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COSTA RICA

ANIMAL RESCUE AND REHABILITATION IN A MARINE PARK IN COSTA RICA

Get involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of sea birds, mammals, and reptiles, including rare marine animals, before they are released to the wild.

You will also work behind the scenes in the aquarium, cleaning and feeding animals, including docile sharks & sea turtles. You will get closer to rare marine animals than most people ever do. Not many people can say that they have cleaned a shark!

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £1,945 (approx. US$2,650) for 4 weeks
£330 (US$450) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & Other Currencies
Duration: From 4 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: Programmes start every Monday, and you should arrive on the Sunday. Availability all year round – you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 18, or younger if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
You'll need intermediate Spanish.
No qualifications necessary.
Please note that you cannot be allergic to seafood.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation
Food
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Daily transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to the airport.
Who is this Programme suitable for? SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in animal welfare, animal rescue, conservation.
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping injured, orphaned and displaced animals to return them to their natural environment and knowing that you made a difference to them and that your work is contributing to wildlife conservation.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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A pelican chilling out in the grounds of the Project.
A fish hugging the floor on the Rescue and Rehabilitation project
A fish hugging the floor. It's colouring makes it perfect camouflage against predators.
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

The main objective of the rehabilitation centre is to return animals to the wild. You will be involved in improving the lives of animals that have been neglected and mistreated, or that would have died of disease or accident. Moreover, the aquarium aims to educate locals and tourists in the importance of marine conservation.

During the program, you will be working with local staff as they clean, feed and give medical attention to animals at the marine park, both in the aquarium and in the rescue centre. On site training will be given.

Day-to-day tasks vary greatly. Larger marine animals need to be scrubbed periodically to remove algae, and temperature and pH levels in tanks need to be monitored. Glass tanks and enclosures need to be cleaned, and all the animals fed. If funds allow, you may be involved in constructing new enclosures for the rescue centre as well.

Monday to Friday

Your schedule will be flexible, but you should be prepared to be active for 4-6 hours a day. You'll have lunch with your local co-workers and can expect to be occupied between 09:00 in the morning until just before 16:00, depending on your schedule, giving you plenty of time to immerse yourself in the project and to get to know co-workers.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

The project site is near the accommodation, on the coast, 100ms from the sea.

When confirming your dates please take note of Public Holidays in the Holidays section. During such times, there may be disruption to the programme, as we work with local organisations, and so must be flexible to their needs.

Activities & Events

One Evening per Week - Varying activities, such as dancing lessons, cooking lessons, Spanish lessons or a trip to a nearby town or tourist destination.

One Weekend per Month - An organised trip to a tourist destination - volcano, beach, waterfall, canopy, ziplining, horse riding etc. When there are local events and fiestas we will make sure that you are involved.

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A glorious seahorse in the aquarium
A glorious seahorse in the aquarium.
A turtle on the Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Project in Costa Rica
The Project has marine wildlife and land wildlife. Here a couple of turtles at home, one in the water and one out.
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ACCOMMODATION

Your new home will be one of two newly built eco houses in our centre in Esparza: Jaguar House and Toucan House.

The two houses sleep up to 22 people. Most rooms have bunk beds and are shared on a single gender. One room in each house has a bunk bed with a double bed below, single above, suitable for couples or small families, if needed. (Private rooms can be obtained at additional cost).

There is also a large dining hall/games room/communal area shared by both houses, with free WiFi, TV and table tennis, and a large garden of tropical plants, including coconut palm, papaya, banana, and citrus.

FOOD:
Three meals a day on weekdays (two on weekends) are included during your stay. The meals will mainly be a mix of traditional and modern Costa Rican food, so you may experience the Costa Rican take on foods you will be familiar with. Most meals will include either fish, chicken, pork or beef, but vegetarians can be catered for.

There are shops within 300 metres of the centre, and bars, restaurants, and an excellent public pool within 15 minutes walk. There is an ATM within 1km and more ATMs in town, about 2kms. Buses into town and further afield leave from within 300ms of the centre. Esparza and the surrounding area has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants within easy reach.

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One of the common areas - an outside verandah with sitting area and table-tennis table.
One of the bedrooms.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

ON ARRIVAL, YOUR INTRODUCTION TO THE COUNTRY: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

CLIMATE
Costa Rica has a reputation for being a tropical paradise, and rightly so. However, due to its diverse terrain, the country boasts a range of different climates.

