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Hospedaje Casa Escazu

Animal Rescue Centre Supporter

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.

About the Program

As a volunteer at the  Rescue Center, you will be saving the lives of Costa Rica's most beautiful and endangered wildlife with all means avaliable to us. Our first and foremost goal is to ensure the welfare of the animals at the center and help them recover from both physical and psychological wounds that have arisen from their past suffering. The mission of the Center is based on three steps: Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release.

Your Role as a Volunteer

Helping with physical therapy for our one armed sloth, and teaching abused marmoset babies how to climb, giving an injured owl the courage to fly again, are just a few of the remarkable experiences you'll have as a volunteer at the Rescue Center. And that's just before lunch! 

Our volunteers provide support for every animal at the sanctuary, and sometimes certain recovery processes call for active rehabilitation efforts.  Main duties include feeding, cleaning, and keeping the animals stimulated, whether it is inventing toys for the howler monkeys, building climbing structures for the sloths to exercise (yes, even sloths need exercise!) or helping to bandage a puppy's burned paw. 

Who we are looking for

Volunteers of all ages and with all levels of experience and education are welcome at the Rescue Center. Whether you're a veterinary student with a broad knowledge of animal medicine, or simply a person with a passion for saving wildlife; your help is what keeps our Rescue Center going. 

The location

The Rescue center's beautiful surroundings, kind staff and magnificent animals make volunteering at the Costa Rica animal rescue center a wonderful life - changing experience and keep our volunteers coming back year after year.

Suitable for

Wheel Chairs

Typical day

The daily tasks include:

  1. Preparing food for the animals
  2. Feeding the howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, sloths, birds (Scarlet Macaws, parrots, owls, and others), olingo, and kinkajous
  3. Cleaning animal enclosures
  4. Cleaning the common areas
  5. Giving extra attention to the orphaned young animals (for example, Feluco; a young howler monkey)
  6. General tidying of the Center (sweeping pathways, etc.)
  7. Preparing toys and stimulating exercises for the animals
  8. Caring for our resident dogs
  9. And other great contributions you might have! We welcome creative initiative!

Details on Arrival

We have volunteers from every country and background possible. Spanish fluency is not necessary and we are open 24 hours a day and seven days a week all year long so the volunteers are welcome every day and every season.

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level) and English ( level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
police certifiacate
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 17:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Hospedaje Casa Escazu are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Normally volunteers have the weekend free to do different activities such as:

  • Surf Lessons
  • Spanish lessons
  • Tours by the city of Carribean Side , Puerto Viejo Town and Tortuguero Canales
  • hike to Volcanos like Arenal Volcano
  • visit Beaches
  • visit National Parks like Manuel Antonio and Monterverde
  • Horse Ride,  Canopy

We can help with reservations.

Water Sports

Included Services

What's included?

 Airport pickup, accommodation and food & drink are included in the fees.

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaría International
We offer to drive you from and to the airport of your first and last night in Costa Rica.

shared with other volunteers in our dorm style accomodation.

Food & Beverages

Three meals a day: Breakfast, lunch and dinner,  fruits, typical food from Costa Rica but we also have special food for vegetarian'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.

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
9 weeks
17 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Alajuela/Costa Rica between 2 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Hospedaje Casa Escazu will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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 Hospedaje Casa Escazu during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Costa Rica

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Costa Rica. Please check the visa regulations for Costa Rica.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Costa Rica and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Costa Rica.
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
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.
Vaccine Checker
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.
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