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Wildlife Rescue Volunteer Project, Costa Rica

2-12 weeks from

£195
18+
minimum age

  • Work with rescued wildlife in the Costa Rican jungle
  • Learn from wildlife vets about how to take care of injured wildlife
  • Combine volunteering with yoga, surfing or Spanish lessons
  • Long term volunteers and interns get free lodging

Scarlet macaws in Costa Rica

Project Costs

The cost to join this programme for 2 weeks is £1215 (£1425 for deluxe), 3 weeks is £1590 (£2030 for deluxe), 4 weeks is £2050 (£2635 for deluxe), 5 weeks is the same price as 4 weeks for both, and as from 6 weeks, the rate is discounted and is £2065 (£2945 deluxe), 8 weeks is £2680 (£3850 deluxe).

The payment covers food (3 meals a day) 6 days a week (Saturdays only breakfast is provided, but you can eat locally or prepare your own food), accommodation in the simple rooms, training by wildlife vets, fun outings to waterfalls, tidal pools or beaches, in-country and WorkingAbroad Project support.  If you opt for Deluxe lodging, please refer to Lodging & Travel section for more details on what it includes.

Long Term Volunteering
For anyone joining as a Long Term Volunteer for 12 weeks, there is a one off £195 application cost and then you are responsible for your own food and accommodation costs. You can opt in for a professional meal plan of £85 per week if you want and/or on site accommodation for £20 per week with access to kitchen (which is £240 for 12 weeks), or you can opt to live off site.  For long term volunteers, a £320 deposit is requested before arrival, which will be returned at the end of a successful 12 week commitment.   

Long Term Internships
For anyone joining as a Long Term Intern for 12 weeks, the cost for the full 12 weeks is £625 which includes covering the cost of hiring internship supervisors to train and supervise interns, as well as lodging costs.  In addition, a £500 deposit is requested, £320 of which will be returned at the end of a successful 12 week commitment, with the remaining £180 which will be kept to cover costs towards your lodging and utilities.  You can opt in for a professional meal plan of £85 per week if you want.

Yoga classes in the afternoons cost £95 per week, and Surfing and Spanish lessons cost £275 per week.  All prices are in GB pounds sterling.

You can do volunteering on its own, or choose volunteering plus Spanish, or volunteering plus yoga, or volunteering plus surfing any week if you wish, as an add on, but must be booked beforehand.

The above costs don’t include flights to/from Costa Rica, health and travel insurance, visa fee (if required), transfers to and from the Rescue Centre and personal expenses. It is mandatory for you to take out travel and medical insurance for the duration of the project.

Baby anteater being fedPayment 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 one month 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.

Project Dates

You can join the Wildlife Rescue Volunteer and Internship Programme for 2 up to 12 weeks throughout the year.

Volunteers should arrive on a Sunday afternoon, and leave the project on a Sunday morning. Dates run all year round – if your preferred dates are not listed below, please email us at victoria.mcneil@workingabroad.com  or for any other questions.

Start End Availability
December 8th 2019 December 22nd 2019
December 22nd 2019 January 5th 2020
January 5th 2020 January 19th 2020
January 19th 2020 February 2nd 2020
February 2nd 2020 February 16th 2020
February 16th 2020 March 1st 2020
March 1st 2020 March 15th 2020
March 15th 2020 March 29th 2020
March 29th 2020 April 12th 2020
April 12th 2020 April 26th 2020
April 26th 2020 May 10th 2020
May 10th 2020 May 24th 2020
May 24th 2020 June 7th 2020
June 7th 2020 June 21st 2020
June 21st 2020 July 5th 2020
July 5th 2020 July 19th 2020
July 19th 2020 August 2nd 2020
August 2nd 2020 August 16th 2020
August 16th 2020 August 30th 2020
August 30th 2020 September 13th 2020
September 13th 2020 September 27th 2020
September 27th 2020 October 11th 2020
October 11th 2020 October 25th 2020
October 25th 2020 November 8th 2020
November 8th 2020 November 22nd 2020
November 22nd 2020 December 6th 2020
December 6th 2020 December 20th 2020
December 20th 2020 January 3rd 2021
Wildlife Rescue Volunteer Project, Costa Rica

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