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Animal Rescue Project in Costa Rica

Program Duration

9-12 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks


Every Sunday


Experience and passion for working in the community and interacting with the people are needed. Participants must also possess enthusiasm and a willingness to learn about the environment and the place's culture.


  • English
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

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Cost Includes:

  • In-country staff support
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • Pre-departure orientation/Training
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Registration fees

Program Fees Include:

• Accommodation: Single or Shared room in a home-stay or Volunteer Accommodation
• Food: 3 Meals per day during placement, 2 meals during Spanish study
• Airport pick up and drop off from San Jose International Airport
• Training: Pre-departure preparation pack, on-site Orientation and Project induction provided
• 1 weeks intensive Spanish lessons in San Jose (20 hours study)
• Support: On-site coordinator providing 24 hour support
• Transport by public bus to project (private transfers available at additional cost)

Experience Required


    Volunteers of all backgrounds are welcome, and those with skills or experience in veterinary medicine are most helpful. Volunteers must also have the emotional maturity to accept that some animals may be too sick or injured to have a decent quality of life and that euthanasia is necessary.

Volunteer Types

  • Animal Welfare
  • Conservation
  • Culture
  • Drug & Alcohol Recovery
  • Human Rights
  • Veterinary Science
  • Wildlife

Typical Volunteer

A Kaya volunteer shows enthusiasm, spirit and life to stimulate and bring something new to the residents; love, patience and a listening ear for the people; and a good motivator with a positive and optimistic attitude.

Age Range


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work


Application Process Involves

  • Online Application

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network