*DUE TO CURRENT TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS WITH COVID-19, WE ARE UNABLE TO CONFIRM DATES YET FOR POTENTIAL VOLUNTEERS, HOWEVER YOU ARE WELCOME TO APPLY NOW WITH YOUR INTEREST AND PREFERRED DATES.
IF YOU ARE ALREADY LIVING IN COSTA RICA, WE CAN DISCUSS MORE OPTIONS, HOWEVER WE ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF WORKING WITH ANY 'ORANGE ZONE' RESTRICTIONS*
Thank you for your interest in the Kids Saving the Rainforest volunteer program! We are a wildlife sanctuary, rescue and rehabilitation center located in beautiful Quepos, Costa Rica. We rescue over 200 animals every year. People from all over the world from all walks of life join us from a couple of days up to one month of time to join us in the important work we are doing here.Whether you choose to stay with us for a couple of nights or stay for a whole month, volunteers have the chance to really get involved and work with the animals!
Typical daily duties include food preparation and distributing food and water to the animals who reside in the sanctuary, cleaning enclosures, providing enrichment to improve the quality of life of the animals in our care, and foraging for wild foods. You may participate in special projects going on here at Kids Saving the Rainforest, and we also ask that you take on a special project of your own. You will work 6 days a week. If you have a specialized background or experience, let us know and we may be able to find other ways for you to help out! You can also apply for our Internship Program.
To apply, submit an application via our website at https://www.kidssavingtherainforest.org/volunteer.html
You will not be handling the animals, but you will be contributing directly to improving their quality of life! You will gain invaluable experience and learn what it’s like to work in a wildlife rescue and sanctuary setting.
Volunteers have the option of staying in the bunk room of our Volunteer Center, or opting for an upgrade to one of our lovely cottages in the Blue Banyan Inn. We are located 15 minutes from Quepos and 30 minutes to Manuel Antonio National Park, so we are also a great base for your Costa Rica adventures. Contact us today to learn more about joining us in our important work caring for the wildlife of Costa Rica!
Minimum age of 18
Travel and international medical insurance required
Flexibility to adapt to changing schedules and weather.
Spanish language skills a plus, as well as experience living and working in remote, tropical conditions.
We can also accommodate larger specialized groups.
3790 El Camino Real, #206, Palo Alto, CA 94306, US
Kids Saving the Rainforest was founded by two 9 year old girls in 1999 for the purpose of educating people around the world about the ecological importance of the rainforest, to set-up programs to preserve and protect the rainforest and its wildlife. KSTR, a U.S. 501 (c)(3) non-profit, encourages awareness of the critical importance of saving rainforests in general for the survival of our planet and encourages all who participate to take part in sound ecological practices in their homes, schools and communities as well. We are incorporated in both Connecticut and California and maintain tax deductible, non-profit status with the U.S. I.R.S. We are governed by aboard of directors who meet regularly to plan strategy and make budget decisions.
KSTR invites participation by schools, children’s organizations and individuals throughout the United States and abroad who further the purpose by learning about the rainforest, doing projects that raise money to donate to KSTR and spreading the message further through educating others. KSTR reaches out to kids, teachers, parents, rehabilitation specialists, primatologists and others around the world.
Kids Saving the Rainforest has different projects on biodiversity conservation and research, and we have created a training/volunteer program that allows any animal or forest lover to join us, learn with us and work with us. We believe that we are all capable of changing our attitude towards nature. We believe that through hands-on training we can achieve it and live sustainably.
Our current projects:
Tropical Wildlife Zoo Keeping: Kids Saving the Rainforest has had a wildlife rehabilitation center since 2005. In 2010 we opened a Wildlife Sanctuary and Zoo to keep those animals that cannot be released back into the wild. Some of the animals were pets and are used to humans, some were circus and research animals, and others are too injured to survive in the wild. The volunteers will learn the basics of zoo keeping in a tropical environment with tropically native species. This may include maintenance of facilities (cleaning, repairing, building and enriching cages, trails, etc.), diet preparation and enrichment, behavioral observations, health monitoring, and training. Also the volunteers will learn about tropical biodiversity and the natural history of some tropical animals.
Sustainability: In KSTR we believe that sustainable development and living are very important, and we are constantly researching the best ways to adapt and adopt sustainable practices in all we do. We have chosen permaculture as a way of restoring degraded land with two purposes. One will be to restore and preserve the original forest of the area, while producing most of the food for volunteers, visitors, and animals in the sanctuary in our organic gardens. The volunteers will help us maintain and expand these gardens, as well as help with composting, planting trees and maintaining a nursery, among other tasks. We strive to implement the principles of sustainability by using permaculture in all we do.
Monkey Bridges: One of the long-term projects of KSTR is to provide safe connections between patches of forest to tree-dwelling wildlife, also called bio corridors. By providing these 'bridges’ we reduce the monkeys’ use of electrical lines and human infrastructure. This reduces electrocutions, which is one of the most common injuries seen in animals we receive at the rescue center. Volunteers can accompany the maintenance team and take valuable natural history, geographic and behavioral data while the team works on the bridges.
Kids Camp: KSTR offers local kids a fun alternative for Saturday morning learning about biodiversity, conservation and sustainability for a better world. Volunteers can help set up everything concerning the Kids Camp, from the lesson plans to detailed logistics, which include announcements for the camp. Kids Camp volunteers may also spend some working hours at the KSTR store at Mono Azul Hotel in Manuel Antonio, where we sell products, tours, adoptions, and teach the public about KSTR. All the profits in the store go to our projects.
Basic Research: We believe that a successful project of any nature should be backed up by science, and that is why we try to include basic science projects in all our activities. We are also open to new research and activity project ideas, from volunteers who would like to design their own project. We can also help you design a project that you can submit as an independent study and get credits for.
We'll work with your schedule.
P.O. Box 297-6350Quepos, 60601Costa Rica
December 13, 2020
Animal Care / Handling
Must be at least 18
Up to one month. Better daily rates for longer stays.
Volunteers must show proof of vaccinations and travel insurance. For more details, visit
To apply, submit an application via our website at https://www.kidssavingtherainforest.org/volunteer.html and download a Volunteer Program Guide.