Animal Rescue Center and Zoo

San Jose, Costa Rica Wildlife & Environmental Conservation



If you like reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds and are also interested in preserving the environment, you will be perfect for this program. You will be helping out at and supporting a local animal shelter. This shelter not only takes in homeless animals, but also wild animals which are in a bad condition of any kind and aims at releasing them back into the wild as soon as they are healthy and well again.

This type of volunteering is perfect for adult volunteers who want help for a longer time. The volunteer can come every day he or she wants within the hole month. It is also necessary always to assist in the shelter shirt and respect the conditions of volunteering. Furthermore, our programs are family friendly and we love to welcome families with little children.

In addition to the care-taking of the animals, volunteers help us welcoming visitors at the entrance, explaining our goals and answering any questions that the visitors may have about the shelter or its resident animals. Learning about wildlife management will grow as the volunteer spend more days in the shelter, from positive interaction with animals to good diet and reproduction.

Our main goal at the end of the day will always be to take care of wild animals and free them back to nature where they belong.


Tasks that may seem miniscule or “too small to make a difference” actually have the opposite effect. Volunteers help improve areas around the world by completing any and every task, from mending fences and picking up trash to painting a community building or filling a classroom with necessary supplies. How volunteers make a difference is by recognizing no task is too small or insignificant.

Field conditions

As a volunteer you can expect the following daily responsibilities:
Interacting with visitors
Maintenance of animal enclosures
answer basic questions about animals
training of wild resident animals that are in the shelter.
Cleaning the cages.
Preparation of diets.
and many other things!

Arrival and orientation

Your arrival airport in Costa Rica will be Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO).

Our in-country staff will be there to greet you at the airport. They’ll be holding a Volunteer Now Costa Rica sign so you can spot them easily.

From the airport, our staff will arrange your transport to your accommodation. This drive should take around 20 minutes, depending on traffic.

On your first full working day in Costa Rica, you’ll have your country induction. Your Projects Volunteer Now Costa Rica Coordinator will pick you up from you host family to show you around the surrounding areas. Your first stop will be the ProjectsVolunteer Now Costa Rica office. Here, you’ll get to learn more about the different projects we run in Costa Rica.

A staff member will also walk you through your project handbook. You’ll receive an induction pack containing important information that you can refer to throughout your trip. This includes things like a map of the town with important places highlighted and Projects Abroad staff contact information.

Your coordinator will then show you around. You’ll visit important landmarks and amenities, like internet cafes, the post office, and exchange bureaus.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Accommodation with local families, individual or share rooms with TV cable, free wi-fi and laundry.



from $280 USDper week

from $280 USDper week


What’s included

  • All meals

  • Training and support

  • Project supplies

  • Airport pickup

  • Housing

What’s not included

  • Local language lessons

  • Travel insurance

  • Air tickets

Start dates

VOLUNTEER NOW COSTA RICA is located in Escazu (San Jose) and Guanacaste Area (Coco Beach), in Costa Rica. This is a family company that has been around since 2004 and enlisted the aid of hundreds of volunteers from all over the world to work on the ecological and social projects our company offers.

OUR MISSION: Meet all the needs of each volunteer in this beautiful country and create a unique and different atmosphere.

OUR VISION: Position ourselves as leaders in volunteer services at national and international level.






Quality in our services





You may also be interested in…

Applying through Abroadly gets you access to exclusive travel scholarships and a no-fee fundraising platform

29 people are researching this project