Help in our animal rescue centre in rural Atenas, Costa Rica


Costa Rica

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    I started as a foster home but realised that I had the space to expand to help more animals by giving them temporary or even permanent homes. Right now we have 17 dogs and 15 cats and we are bursting at the seams. Up until recently I handled everything on my own with the help of a friend who is a professional dog trainer and some local volunteers who come when they have time.

    I don't only need dog handlers, I need builders, gardeners, cleaners and cat lovers. To be involved in this project you need to be an animal enthusiast even if not working directly with the dogs, use your initiative and be proactive.

  • Type d'aide

    Type d'aide

    Entretien / Bricolage
    Cuisine / courses
    Aide à la maison
    Aide avec les animaux
    Travail associatif

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    I am South African, living in Costa Rica for 8 years. I live in a rural part of Atenas, but very close to the centre and have adapted to the way of life here in Costa Rica. You will learn about dog handling from our very experienced trainer who will train you to manage the dogs. You will learn Spanish and you will get 2 days a week free to travel. I have traveled all over Costa Rica and can give you lots of tips on where to go. You would be living very closely with me and the dogs,

  • Aide


    I would love for you to join my project. I need you to bear in mind that this is still very much in the beginning phases and you will be required to use your initiative, make suggestions and be proactive to really enjoy this workaway opportunity.

    I am looking specifically for couples that between them can fulfill the following roles. It is best to each choose a main role and the remaining hours can be filled in as needed.

    Dog Carer
    - walk the dogs
    - clean up after the dogs
    - train the dogs
    - play games with the dogs
    - spend time with the dogs
    - socialise the dogs
    - calm the dogs when there is a lot of barking and be attentive
    - taking pictures for facebook and website
    - groom the dogs

    Cat Carer
    - groom the cats
    - feed the cats
    - clean cat litter trays
    - socialise the cats
    - clean up after the cats
    - taking pictures for facebook and website

    - cut the grass
    - prune the trees
    - planting
    - raking leaves
    - cleaning the garden
    - fixing fences
    - fumigating the garden
    - weed killing

    - welding
    - carpentry
    - mixing cement
    - sanding
    - varnishing
    - plastering
    - drilling
    - building fences, walls, repairing etc

    House Cleaner
    - cleaning
    - sweeping
    - mopping
    - washing dishes
    - washing clothes
    - cleaning windows
    - dusting
    - cooking

    We need help with building dog runs, general maintenance of the property (including the pool and garden), building, cleaning, walking the dogs and playing with them, taking them to the vet. Also since this is a project that we are working hard on there is admin that needs to be done, house visits for potential fosters or adopters, setting up stands where we can collect dog food, publishing videos and pictures to facebook, youtube, instagram etc. I have managed to get some local volunteers but I need them to be managed, someone to let them in, make sure they hang the harnesses and leashes back up. Then there is also taking care of the dogs, preparing their food, keeping them in separate camps, letting them in or out as the case may be.

    We also have a part of the house that we rent to tourists which you may also be required to help with that, be there when they arrive, hand them the keys, show them around, etc.

    Part of the funding comes from a small car rental business which you may be asked to help with

  • Langues parlées

    Langues parlées

    english spanish

  • Hébergement


    You will be sleeping in a room with either a double or queen size bed and access to a bathroom with a shower and toilet. This room is in a shared house. There are 2 rooms on the upper level and 3 on the lower level. There are 3 full bathrooms between 5 bedrooms.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    You will get 2 days off for very 5 days worked which is a good enough time to go sightseeing. Parque san luis is close by and you can actually do that in a day trip and avoid paying accommodation. You can go zip lining at arenal volcano or go visit the hot springs. la paz waterfall gardens is gorgeous and has 5 cascading waterfalls plus sloths and toucans that give kisses! You can go to manual antonio beach and see the sloths and monkeys in the trees on the side of the road. There is a coffee tour a short distance from us. You can enjoy the cultural activities held in the central park. Puerto viejo is a lovely part of costa rica, the beach is very bohemian and you can do some surfing.

    You can travel to almost any part of costa rica using the system of public transport or one of the car rentals if available from $30 a day.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de deux

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

N° de référence hôte : 713754436963