STARTING JUNE 1, 2022.
FIRST AND FOREMOST:
Our goal is for you to enjoy and learn from your experience with us. Although this is a "working" holiday/vacation, we strive to make it a very positive experience and something you will remember for years to come as very happy memory.
Minimum of 1 week. Beyond that, we welcome you to stay with us as long as you'd like.
Volunteer house - $150.00 per week / $450.00 a month (per person).
Fully furnished; 3 bedroom, 1 bath, living room, kitchen, dining room, and porch and patio. The house is shared by several volunteers but you will have your own private bedroom. Non refundable 50% deposit must be made when booking your dates. The rescue center is located 2 minutes by foot away from the volunteer house.
Within 10 minutes walking distance from the rescue, there is a local Pulperia (convenience store) where you can purchase basic groceries. We are happy to drive you to town at least once a week for grocery shopping. If you choose to walk to town, it is about a forty minute walk. And yes, very safe to do so.
Monday - Friday
7a.m. - 11a.m.
2p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Schedules/hours can vary depending on your responsibilities at the time, i.e., if you're not comfortable working inside a habitat with the birds, you can work a later schedule working outside the habitats. If you prefer to help with gardening/tree planting, trail construction, or ???, we will do our best to accommodate you.
Making bird toys
Feeding the birds
Maintenance of habitats
Trail construction and maintenance
Planting trees on the property
Washing food stations and habitats
Hand feeing babies or sick/injured birds
Collecting fruits and nuts from the property
Cutting veggies, fruit and cooking for the birds
Veterinary services if qualified
You will work in and outside the aviary with free fllying parrots. They are social animals and might land on you. They may even nip and poop on you.
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).
WHAT TO BRING:
Work clothes (Note the weather information below)
Work shoes/boots (i.e. hiking boots, rubber boots)
WHAT NOT TO BRING:
Warm Clothes. You will not need a heavy sweater or jacket.
Cigarettes. Sorry, smoking and birds just don't mix. Illegal drugs. Weed is illegal is Costa Rica and you can go to jail here for its possession. Guns (A tourist actually thought it would be okay to bring one into the country recently. He's now in jail.) guns are strictly controlled here and very few Costa Ricans own them.
WHAT WE PROVIDE:
Weekly laundry service
THINGS TO DO ON YOUR DAYS OFF:
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.
The rescue center is located in Sabalito, Puntarenas, about 5.5 hours from the Juan Santamaria International Airport. Click on the link for the exact location of the rescue: https://maps.google.com/?q=8.908854,-82.931221
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
WHY PAY TO VOLUNTEER?
As we are a non-profit and NGO, we are heavily dependent on donations to operate the rescue center. The Costa Rican government does provide any financial suppot for rescue centers, etc. We actually have to pay them to provide care for the animals. We are not owned or governed by a large corporation, so we rely on donations and the income from our volunteers.
Volunteer fee includes accommodations only. You will be responsible for purchasing your own food and day-to-day items. You will also be responsible for cooking for yourself. There are several restaurants in town and delivery services that can deliver the food. The delivery fee is very inexpensive - about 1,500 colones (US $2.30).
By contributing to the project as a paying volunteer, you are not only helping support the parrots but also support local people who work at the rescue center. Your donation is tax deductible. U.S. volunteers can claim this donation on their taxes. Please request the U.S. tax information if needed.
GETTING TO THE SANCTUARY:
Once you arrive at the San Jose/Juan Santamaria International Airport there’s a couple of different options of how to get here.
1. You can rent a car and drive directly to the center. It is a 5.5 hour drive from the airport.
2. You can take a bus to the town of San Vito (5.5 hours) and then a taxi to the rescue (20 minutes).
3. Take a private shuttle from the airport directly to the sanctuary (5.5 hours). Please let us know if you would like us to arrange this for you and we can discuss it further.
WHATS THE WEATHER LIKE?
Daytime temperatures are 28c (84F) year round. Nighttime temperatures average about 20c (67F). Our winter's are the same temperatures as our summers. The difference is in winter (the Rainy Season), we often get afternoon rains. It's sunny almost every morning year round.
IS IT SAFE?
The area we are located in, Sabalito/San Vito is extremely safe. Violent crime is non-existent and there is very little petty crime. The vast majority of crime in Costa Rica is related to drugs in the San Jose, Limon, and Jaco areas. We are five-six hours from these locations. You will find that Ticos (What Costa Ricans refer to themselves as), in the area are very friendly and enjoy conversations with Gringos. They are always willing to help.