Local Animal Rescue Center

founded in 2004
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Coordinator | Jenny
Coordinator | Jenny
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Puntos Salientes

Volunteer by supporting a local animal rescue center in Costa Rica!
Use this opportunity to take care of homeless, injured animals and release them back to nature!
Welcome the visitors in the center and inform them about our work and goals
Clean the roads in the park
Meet fellow volunteers from around the globe!
As part of our local animal shelter, you'll be responsible for a variety of activities such as feeding, maintenance and engaging with animals! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 15+
Solteros y solteras

If you like reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds and are also interested in preserving the environment, you will be perfect for this program. You will be helping out at and supporting a local animal shelter. Not only does this shelter take in homeless animals, but also wild animals which are in a bad condition of any kind. Our aim is to release them back into the wild as soon as they are healthy and well again. 

This type of volunteering is perfect for adult volunteers who want help for a longer time. The volunteer can come every day he or she wants within the whole month. It is also always necessary to assist in the shelter and respect the conditions of volunteering. Furthermore, our programs are family-friendly as we love to welcome families with little children.

In addition to the care-taking of the animals, volunteers help us welcome visitors at the entrance, explain our goals and answer any questions that the visitors may have about the shelter or its resident animals. Knowledge about wildlife management will grow, as the volunteer spend more days in the shelter. They will learn about positive interaction with animals to good diet and reproduction.

Our main goal at the end of the day will always be taking care of wild animals and releasing them back to nature where they belong.

Typical day

Some of the activities you will participate in are: 
  • Interacting with visitors
  • Maintenance of animal enclosures
  • Answering basic questions about animals
  • Training of wild resident animals that are in the shelter
  • Cleaning the trials
  • Cleaning the cases
  •  preparation of diets
  • feeding the animals.
  • And many other things!
PS: Bring long pants and close shoes.

Free-time activities

Explore the country with other volunteers: beaches, volcanos, national parks, the Craft Market, etc.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 15 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Love for animals and patience are important.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 - 15:00

Servicios incluidos

Services by Volunteer Now Costa Rica

The program fee includes pick up airport, 3 daily meals, lodging, laundry and wifi with local families.

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Volunteers are picked up from the San Jose International Airport “JUAN SANTAMARÍA “ by the local coordinator or representative. 

Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Costa Rica will be picked up at a meeting point decided beforehand. 

Transport back to the airport is not include because some volunteers decide to travel by themselve around the country.


Accommodation with local families, individual or shared rooms with TV cable, free wifi and laundry.

We have private house fully furnished if you are participating with your family.

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

Three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner, fruits - typical food from Costa Rica. We also have special food for vegetarian's or vegan's  volunteers.

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.

Fechas y Costos


Details on arrival

Once the volunteer arrives, he or she is picked up at the airport and taken to the lodging house with Local Families (airport pick up is included in the price).

P.S. :The return to the airport is not included in the price, because some volunteers decide to travel around the country when they finish the project.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
9 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$350 /week

Tenga en cuenta que los honorarios arriba indicados son estimados. Volunteer Now Costa Rica le hará saber el precio final durante el proceso de solicitud.
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 Volunteer Now Costa Rica during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Por qué reservar con Volunteer World

Extra security layer by Volunteer World
Volunteer World es la principal plataforma de comparación de oportunidades de voluntariado internacional. Te guiamos a través de un proceso de solicitud - incluyendo todos los pagos necesarios. La planificación de tu próximo viaje significativo con Volunteer World te da acceso gratuito a nuestra:
Garantía de calidad
Altos estándares éticos & impacto social transparente
Opción Flex
Cambie tu reservación sin costos adicionales
Garantía de reembolso
Reembolsamos tus honorarios si Volunteer Now Costa Rica cancela tu viaje
Ayudar & Mediación
Cubrimos tu espalda sin importar lo que pase
Nuestros servicios son gratuitos!
Todas las tarifas del programa se cobran directamente por Volunteer Now Costa Rica.

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As part of our local animal shelter, you'll be responsible for a variety of activities such as feeding, maintenance and engaging with animals!


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