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Costa Rica is one of the world’s most popular destinations for eco-tourists because of its rich biodiversity. Small in land mass, the country is home to over 5% of the world’s plant & animal species. Costa Rica is Spanish for the rich coast. One can expect to find this place to be the ideal tropical paradise with diverse landscapes, flora and fauna. From rainforests, to dry tropical and temperate forests, to volcanoes, to Caribbean and Pacific beaches, to high mountains and marshy lowlands, this country has much to offer.
The Spanish Immersion Week takes place in San Jose, and the wildlife volunteer program is in Turrucares, Alajuela Province.
Costa Rica is a well-known destination for sustainable and nature tourism. Yet, its diverse wildlife is still under many threats. These include habitat loss because of development, electrocutions, dog and cat attacks, and illegal pet trading.
The Alajuela Rescue Center is home to various species of birds, monkeys, macaws, parrots, opossums, porcupines, and many sloths. Animal enclosures include an aviary, sloth gardens and monkey cages that are surrounded by nature to provide the animals a stimulating habitat for rehabilitation and well being.
As a volunteer, you can help the local staff treat sick, injured and orphaned animals. Their primary goal is to release animals back to the wild when possible.
Your tasks may include:
07:30 – breackfast
08:45 – Morning meeting and allocation of volunteer task groups.
12:00 – Lunch and free time
13:30 – Afternoon meeting and continuation of volunteer tasks
18:00 – Dinner, free-time and occasional fun night activities.
Note: schedule and tasks may vary depending on the amount of volunteers and tasks required.
Internship option: For an additional fee, qualified volunteers can join this program as an intern. To ensure a valuable experience, interns must join this internship for a minimum of four weeks volunteer work plus 1 week of the Culture/Immersion week and it requires an intermediate level of Spanish proficiency. Please contact us to discuss this option.
Internet: Internet is available during orientation week at the school and at the animal rescue center.
Laundry: During the project there is a washing machine and clothesline available. At the home stay in San Jose, they wash your clothes on a weekly basis; however, you must wash your own undergarments. Remember to bring biodegradable detergents.
Accommodations: In San Jose, you will stay with a host family, which is a short bus ride away from the language school if you are doing the Spanish week. They will provide you with a comfortable, basic private room in their home. Your accommodations throughout your volunteer placement will be in a dorm room with 6 bunk beds and shared bathrooms. The center has a pool, common area, and hammocks for relaxing during down-time.
Food: While attending the orientation sessions and language classes, breakfast & dinner are included at the homestay. At the volunteer project, you will receive three cooked meals per day. Vegetarian and vegan food is available as well. Other dietary options need to be requested in advance.
We recommend traveling around Costa Rica before, during the weekends or after your volunteer placement. You can either explore the country on your own or simply join a tour. Here are a few popular options that you can book with us in advance: