Volunteer in Costa Rica to conserve the country's incredible biodiversity and help promote the success of its rescue wildlife centers.
Costa Rica is one of the world's most popular destinations for eco-tourists because of its proportionally huge amount of biodiversity. As such, one can expect to find this place to be the ideal tropical paradise with bewilderingly diverse landscapes, flora, and fauna. From rainforests, to dry tropical and temperate forests, to volcanoes, to Caribbean and Pacific beaches, to high mountains, and marshy lowlands, this country has it all.
Yet, habitat destruction from deforestation, poaching, indiscriminate use of pesticides, the illegal pet trade, and the lack of wildlife protection have caused a decline in the populations of many species to levels that threaten their survival. The first week of this program occurs in San Jose and includes cultural enrichment and Spanish courses that facilitate acclimation into the Costa Rican culture. Volunteers will then be placed in one of three animal rescue centers in the Alajuela and Guanacaste Provinces: the Alajuela Rescue Center, Turrucares Rescue Center, and Central Pacific Project.
Some of the daily chores assigned:
Yoga, cooking, and Latin dance classes are all included in orientation
Airport transfer is included on arrival and departure in San Jose at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).
Alajuela Rescue Center: You will stay with a host family in a private room with basic, comfortable facilities.
Turrucares Rescue Center: You will stay in a volunteer lodge, sharing rooms and bathrooms with other volunteers. There is a swimming pool on site.
Central Pacific Project. You will share rooms and bathrooms with other volunteers.
Three meals a day are included. The food follows the daily Costa Rican diet which consists of rice, beans, pasta, vegetables, occasionally red meat or chicken, and different kinds of tropical fruit. Vegetarian meals are also available and should be communicated before departure.