Volunteer in Costa Rica with Wildlife Conservation - from just $37 per day!

Company : Love Volunteers
Location : Costa Rica, Various
Duration: 2 weeks to 1 year
Approx Costs: 50 to 2000 $ Dollars (US)

This essential program works to save Costa Rica’s wildlife that is facing a crisis of epic proportions.  

Development, agriculture, illegal exotic animal trade and contamination are just a few of the issues that affect wildlife, and many species are under threat. Volunteers on this fantastic program will spend time working in animal rescue centers aimed at helping endangered species and wildlife in general. They will be working hands on with animals, caring for them, feeding them, and participating in all the duties required to run a wildlife rescue centre.

Hurt, displaced, abandoned and sick animals are rescued by the centres, brought back for care, then if possible, released back into a safe native environment on completion of their rehabilitation. It will be hard and physical work at times, and volunteers must be prepared to work hard and get a little dirty! It will however be extremely rewarding as volunteers see first-hand how they are making a real difference to the lives of these wonderful creatures.

Extra hands are always needed, and greatly appreciated at wildlife centres which are underfunded and greatly under resourced. 

Goals of this Project:

  • Work to save the lives of vulnerable animals
  • Improve the prospects of the indigenous animals of Costa Rica
  • Research the animals of Costa Rica to learn more about their lives and ultimately, how to protect them
  • Create an environment that enables different cultures to work together with the goal of saving animal lives.

Start Dates

This project is available year-round and programs typically start every 1st and 3rd SUNDAY of each month. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.


Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to give their time and energy to help protect and conserve the native wildlife of Costa Rica. This project is best suited to those who are either pursuing a career in animal conservation/zoological studies, or who simply wish to explore an interest in this field. However, the project is open to all and does not require participants to have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by one of local project leaders. Importantly though, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!

Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:

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