Animal Welfare Support

Caring for animals including feeding, cleaning animals as well as applying medicine and constructing new habitats

The project

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. 


Your work 

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.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
17 years
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level) and English (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 16:00

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Animal Welfare Support play with animals Discover beaches Help Animals explore the wild Build toys Work together

Free-time activities

Working in the wildlife means there are many outdoor activites to choose from such as hiking and various other sports around the area.



What's included?
Help from experienced staff members | Placement in Volunteer Work Project | Tour around the site on arrival with orientation | 24h-Emergency Number | Accomodation in dormitory (house) | Over night stay in San Jose (upon arrival) | Transfer in San José Accommodation-Bus Terminal for journey to project site | Full-board (3 meals/day) | Advice on travel and insurance | Flight booking service (optional) | Certificate of participation | Application fee
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

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.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Full board is provided (3 meals per day) meals will be brought to the house by local women.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
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25 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in San Miguel/Costa Rica between 2 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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San Miguel, Turrucares, Alajuela, San Miguel, Costa Rica