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Animal Rescue & Release Center

If you love animals and if you don't mind dirty work ... you're in demand here!

About the Program

In this program any kind of animals who need help are treated with medical care and are prepared to be rereleased into nature. Usually there these kinds of animals in the rescue center: raccoons, sloths, monkeys, wild cats, owls, kinkajous, coatis, toucans, anteaters and many more … any animal that needs help is welcomed and treated with love.

Our Volunteers

Our volunteers should love to work with animals and be respectful with animals and the environment in general. They should be ready to do physically hard work. We are looking for volunteers who like to communicate, are interested in animals and have a good sense of responsibility. They should obey the center rules and follow the instructions of our employees. 

The Location

Costa Rica is a little tropical paradise between two oceans. Hardly any other country has such an abundance of plants and animals on such a small terrain. 25% of it's area is protected by national parks. Active volcanos, hot springs, rain and cloud forests, mountain rivers, spectacular waterfalls, subterranean caves, coral reefs, mangroves, amazing caribbean and pacific beaches and a fascinating animal world invite you to discover and enjoy. The program is located at the caribbean coast.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples

Typical day

Be prepared for sometimes physically demanding work from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

During a four weeks stay you will be working three weeks in the center and one week in a release station. This will be organized with you when you arrive. 

Your Tasks

Your work mostly includes:

  • Help caring for animals
  • Preparing food and helping the keeper with the portions for each animal 
  • Cleaning and repairs of the facility and viewing areas
  • Maintenance of pathways and areas around animal pens
  • Production of workshop materials in environmental education
  • School visits and interaction in discussions and workshops 
  • Research the internet for didactic material to build a bibliography of environmental education
  • Attending to visitors, guiding them

Details on Arrival

This program is available all year. It starts every Monday. Please arrive at least on Saturday before the programs starts. 

On Sunday you will travel to your hostel and on Monday you have to start at 11 am at the project site.

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
Scan & copy of tb-test or/and vaccinated against tb (tubercolosis), Medical insurance valid in Costa Rica and Copy of medical insurance
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

Any questions? Just ask. We at first hand Costa Rica are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

You are close to the caribbean coast ... there is a lot to do and to chill.

Puerto Viejo is a little village with great leisure time possibilities: swim, surf, dive, snorkel, go on biketours. In the evenings there is a lot of music everywhere. The National Park of Cahuita is close, our rainforest lodge is a 40 min bus ride away and you can also 'hop over' to Panamá ...

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Sports

Included Services

What's included?
The fee is only for participating in this project.

There is no lodging directly inside the project; we help you booking a hostel near by; calculate 15-25 US$ per night.
You have to provide your own meals; calculate about 15-20 US$ per day.

We organize the journey to the project and we also do hostel reservations in San José if needed (mostly it is needed!) - and, if you will combine projects, we will also organize the transportation between the projects. You will have to pay the cost for the pickup and the transport.
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. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.

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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$800.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$800.00
Average fees
$133.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Puerto Viejo/Costa Rica between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. first hand Costa Rica 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 first hand Costa Rica 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

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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.
Budgeting
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?

Airport
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.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Costa Rica while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Puerto Viejo, 70403 Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

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