfalls, local wildlife, and rare plants. The center also offers free classes where visitors can learn about ecosystems and how they can help the local community. In addition, scientists from all over the world come here to conduct studies on the animals and plants. 

Your Tasks

On a daily basis, your main tasks will take place in the rainforest. You will collect data and receive information about the field study that you are helping with or conducting. As a volunteer, you will gain valuable skills in fieldwork and data collection. This experience not only helps you with future investigations, but it also helps the rainforest. 

Other tasks that volunteers may assist with during this project include grounds maintenance and facility infrastructure updates. You may also be asked to take visitors on tours and answer any questions. 

While collecting data and learning about Costa Rica’s fragile ecosystem, volunteers will play a direct role in helping to maintain and preserve the stunning wildlife in Costa Rica.

Free-time activities

There are many different activities to choose from in your spare time, such as visiting waterfalls at nearby parks and taking a swim in natural pools. In addition, a lot of visitors hike around the forest to take in the amazing views. The cities capital San José can also be visited in a day excursion.


Program Requirements

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 Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
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 and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

  1. Accommodation in volunteer house
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

  3. Consultation from our experienced staff
  4. Translation of application profile
  5. Volunteer work placement
  6. Advice regarding travel insurance
  7. Advice on local travels
  8. Orientation session upon arrival
  9. Orientation kit
  10. Country handbook
  11. Local support
  12. 24/7 Emergency Number
  13. Certificate of Participation


You will live in the volunteer house, which is part of the center. There are 3 bedrooms with bunkbeds, modern bathrooms, and showers. You will usually be paired with people from around the world, which is the perfect way meet new people and learn about different cultures.


Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 985
3 weeks
$ 1,315
4 weeks
$ 1,645
5 weeks
$ 1,975
6 weeks
$ 2,305
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 8,245
Average fees
$ 418 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in San Rafael de Heredia/Costa Rica between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Costa Rica.
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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas Central America Costa Rica  San Rafael de Heredia, Heredia Province

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