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4-Week Volunteer Program

4-Week Volunteer Program Costa RicaThe day to day care of our temporary and permanent residents is not possible without the help of our small army of dedicated volunteers. Animal lovers from around the world come together to ‘help us, help them’, and for an experience which is truly life changing.

Our volunteers (from 18-85 years old) are an essential part of what we do and a four week commitment can include a broad range of tasks, from doing the dishes and cleaning up after the animals (which is a constant!!), to building and remodelling enclosures, or baby-sitting a new arrival to ease the stress of their new environment.

Please keep in mind that while volunteering with us is an exciting life-changing experience no matter what your age, it is also a great responsibility. We take the care of our animals and volunteers very seriously, and lack of attention can have serious consequences. While you will love being around our animals, it is important to remember that their care and attention is your primary responsibility and focus. Their little lives are in your hands.

Volunteer training begins every Monday morning at 11:00am - (Attendance is mandatory!). On this day, you will be introduced to the other volunteers, join a tour of the Center, and get all the information you need to fully start your volunteering the next day. Please bring your confirmation of deposit, as well as copies of your negative tuberculosis test and medical insurance.

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  •   Minimum age of 18
  •   Experience not required
  •   Basic English or Basic Spanish
  •   Minimum stay of 1 month (1 week at La Ceiba and 3 weeks at the Jaguar Rescue Center)
  •   Application form
  •   TB test certificate from your country
  •   Health insurance certificate
  •   Please keep in mind that the volunteer work includes different kinds of assignments and not just staying with the animals.
At the Jaguar Rescue Center
  •   3 days of training
  •   A visit to the ARA PROJECT
  •   A Jaguar Rescue Center T-Shirt
  •   2 speeches from the Jaguar Rescue Center team
  •   Security speech from the touristic police
  •   Volunteer Day
  •   Assistance certificate
At La Ceiba
  •   1 week volunteer work at La Ceiba (usually starts on a Monday of the last week of your stay!) including accommodation at the Heliconias house
  •   Breakfast at El Rancho
  •   Equipped kitchen with drinking water, salt, oil etc
  •   1 night tour
  •   Transportation from airport or town to rescue center
  •   Accommodations are not included, excluding the one week in La Ceiba
  •   Meals are not included, excluding breakfast for one week in La Ceiba
  •   Flights or airport taxes
  •   Visa costs
  •   Insurance - We recommend a volunteer insurance like this.
  •   Entertainment

If you need to spend a night in San José we recommend Adventure Inn Hotel, next to the Juan Santamaria International Airport. They are presently #2 of 78 San Jose hotels on TripAdvisor. Make a reservation using the promo code jaguar and you receive a 10% discount below the already discounted rate of the day, plus another 10% off if you pay in cash.

Jaguar Inn

We offer accommodation for our volunteers located next to the Rescue Center. Jaguar Inn is a beautiful new hostel designed for your comfort and convenience.

Bright exterior rooms with garden views and 4 single beds, quality mattresses, sheets, towel, large capacity locker, individual reading light and plugs to charge your electronic devices. All of them are ensuite with hot shower and include mosquito nets.

In the common area (El Rancho) you can relax and share experiences with your fellow travelers from all over the world sitting on the comfortable sofas. You can prepare your meals in the fully equipped kitchen: cutlery and utensils, stove, oven, microwaves. There are several supermarkets close by and you can store your food and drinks in the refrigerators.

Of course the wifi internet connection is included and for your added security, we have a night guard.

The price for our volunteers is $20 + taxes per night.


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