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Take Care of Parrots

Aranjuez Puntarenas Costa Rica, Costa Rica show on map
Help support parrot conservation efforts in the rainforest by directly interacting with and taking care of Costa Rican parrots! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
The Project

If you have always wanted to work with exotic animals in breathtaking nature, this wildlife conservation project in Costa Rica offers you the opportunity to turn your dream into action. The beautiful macaws are a parrot species that is threatened with extinction. In this volunteer prograrm in Costa Rica, you can volunteer for local conservation.

The main causes of the acute threat of macaws are the continued destruction of their habitat (for example, slash-and-burn, colonization) and, on the other hand, the sad illegal bird trade. Unfortunately, parrots are still very popular pets today, making the poaching of the macaws a lucrative business. In addition to these two main reasons, there are a number of other reasons such as the hunting and persecution as crop pests, the entry of other species into the habitat, the endangerment of breeding grounds and nesting trees.

This Macaw Sanctuary in Costa Rica was founded back in 1994 with the aim of protecting wild parrots. Most of these animals were hunted by people, persecuted and expelled from their environment. In addition to the parrots, there are also jaguars, monkeys, turtles or ocelots that live in the nature reserve of the center. The center works hand in hand with the National Nature Conservation Agency (SINAC), national fire protection and national volunteers, who feel strongly attached to nature and animal welfare.

The center takes care of the recovery of injured animals and their rehabilitation. In the best case, the macaws can be reintroduced, but unfortunately this is often not possible because they would immediately be victims of humans or other species again. Many of the parrots live forever in the center where they can at least live in safety, if not in freedom. The Parrot Center also performs important tasks in environmental education. It is open to visitors and they are informed in detail about the macaws and their endangerment.

Your Tasks
One of the key objectives of the center is the well-being of the wildlife. Together with volunteers, the permanent employees take care every day to improve the living conditions of the animals. To achieve this goal, the help of the volunteers is necessary, because the few permanent employees are not enough for the many work. Most of the time, the volunteers help to prepare the food for the animals, clean up the cages and enclosures, and also maintain the paths through the center. This wildlife sanctuary in Costa Rica is like a green oasis and has several acres of reforested rainforest. Since then, the area has served as a sanctuary for many other species of birds, including ocelots, monkeys, sloths and other mammals, as well as reptiles.

Volunteers help to look after the day visitors of the center and guide them through the facility. This is a very important task to raise awareness of the environment and animal rights. Such a large facility also requires a lot of work and needs to be maintained on a regular basis. In addition, artisans skilled volunteers can also help with repair and construction work.

The different work areas are divided according to urgency and weather conditions. The employees assign the volunteers to their duties. The volunteers are also cared for by the staff and they provide you with the necessary know-how.

For all volunteers, a compulsory introductory tour will take place at the beginning of the volunteer work in order to provide the newcomers with important information on rules of conduct for their own safety and those of the animals.

Free-time activities

You are close to beautiful beaches and National Parks to explore Costa Ricans amazing nature and to have fun during your free time.

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 Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
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

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

  1. Accommodation in volunteer house
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  3. Airport pick-up San José and transfer to your overnight homestay in San José
  4. Transfer from your homestay in San José to the bus station to start your journey to the volunteer site

  5. Consultation from our experienced staff
  6. Translation of application profile
  7. Volunteer work placement
  8. Advice regarding travel insurance
  9. Advice on local travels
  10. Orientation session upon arrival
  11. Orientation kit
  12. Country handbook
  13. Local support
  14. 24/7 Emergency Number
  15. Certificate of Participation

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

You will be picked up at the airport in San José and brought to your homestay (single room) where you will stay overnight. The next day, after an orienation session, our local staff will bring you to the bus station where you will start your journey to the volunteer project site (costs for bus ticket not included).
Note: If you arrive on a friday or saturday in San José you will stay at the homestay in San José until monday.


Volunteers live together in the volunteer house in dormitories. Bathrooms, a kitchen and common areas are available as well. Meals are included.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) is included.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) 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
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 870
3 weeks
$ 1,060
4 weeks
$ 1,250
5 weeks
$ 1,440
6 weeks
$ 1,630
7 weeks
$ 1,820
8 weeks
$ 2,010
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,050
Average fees
$ 323 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Aranjuez Puntarenas Costa Rica/Costa Rica between 2 weeks and 24 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.
Crowdfunding Service
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%)
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.
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