Wildlife Rehabilitation Supporter

opgericht in 2003
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Coördinator | Marion
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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 meaningful wildlife sanctuary.
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 20+

The volunteer project takes place in a non-profit organization that runds an amazing wildlife sanctuary based in Costa Rica. It focuses on rescuing and rehabilitating local wildlife. The continous environmantal destruction is also a main concern of the project, so it is also dedicated to finding long-term solutions to the problems our planet earth is facing. They complement the rescue and release programs for local wildlife with community work and environmental education programs for young and old. The goal is to increasingly sensitize local communities to the topic of environmental protection.

The wildlife sanctuary borders the Cabo Blanco nature reserve. Cabo Blanco is considered a pioneer in nature conservation. The current area of ​​the park was declared a protected area in Costa Rica in 1963, making it the country's first protected area. The reserve is located on the southern tip of the beautiful Nicoya Peninsula. In total, it protects 1,788 hectares of sea and 1,270 hectares of tropical forest, where not only many people live, but where also native and endangered animal species find a home. It is one of the most important wildlife habitats in Costa Rica.

​​The rescue and release center cares for a wide variety of animals. Among them you can find: different kind of monkeys, anteaters, opossums, squirrels, birds, iguanas, and more! With a dedicated and well-trained team of volunteers, biologists, veterinarians and students, the center works to provide the best possible care for each of these animals.

Animals that are sick, injured and orphaned for a wide variety of reasons, most of which are directly or indirectly caused by human activity, are cared for every day. Although many of the animals end up being released back into the wild, others need to remain in the center. Those animals that remain, help accomplish a mission by being a part of the education program that aims to create awareness and to teach people to respect nature and animals. 

Dagelijkse activiteiten

An average week for a volunteer depends on the time commitment you are able to make.  All volunteers begin in Level 1, doing tasks such as cleaning, preparing food for animals, doing maintenance and making enrichment for the animals in care.  Level 2 volunteers may enter enclosures for raking and leaf hanging, etc and will be closer to the animals.  Level 3 and above involve hand feeding animals and remedial medical care such as administering medicine, wound care, force feeding and tube feeding.  The levels can be attained by training and passing tests.  Advancement also depends on the amount of volunteers compared to the amount of animals in care.  As the priority is to benefit the animals under care, longer term volunteers will have first priority and the most responsibility if desired.  Do not expect to advance to the highest levels unless you commit to 6 weeks or longer.

As a volunteer, you should have a genuine desire to work hard and understand the animals’ situation, since you will be responsible for the welfare and day-to-day care of them. You will not only be involved in daily care and cleaning duties, but also in construction and maintenance work that aim to improve their living conditions. The rescue center also releases animals that are ready to be reintroduced to their natural habitat.

The animals, especially the monkeys, love to play. Volunteers always have a lot of fun designing and creating toys for the animals to play with. This helps the animals overcome the traumatic experiences that they had in the past and reminds the staff and volunteers how lucky they are to have a center for these precious animals.

Further, the wildlife sanctuary supports education programs as a fundamental part of their conservation efforts. The goal is to inspire and educate the local community, students, and guests visiting from all over the world in order to bring a greater understanding of the importance of protecting the ecosystem and how its health affects humans.

The longer you commit to be a volunteer at this project, the more likely it will be that you will hand feed animals. This is based on need and competency. It cannot be guaranteed.


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. 

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



Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 20 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Spaans (basis niveau) ou Engels (basis niveau)
op High School niveau
Vereiste documenten
CV, Registration From, Tuberculosis test (Mantoux skin test) within 3 months before the start of the project. This is to protect the primates en who are very susceptible to tuberculosis.
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door 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. 2 overnight stays in San José (upon arrival)
  5. Transfer from San José to the project site in a private car
  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
Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Juan Santamaria International Airport

You will be picked up from the airport and stay in a homestay in San José for between 1 and 2 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).

Important: The check-in and check-out dates for the volunteer project are always on a Sunday. Due to the distance between the San José airport and the project you have to consider at least 1 day for arrvial and departure! 


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.

Slaapzaal Guesthouse
Eten & Drank

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

Internet toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Costa Rica.
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Costa Rica biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Costa Rica dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Costa Rica.

Data & Kosten


Gegevens over jouw aankomst

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date need to be on a Sunday. Your arrival to San José/Costa Rica needs to be between Friday and Saturday, so you can continue your trip to the project site on the Sunday. The overnight stay/s in San José are part of the services of the program and of the program costs.

jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
4 - 24 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
4 weken (min. verblijf)
5 weken
6 weken
7 weken
8 weken
24 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$362 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. South America Inside zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door South America Inside gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

Bijkomende zekerheid geboden door Volunteer World
Volunteer World is 's werelds leidende vergelijkingsplatform voor internationale vrijwilligerswerk projecten. Wij begeleiden jou door een betrouwbare aanmeldingsprocedure - inclusief de nodige betalingen. Plan jouw zinvolle reis met Volunteer World en krijg gratis toegang tot:
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als South America Inside jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door South America Inside

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