Work in Wildlife conservation
Costa Rica is a true haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers, boasting an incredible biodiversity unlike any other country in the world. From lush rainforests to stunning coastlines, this small Central American nation is home to an astonishing array of plant and animal species. However, with such rich biodiversity comes the responsibility to protect and preserve it. That is where wildlife conservation comes into play. Costa Rica’s commitment to biodiversity conservation is evident through the numerous wildlife rescue centers scattered throughout the country.
The wildlife conservation program works with various organizations in Costa Rica, that serve as a sanctuary for wild animals that have been confiscated by the authorities from poachers, individuals who have abused them, or those who have unlawfully kept them as pets. These wild creatures, in some instances, are capable of being rehabilitated to reacclimate and adapt back to their original, natural habitats. However, some animals have spent such a significant amount of time in captivity or were even born into captivity, that they simply cannot survive if released back into the wild.
For those animals that are fortunate enough(a minority) to be rehabilitated, they are released back into their natural environment following a lengthy and labor-intensive process of teaching them the necessary survival skills. This process is not quick or easy, but it is essential for their survival. On the other hand, those animals that are not capable of being rehabilitated are provided with a safe and secure environment within the rescue center. They are kept for exhibition purposes and to raise awareness among visitors.
Volunteers play a crucial role in the functioning of the center and can assist in a multitude of tasks. These tasks range from feeding the animals and crafting toys for them to play with, to cleaning their cages and implementing rehabilitation techniques. Volunteers also guide visitors around the center and monitor the animals’ behavior and health.
The project is home to a diverse range of species, including but not limited to, macaws and other exotic birds, sloths, monkeys, armadillos, and other species native to Costa Rica.
The work schedule at the center is structured as 5 days per week, with two days off for rest. The working hours are from 7 am to 3 pm. On your first day of work, you will be assigned a shift that you will adhere to for the duration of your time at the center.
Minimum commitment: 4 weeks
Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica and other centers around Costa Rica
Accommodation: host family with two meals per day.
Available: Year Round.
Notes: Attracts an extra fee of $120 per week to cover extra costs of logistics, materials, and lodging.