Ecological Projects



This project is located in the north and south Caribbean and Pacific cost, with que most beautiful vegetation and attractive environment. In the Caribean we works with leatherbacks turtles from February to June and with the green turtle from May to August, the remaining months we prepared a kind of nests and we works with the community and the school , the project is closed on December . In the Pacific we works with leatherback, olive ridley and black turtles from August to January. Works to make as a volunteer Among the activities of the volunteers are: night patrols in different shifts, one group goes from 20:00 to 00:00 and another from 00:00 to 04:00, in another shift is a kind of care nursery where they carry all eggs to guard them until they hatch, this is done in periods of 4 to 6 hours 24/7 depending on the number of volunteers who have the project. We also works in social works as a vegetable garden at the school which is right next to the project, teaching English at the school, make composting with coconut fiber, recycling program for plastic, maintenance work the volunteer house take turns every day to help in the kitchen, cleaning the beach, bird monitoring and different occasional social work. Volunteering arrives to San Jose, staying at a hotel, the next day preferably Monday morning take a bus that takes them to a nearby town, (3 hours), then another bus is taken to another community (30 minutes) and must then take a boat that takes them to the project (30 minutes). Accommodation in the project are in shared houses with rooms of 4 or 6 persons. Volunteers working in Turtle Conservation Project stay in ranger house or volunteer house accommodations close to the project near the beach. Dorm style accommodation is provided where you will be sharing rooms with other volunteers. Upon arrival in Costa Rica, volunteers are provided lodging in a host family accommodation in Escazu Town After completing the orientation and project introduction on the first days, volunteers join their respective Turtle Conservation Project in either Pacific or Caribbean Coast.

We can find a variety kind of animals and amazing landscapes to observe


Both places are surrounded by nature and are very safe sites for volunteers, are a small community where everyone knows each other and help each other, the Coast Guard station is 200 meters from the projects, In the Caribean we don’t have electricity yet, but we have a solar panel that provides us with electricity to charge phones laptop etc. and it provides light for the night, In the Pacific Side we have electricity and all the services. Among other activities for the volunteer in their free time they are: sports on the beach, sunbathing, enjoying the sea, rent a Kayak, hiking the trails of nature reserve in the area, watching tours crocodiles, fishing tours, among many other activities and things you can do in your spare time. Costs $25/day from each volunteer to cover the costs of your room and three meals per day. $30 pickup in the airport $30 first night in Town $50 Coordinator in Town $75.00 internal transport from the house to the project. Necessary items: Dark clothes for the patrols, one or two extra dark clothing for the patrols, focus with red light, waterproof clothing and tennis, sandals, shorts, shirts, insect repellent and sunscreen, personal items such as soap, towel, toothpaste , toothbrush , etc.



The Animal Rescue Center gives to the animals a second chance at life. Our dedicated staff and selfless volunteers work tirelessly to help these animals heal, keep them safe, rehabilitate them, and eventually re-release them into their natural habitat in the Costa Rican rainforest Who Can Volunteer? All who are interested! You should come ready to pitch in whenever necessary, and be willing live in basic conditions. There is no max age - we have had volunteers in their late sixties stay with us. Minimum stay The minimum time to volunteer is one week; takes at least this amount of time to learn how to properly be able to care for the animals and receive the full experience. However, that volunteers who stay for two weeks or more tend to have the best experiences with us.


Your daily tasks are organized by the wonderful Volunteer Coordinator and follow a certain schedule. Some volunteers help out with all aspects of the Center. The daily tasks include:

  • 1. Preparing food for the animals
  • 2. Feeding the howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, sloths, birds (Scarlet Macaws, parrots, owls, and others), olingo, and kinkajous
  • 3. Cleaning animal enclosures
  • 4. Cleaning the common areas
  • 5. Giving extra attention to the orphaned young animals (for example, Feluco; a young howler monkey)
  • 6. General tidying of the Center (sweeping pathways, etc.)
  • 7. Preparing toys and stimulating exercises for the animals
  • 8. Caring for our resident dogs
  • 9. And other great contributions you might have! We welcome creative initiative!

  • Costs $30/day from each volunteer to cover the costs of your room and three meals per day. $30 pickup in the airport $30 first night in EscazuTown $50 coordinator in Costa Rica $30 transport from Escazu Town to the project What Are the Conditions Like? Costa Rica has a warm and humid environment, but the Center is failry shaded, making the working conditions fairly comfortable. At the center have electricity, flush toilets, unheated showers, and Wi-Fi. The electricity occasionally goes out for several hours at a time, so is recommend volunteers bring a headlamp to get around at night. The Wi-Fi can be inconsistent, so come prepared to be off-line at times. The dorm rooms for the volunteers have 6-12 beds per room, and the center provide sheets and mosquito netting for each bed. The center has a pool, common area, book exchange, fire pit, and hammocks for relaxing during downtime. The cook prepares a variety of dishes for the communal meals, from traditional Costa Rican food to a mix of international dishes. There is a vegetarian option at every meal. If you have specific dietary needs, please inform us ahead of time and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. The center has a refrigerator available for the volunteers for personal snacks.

    There is a washing machine and clothesline available to clean your clothing.


