Volunteer with Wild Animals in San Ramón, Costa Rica

San Ramón, Costa Rica Wildlife & Environmental Conservation



Costa Rica is famous for its rich natural wonders. Many people from around the world come to Costa Rica to experience its lush rainforests and rich biodiversity. In fact, Costa Rica is one of the more biodiversity-dense countries in the world and it is home to more than 500,000 species, which represent nearly 4% of the total estimated species worldwide.Development, agriculture, illegal exotic animal trade, and contamination affect many wildlife species that are under constant threat. Volunteers in the wildlife program in Costa Rica work in animal rescue centers aimed at helping endangered species. Depending on availability and preference there is the opportunity to work with land animals or marine wildlife.

There is an option to volunteer with wild animals in a nature reserve or the option to volunteer with turtles and other marine wildlife.

Requirements : Basic Spanish. Reasonably fit , Eco-fee


This is a great volunteer opportunity for people who love the outdoors and getting active and dirty with fulfilling manual work projects – and of course this is a great program for volunteers who are passionate about conserving our planet’s diverse wildlife. As a volunteer, your assistance will further the important work being done by a rescue center that aims to protect animals from encroaching development and agricultural practices, as well as the illegal exotic animal trade.

Field conditions

As a volunteer on INLEX/CA’s Costa Rica wildlife conservation program, you will have the chance to work with an animal rescue center that supports endangered species. A few of your activities will include:

– Taking care of the animals, including preparing food, feeding them, and cleaning their enclosures

– Building cages and shelters for the animals

– Educating visitors about the importance of wildlife conservation

– Helping out with maintenance tasks around the animal rescue center

You’re also invited to take Spanish classes as part of your trip to Costa Rica, which will help to give you a truly immersive experience.

Arrival and orientation

Orientation is held the day after your arrival with all the volunteers that have arrived on the same day as you and it is followed by a walking tour of San Ramon de Alajuela. We will discuss topics like:

– Who we are

– The country

– Your program

– Health and safety precautions

– Living with a host family

– Transportation

– Expectations

– Responsibilities

– Exchanging currency

– Communication

– Information on Spanish lessons

– Do's and don'ts

The orientation takes most of the day and is vital to understanding the country, the program, and to ensure you have a great experience. This will be the time to ask questions, learn about your time here and meet staff and other participants. You will be informed of the time of orientation upon arrival.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Your host family is eager to welcome you and integrate you into their family, traditions and day-to-day life. Living with a host family is different from staying in a hostel or guest house as you will be given the opportunity to integrate into an authentic cultural experience as well as improve your Spanish while sharing your culture as well. In a way, you will become a part of the family, so please remember to respect the house rules, help in the house and treat each other with respect. The host family will give you 2 meals per day (unless specified otherwise), usually breakfast and dinner and for lunch you will cover the cost of by either buying food for yourself, eat outside or pay the host family a little extra for lunch. Laundry is not included in the program. You can ask your host family to use their washing facilities to wash your own laundry or sometimes, host families are willing to do the laundry for an extra charge. This varies from family to family, so we leave this decision up to you.


Volunteers will stay with a host family for an authentic cultural experience.


from $426 USDper week

from $426 USDper week


What’s included

  • Coffee, tea and wi-fi in our office

  • Thorough orientation of the program and walking tour in san ramon de alajuela

  • Transportation to the language school and volunteer project site

  • 24/7 emergency support

  • Participation in cultural activities

  • Introduction to your project placement

  • Accommodation with a host family with two meals per day

  • Pick up at the airport

What’s not included

  • Visa renewal and related costs (if staying more than 90 days)

  • Transportation upon finishing your program

  • Personal expenses

  • Travel or medical insurance

  • Airport/exit taxes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

Start dates

Projects start every other Sunday and run all year, except for the winter holidays.

INLEXCA´s mission is to strengthen human resources in Central America through volunteer programs, educational tours and internships. In addition to this, INLEXCA provides opportunities to students, professionals, and interested persons from countries outside the Central American region, to better understand the reality and challenges faced by the countries in the region. We work towards : -Sustainability in the projects and communities that we work in. -Programs that promote cultural exchange. -Safe and affordable programs. -Strengthening and empowering communities. -Authentic experiences for our volunteers. -Facilitating education. Our office was set up by former Peace Corps staff in Guatemala in 2005, who wanted to provide flexible programs that would allow prospective volunteers to choose how long they wanted to volunteer for and in what area they wanted to focus on. This flexibility allows our participants the option to commit for as long as they want, unlike other programs that required one or two year commitments. We do this because we believe in the principle that every volunteer can make a difference, no matter how long they volunteer for, together, we can help communities grow and become stronger. Many years and happy volunteers later, we work with key partner projects to develop communities in each of our destinations. INLEXCA is member of the Federation in International Living and abides by their standard of quality.

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