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Primate & Sloth Reintroduction Supporter

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica show on map

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Hands-on experience in conservation efforts working with Costa Rican wildlife, including options for research, environmental education and community projects.

The project

The organisation running this rescue centre was founded by a European biologist couple who relocated to Costa Rica after seeing many animals faring badly while on their many trips. Since its inception in 2008, the centre has successfully rescued and rehabilitated more than 400 animals. The centre cares for a wide range of animals, including mammals such as sloths, monkeys, wild cats and coatis, birds, reptiles and amphibians.  The centre operates a very hands-on approach in their rehabilitation method, with a firm belief that direct contact is beneficial in dealing with traumatised and injured animals.

The location

The Caribbean side of Costa Rica is known to be even more laid back than the Pacific side, if such a thing is even possible. This project is located in one of the least exploited areas of South Costa Rica. Due to the low influx of development and tourism, the wildlife here is truly astonishing! However, with the increasing interaction between animals and humans, whether it is through tourism or industrial development, most often these encounters do not end happily for the animals.

Volunteer work

The Primate & Sloth Reintroduction project is a perfect placement for anyone looking to gain hands-on experience working with wildlife, while living in a stunning jungle location.

During you time at the centre you will gain hands-on experience in conservation efforts working with Costa Rican wildlife, including options for research, environmental education and community projects.

This project is ideal for those studying animal science, zoology, ecology, conservation.

Typical day

As a long-term intern at this project, you have a unique opportunity to be closely involved in the rehabilitation and reintroduction of various species that have been brought to the centre.

While short-term volunteers here exclusively work at the centre, as an intern you will also work at a wildlife reserve in La Ceiba, where the NGO has purchased around 50 hectares of primary rainforest to use as an introduction site and also to help preserve and protect the land from overdevelopment. Most animals reintroduced here are felines and monkeys, however other species are sometimes also introduced. You will need to stay at least 1 week at the release centre.

This is a flexible and fascinating project for anyone set on a career in wildlife conservation and a great opportunity to gain serious hands-on experience in the field.

Details on Arrival

Project is ongoing, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability

Free-time activities

You are right by the beach, so many amazing things to do nearby!

You can enjoy a lazy day in the sun, head out into the ocean to swim or go even further under water and dive or snorkel.

You can also explore the beautiful nature of costa rica by hiking through forests and going on guided riding tours.

Water Sports

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Minimum stay of 1 month (1 week at La Ceiba and 3 weeks at the rescue center)
Previous experience is not required but is appreciated. However you are expected to be passionate about animals!
Basic Spanish skills are necessary in order to communicate effectively with the team
If you plan to work with monkeys you are required to provide proof of a negative TB test
Ability to take part in physical labour in a tropical climate.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for


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On-site services

Services by Global Nomadic

Project Fee includes

  • Integration into the project, both at the rehabilitation and release centres.
  • Breakfast and accommodation included at the release centre only.
  • 3 days orientation & training (including a talk on safety from the local Police),
  • Full in-country support
  • Certificate of completion
  • A visit to the ARA PROJECT
  • Project T-shirt

Food & accommodation (when not at the release centre), are not included. You should budget $15 per day for accommodation and around $10 per day for food whilst at the rehabilitation centre. Laundry costs approx. $5

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. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tobias Bolaños International (SYQ) in San Jose. 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.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
8 weeks
12 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Puerto Viejo/Costa Rica between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Nomadic will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Costa Rica.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global Nomadic during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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