Volunteer at an Animal Rescue Center in Costa Rica

Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Costa RicaCosta Rica, San Carlos CR
Greenheart Travel


Located in the middle of the rainforest in San Carlos province of Costa Rica, this eco-reserve is an animal-lover’s paradise. You will have the opportunity to work alongside volunteers from around the world to support wildlife conservation efforts in Costa Rica.

How You Will Make a Difference:

  • Help feed, observe and administer general care to animals
  • Assist with various conservation projects
  • Work in the greenhouse
  • Help maintain trails on the reserve
  • Help with construction of new habitats for the animals
  • Assist with community outreach projects in the area

Start dates are on a monthly basis but fill quickly. Please apply 8 weeks in advance to reserve your spot.

What's Included?

  • Accommodation with a Costa Rican host family
  • 3 meals per day
  • Private bus from San Jose to project
  • Daily transportation to and from project
  • Emergency medical insurance for the duration of your program
  • Project supervisor and emergency staff available 24/7
  • Orientation pre-departure and upon arrival
  • Culture & Ettiquette guide book


  • Minimum 1 week commitment (maximum 3 months)
  • 16 years of age or older
  • Consent to criminal background check for volunteers 18 and older (Greenheart Travel will process this for you)
  • Beginner level of Spanish, intermediate or higher is beneficial
  • Willingness to help with any and all needs of the project

To request more information, please visit our website at http://greenhearttravel.org/program/adult/volunteer-abroad/animal-rescue-center-in-costa-rica, or call our office in Chicago at 888-227-6231 for further details regarding more program specifics, fees, and the application process.


  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Science
  • Animal Care / Handling

Good Match For

Teens Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • 1-12 week options
  • Entry-level Spanish proficiency

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