What is: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured, sick and orphaned wildlife here in Costa Rica. We provide high-quality veterinary treatment to all animals entering the facility and have a well-equipped veterinary clinic and employ a qualified and experienced veterinary team to ensure our work follows veterinary protocols and best practices. We also care for animals in a permanent setting when they are unable to be released, often due to the illegal pet trade. We care for them and carry out guided tours to help educate as many people as possible about wildlife and conservation.
💵 From 210 USD/week
⏳ From 1 week to 24 weeks
🇪🇸 Spanish, 🇬🇧 English
🇨🇷 Costa Rica
🌎 Central America
Type of habitat
Typical day at the center
A typical day for the volunteers starts at 7am to clean the enclosures and provide fresh water, enrichment, and food to the animals in our sanctuary and rehabilitation center. We then offer a short break to everyone as we want to ensure everyone gets a lot of water and doesn't overdo it in the heat. We then will come back and create enrichment, improve enclosures, prep enclosures for new animals, collect browse (this sometimes includes a beach trip), do educational presentations, or even just taking a break to visit a local waterfall or beach. Each day is somewhat different at this time depending on our schedule and what is needed around the sanctuary. The animals are our priority, but when we are efficient and have a little extra time, we want to make sure everyone enjoys themselves. Lunch is at 12 and everyone has between an hour to two hour break (this has adjusted due to covid-19 and may change again in the future). The afternoon is then comprised of placing the enrichment created, browse collected, and feeding the animals again. After the work day we will take volunteers out to eat if they would like when the chef is off, to view the sunsets at the beach or beautiful lookout points, or just visit the local towns to experience the local culture. Once a month we aim to do an organized beach clean up, visit farmers markets when they are running, and go to schools for presentations when it is in session. We strive to offer a dynamic and all encompassing program to everyone who comes.
When you come for a week, you will assist with the general husbandry tasks; cleaning, feeding, enrichment creation, browse collection, and enclosure updates in our sanctuary or rehabilitation center. When you are here for three weeks or more, you will aid in orphan care, along with the above activities. Each day is a bit different as the needs of the sanctuary day to day are different. Sometimes we have to paint the enclosures, replace branches, plant trees inside the enclosures, or go collect sand and seawater from the beach. As new animals come into our clinic and rehab center, we must ensure we are doing everything in our power to give them great care so they are successfully released.
The volunteers in this animal rescue center generally get 2 day(s) off a week. In regards to working hours, the volunteers work per day 7 hours/working day.
Food and accommodation
We have a chef prepare lunch and dinner 5-6 days a week, vegetarian, but can accommodate gluten free, vegan, and any allergy needs. We order food the volunteers select once a week for their breakfasts and the days the chef is off. This is all included.
The animals they take care of in this center are:
Birds, Monkeys, Other small mammals, Sloth
No skills are necessary to volunteer but we have internship opportunities for those furthering their wildlife and conservation careers.
How to apply?
The volunteer application can be found on our website and any questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Wifi is available and included throughout the property.
We accept non-residential who can commit to a minimum of 5 days for $30 per day. We offer options for volunteers to stay in the volunteer house, the apartment or the resort. Prices start from $323/week, please refer to our website for full details. Our cost is all inclusive; three meals a day (lunch and dinner prepared by a chef 5-6 days a week), accommodation, wifi, laundry services, transportation to and from scheduled volunteer activities, supplies, educational experiences (lessons, training, etc.), and more. We aim to provide an experience not just at the sanctuary, but in the community so those coming can see this beautiful country. The longer your stay, the bigger savings you will receive per week.
How to get there?
Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose is the nearest airport. From here we can assist with arranging transportation via bus, shared shuttle, or private taxi to the sanctuary located in the southern pacific zone, about three and a half hours away.
Is there a minimum age?
To volunteer in this center you will have to be at least 18 years old
When can volunteers join?
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On the web
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Costa Rica | Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation
This year alone, we have received and cared for almost 400 animals. With the onset of the pandemic, just like most other organizations, we have struggled. The complete shutdown of Costa Rica's borders meant that we were not receiving volunteers to help us care for our animals, or guests to join our tours.