Objective of the volunteer program is to collaborate in the rehabilitation, conservation and reincorporation of the fauna in its natural habitat. In this international volunteering program you will learn aspects related to the ethology of animal species, contribute to animal protection and help reduce the negative impact created mainly by human activity, promoting awareness in the care of wild animals and their habitat.
WHY THE PROGRAM OF SHELTER AND CARE OF ANIMALS IN COSTA RICA?
The main causes of the creation of the project is the deforestation of large areas, making it difficult for animals to survive. Traffic of animals, being in cages or living in urban areas causes them behavioural disorders. And the over-exploitation of animals for food, clothing and entertainment.
Many of the animals that live in our center arrive wounded, malnourished and orphans. The Wild Animals Center in Costa Rica carries out healing treatments, both at a corporal and energetic level, generating the recovery and autonomy of all its inhabitants in order to achieve their integration in the natural habitat again.
Despite the work done, some of the animals will have to remain in the center. The loss of faculties, lack of adaptability or health problems makes our work visible day by day. For this reason, our centre is located in a natural environment, in which the animals will have a life similar to the one they have lost, but with all the necessary care.
We achieve this goal with volunteers like you, who decide to travel the world, to support a good cause. Every day the number of animals that need help increases, so it is more necessary the contribution of volunteers.
Volunteers who join our program will be part of our animal care and rescue team. All together they will perform daily routines of care, feeding and maintenance of enclosures providing welfare to the animals and learning to manage them avoiding domestication.
Deciding to do a volunteer experience like this means moving away from personal vices and living in harmony in an environment of peace and respect for animals. As nature lovers, we cannot turn our care center into a center of massive visits, which cause stress to the animals, but we pretend that our center becomes an environment of learning and interpretation of wildlife.
The centre does not currently have any state subsidy, so we have made agreements with local universities, didactic and guided visits of small groups and international cooperation of volunteers, so thanks to you we can give shelter to more than 600 different animals that for different reasons have ended up here.
Volunteers have 1 day off a week, which allows them to get to know different areas of this beautiful country such as forests and tropical jungles, beaches in the Caribbean and Pacific, cities with a very rich culture, volcanoes … this is how Costa Rica is known throughout the world for its great biodiversity full of exceptional fauna and flora.
- Birds: Yellow and red copete parrot, blue head parrot, white crown parrot, green wings macaw, eclectus parrot, grey African parrot, catano parrot, bicolor toucan, sun conure, hyacinth macaw, dawn cockatoo, red, blue, green and yellow macaw.
- Felines: the margay, ocelot, the jaguar.
- Turtles: yellow-footed turtles, sulcata turtle.
- Monkeys: tamarin monkey, marmoset monkey, spider monkey.
- Herbivorous animals: tapir, white-tailed deer.
- Sloth bears: two-legged and three-legged.
- Animals are fed twice a day. There are 600 animals to feed including tapirs or danzas (anteater bear), jaguars, turtles, deer, and birds including parrots. For safety reasons, volunteers will be helped by center personnel when the feeding the more dangerous animals
- Eco zone cleaning
- Environmental enrichment projects
- Tree seeding
- Cleaning the compound
- Crops production and composting
- Building structures for animals
- Assisting veterinarians in animal care (requires previous training, without additional cost)
- Collaborate as guides in eco-tourism program (requires previous training, without extra cost)
- Maintenance of the sanctuary
Volunteers must be of legal age (+18 or 21) majority or have parental authorization. Volunteers should be in good physical condition in order to perform the duties required. We look for volunteers with good communication skills, who are empathic, participative and who are committed to the program.
REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE
In order to participate in this program you must be of legal age. You must also have a willingness to fulfill assignments, good communication and conduct with the people with whom you collaborate and the community. In addition to being empathetic, participatory and very committed to the cause and the program.
RULES OF THE SANCTUARY FOR LIVING WITH ANIMALS
In the volunteer program of the shelter and care of animals in Costa Rica, we have a number of rules to comply with within the sanctuary, such as the prohibition of smoking, drinking, grabbing or talking to animals, taking photos with flash, feeding animals outside the hours as well as others to be communicated on the first day of orientation and preparation for work with wild animals. It is not a zoo and we need volunteers committed to the environment and animal respect.
HOURS AND PLACE OF WORK
The program is developed within the animal care center of Puntarenas. It works from Monday to Sunday, approximately 40 hours a week. In the same way you will be able to enjoy a free day a week being able to join the days to go out to know the country of Costa Rica, or near countries like Panama or Nicaragua. Jobs tend to start between 6:00 a.m. and end at 17:00 p.m.
ROOM AND BOARD
The volunteer house in the animal shelter in Costa Rica is located inside the animal sanctuary. It has common areas such as: shared rooms, dining room, kitchen, shared bathroom in the middle of nature surrounded by animals. Accommodation includes three meals a day during your stay and the performance of your volunteer work. They will be served by the local collaborating staff with the help of the coordinators, they are local meals that will be served only in the house of the volunteer’s house.
The cost of the volunteer program in animal shelter in Costa Rica is divided into two parts. In order to register for the program, a deposit of 150€ must be paid. One (1) month before the beginning of your volunteering the rest of the program must be paid.
Each additional week in the conservation and animal care program costs 170€. The price of the program is in euros, so the currency exchange will have real effect. You can consult the currency exchange in the period of your trip in the following link
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?
- Airport pick-up
- Meals during the performance of your volunteer work
- Induction and orientation of the program and location
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
- Monitoring and evaluation of the program
- Donation to the program
- Certificate of Volunteerism