Program Details

1 - 12 Week Volunteer Opportunities at an Animal Rescue Center in Costa Rica with Greenheart Travel. Live with a host family, practice your Spanish and travel for a change as a volunteer abroad!
San Jose, Costa Rica
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Work Types:
Animals, Environment
1-2 weeks, 3-4 weeks, 1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:

Based on a private ecological reserve in the rainforests of northern Costa Rica, this Eco-Reserve and Animal Rescue Center was founded to give endangered, injured and abandoned animals a home. Volunteers at the project focus on rehabilitating animals and releasing the back into the wild.

Volunteers will have a chance to help:
-- Feed, observe and administer general care to animals
-- With various conservation projects
-- Work in the greenhouse
-- Maintain trails on the reserve
-- With construction of new habits
-- With community outreach efforts in the area

“Besides a couple incidents involving monkey poop, I had an amazing time in Costa Rica.  My host family went above and beyond to make me comfortable and to make sure that I had an enjoyable time.  Everyone I met there was incredibly friendly and welcoming and I had such a fun time with all the cute animals!  I’m so glad I got to experience their culture, I definitely learned a lot. Thanks for all your support!” – Evelyn Scafe, Greenheart Travel volunteer alumna

Setting Description:
All volunteers live with carefully selected local host families near the volunteer project. Costa Rican host families are very welcoming! Most of the host families have hosted foreign students from this program in the past and no Spanish language skills are required to live with them. Prospective host families undergo a rigorous screening process, and participants can rest assured that only suitable host families will be selected.
1 Week: $1,610 / 2 Weeks: $2,160 / 3 Weeks: $2,570 / 4 Weeks: $3,570 / 5 Weeks: $3,760 / 6 Weeks: $4,190 / 7 Weeks: $4,530 / 8 Weeks: $4,850 / 9 Weeks: $5,310 / 10 Weeks: $5,770 / 11 Weeks: $6,230 / 12 Weeks: $6,690 USD. Program price includes: Host Family Accommodations * 3 meals per day * Airport pickup & drop off to/from San Jose airport * Medical/Accident insurance* 24-hour emergency support * Pre-departure and arrival orientations * Personal assistance from a Greenheart Travel program manager * Certificate of Completion upon request for successful completion of the program

Additional Program Information