Costa Rica has no real summer or winter due to its proximity to the equator, and the average temperature ranges from 21°C to 27°C. However, a rainy season does exist, and takes place between May and November. The central valley is often cooler than the coastal areas.

The Pacific coast tends to be hot and dry all year-round, especially the northern part (known as the Gold Coast), while the highlands (around Monteverde) are filled with mist during much of the year, due to the high altitude. The Caribbean coast is quite hot and moist, and receives rain during most of the year. The lowlands have quite a warm climate, with an average temperature of 26°C, and the Central Valley, including San José, is said to have the best climate in the country.

CULTURE
Costa Rican culture, as in most Latin American countries, is heavily influenced by Spain, as a result of colonization. However, parts of the country have other strong influences, such as that of Limón, which has more of a Jamaican feel to it. There are also several indigenous areas throughout the country.

A great part of the music and folklore of Costa Rica comes from the north of the country, where Mayan culture mixes with Afro-Caribbean trends. Costa Rica has a distinctive musical genre known as punto and most of its music can be easily distinguished by a very unique rhythm known as tambito.

Costa Rica goes by the motto Pura Vida, which means “pure life” and the phrase can be used as a greeting or a farewell, or just to say “that’s great” or “all’s good”. The phrase was originally from a Mexican film, but was soon adopted by Costa Ricans, and is used in several contexts to express a positive outlook on life.

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Amazing beauty out in the hills, breathtaking.
Playa Cocles, possibly the most popular place to visit. Beaces, Greenery, Music ... a unique blend of Latino, Afro-Caribbean and Bribri indigenous cultures living side by side.
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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

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Cahuita - launching boats from the beach. Cahuita is a laid back, vibrant little village set among Costa Rica’s unique Creole culture.
Volunteer with sloth on the animal rescue, care and teaching projects in Costa Rica
Volunteer with a sloth.

Your Bucket List for Costa Rica:

  • Zip line over the Cloud Forest
  • See the Stone Spheres
  • Hike to Arenal Volcano or Poas Volcano on a clear day
  • Eat a Copo or a Churchill. (A delicious Costa Rican desert)
  • Walk through the streets of San Jose
  • Book a Coffee Tour
  • Visit the National Theatre and Gold Museum in San Jose
  • Explore as many National Parks as possible
  • Travel to Cocos Island, a World heritage Site
  • Celebrate the Pura Vida Life

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Costa Rica, or you could even do a second project in a different country in the region, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

Terms and Conditions apply for Add-Ons, please see here.

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

LOCATION
Esparza is a medium-sized agricultural town nestled amongst the mountains above Rio Barranca, in the Central Pacific Coast area of Costa Rica. The area was first settled by the Chorotega and Huetar peoples. The Chorotega people fled from Mexico 1,500 years ago and brought their traditions with them. This is a possible reason why there are Mexican words which jump several countries and turn up again in Costa Rica.

The Spanish town was founded in 1577, making it the second oldest in the country. It has a rich history which includes legends of hidden pirate gold. Esparza is the second largest canton in the province of Puntarenas, covering an area of 216.80 km², and with a population of approximately 35,000.

The pace of life is relaxed. It is not unusual to see horses being ridden in the street. The town itself is off the tourist trail. However, the nearest beach for surf and relaxation is only 20 mins (14kms) away. Within a distance of 25 kilometers, you can also find canopy tours as well as the world-famous attractions of Puntarenas, including a marine park and a newly renovated marina. Likewise, the nearest national park, Carara, is only an hour’s drive away.

Sights & Surroundings
Esparza and Puntarenas have plenty to offer for weekend activities, including horse riding, watersports (surf is huge), game fishing, canopy tours, hotels to suit all budgets, and some of the best scenery in the world. Puntarenas is also ideally suited to take a scenic ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula and its many secluded beaches.

Esparza is on the Panamerican Highway, so access to the rest of Costa Rica and the rest of the American continent is at your doorstep.

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Ecstatic Volunteer celebrating being in Costa Rica
Doesn't get better than this! Ecstatic Volunteer celebrating being in Costa Rica.
One of the many gorgeous waterfalls in the country.
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