Wildlife Rehabilitation Supporter

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founded in 2003
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Coordinator | Sergio

High­lights

Learn more about the unique biodiversity of Costa Rica
Experience the relaxed "tica way of life"! Tica refers to how the Costa Rican call themselves :-)
Explore amazing landscapes
Get more passionate about animal protection
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Support wildlife protection in Costa Rica. Help provide care for exotic rescued animals in this beautiful country!
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

This project takes place at a wildlife sanctuary, which is privately owned. The sanctuary rehabilitates Costa Rican wildlife. They take in animals that have been confiscated by the government or animals that are in danger due to illness, injury, or an inappropiate living environment. Animals that come to the center receive medical attention and care, and the some of them are even returned back to the wild. Those who are not able to survive in the wild stay at the center and serve for educating people on wildlife and nature. The center is open to visitors who want to learn more about the local wildlife and animal protection. Since the center is not funded by the government, the entrance fee of visitors and the help of volunteers is crucial.

This animal rescue center strives to give animals the care and respect they deserve while rehabilitating them.

Typical day

As a volunteer, you should have a passion for animals. You are responsible for their well-being and their health and your daily tasks revolve around the animal. You will help to keep the cages and enclosures clean and beautiful in order to make the animals, who are used to live in the wild, as comfortable as possible in the sanctuary. This includes not only feeding the animals and cleaning the enclosures, but also maintenance and repairs. Some of the animals, especially the monkeys, need a lot of attention, while others need extra care and affection so that they can recover from the experiences they have suffered during inappropiate captivity or illegal trafficking.

Many animals, especially the monkeys, like to play. In the past, volunteers have used a lot of creativity to design toys and had the greatest fun watching the animals experimenting with their new toys. The game distracts the animals and supports the recovery process. It helps them get over their traumatic experiences.

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

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

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 (basic level) or English (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV
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

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
  1. Accommodation in dormitory (volunteer house)
  2. Full-board (3 meals/day)
  3. Airport pick-up in San José and transfer to your accommodation in San José
  4. Overnight stay in San José (upon arrival)
  5. Transfer to San José bus station for you journey to the volunteer project site (bus ticket for onward travel not included)
  6. Orientation session upon arrival
  7. Local support
  8. Consultation from our experienced staff
  9. Volunteer Work Placement
  10. 24/7 Emergency Number
  11. Advice regarding travel and insurance
  12. Certificate of Participation
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

You will be picked up from the airport and stay in a homestay in San José for between 1 and 3 nights, depending on your arrival day. After your orientation seesion, a transfer will bring you to the bus station for your journey to the project site (the costs for the bus to the project site is not included).

Accommodation

During your volunteer work you will live in the volunteer house. Living together with other volunteers is a wonderful way to interact with other like-minded people from all over the worls. Bathrooms are shared and separated by men and women.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

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

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

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.

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)
$ 870
3 weeks
$ 1,060
4 weeks
$ 1,250
5 weeks
$ 1,440
6 weeks
$ 1,630
7 weeks
$ 1,820
8 weeks
$ 2,010
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,050
Average fees
$ 323 /week

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.
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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Wildlife Rehabilitation Supporter

Support wildlife protection in Costa Rica. Help provide care for exotic rescued animals in this beautiful country!

$323/week

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