- Region: Latin America
- Program: Volunteer Costa Rica
- Location: San Jose
- Base Price: $797 for 2 Weeks
- Price for Extra Weeks: $154
- Groups & Family: Yes
- Language Required: Basic Spanish
- Minimum Duration: 2 Week
- Minimum Age: 18 Years
- Accommodation Type: Home Stay
- Meals Included: 2 Meals
- Start Dates: Friday, Every 2 weeks
- Airport Pick-up: Included in price
- Travel Insurance Included: Yes
What's not included: Flight, Visa Costs, In-country Transportation
Project Start Dates, Dutations and Fees
Project Overview: You'll be working on an 11 acre property in San Carlos, Costa Rica that acts not only as a zoo for the public, but also as a center for rehabilitating sick and injured wild animals brought in by government officials and the local community. The animals are often saved from poor conditions, such as being held in captivity as mascots, or for illegal smuggling and sales. These conditions prevent the animals from living a healthy life where they are free to act out their natural behaviors. They are also in danger of mistreatment, abuse, and malnutrition.
Your volunteer work will be greatly appreciated. The regularly under-staffed center is a non-profit, running only on gathered entrance fees, sales, and donations. There are three different types of animals at the rehabilitation center: mammals, birds, and reptiles. You'll have the choice of working with one group, or alternating between all three. By helping these animals regain the strength to be released back into the wild, you'll be preserving the delicate balance of the Costa Rican ecosystem and protecting endangered species.
What will I be doing? Work will include helping treat and rehabilitate sick and injured wild animals. Caring for those who permanently live at the center will be a daily duty as well. You'll prepare food; clean the zoo trails and cages; record your own observations of the animals' health and behavior; and lend a hand in maintaining the sanctuary grounds.
Where will I be volunteering? You will be based just outside the traditional and important Central Valley town of Ciudad Quesada, also known as San Carlos. Ciudad Quesada lies an hour's drive north of the capital San Jose or 2 hours east of our home base in Sam Ramon.
Untouched by tourism, the city lies on the San Carlos plain known throughout the country for being the most agriculturally fertile land in Costa Rica.
The project is located in a rural area a 15 minute drive out of the town center.
What will be my schedule? The project schedule requires that you work 4 days a week, Monday to Thursday, for a maximum of 6 hours per day in the mornings.
Read This Project's Testimonials
Below are testimonials of previous volunteers on this project. Click though to their full reports where you can view their video reports, photos and you can also contact them directly by email to ask about their experiences with us in Costa Rica.