Volunteer with Rescued Animals in Costa Rica
Volunteering with Proyecto Asis Wildlife Rescue definitely tops my bucket list of experiences to have with my family. Proyecto Asis gives you the opportunity to experience Costa Rican wildlife up close and personal as you help care for rescued animals. They also teach Spanish classes (for ages 5+) and can arrange a homestay with a local Costa Rican family to provide a true cultural immersion experience!
Where: La Fortuna, Costa Rica (near Arenal)
Mission: Proyecto Asis takes in animals that are injured, sick, abandoned, or abused. Their wildlife rescue has created natural environments for these animals. They provide food, medical treatment, and care for them until they are healthy enough to be released back into the wild. Proyecto Asis will permanently house animals that would be unable to survive in the wild.
How you can help: At the wildlife rescue center, you would be helping in the daily care of their animals. Tasks could include preparing food for the animals, cleaning enclosures, making toys for the animals, or helping to build new animal enclosures.
Additional Volunteer Info: Proyecto Asis has two different program options. The first is includes 20 hours per week of volunteering, which starts at $630 for adults and $570 for children (for one week). The second option includes both volunteering and Spanish classes, and starts at $740 for adults and $600 for children (for one week). The price includes the homestay, meals, laundry service, volunteering, local transportation, and Spanish lessons (should you choose that option).
Don’t have a week? Proyecto Asis also offers 3-hour or one day volunteer programs. Programs are also available for high school and college students.
Timing: Volunteers are appreciated all year round!
Age: Volunteer and Spanish programs are available to children age 5+. Younger children are welcome, but there is no structured program.
Contact: email@example.com, +506 2475-9121
Bonus: Fall in love with an animal on your stay? Proyecto Asis will soon be releasing details on their Adopt an Animal program, where you can financially support an animal during its stay at the wildlife rescue.
*All images courtesy of Proyecto Asis