Costa Rica – Family-Friendly Animal Rescue and Conservation – Images

Join a family-friendly version of one of GoEco’s top-rated wildlife conservation programs! Enjoy a volunteer adventure in Costa Rica to help indigenous animals at a renowned wildlife rescue center.


Program Highlights: 

  • Gain hands-on experience in wildlife care and conservation
  • Enjoy weekly volunteer activities such as yoga, movie nights, trips and Spanish classes.
  • Meet like-minded volunteers from around the world


Family Price Details: 

  • The Program Fee stated below is for one adult family member aged 13 and older. Scroll down to Additional Options to discover the fee for children aged 12 and under.
  • We will place families together in one room or glamping tents (subject to availability)
  • Minimum age is 8


Your schedule at a glance (minimum 1 week commitment). 

Arrival day, Sunday: Airport pickup and transfer to the rescue center. Settle in your new home and meet the volunteers.
Monday: Volunteer orientation
Monday – Sunday: meaningful volunteer work at the rescue center
Thursday: Day-off to relax or to join an organized tour around Costa Rica
Sunday: Departure and transfer to the airport or continue with the program


Location icon Location of the Project: Guacima District in the Alajuela Canton, just a short drive from the Juan Santamaría International Airport.

Project length Project length: Minimum 1 week

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work:  Wildlife care and conservation

Age Age:  Children must be at least eight years old.

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 100

Important Note Important Note: Arrival and departure day is on a Sunday.


What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Multiple volunteer housing options from 4 to 8 people per room with a shared bathroom. There is also an option to upgrade to a private glamping tent, private room or tiki-hut. All rooms are subject to availability.

Food Food: 3 delicious and healthy meals per day prepared by our private chefs (we also cater to vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free diets and all allergies).

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers:  We provide airport transfers on both arrival & departure days.

Orientation Orientation: We provide a full orientation on the first Monday. Welcome package which includes a volunteer t-shirt, carry bag, beach towel, pillowcase, water bottle and a hat or coffee mug.

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.


What’s not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, and personal expenses.

Costa Rica is one of the world’s most popular ecotourism destinations, because of its incredible biodiversity. It is estimated that Costa Rica may contain as much as 5% of the earth’s plant and animal species! Costa Rica translates to “rich coast” in Spanish for its diverse landscapes, which include rainforests, tropical and temperate forests, volcanoes, beaches, high mountains and marshy lowlands.

The Wildlife Rescue Center is in Alajuela on a 10 acre farm, just a short drive from the Juan Santamaría International Airport.

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.

We work with one of the best wildlife organizations in Costa Rica. They dedicate themselves to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of local animals. There is an on-site hospital staffed by dedicated vets/interns and comfortable living quarters, which can house up to 100+ volunteers. The animal enclosures include an aviary, sloth gardens, and monkey cages, all surrounded by nature. This provides the animals a place similar to their natural habitat as they recover from their wounds.

As a volunteer, you will help the local staff treat sick, injured and orphaned animals. Their primary goal is to release animals back to the wild when possible. Your volunteer tasks will include:

  • Preparing food for over 100 animals.
  • Cleaning and upkeep of animal enclosures.
  • Feeding the animals
  • Building and implementing new animal toys (animal enrichment).
  • Washing utensils & cleaning the kitchen where food is prepared
  • Placing fresh water in the bird cages
  • Providing a caring environment for the animals and checking for injuries
  • Facility maintenance chores: repairing, cleaning, planting, installing, building, painting, reforesting, etc. Assisting the on-site vet when possible.
  • Taking part in educational community projects.
  • We encourage volunteers to advance their own individual projects. If you identify potential for a special project, we will work with you to transform your idea into action.


Internet icon Internet: WiFi is available

Laundry icon Laundry: Laundry service is available

Accommodations icon Accommodations: Families will get either a private room, tiki hut or glamping tent with a shared bathroom. Accommodations will be allocated upon arrival, based on availability and family size.

Food icon Food: 3 delicious and healthy meals per day prepared by our private chefs (we also cater to vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free diets and all allergies).


  • GoEco Interview
  • The program requires adults you to have a full COVID-19 vaccination or negative PCR test before arrival.
  • Minimum age of 8 with family.
  • Physically fit
  • Love and respect for animals
  • Flexible and open-minded to do all kinds of chores, depending on the project needs
  • Adaptability to the weather in Costa Rica (tropical climate – high temperatures and humidity during the rainy season)
  • All volunteers coming from South America or Africa must have a yellow fever vaccination certification in order to enter Costa Rica

As a volunteer, you can join daily night activities, including Zumba lessons, night walks, bonfires, trivia, movie night and much more…

The program also includes weekly tours to many tourist destinations throughout the country. Some options include:

  • Jaco Beach where you can ride ATV’s and Canopy Tours (zip lines),
  • Manuel Antonio National Park where you can tour the rainforest or relax on the beach,
  • Monterverde Cloud Forest where you can enjoy the hanging bridges,
  • Arenal Volcano where you can submerge yourself in the warm, beautiful hot springs.

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