Costa Rica: Animal Rescue Project

Rescue and rehabilitate animals in Costa Rica, a natural haven for both domestic and wild creatures.

Highlights

  • Do hands-on volunteer work alongside veterinarians and animal experts
  • Help care for dogs at a family-run rescue center
  • Experience home visits and rural pop-up clinics
  • Learn about Costa Rica’s animal rescue and wildlife conservation efforts
  • Zipline and horseback ride through lush valleys

Overview

Animal lovers looking to make a difference are needed around the world to care for creatures in wildlife sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers, promote animal rights and help educate communities. On this program, gain pre-veterinary experience working alongside certified veterinarians and animal rescue experts. Not only will you do compassionate, hands-on work with lovable, furry friends at a dog rescue center, you’ll also get to study exotic wildlife species in a country known for its wildlife preservation. In your time off service, experience all the outdoor adventure and natural beauty Costa Rica has to offer.

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Community Service

This is a service-intensive program, and you’ll be expected to fully participate as a hands-on volunteer, shadowing local veterinarians and animal experts. Apply your compassion for animals as you rotate through different positions at a traveling clinic providing communities the access they need to veterinary services. Some of the cases you might see include spay and neuter, de-worming, and care for skin conditions and wounds. Observe the intake, surgery and postoperative procedures, and help repair critical infrastructure and provide positive social interaction with the animals that bring comfort to their lives. You'll also volunteer your time walking dogs, working on projects requiring physical labor, making toys, and refurbishing the rescue center.

Hands-On Learning

Understand why animals around the world—both domestic and wild—face issues with care. In developing countries, pets are often at higher risk of abandonment or disease, simply due to a lack of resources and limited access to veterinary care. Likewise, exotic animals unfortunately face exploitation or losing their natural habitats as a compromise to meet human desires. Learn from guest speakers about Costa Rica’s rescue and conservation efforts, and what you can do to create a kinder world for animals. In addition, gain exposure to the processes and procedures of veterinary care. Get a basic understanding of skills, techniques, approaches and areas of specialization when it comes to nurturing different animals.

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Adventure

With its rainforests, volcanoes, hills, and valleys lined with rows upon rows of coffee plants, the inland region of Costa Rica offers some of the richest scenery to be found in Costa Rica. See the views on horseback, go ziplining, and relax after a long day in natural hot springs.

Lodging

The main Home Base is a locally-owned boutique hotel in inland Costa Rica, surrounded by hills and lush vegetation. While traveling through the country to implement veterinary clinics in local communities, students will stay in exclusive hotel blocks. In all accommodations, students live in gender-segregated rooms with roommates and have access to shared bathrooms.

Dates & Tuition

Animal Rescue Project
Duration:
Tuition: $0
Student/Staff Ratio: -
Max Capacity: Please Inquire (Minimum Group Size: 12)
Community Service Hours:
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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