JRC 4-Weeks (minimum) Volunteer Program
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JRC 4-Weeks (minimum) 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.

Start your adventure here!


  •   Minimum age of 18
  •   Experience not required
  •   Basic English or Basic Spanish
  •   Minimum stay of 1 month
  •   Application form
  •   TB test certificate from your country or certificate of being vaccinated against TB
  •   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
  •   28 nights of accommodation in Jaguar Inn hostel (only accomodation)
  •   3 days of training
  •   A visit to the ARA PROJECT
  •   A Jaguar Rescue Center T-Shirt
  •   2 speeches from the Jaguar Rescue Center team
  •   Volunteer Day
  •   Assistance certificate
  •   Transportation from airport or town to rescue center
  •   Meals are not included
  •   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.

Standard 4 weeks volunteering program (28 nights): $825 (includes all accommodation)

From January 2023: (28 nights): $994 (includes all accommodation) The day of entry is on Sunday

Longer stays are available with prior reservation at $20 + taxes/night

Note: Once you are on site it may not be possible to extend your stay at the JRC it will be subject to availability. Only in some specific cases, depending on our needs, our manager may allow it.

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.

We offer a private bungalow for couples or individuals. Terrace with garden views, fan, queen bed, spacious bathroom and fridge.

  • Jaguar Inn Puerto Viejo Limon
  • Jaguar Inn Puerto Viejo Limon
  • Jaguar Inn Puerto Viejo Limon
  • Jaguar Inn Puerto Viejo Limon
  • Jaguar Inn Puerto Viejo Limon
  • Jaguar Inn Puerto Viejo Limon
  • Jaguar Inn Puerto Viejo Limon
  • Jaguar Inn Puerto Viejo Limon
  • Jaguar Inn Puerto Viejo Limon
  • Jaguar Inn Puerto Viejo Limon