Veterinary Volunteer in Costa Rica!

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Green Life VolunteersPuerto Jimenez, Puntarenas CR


INTRO Are you interested in working at a vet clinic? Do you love dogs and cats? Then you should volunteer as a Veterinary Volunteer in a local vet clinic in Costa Rica.

DETAILS: As a volunteer on this project you’ll be working with the local town vet. The vet, Ricardo, is happy to train you so that you can even take care of some patients or assist with procedures and surgeries. The project would be great for a vet student, or someone interested in becoming a vet student - since you may be able to use your volunteer time in your studies as work experience time. The vet clinic is the only one in a large rural area, and thus they are always very busy. There are plenty of dogs and cats (and other animals) to take care off on a daily basis. The vet also organizes spaying and neutering clinics almost on a weekly basis, when he offers spaying and neutering for a cheaper fare and where assistants are always needed.


  • Help  at spay and neuter fares
  • Assist the vet with incoming patients
  • Translate if foreigners come into the vet who don’t speak Spanish
  • Help in the pet shop part of the clinic selling, stocking and labeling products
  • Clean cages, back clinic areas, and general maintenance of the vet clinic
  • Help to clean equipment the vet uses and needs during surgeries
  • Prepare dogs/ cats for the vet visit, such as weighing of animals, measuring temperature etc.

QUALIFICATIONS: An ideal volunteer on this project has a passion for animals and is older than 18 years. Furthermore, Spanish on a beginner level is necessary, since the veterinarian and vet staff do not speak English.

LOCATION: The vet clinic is located in Puerto Jimenez, on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica.

DATES: The vet clinic operates year around.

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD: You’ll be living with a local host family in Puerto Jimenez, closely located to the vet clinic (walking distance). Food is Costa Rican typical food cooked for you and prepared by your host family. You’ll all eat together in a common space at certain hours. Usually breakfast will be around 6-7am, lunch around 12:00pm, and dinner around 6pm.

FEES: First week’s fee: $449. Every Additional Week: $149.

FEES EXPLAINED: Our organizational fee of around $249 - $299 is included in the first week’s fee and covers the "behind the scenes costs", such as staff salaries, office space rental, transaction and bank fees, and more. Our weekly fee for additional weeks covers the costs of your host family or project accommodation and food, the local staff on your project, and a donation to help with the daily running costs of the program you will help on.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE: First and last night in San Jose in a hostel, travel to and from the international airport (airport shuttles are around 30$ each way to San Jose - We can set this up for you, just ask us during sign-up), travel to the project site (usually by public buses, which are from around 10-16$ one way), national/ International flights, travel insurance, visa costs, Any additional food or snacks besides the host family meals, extra-curricular activities.




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