Our Animal Rescue and Shelter is a volunteer based organization saving hundreds of abused, neglected and injured cats and dogs a year. You can read more about our mission and organization on our website elrefugiocostaballena.com! Our shelter is located in the beautiful town of Uvita, Costa Rica, where the jungle meets the pacific ocean. In fact, the provided in-house studio apartment is only a 5-minute walk to Playa Ballena famous for the humpback whales that frequent our waters! Our place is a small shelter often having upwards of 8-9 dogs on site and 20 cats all being nursed back to health and looking for their forever homes! We take pride in being a part of saving animals and work closely with the surrounding communities to educate about humane treatment, provide free care, free Spay/Neuter Clinics, and emergency financial assistance at our local Veterinarian Hospital.
Costa Rica has such a wonderful culture filled with nature, friendly people and amazing adventure! While here you can learn the Spanish language, enjoy typical meals at local restaurants called "Sodas", hike along the beach to appreciate all the wildlife, and speak with community about animal rescues/ education. We have many volunteers from Costa Rica who would be delighted to share their passion and love for Costa Rica with every volunteer!
We are looking for passionate volunteers to help abused and neglected dogs/cats. We do not require any specific skills as all volunteers will receive training on animal care upon arrival. Volunteers will be asked to work 5 DAYS A WEEK with a 4-5 hour-a-day commitment for AT LEAST 3 WEEKS. These hours will be split between morning shifts (8 AM - 10:30 AM), a long lunch break, and an afternoon shift (3 PM - 5 PM) with two days off per week. An ideal volunteer will be caring, enjoy teamwork, love animals, and want to immerse themselves in all things Costa Rica has to offer.
A fully contained air-conditioned studio apartment is available for a SINGLE VOLUNTEERS, COUPLES, or TWO CLOSE FRIENDS. It is on-site at our shelter and provides furniture, two single beds, bathroom/shower, all cookware, kitchenette, and washing machine. Volunteers will have their own private kitchenette for cooking. Food in Costa Rica is very inexpensive and the local markets always have local and fresh varieties.
On your time off enjoy the beautiful beaches of Uvita, Dominical/Ojochal (short bus rides away), hike in the jungles to a waterfall, go to weekend markets, enjoy food from around the world, try ziplining, visit Alturas Animal Sanctuary (wild animals), and Playa Tortuga Animal Conservation Project (releases turtle hatchlings and has volunteers for collecting turtle eggs for the hatchery) and of course, go out on a local boat and see the humpback whales that frequent our warm waters to give birth!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week