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Parrot Conservation

Maintanance of bird houses and breeding centres, construction of toys, preparing food.

The project

There is only a handful of conservation projects that devote themselves exclusively to parrots. With populations decreasing conservations are vital for the population of parrots in Costa Rica which are the bright red macaw (Ara macao) and the big Macaw (Ara ambiguus). In the conservations they care for injured birds and ready them to be released into the wild after breeding. The goal of the center is to save the species. Most of the parrots arrive after being confiscated or rescued. 

The centre also studys the habitat of parrots ensuring they can live in freedom. The decline of parrots in Costa Rica has gotten so out of control that there are only about 25-35 breeding pairs of the green Macaw in Costa Rica. There are about 40-60 parrots in the station (number is subject to change, depending on parrot reproduction and release). About 10-15 parrots are released into the wild each year.


The Work

Working for this service helps ensure that the parrot species is saved in Costa Rica, it also explains how bad the problem has got for the species. There are two locations to work: the hatchery and release station which are located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the province of Guanacaste. Another release station is located on the Caribbean coast just south of the town of Puerto Viejo in the Province of Limón.

  1. Day to day tasks in the center on the Pacific coast include maintaining the parrot cages, constructing or cleaning them, feeding the parrots regularly, collecting food such as fruits, making toys for the parrots and assist in healthcare of parrots.
  2. Day to day tasks on the Carribean center include maintanance of the release cages including fixing and cleaning them, planting fodder trees, monitoring parrots and collecting as much research as possible, supporting in the release of parrots.

By doing this project you are protecting the nature of Costa Rica. You should be able to work in a team and also independently. Experience is great but not essential. You have to be able to get stuck in with the birds straight away.

Suitable for


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 Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
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 from 08:00 - 15:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

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Free-time activities

On both locations of the project there are many different things to do in your spare time such as swimming and water sports in the sea, as well as exploring the beaches and looking at beautiful views Costa Rica has to offer.

Water Sports
Contact & Reservation
4 - 25
4 - 25
Airport Pickup

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The volunteers live in seperate houses with up to 4 people with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms no meals are provided usually volunteers cook together.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in San Jose /Costa Rica between 4 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside 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 South America Inside 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.
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?

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.
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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.
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