South America Inside

Wildlife Rescue Assistant

Alajuela, Costa Rica show on map
founded in 2003
Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Help take care of exotic animals that have been rescued and assist with environmental education! Experience the Costa Rican rainforest! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The Project

During this volunteer project, you will have the chance to work with exotic animals in the middle of Costa Rica’s rainforest. You will also have the opportunity to promote animal protection and wildlife biodiversity.

The center is not funded by the government and solely relies on volunteers and donations. Due to its budget, volunteers are crucial to the center’s development and goal to improve conditions for its animals. The center strives to conserve, protect, reintroduce, and raise several wild species that have been removed from their natural habitat. 

The center was awarded the Ford/Jaguar Cars International Conservation Award, which gave it more funding and grants to continue its work. The center also has an education program, which educates local people on the wildlife and how to protect it. 

The center is home to around 500 animals, and 100 of them are able to roam free without being disturbed. There are more than 80 species of animals, such as spiders, monkeys, tapirs, birds (such as green macaws), various reptiles (snakes, crocodiles, iguanas, etc.), and different types of felines.

Your Tasks 

There are many different areas that you will work in during this project. Daily tasks may vary, but will most likely revolve around reintroducing animals into the wild and caring for injured animals.

When reintroducing animals into their natural habitat, you will help prepare them to protect themselves and hunt. You will also build new grounds for incoming rescued animals and help animals suffering from serious injuries. You will also help the team with educating tourists at the center and show them the grounds.  

During this project, you will work on teams and help make a difference while also raising awareness for the protection of animals in Costa Rica. 

Free-time activities

During this project, you will have weekends off. This gives you time to travel around Costa Rica and indulge in its rich culture. You can also hike the mountains near the center and witness breathtaking views. 


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 (basic 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 - 17:00

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.
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside
  1. Accommodation with host family, single room
  2. Full-board (3 meals/day)
  3. Airport pick-up in San José
  4. Transfer to overnight stay accommodation in San José upon arrival
  5. Transfer to bus station in San José from accommodation in San José
  6. Consultation from our experienced staff
  7. Translation of your application profile
  8. Volunteer Work Placement
  9. Orientation session upon arrival
  10. 24/7 emergency number
  11. Advice on travel and insurance
  12. Certificate of participation
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

You will be picked up upon arrival in San José and brought to your overnight stay accommodation in San José (local host family). After your orientation session the day after, you will be brought to the bus station where you start your journey to the volunteer project site (costs for your bus ticket are not included).


During your stay, you will live with a host family in a private bedroom and shared bathroom. You will be also provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Living with a local homestay will help you improve your Spanish skills and you will get direct insight into Costa Rican daily life and immerse into local culture. 

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Meals usually consist of typical Costa Rican food, such as  rice, beans, sweet corn, meat, pasta, vegetables, and seasonal fruits.

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.
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

You can volunteer at the project site in Alajuela/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  Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica

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