Interning here offers a life-changing opportunity to work with wild animals in Costa Rica and assist the organisation in its mission to protect and restore Costa Rica’s biodiversity through; wildlife rehabilitation, release, endangered species breeding and reintroduction.
I had an amazing 4 weeks working at the sanctuary. With so many different animals coming into the rescue centre and all of the resident animals in the lifetime care sanctuary, we were kept very busy. The focus is very much on animal welfare.
About the Centre
This opportunity takes place with a non-profit foundation dedicated to conserving Costa Rica’s wildlife. The animal sanctuary and wildlife conservation centre are the oldest of their kind with 30 years of experience in rehabilitating wildlife and providing lifetime care.
Our interns form an integral part of the team and support a number of important roles from daily feeding and enclosure cleaning, to providing enrichment of over 200 species that are part of our lifetime care sanctuary. Interns assist with projects like clicker training with the big cats and coyotes. Wildlife Vet internship positions also available.
The centre is located in La Garita de Alajuela, just 35 minutes from San José and 15 minutes from Juan Santa María International Airport. Our closest town is Alajuela, which can be reached by bus and we are ideally positioned as a base from which to explore Costa Rica on your days off.
Located in the central valley and with good (and cheap) public transport links to Alajuela and San Jose, we are ideally located for people who want to explore everything that Costa Rica has to offer. Within one hour’s car ride you can be on the Pacific coast or exploring volcanos.