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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 housing is only a 5-minute walk to part of Parque Marina Ballena, famous for the humpback whales that frequent our waters! Ours is a small shelter often having between 5-8 dogs on site and 20 cats all being cared for to prepare them 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.
S’occuper des animaux
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. And gain experience in a shelter working with animals that may be under intensive care, ideal for those with a desire to study veterinary care careers.
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, ideally with experience caring for cats and dogs in poor health or with unexpected behaviors. This is work to help abused and neglected dogs/cats. We do not require any specific skills as all volunteers, but give preference to those with some experience. You will receive training on the animals in our care upon arrival. Volunteers will be asked to work 5 DAYS A WEEK with a 4-5 hour-a-day commitment for AT LEAST 4 WEEKS, ideally longer. 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 VOLUNTEER, 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!
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Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week - living on site