Important Health Information

Any volunteer with the Jaguar Rescue Center is required to obtain his or her own private health and travel insurance. Proof of insurance must be submitted to the Jaguar Rescue Center before you will be allowed to begin your volunteer tenure. We recommend a volunteer insurance like this.
We believe it is the responsibility of each volunteer to know and understand his or her own health and wellness. You should be aware of any allergies you have and how your body reacts to disease, wounds, insect bites and medicine. We are in the jungle, and we advise you to bring along any medications you think you may need. The health and safety of our volunteers is always a primary concern for us, and we feel it is always best to be well prepared for any situation.
Because our primates are easily susceptible to tuberculosis, anyone wishing to work with our monkeys must provide proof of a negative tuberculosis test.
While rabies is almost unheard of in Costa Rica, it is always a risk when you are exposed to animals. We leave it up to the discretion of each individual volunteer whether or not they wish to undergo a rabies vaccination in their home country before coming to volunteer with us.
We do not believe that vaccinations against yellow fever, malaria and typhoid are necessary for visiting us. We advise you to consult with the World Health Organisation and your own physician to determine what’s best for you.