Volunteering Solutions

Wildlife & Rescue Center Support

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Here is one highly recommended program for all wildlife enthusiasts. Volunteers interested in animal conservation activities can take part in this program in Costa Rica.

If you are a wildlife enthusiast and looking to provide your support and time for the welfare of animals, then this is your opportunity to fulfill your dream. Volunteering Solutions brings you the Wildlife Rescue Center Program in Costa Rica which would allow you to contribute for the welfare and preservation of Cost Rica's amazing fauna. 


Costa Rica is known for its diversified ecosystem, with more than 200 species of mammals and more than 800 species of birds. And, even though the country has only about 0.25% of the world's landmass it contains 5% of the world's biodiversity. This program is to make sure this biodiversity not only sustains but flourish cumulatively. 

Volunteers working in this program mainly work with animal victims of repossession, loss of habitat and accidents from all corners of the country who are brought in by local officials. Many are able to be back to health and released back into their natural habitat. 

As a volunteer under this program, you'd be involved in the following activities:
  • Cleaning animal cages, green area of the stands. They are usually cleaned daily and not difficult or unpleasant.
  • Food preparation for the animals and feeding them under custody.
  • Roads maintenance.
  • Maintenance of paths, infrastructure (New Cages) 
  • Cleaning of signs. 
  • Work with mostly endangered species. 
  • Learn how to work with the animals. 
  • Developing special projects 
The most important requirements for this volunteer program are: Hard working skills, being ecologically sensitive, willing to learn about new cultures and the most important one: enthusiasm. In most of the projects there will be a volunteer coordinator in charge to assign the jobs but you are welcome to help anytime you consider is needed.

Typical day

A usual routine for volunteers under this program is as follows;


Sunday      :   Arrival in San Jose and transfer to accommodation
Monday     :   Orientation session conducted by the local coordinator. Areas such as safety, things to do, placement details, local ethics, etc. will                           be covered during this detailed session.
Tue to Fri   :   Volunteer Work
                        Breakfast - 08:00 am 
                        Leave for rescue center - 08:30 am 
                        Working hours - 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
                        Lunch - 12:00 pm
                        Dinner - 07:00 pm onward
Weekends   : Free to explore the city or take weekend excursions. The local coordinator will provide all the guidance and help to plan a perfect                            weekend getaway.

The same schedule will follow from next week onward. 

Details on Arrival

Following are the available dates for the program:

2018
January  21
February 04 ,18
March 04 ,18
April 01, 15, 29
May 06,20
June 03,17
July         01,15
August 05 ,19
September 02 ,16
October 07, 21
November 04,18
December 02

The program start date is also the arrival date in San Jose. So, the date that you select as your program start date will also be your exact date of arrival at the location.

Free-time activities

Volunteers are free to visit and see places or do shopping during their free time. You can explore the local markets or travel to the beaches which can be visited on the weekends. The country offers unparalleled natural beauty, active volcanoes, rainforests, and a wide range of national parks and eco-tourism. In addition, Costa Rica has over 1,000 miles of gorgeous white-and-black sand beaches.


In the evenings, volunteers usually get together and go out for social gatherings, eat out or just relax at the volunteer house. Weekends are free for the volunteers and you can go for short weekend trips. There’s actually so much to do in Costa Rica. Visit Nicoya Peninsula, Arenal Volcano, Corcovado National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Tabacón Hot Springs, San José, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, Tortuguero National Park and much more. 

The local coordinators will be happy to help you with more information.

Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Museum/Opera
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)
Health Declaration
required
Required Documents
CV, Insurance and Passport
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 and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by Volunteering Solutions.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Volunteering Solutions (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.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Volunteering Solutions

The total cost for the program includes;


  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from VS Staff
  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  • Pickup from San Jose International Airport and transfer to accommodation
  • Orientation on arrival
  • Accommodation 
  • Meals 
  • Internet access 

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Volunteers are picked up from the San Jose International Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Costa Rica will be picked up at a meeting point decided beforehand. 

Accommodation

volunteers will be staying with host families. More details about the host families would be provided after you apply for the program.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with three cooked meals a day at the host family house. Local Costa Rican cuisine is a fusion of cuisines from different parts of the world. Common foods are Rice, Vegetables, Beans, Pork , Meat , Chicken etc.


Volunteers with special food requirements (such as vegan, allergic to a specific kind of food, etc.) can mention the same in their applications.

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.
Vaccines
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)
1 week (min. stay)
$965.00
2 weeks
$1,316.00
3 weeks
$1,667.00
4 weeks
$2,018.00
8 weeks
$3,421.00
16 weeks
$6,228.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$9,035.00
Average fees
$671.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in San Jose/Costa Rica between 1 week and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteering Solutions 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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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