Support a Cat and Dog Shelter

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Coordinator | Angela
Coordinator | Angela

Highlights

Feeding, and walking the animals
Cleaning cages and equipment
Help with rescue operations where animals are brought in from the street
Fundraising
Helping in Social Media (depending of period of volunteering)
Help take care of street cats and dogs and support rescue activities in Costa Rica. Find a new home for helpless animals. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Combine your passion for animals and desire to give back to society by improving the unfortunate situation of abandoned street animals in Costa Rica. During this volunteer program, you can help look for a new safe and beautiful home for stray dogs and cats.

The program is managed by a local NGO in Costa Rica that aims to improve the situation of the animals living on the streets. Due to the amount of work that it takes to keep the program running, the help provided by volunteers is always greatly appreciated. Many families in Costa Rica do not have the knoleage of Animal Welfare especially in feeding. Thats why it is so important to educare families who would like to get an animal as a family member. Animals are only mediated when the family have the correct surrounding for the cat or the dog.

The project is located on the beautiful pazific coast of Costa Rica. The project was founded in 2017 and has now over 270 animals.

Your tasks as a volunteer may include: Caring for street dogs and cats (combing, taking dogs for walks), cleaning cages, administering drugs, supporting sterilization procedures, assisting in rescue operations, distributing food for animals on the street, public relations and educational work, maintaining websites, helping to raise funds, etc.

Before starting your volunteer work project, you will receive an orientation from our local staff. The local stuff is runned by English and Spanish speaking people. They are very happy to welcome volunteers from all over the world. Usually you will be in the programm with other volunteers.

Please note:
There are no special vaccinations required, but be sure to check in with your doctor for additional advice.

Typical day

You will help from 8 am till 2 pm. Like this you will have time to enjoy your afternoon at the beach.

This program allows you to rescue and work with abandoned cats and dogs while helping them find a new home. Daily tasks may include: 

  • Feeding, and walking the animals 
  • Cleaning cages and equipment
  • Drug administration and support with sterilization procedures
  • Help with rescue operations where animals are brought in from the street 
  • Food distribution for animals that live on the street
  • Help with public relations and educational work 
  • Support in the adoption process 
  • Fundraising & Social Media (for long term volunteers)

Free-time activities

During your freetime you can go to the beach. You can enjoy activities like hiking, climbing, trekking, horseback riding, relaxing on the beach, etc. Costa Rica do have great surf spots. Water sport activities are a lot around the project.

Close to the beach people sell souvenirs, other cities like Manuel Antonio or Domical are close. As well you can do tours to waterfalls, which are close to your stay. One is in town, the other close to Domicial. We can reccommend to do the tour on your own, as it is easy to get their.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Riding

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 English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
loving animals, basic English skills
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 14:00

Included Services

Services by Jamso Trainee
  • Airport Pick Up
  • Local support
  • 24/7 Emergency Number
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house
  • 2 meals a day
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Our team will pick you up at San Jose Airport. You will stay close to the airport in Santa Barbara for one night in a volunteer house and go on next day to your volunteer location. The bus will take about 3,5 to 4 hours.

Accommodation

You will be in a volunteer house. Rooms are very well equipped and you will have a single or double room and one 3 bed room. Each house do have 3 rooms and you will share bathroom with no more than 4 people. The rooms are very privat, as they are single or shared rooms with one other volunteer.  Our traveler recommend the accommodation to 100%. The accommodation is about 10 minutes by bisicial from the project.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Tipcial breakfast and dinner are included, as well during weekend.

Internet Access
Good 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

You can start the project very flexible, each monday. Arriving day is Saturday. You will get an pick up at San Jose Airport and on next day a driver bring you to bus station in San Jose. The bus will take about 3,5 hours.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 480
4 weeks
$ 840
5 weeks
$ 1,060
6 weeks
$ 1,250
8 weeks
$ 1,612
10 weeks
$ 2,090
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,472
Average fees
$ 213 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. 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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