Volunteering In Costa Rica

Animal Rescue Center Escazu Town

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Our program is a volunteer program designed for volunteers to assist in all tasks like feeding, maintenance and entertaining animals that are living at the shelter.

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. This shelter not only takes in homeless animals, but also wild animals which are in a bad condition of any kind and aims at releasing 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 hole month. It is also necessary always to assist in the shelter shirt and respect the conditions of volunteering. Furthermore, our programs are family friendly and we love to welcome families with little children.

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

Our main goal at the end of the day will always be to take care of wild animals and free 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
  • answer basic questions about animals
  • training of wild resident animals that are in the shelter
  • cleaning, preparation of diets
  • and many other things!

Free-time activities


Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

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) and English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
police certificate
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, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

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Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by Volunteering In Costa Rica.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
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On-site services

Services by Volunteering In Costa Rica

accommodation and food & drink is included in the fees, Not include internal transport.

Accommodation

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

Bungalow
Food & Beverages

3 meal per day include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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.
Vaccines
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)
$350.00
3 weeks
$525.00
4 weeks
$700.00
5 weeks
$875.00
9 weeks
$1,575.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$8,750.00
Average fees
$175.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Escazu/Costa Rica between 2 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteering In Costa Rica 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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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