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Wildlife Rescue & Rehab Internship Programme, Costa Rica

1-20 weeks from

minimum age

  • Work with rescued wildlife in the Costa Rican jungle
  • Learn from wildlife vets about how to take care of injured wildlife
  • Assist in mission to protect and restore Costa Rica’s biodiversity
  • Have the opportunity to monitor wildlife post release in our stunning release forest site

tapir costa ricaProject Costs

You can join the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Internship Programme for 1 up to 20 weeks throughout the year.  A 2 week commitment is preferred, so that you get to experience the full programme, but one week will also be accepted if you have limited time *pls note, we do not accept 1 week bookings in June to August.  The cost to join this programme for 1 week is £515, 2 weeks is £835, 3 weeks is £1135, 4 weeks is £1435, 5 weeks is £1815, 6 weeks is £2200, 8 weeks is £2960 and 12 weeks is £4400.  Please email for costs for other durations and also for the Road to Freedom internship.

Note:  Anyone joining for 4 weeks or more will get to spend at least 1 night out at our 1,800 acre dry tropical reserve on the Nicoya peninsula as part of the programme fee.

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast foods (milk, cereal, fruit, coffee, tea) are provided. Volunteers prepare their own breakfast.
  • Prepared lunch and dinner
  • Linens
  • Training
  • WorkingAbroad Project support

What’s not Included?

  • Flights or other transportation to Costa Rica
  • Airport transfer to and from SJO airport (7.30am to 8pm) this will cost 25 USD for the pickup and 15 USD for the return.  *Note that transfers to the Release site are 75 USD one way.
  • Insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Medical care

Payment Terms

To secure your placement on the project, you will need to complete and submit the application form with your application payment of £195 (included in the total project costs listed above). If for some reason, your application is not accepted, we will reimburse this payment fully. However, for those who are accepted, you will need to pay 25% of the balance within 14 days of being accepted on the programme, with the remaining 75% of the balance to be paid two months before arrival. Once we have confirmed your place, you will receive a pre-departure package with all detailed information on the project, Costa Rica, suggested items to bring etc.

Chesnut toucanProject Dates

Interns should arrive on a Friday after 7.30AM and the programme will start on Saturday at 9AM.  Please arrange to leave by Thursday at noon on your chosen departure date.  Dates run all year round, and you can start on any Friday throughout the year.  If your preferred dates are not listed below, you can still apply and state your desired start date in the motivation letter section. Please email us at victoria.mcneil@workingabroad.com  or for any other questions.  If dates are shown as fully booked, please email us, as we can also offer you a place at our release site – Bosque Escondido where you can monitor monkeys in the process of being released.

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Wildlife Rescue & Rehab Internship Programme, Costa Rica

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