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Costa Rica: Animal Rescue Project™

Costa Rica: Animal Rescue Project™

Rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and injured animals in Costa Rica, a natural haven for both domestic and wild critters.

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Highlights

  • Rescue and rehabilitate abandoned animals in need
  • Practice proper ways to care for rescued animals
  • Visit an exotic animal rescue center
  • Hear stories about the local culture of having pets and protecting wildlife
  • Surf, stand up paddleboard and go horseback riding on Costa Rica’s beaches (21-Day Flagship Program Only)

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Overview

If you're an animal lover looking to make a difference, Costa Rica is an amazing place to volunteer! You'll have the chance to help rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and injured animals with a local organization dedicated to rescuing suffering domestic animals. Support efforts to provide better infrastructure and care for adorable creatures that have suffered abandonment. In your time off service, experience all the outdoor adventure Costa Rica has to offer—hike to impressive vistas throughout the rainforest, or see the coastline by surfboard, paddleboard, or if you’re joining us for the 21-Day Flagship Program, on horseback.

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Community Service

Your time with the local community directly impacts animals that have been rescued by local organizations in Costa Rica. From helping with daily walks and feedings to working on building stronger, safer infrastructure for care enclosures or other facilities of the animal center, you’ll find the work rewarding as you witness how animals that were previously abandoned or mistreated can be rejuvenated with attention, safe surroundings, positive social interaction and proper care.

Hands-On Learning

Volunteering alongside passionate animal care workers and local rescue organizations will give you insight into what it’s like to be dedicated to both conservation and rehabilitation of domestic or wild animals. Bond with locals and peers based on your shared compassion for animals. With Costa Rica's rich ecosystem as the backdrop for this program, you’ll even head into the rainforest for sightings of animals you might have never seen or heard of. Visit an exotic animal rescue center and learn about the work being done to protect rare species in the region. You’ll get a diverse look at the country through plenty of cultural activities, from salsa dancing to cooking classes to participating in a coffee tour.

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Adventure

After working hard to benefit the animals who reside in this beautiful region of Costa Rica, head out into the forest for some adventure of your own. Visit spectacular natural spaces and reserves, and enjoy scenic overlooks for unparalleled views of this natural paradise. If you’re joining us for our 21-Day Flagship Program, go horseback riding along Costa Rica’s iconic coastline. On our 14-Day Program, zipline through the rainforest canopy.

Lodging

Home Base is a small, locally-owned hotel located just 20 minutes away from your service site and is surrounded by natural beauty. Unwind each day in the lush garden and with welcoming staff. Meals are home-cooked, including Costa Rican staples such as casados and gallo pinto—flavorful rice and beans entrees—and fresh tropical fruits!

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Dates & Tuition

Costa Rica: Animal Rescue Project 21-Day Program Flagship
2018 Dates
Jun 18 - Jul 8, 2018
Jul 12 - Aug 1, 2018
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,199
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 52
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
Costa Rica: Animal Rescue Project 14-Day Program
2018 Dates
Jun 18 - Jul 1, 2018
Jul 5 - Jul 18, 2018
Jul 21 - Aug 3, 2018
Aug 6 - Aug 19, 2018
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 35
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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