    Things to do nearby

    The Center have a short drive from the San Jose bus terminal and airport. San Jose’s bus terminal is a major hub, so you can visit many of Costa Rica’s beautiful locations such as Monteverde, the Arenal Volcano, the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts, and the many stunning national parks.
    Volunteers often want to take day and overnight trips to visit locations around Costa Rica while they volunteer. The Center encourage this, but ask that you coordinate with us once you are here so somebody can ensure the Center’s work requirements continue to be met while you travel.
    At 20 minutes bus ride from the Center (50 cents), you can find a modest-sized grocery store, pizza restaurant, bank, and internet.



    Our volunteer program is an unpaid volunteer program designed for volunteers to assist in all tasks like feeding, maintenance and entertain animals that are living in the shelter. Volunteers help us also welcoming visitors at the entrance, explaining our goals and answering any questions that the visitors may have about the shelter or its resident animals. Learning about wildlife management will grow as the volunteer spend more days in the shelter, from positive interaction with animals to good diet and reproduction If you like reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds and are also interested in preserving the environment, you can be perfect for this program.


    Volunteer activities:

  • interacting with visitors
  • maintenance of animal enclosures
  • answer basic questions about animals
  • training of wild resident animals that are in the shelter
  • cleaning, preparation of diets
  • among many other things... If you like wildlife, you will enjoy

  • Volunteer to stay a month: This type of volunteering is perfect for adult volunteers who want help for a longer time. The volunteer can come every day he or she wants within the hole month. It is necessary also always to assist to the shelter shirt and respect the conditions of volunteering.
    Volunteer Caregiver for a day: perfect for little animal lover boys and girls that only want to go on weekends or a few times per month. To volunteer you must have more than 7 years and you have to love animals!
    We ACCEPT volunteers who need to perform Community Work in their high school and Community Work in their University career. If you want to book TCU or TCE here just fill out our form and send us an email with the dates you would like to make your hours.

    Our Goal will always be “to take care of wild animals and free them back to nature where they belong”


  • $25/day from each volunteer to cover the costs of your room and three meals per day.
  • $30 pickup in the airport
  • $50 coordinator in Costa Rica
  • $4 transport from Escazu Town to the project per day



    Our vision is to be a leader in the defense, protection and sustainable development of natural resources with protective areas of the Escazu and Sarapiqui Hills with the aim of improved the quality of life of nearby residents.
    We are working actively in environmental initiatives and social interest. We are an environmental organization who promotes conservation and sustainable development of communities.

    Permanent activities:

  • Work with the Ecological Green Adventure Club
  • Environmental Lawsuits
  • Collaboration in Self-sustaining activities
  • Collaboration in special activities
  • Work on environmental education with students
  • Collaboration at the Office (promoting of the organization)
  • Support in days of solid waste collection, both on roads and rivers.
  • Maintenance on farm conservation intended Protected Area (Farms: The Codecita, Las Juntas and Huerta)
  • Work with the community: teaching English and Computer.
  • Costs

  • $25/day from each volunteer to cover the costs of your room and three meals per day.
  • $30 pickup in the airport
  • $50 coordinator in Costa Rica
  • $4 transport from Escazu Town to the project per day
  • In Sarapiqui project if you want to volunteer teaching English or computer for 6 months or more, you don’t have to pay for your stay and meals.


  • Project length: From 1 week to 6 weeks.
  • Arrival Airport: San Jose (SJO) Juan Santamaría International Airport.
  • Work Schedule: From Tuesday to Sunday. Minimum 6 hours per day.
  • Requirements: Basic Spanish, independent bus ride to/from project site.
  • Age Limits: 18 years or older for solo travelers.
  • Airlines: American, United, Delta, US Airways, Copa, Taca, Avianca, Spirit Airways.
  • Vaccinations: Routine Vac, Hep-A and Typhoid

  • Accommodation: Host Families.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
  • Laundry: once a week.
  • Internet: available in some host families and projects. Use cyber cafes in town.
  • Arrival: Airport (SJO) meet and greet by ABV Staff and Airport transfer on arrival to San Jose.
  • Orientation: Orientation upon arrival.
  • Support: Full time in-country ABV Coordinator. 24/7 emergency contact number.
  • Departure: Transfer back to the airport at the end of the program.

    Flights. Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Internet (Only available in some host families and projects). Any extra activities and excursions or tours not described on the planned itinerary.


    Flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, transfer back to airport at conclusion of program, souvenirs, spending money (volunteers in generally find US$50 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses, including lunches) US$29 Departure tax at the airport


    Volunteers must be at least 17 years or older and no specific skills are required however flexibility and patience are very important as you will be working with Special people of different ages and levels of ability. A background or some knowledge of performing arts is an asset for this project, whether in dance, drama, or music. Any experience of teaching would also be an advantage but is not essential. You should keep a flexible attitude towards working in a new and a multi-cultural environment.


    Volunteers are free to visit and see places or do shopping during their free time. You can explore the local markets or travel to the beaches which can be visited on the weekends. The country offers unparalleled natural beauty, active volcanoes, rainforests, and a wide range of national parks and eco-tourism. In addition, Costa Rica has over 1,000 miles of gorgeous white-and-black sand beaches, also to take Spanish Lessons, Latin Dance lessons: Merengue, Salsa, etc.