You love macaws, have some experience with birds and don't mind noise ...? Then this breeding and release center is perfect for you!
About the Program
The Macaw Station only works with the red and green macaws and there are two places: Islita on the pacific coast and Manzanillo on the caribbean coast.
This program is dedicated to the conservation of the two native macaw species, both of which are endangered, the Scarlet Macaw (Lapa roja; Ara macao) and the Great Green or Buffon's Macaw (Lapa verde; Ara ambiguus). We breed birds that have been confiscated by MINAET (the Costa Rican Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Telecommunications) or otherwise rescued in order for their chicks to be released in their appropriate habitats, therefore helping to stabilize their populations. The Ara Program incorporates breeding techniques, aviary management, habitat and release site research, and conservation issues, in order to carry out controlled release programs in conjunction with MINAET and Costa Rican wildlife laws.
Working at the Macaw Station will give you an opportunity to get up close with some incredibly beautiful and charismatic birds, meet people from all over the world and experience Costa Rican life and culture in a remote area. And, of course, you will be making a difference to the survival of two endangered species of macaw.
Please understand that we are a Conservation Organization and not a rescue centre or pet program. Even though we keep birds in captivity we try to simulate their natural living situation as much as possible. Our captive macaws are breeding birds or future release birds. To be able to have optimal success for both purposes, we do not allow any physical, verbal or social contact when you work with them.
Our volunteers should have an affinity with birds. They should be able to work in a team and also work independently. They should have a basic knowledge of Spanish and English language.
Your work at the pacific center - Min stay 4 weeks / 6 days work per week - includes:
Different tasks may be assigned depending on our current needs and the skills and abilities of particular volunteers.
Your work at the caribbean site - Min stay 4 weeks / 6 days work per week - includes:
Please be aware that we expect the same kind of commitment you would give a paid job – we work very hard (physically and in the heat) and make long days but we also endeavour to make the experience enjoyable for you. We’re looking for dedicated, motivated, team-oriented, responsible individuals. A minimum stay of one month is required but longer stays are encouraged.
This program is available all year. It starts every Monday. Please arrive at least one day before the programs starts.
The pacific site is so remote, volunteers spend most of their social time together. This site is located on a 15 min walk from the beach, which is good for surfing and surrounded by beautiful dry tropical forests. Islita is the nearby village where volunteers can join the locals to play football, have a drink or meal out. As this village is very small, there is a weekly trip to Samara (40 min away) to do their food shopping.
On the pacific site there is a maximum capacity of 4 volunteers. The volunteer house has two bedrooms with two beds and a shared bathroom, a kitchen and a social outdoor area.
On the caribbean site there is a maximum capacity of two volunteers that share a bedroom, kitchen and outdoor living area located right next to the release facilities.
You are responsible for your food expenses, which are estimated to be around $50-$75 per week depending on their diet.
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