• Program: Volunteer Costa Rica
  • Location: San Carlos
  • Minimum Duration: 2 Weeks
  • Language Requirement: Basic Spanish
  • Airport Pick-up: Yes
  • Suitable for Groups: Yes
  • Travel Insurance: No, but mandatory
  • Local Language Class: 1 Week Included
  • Region: Alajuela
  • Project Site: Zoo & Sanctuary
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Accommodation: Home Stay
  • Meals Included: 3 meals
  • Suitable for Families: Yes
  • Start Dates: Every Other Friday
  • Closed Dates: See program guide


As an animal conservation volunteer in Costa Rica, you’ll get up close to rare animals at a sanctuary in rural San Carlos. The animals that come into the facility are injured or have been captured previously and need rehabilitating. You'll be responsible for feeding the animals, maintaining their temporary habits and providing support as they are nursed back to health, ready to be released back into the wild. Within the integral zoo, species that cannot be re-released are cared for by staff and volunteers.

Work in the shadow of majestic Mount Arenal providing vital help at the sanctuary, which receives no outside funding. You’ll encounter some of Costa Rica’s most amazing animals, including monkeys, wild cats and crocodiles, and have the opportunity to help conserve the nation’s renowned biodiversity for generations to come. Learn more about becoming an animal conservation volunteer by downloading the program guide.

Your Role

Volunteers joining the Animal Conservation Program support staff at the facility with hands-on help, which includes feeding and exercising the animals and cleaning out enclosures. You’ll provide general animal care through interaction and rehabilitation, and also assist visitors to the sanctuary’s zoo facility.

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Work Schedule

Animal conservation volunteers work five days per week, from Monday to Friday. Working hours are from 7am until 3pm.

Journey to Project

The homestay will be located no more than a 20 minutes bus journey to the project site. 

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