Caring for animals including feeding, cleaning animals as well as applying medicine and constructing new habitats
The wildlife sanctuary is privately owned and they care, rehabilitate and study the Costa Rican wildlife. They recieve animals from the goverment who are in danger by being sick or injured or in an unsafe environment. Animals that come to the centre get medical attention and care with the majority returning back to the wild. Those who are not able to survive in the wild stay at the centre and help educate people on wildlife and nature. The centre recieves visitors who are shown around the site, the centre is not funded by the government but through donations, sponsorships, volunteers and visitors.
The rescure centre prides itself on giving animals the care they deserve whilste also making sure most of them are able to go back into the wild.
On a day to day basis volunteers are expected to feed the animals as well as cleaning the cages. There are also times where you will have to fix and construct cages. Volunteers are encouraged to daily spend time observing the animals and there everyday behaivour.
As a volunteer you should have a passion to work with and understand the animals, while being responsible for there well being and care. You will also help in the rehabilitation of animals by choosing when is the best time for them to return to the wild and their natural habitat, studying where best to release them in the safest way.
Volunteers are asked to be very creative designing and creating toys for animals such as monkeys who love to play. It helps them to have fun and get over any trauma they have had.
If you have any previous experience, for example with veterinarty work, it is very much welcomed by the team of the centre. This project is very rewarding as you can see the work you have done helping the animals straight away.
Working in the wildlife means there are many outdoor activites to choose from such as hiking and various other sports around the area.
Yes, you will be picked up from the airport and stay for one night in San Jose. The other day the transport brings you to the bus terminal for your journey to the project site
You will be living in a volunteer house , this will be very basic with just the essentials. There is one bathroom for girls and one for boys. It is a great way to interact with other volunteers and gain an insight into different parts of the world.
Full board is provided (3 meals per day) meals will be brought to the house by local women.