You can be a hero and volunteer! 

The volunteer program for Sabalito is still under construction, but the vision is clear. Guests will be invited to stay for a minimum of 2 weeks in the Volunteer Cabin, spending 6 hours a day, 5 days a week with the PRC, and have their weekends free. The 4 bedroom, 2 bath Volunteer Cabin will have a living room, fully furnished kitchen, laundry room, and outdoor porch. The Cabin will be equipped with Wifi and English-language cable television channels. Within 5 minutes walking distance from the Volunteer Cabin there is a local Pulperia (convenience store). Once a week, you will be driven into town to go grocery shopping.

There is horseback riding on the property, and bikes will also be available so you can head to the local Soda to purchase typical Costa Rican fare.  All this is included in your Sabalito experience for a donation of $450/month, which covers room & board and is very competitive with other animal rescue volunteer programs in Costa Rica.

Why do you pay to volunteer in Costa Rica?

What are the tasks?

Volunteers help with a multitude of activities, including raking aviaries, cleaning feeding stations and perches, collecting tree branches, make toys, construct new perches and swings and preparing and serving lunch to the 40+ parrots that currently call the PRC home.  Occasionally there are even opportunities to handfeed babies or sick/injured birds.

In addition, sometimes there are opportunities to help with construction of new aviaries and maintenance of existing enclosures, collection of fruit and seeds from our trees, and reforestation efforts on the 16-acre property. 

Working conditions?

• You will work in and around free-flying parrots inside and outside an aviary. They are social animals and might land on you. They may nip.

It can be a busy, variable, and sometimes loud work environment.

• Noise associated with parrot squawking, chirping and flying.

• Must be able to bend, squat, kneel, push, pull, and walk on uneven surfaces;

• Must be able to work outside in a variety of weather conditions (rain, wind and heat)

Where is The Parrot Rescue Center?

The rescue center is located in Sabalito, Puntarenas, about 5.5 hours from the Juan Santamaria International Airport.  Temperatures are between 60 and 80 degrees year-round, with the rainy reason from May through October. 

How can I get there?

Once you arrive at the Juan Santamaria International Airport, you can take a bus to the town of San Vito for an estimated cost of xxxxx and then a taxi to the rescue center for about xxx.


You could also take Uber directly to the rescue center from the airport for an estimated cost of $450.00.

Things to do during the weekends?

For an additional cost, you can sign up for Spanish lessons from the comfort of the Volunteer Cabin – and once a month the PRC will offer an optional day excursion for purchase, such as a field trip to see wild scarlet macaws at Punta Leona beach (pictured here), or a duty free shopping trip to nearby Panama. Whale watching, ATV tours, ziplining – lots of options, depending on the interests of the visiting volunteers.

We are looking for volunteers to help care at our small private rescue center located on 1 acre in San Ramon, Alajuela.   The priority is to provide for the safety and well-being of 40+ parrots. 

What to bring:

Work clothes

Work shoes (i.e. hiking boots, rubber boots)


Beach necessaties