Take Care of Animals in Danger of Extinction

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Coordinator | Marion
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Get close to exotic wildlife
Help to protect animals in danger of extinction
Explore a country that is famous for its rich biodiversity and dream beaches
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Enjoy a country with year round pleasant climate
Help support parrot conservation efforts in the rainforest in Costa Rica. Amazing animals are in danger of extinction - help to protect them! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
If you have always wanted to work with exotic animals in breathtaking nature, this wildlife conservation project in Costa Rica offers you the opportunity to turn your dream into action. Get involved in animal welfare and help protect endangered species, like the beautiful macaws,  jaguars, white-tailed deer, tapirs, sloths and turltes, among other species. The main causes of the acute threats are the continued destruction of their habitat (for example, slash-and-burn, colonization) and, on the other hand, illegal pet trade. Unfortunately, parrots and other exotic animals are still very popular pets today, making poaching a lucrative business. In addition to these main reasons, there are a number of other reasons such as the hunting and persecution as crop pests, the entry of other species into the habitat, the endangerment of breeding grounds and nesting trees.

This Wildlife Sanctuary in Costa Rica was founded back in 1994 with the aim of protecting wild parrots. Most of these animals were hunted by people, persecuted and expelled from their environment. Today, in addition to the parrots, there are also jaguars, sloths, monkeys, turtles or ocelots, etc. that live in the nature reserve of the center. The center works hand in hand with the National Nature Conservation Agency (SINAC), national fire protection and national volunteers, who feel strongly attached to nature and animal welfare. There are 550 animals of different species at the center (number is subject to changes).

The center takes care of the recovery of injured animals and their rehabilitation. In the best case, animals can be reintroduced, but unfortunately this is often not possible because they would immediately be victims of humans or other species again. Many of the animals live forever in the center where they can at least live in safety, if not in freedom.
The Wildlife Sanctuary also performs important tasks in environmental education. It is open to visitors and they are informed in detail about the Costa Rican wildlife and their dangers of modern civilization.

Typical day

One of the key objectives of the center is the well-being of the wildlife. Together with volunteers, the local staff strives to improve the living conditions of the animals. To achieve this goal, the help of the volunteers is necessary, because the few permanent employees are not enough for that much work. Most of the time, the volunteers help to prepare the food for the animals, clean up the cages enclosures, and also maintain the paths through the center. This wildlife sanctuary in Costa Rica is like a green oasis and has several acres of reforested rainforest. Since then, the area has served as a sanctuary for many other species, also including mammals like ocelots, monkeys, sloths as well as reptiles.

Volunteers also work at the visitor’s center and guide visitors through the facility. This is a very important task to raise awareness regarding environment and species protection.

Volunteers are also engouraged to help with repair and construction work to maintain and improve the center’s facilities.

Note: The different work areas are divided according to current need and weather conditions.

For all volunteers, a compulsory introductory tour will take place at the beginning of the volunteer work in order to provide the newcomers with important information on rules of conduct for their own safety and those of the animals.

Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

Free-time activities

Weekends are the perfect time to enjoy an exciting hike through Costa Rican nature since the main attractions of Costa Rica is its system of national parks and protected areas, which cover around 25% of the national territory, in order to protect the rich variety of flora and fauna, which is estimated to contain 5% of the world's biodiversity in less than 0.1% of the planet's land mass. In addition, Costa Rica has countless amazing beaches on both the Pacific and the Caribbean Ocean. 

Costa Rica is the perfect place to combine volunteer work with tourism, enjoy activities like:

- Adventure sport
- Dream beaches
- Ecotourism
- Local culture
- Bird / wildlife watching
- Visits to unique National Parks
- Rural tourism
- Sightseeing and history in San José

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 (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV and Volunteer Questionnaire
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 and Saturday

What's Included

Services by South America Inside

  1. Accommodation in volunteer house
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  3. Airport pick-up San José and transfer to your overnight homestay in San José (2 nights in San José)
  4. Transfer from your homestay in San José to the bus station to start your journey to the volunteer site

  5. Consultation from our experienced staff
  6. Translation of application profile
  7. Volunteer work placement
  8. Advice regarding travel insurance
  9. Advice on local travels
  10. Orientation session upon arrival
  11. Orientation kit
  12. Country handbook
  13. Local support
  14. 24/7 Emergency Number
  15. Certificate of Participation

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

You will be picked up at the airport in San José and brought to your homestay (single room) where you will stay overnight. The next day, after an orienation session, our local staff will bring you to the bus station where you will start your journey to the volunteer project site (costs for bus ticket not included).
Note: If you arrive on a friday or saturday in San José you will stay at the homestay in San José until monday.


Volunteers live together in the volunteer house in dormitories. Bathrooms, a kitchen and common areas are available as well. Meals are included.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) is included.
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.
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 volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$391 /week

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

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