Wildlife Conservation in Costa Rica

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Group Size: Varies

Trip code: CRWR

Duration: 2-4 weeks

Volunteer with rescued animals
Experience Costa Rican culture
Make a difference in National Parks

Get involved as a volunteer at amazing wildlife conservation projects in Costa Rica. Help rehabilitate and care for wildlife in centres and National Parks. A high level of Spanish is required: Beginners can add in our Learn to Speak Spanish in Costa Rica programme.

Trip highlights

  • Volunteer in wildlife centres, national parks, zoos protecting Costa Rica’s diverse wildlife
  • Work with a wide variety of amazing animals: Rehabilitate and rescue animals affected by deforestation, the illegal pet trade, poaching and habitat destruction
  • Help support understaffed and underfunded projects, working to raise community awareness over environmental issues
  • Live in a home-stay or volunteer house for an immersion in Costa Rican culture
  • Enjoy a detailed orientation in San José before you begin volunteering and explore the amazing country of Costa Rica in your time off!
Further trip information

Help to conserve native Costa Rican wildlife and protect endangered species at these wonderful wildlife projects across Costa Rica. Volunteering in National Parks, protected areas or in zoos you will help with wildlife rehabilitation and care in amazing Costa Rica.


Arriving on a Sunday you’ll spend your first two nights in San José, staying in a home stay with a local family in the city, with all meals provided. You will have an orientation session on the Monday, which is designed to provide you with all the details you’ll need to know about the wildlife conservation programme and answer any questions you may have about your placement.

On the Tuesday you will travel to your allocated wildlife conservation project. Transportation to and from the projects is independent and is at your own expense. You will be given a map and detailed transport instructions during the orientation to help you transfer to your project easily.  You will then begin volunteering on the Wednesday.


Your itinerary will vary from day to day and will change depending on the wildlife placement you choose to volunteer at.  Most placements are reasonably flexible and allow you to work either full or part time - all they ask is that you are proactive, motivated, enthusiastic and creative!

You can expect to volunteer from Monday and Friday between the hours of 7:30am / 8:30am - 15:30pm. Regular volunteer duties include:

  • Preparing food and feeding the animals
  • Cleaning and bathing the animals
  • Cleaning wildlife cages and enclosures
  • Building and repairing enclosures and feeding platforms
  • Maintaining fences
  • Providing tourist information to visitors

If you wish to leave the project premises, you can do so during your free time as long as you inform the project coordinators and have their permission. One day a week is allocated in order for you to leave the project site and explore some of the local area and attractions.

Volunteer placements end on a Friday and you will then need to make your own way back to San José on the Saturday - the local team can help you arrange this. You will then spend one final night in Costa Rica (included in the programme) before departing on Sunday.

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Please note: The project is closed over Easter, Christmas & New Year.