We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds that would like to take part in our Individual Programs. Our programs are hands-on, interactive, diverse and include aspects of Costa Rican culture. We hope that you will join us in our mission to share culture, community, and promote the importance of conservation.
About the Volunteer Work
At our wild animal rescue center, you will help us prepare the diet for the animals, feed them, clean the enclosures, repair and build enclosures, and make environmental enrichment toys for them.
Introduction to Proyecto Asis.
Volunteer service (5 days per week, 6 hours daily).
Accommodation with a local family.
Three daily meals provided by host family, and two coffee breaks while at project.
Support: 24/7 emergency support in country.
Round trip transfer (homestay|rescue center).
What’s not Included
Transportation to|from Airport.
Travel Insurance (be sure you get one before you come).
It is important to mention such programs are available during specific dates of the year in some cases.
Months that we can offer the Volunteer Program any time of the year:
March | June| July | August | December
Months that we can offer the Volunteer Program, just the firsts weeks of the month (during these specific dates):
January (2-15) | February (1-12) | April (3-16) | May (1-14)
September (4-17) | October (2-15) | November (6-19)
Of course, we are flexible in case that you have a person who wants to come for a longer period, we can see the possibility to accept him/her.
Bear in mind:
Your arrival must be on Monday, because our Project is closed on Sundays.
Every week, includes 6 nights of accommodation service, it means:
1 week = 6 night / Departure day 7
2 weeks = 12 nights / Departure day 13
3 weeks = 18 nights / Departure day 19
Once you have decided you want to come, we will send you a very detailed e-mail telling you what the next steps are for you to sign up.
About the prices of our Program, here you have that information:
1 week = $ 679 USD
2 weeks= $1292 USD
3 weeks= $1916 USD
4 weeks= $2466 USD
Longer periods are available!
Why pay to volunteer? You may ask
Well, part of this money goes to pay the family who hosts and feeds you, some income is spread throughout the local community, while the rest is invested in direct support of the valuable work for the wild animal rescue center that Proyecto Asis carries out, every day, all year round. This allows us to feed the animals, repair and build enclosures for them and look after their needs.
As part of our programs, you will stay with a local family that will provide you a private room, laundry service and all meals. Considering our Host Families do not speak English, our recommendation is to bring a Spanish phrasebook for practicing your Spanish while you stay with them. (Lonely Planet offers excellent phrasebooks and there are also many Apps to download nowadays). The families are located in a range of 5 miles or less away (10 minutes).
Every day, we will provide the transportation service from your homestay to the Project and vice versa.
What to wear
It is important to mention that all the activities are outdoors, for that reason we will send you in advance a “packing list” telling you what kind of clothes are appropriate to bring. Also, bear in mind that we are in the rainforest, for that reason, rain is common here (not daily, but it is). A poncho or rain jacket is also something that we recommend.
Saturdays and Sundays volunteers usually go on tours usually previously booked by our office or they just relax and share with the host family. At Proyecto Asis front desk we will have all the information available about what kind of outdoor activities we can arrange for you, such as: zip lining, hiking to Arenal Volcano, white water rafting, hot springs, etc.
Here you can find such activities: www.institutoasis.com/costa-rica-adventure-tours
We offer you the possibility to take a combined program: Spanish + Volunteering. Just let us know if you are interested.
For further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
1. By e-mail: 48 hours in advance (Monday to Saturday: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm)
(Costa Rica time: GMT-6).
2. By telephone: +506 2475-9121 (Monday to Sunday: 7:00 am to 9:00 pm)
(Costa Rica time: GMT-6)