Central Valley

Animal Rescue Center

Volunteering with animals


What is it about?

At the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center people are dedicated to protect and help endangered Costa Rican wildlife with all means available. Our first and foremost goal is to ensure the welfare of the animals at the center and help them recover from both, physical and psychological wounds that have arisen from their past suffering.

Since many animals become victims of abuse in the tourism sector or illegal pet trade, we want to raise awareness about their mistreatment. Our work is our way of leading the change to more animal welfare and a sustainable way of living in coexistence with wildlife.

Tasks as volunteer?

By participating in this project you will be responsible for contributing in activities such as

  • cleaning animal enclosures

  • general tidying of the center

  • preparing food for the animals

  • feeding the animals

  • preparing toys and stimulating exercises for the animals

You will work half days Monday through Friday and enjoy a typical Costa-Rican breakfast during work days.


  • You live in rustic and easy equipped beds.

  • There is no luxury or any comfort. But what you´ll have is the most beautiful view in an untouched natural resort in Costa Rica.


Our lovely cooks and volunteers prepare a variety of dishes for our communal meals, from traditional Costa Rican food to a mix of international dishes. There is a vegetarian option at every meal. If you have specific dietary needs, please inform us ahead of time and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

What is expected from you?

  • Positive attitude in life and nature

  • No fear for animals

  • Positive teamwork

  • Fun and sense of responsibility

  • Dedicated work


Apply Now!

Available: Always

minimum Duration*: 2 weeks

Accommodation: sharing room

Food: 3 meals

Sector: Central Valley

Best time: whole year

Schedule: 6 Days / Week

8:30 - 11 am
1:30 - 4:30 pm

Transport: public transport
or shuttle bus

WiFi: Yes

Pool: Yes

Refrigerator: YES

Washing machine Yes

Hot Shower Yes

Central Valley - close to Alajuela (San Jose)

Central Valley - close to Alajuela (San Jose)