Animal Rescue and Conservation

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.

Suitable for


Typical day

Some of the daily chores assigned:

  • Preparing food for the animals
  • Washing the animals’ eating and drinking areas
  • Feeding the animals
  • Washing utensils & cleaning kitchen where food is prepared
  • Separate ripe and green fruit and store in proper areas
  • Distributing food on the trails and around the rescue center
  • Placing fresh water in the bird cages
  • Providing a caring environment for the animals, checking for injuries
  • Monitoring activities:  weekly walks on trails to monitor wild animals and supply fresh fruit; look out for any new wild animals on the premises and report; visit the observation area to check the animals and monitor their behavior.
  • Maintenance chores:  repairing, cleaning, planting, installing, building, painting, reforesting, etc. facilities.

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) and Spanish (basic level)
Other Skills
Able to cope with basic conditions
Physically fit
Love and respect for animals
Flexible and open-minded to do all kinds of chores, depending on project needs
Adaptability to the weather in Costa Rica (tropical climate - high temperatures and humidity during the rainy season)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday

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Free-time activities

Yoga, cooking, and Latin dance classes are all included in orientation



What's included?
Accommodation, food, local in-country team and 24 hr emergency support, cultural immersion and Spanish orientation, travel health insurance, airport transfers on arrival and departure
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

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.

Guest Family Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

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.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
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5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Alajuela Province, Guanacaste Province/Costa Rica between 3 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Visa Regulations
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Travel Seasons
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Living Costs
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Costa Rica.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Juan Santamaría International (SJO) in San José. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
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Alajuela Province, Guanacaste Province, Alajuela Province, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica