Help dog rescue shelters save abandoned animals and rehabilitate them.
Culturally speaking in Latin America, dogs and cats are not looked upon as integral members of the family the way they are in many other countries. This often leads to neglect and abandonment. The projects we work with promote the value of preservation, of both species diversity and their natural habitats. The projects also protect the animals and provide medical treatment, shelter, rehabilitation, training, and re-release into the wild when appropriate. Animal Care volunteers may be placed at an animal shelter, a veterinary clinic, or an exotic animal refuge. Volunteers may have the opportunity to work with animals such as dogs, cats, crocodiles, snakes, geckos, turtles, and a variety of domesticated animals.
Depending on the project, volunteers may be asked to:
Bathe and/or groom the animals
Provide basic obedience training
Clean cages, feed animals, maintain the project area
Help during feeding time
Play with and walk the animals
Support the treatment of injured or sick animals
Observe surgeries and assist in pre-operative and post-operative care
Release or return healthy, recovered animals
Assist with small construction projects
Photography and fundraising
Educational programs in local schools including conservation work
At animal care projects, work may be physically demanding at times. Please note that due to availability and seasonal needs at our projects, we cannot guarantee any particular type of facility. Rest assured, there is a big need for volunteer assistance at these projects and your presence is valued.
De La Farmacia La Bomba, 75m South, left side, San Pedro-Montes de Oca, San Jose 11801, CR
Maximo Nivel has been offering volunteer abroad programs since 2003. We are a locally-based organization in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. We’re the real deal--we’re a feet-on-the-street, live here, work here kind of organization. We offer top-notch volunteer abroad programs and great client service. Our program fees are affordable and transparent.
Maximo Nivel is a family-owned organization founded in 2003. We own and operate four locally-based educational institutes in three of the world’s most beautiful countries-Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru.
We work with more than 4,000 students, volunteers, clients, and travelers every year. Our success is based on our commitment to quality and the highest level of client service. At Maximo Nivel, we continuously invest in professional staff and first-class facilities to ensure you have a great experience!