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ORGANIZATION: Volunteer Now Costa Rica

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 9 people are interested

The Animal Rescue Center gives to the animals a second chance at life. Our dedicated staff and selfless volunteers work tirelessly to help these animals heal, keep them safe, rehabilitate them, and eventually re-release them into their natural habitat in the Costa Rican rainforest

Who Can Volunteer?

All who are interested! You should come ready to pitch in whenever necessary and be willing live in basic conditions. There is no max age - we have had volunteers in their late sixties stay with us.

Minimum stay

The minimum time to volunteer is one week; takes at least this amount of time to learn how to properly be able to care for the animals and receive the full experience. However, that volunteers who stay for two weeks or more tend to have the best experiences with us.

The daily tasks include:

  1. Preparing food for the animals
  2. Feeding the howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, sloths, birds (Scarlet Macaws,parrots, owls, and others), olingo, and kinkajousCleaning animal enclosures
  1. Cleaning the common areas
  2. Giving extra attention to the orphaned young animals (for example, Feluco; a young howler monkey)
  3. General tidying of the Center (sweeping pathways, etc.)
  4. Preparing toys and stimulating exercises for the animals
  5. Caring for our resident dogs
  6. And other great contributions you might have! We welcome creative initiative!

What Are the Conditions Like?

Costa Rica has a warm and humid environment, but the Center is shaded, making the working conditions comfortable.

At the center have electricity, flush toilets, unheated showers, and Wi-Fi. The electricity occasionally goes out for several hours at a time, so is recommend volunteers bring a headlamp to get around at night. The Wi-Fi can be inconsistent, so come prepared to be off-line at times.

The dorm rooms for the volunteers have 6-12 beds per room, and the center provide sheets and mosquito netting for each bed.

The center has a pool, common area, book exchange, fire pit, and hammocks for relaxing

during downtime.

The cook prepares a variety of dishes for the communal meals, from traditional Costa Rican food to a mix of international dishes. There is a vegetarian option at every meal. If you have specific dietary needs, please inform us ahead of time and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. The center has a refrigerator available for the volunteers for personal snacks.

There is a washing machine and clothesline available to clean your clothing.

The volunteer arrives to San Jose, staying with a tica family, the next day preferably Sunday morning take a bus to the project.

Accommodation in the project are in shared houses with rooms of 4 or 6 person.

Our volunteers in general must comply a work schedule of 6 to 8 hours, 5 days a week, depending on the needs and structure of each project.

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About Volunteer Now Costa Rica


75 metros Este Correos Costa Rica, Escazu, Escazu 10201, CR

Mission Statement

Meet all the needs of each volunteers in this beautiful and create a unique and different experience


Located in Costa Rica. This is a family company that has been around since 2004 and enlisted the aid of hundreds of volunteers from all over the world, which ones come to our country to work on the ecological and social projects our company offer.

The farther you have to travel to get here and the eager you are to participate and learn about our great history and culture, the more we will appreciate and love you for your commitment to be the change in our great country. When you the volunteer dedicate your time and effort to us, we promise to dedicate all of our resources to making sure your efforts make the greatest difference possible.

A great example of a typical volunteer experience will be as follows. Before arriving in Costa Rica, the volunteers will have to choose the project that fits with their best interests whether it’s a social or ecological project. This is done for both the and the organization to be clear. We will then provide transportation from the airport to the host family residence, of which you will be living in during your stay. I have a group of local families that have renovated and dedicated their time and homes to our program.

The families we have chosen as hosts will do everything in their power to help you with your personal journey as well you will be able to immerse and understand the way our day to day "tica" life style is lived.


Animals, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


ESCAZU28TH.ESCAZU, 10202Costa Rica



  • Veterinary
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 2 weeks
  • Respect and commitment towards the center, animal and staff.

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