Here you will have it all - help animals in a wonderful nature and plant trees!
About the Program
This center is a paradise within another paradise in the middle of the jungle.
It is located in the central Pacific region, a biologically related location with the National Parks of Carará and la Cangreja, being a transitional zone between the northern dry forest and the rainforest, with the presence of species from the Puriscal forest, a large quantity of endemic and plant biodiversity.
Next to the program's hotel installations (which is an important income to run this program), the objective is to benefit wildlife and boost the estate´s capacities into a biological corridor, restore the eco-system and reforest with native species. Through these activities the adjacent communities can have improved repercussions, encouraging economic activity through quality ecotourism, development, and environmental education.
Currently, with the decrease in agricultural activity and new environmental consciousness plus the booming of ecotourism as a generator of work and development, a restoration of natural species has favorably presented itself as a priority to the program. For that reason, 110 hectares of the estate have initially been transformed to reforest the environment with native species. After almost 20 years and more than 20000 planted trees it is true to say that something has been done.
With the support of the Ministry of Environment, they have built a wild animal rescue centre that cares for endangered species and reintroduces them to a natural habitat in which they can thrive. There is an animal hospital, a quarantine centre and a supervised area in which animals can recover and be prepared for their release.
Things to Bring
You will work 6 days a week and 8 hours – from 8:00 – 13:00 am and from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.
Your work includes:
This program is available all year. It starts every Monday. Please arrive at least one day before the programs starts.
You will be living in the project's hotel installations - which is an important income to run this project - and you will share a room with another volunteer.
You will get three meals, prepared by the hotel kitchen - breakfast, lunch, dinner - based on the typical costarican cuisine: rice, beans, vegetables, meat and fruit.
You love macaws, have some experience with birds and don't mind noise ...? Then this breeding and release center is perfect for you!
Planting trees, maintaining pathways ... horseback riding through the rainforest - doesn't that sound like paradise? You're right in the middle of it!
Take care of rescued animals - especially macaws -, to rehabilitate and reintroduce them into the wild.
If you love animals and if you don't mind dirty work ... you're in demand here!
If you are interested in working with children and giving classes in English, sports, arts or other subjects, you're in demand in the local schools.
Patrol along a wonderful beach and help to guard the nests of endangered marine turtles.