June 2nd, 2019
I stayed with the centre for a week and it was the best experience. Having hands on time with sloths and howler monkeys was a dream come true for me. The tasks are not daunting, but rather enjoyable in the beautiful Costa Rican sunshine. There is a pool and lots of free time to relax and enjoy your time. We were also fed extremely well. Overall, I have so much respect for this rescue centre, as I got to see first hand how well the animals are taken care of. I met the owners who started this whole thing, and the passion and love for animals is indescribable. I will be back one day!
May 30th, 2019
Volunteering at the center has been one of the best things I have done and cant wait to go back again! It is a beautiful place with beautiful people and the most adorable animals. They really look after you, organising activities and giving us awesome meals. Highly recommended for any animal lovers!
May 25th, 2019
We really enjoyed our time with the animals and the interesting people that were also at the center volunteering. The staff were very nice and helpful. The center was relaxing and engaging. We had so much fun and learned so much about the animals.
May 15th, 2019
This was my second time coming to the Rescue Centre with my daughter. The first time I came with my 3 year old and her best friends family. There was so much for the kids to do and help with even at a young age. For the 3 year olds, they helped to deliver food and water bowls to the different animal enclosures and they enjoyed making enrichment toys for the animals.
This time I brought my husband along and my now 6 year old daughter and we stayed for 5 days. The schedule of 2 hours of working with animals to tidy enclosures and feed the animals in the morning and then 2 hours again in the afternoon, left lots of time in the hours between to enjoy the pool and just relax with a book. We brought along some card games for my daughter but she took to the culture of being a part of the team and loved hanging out with some of the young adults who were volunteering at the centre as well. There was a large international community that mostly spoke English but I was able to try to practise my Spanish with the very friendly staff.
The centre was accommodating and reserved a dorm room just for our family of three for privacy and to account for varying bedtimes, though there were beds enough for five in there. There were some activities planned in the evening like capture the flag and my daughter initiated a marshmallow roasting event and taught others how to make smores. We wished that we could have participated in the evening events like the night walk but it was too late for our family. Definitely something to look forward to in the future.
My husband found the wifi internet to be extremely slow, and it was explained that it was just the nature of being out of the range of the city where the service level is not as good. Personally, I liked that there was little access to the Internet and allow us to slow down the pace of our lives. Having said that, it was helpful for us to have picked up a SIM card and a data plan at the airport because we were able to help another couple plan another portion of their trip by accessing the internet through my mobile.
I was impressed that the kitchen and Oggi who runs the kitchen was able to make different food for vegans and vegetarians and those with celiac. The food was delicious, though the portions werent enough initially and we were shy about asking for more. But later, we asked for seconds after others had eaten and then it was filling. The location of the centre makes it difficult to just walk to the store to get other supplies for snacks and beverages and we had a problem with the fridge being so full that it was hard to see whos food was whose so somethings that we purchased disappeared. But it wasnt a big deal as others shared what they had.
One suggestion is to move the smoking area farther away from the dorm rooms as the smoke was irritating for the lungs and dont forget to bring earplugs because the wind can get strong and the trees banging on the roof make a loud sound that is hard to sleep to without the earplugs. The price of our stay was really affordable and because it included three meals, it was very relaxing not to do any cooking. Though everyone pitched in to clean their own plates at the sink after meals, which is a great example for kids to see that everyone needs to help out.
Finally, the animals especially the sloths are a big draw. As there are often babies born at the centre or brought to the centre, it is really great to see them up close. Though the centre is working with law officials on how to safely rehabilitate and release animals back to the wild, the reality is that some of these animals will never be allowed to be released for safety reasons. So this is their forever home. This new location has gardens for the sloths to live in as opposed to cages which was a big change from the last place. It is expensive to care for these animals and the Lizano family has purchased this land and been taking care of the animals for a long time. Being here, staying here for a while and volunteering is so different from going to a zoo. It is a really great experience for kids to take care of animals and let them reflect on the reasons for why animals get hurt, how can humans and animals co-exist, and foster empathy. I could go on but you should just come and find out for yourself.
May 12th, 2019
Ive really enjoyed my time at the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center. As a volunteer you follow a diverse program which include feeding, cleaning and enrichment tasks. The accommodation is clean and modern. There are hammocks, a pool and a little library. Every day you receive 3 home cooked meals. Truly delicious! The staff is open to ideas and suggestions. Great environment where the focus is on the recovery and wellbeing of the animals.
May 8th, 2019
I had such a great experience!!! Staff is very very kind and friendly, love them all! I had the transportation at the time and location I needed. The place is amazing, with so many beautiful trees and plants, so many birds, nice rooms with comfortable beds. I had vegan options in all my meals. Love all the animals at the rescue center, they get really good care and love. Met so many wonderful people. This is an experience everyone should have in life. Just loved it, highly recomended!
May 2nd, 2019
Volunteering at the Rescue Center is a fun and special way to begin or end a trip to Costa Rica for any age. The staff are all friendly, the rooms are nice and clean, and the food is great. It's an awesome opportunity to give back to the people and animals that make this place so beautiful!
April 30th, 2019
The people are great, the facilities are great, the food is good, organisation is good; overall I had an amazing experience and would love to go back. Its a great place for hard-workers and open-minded people, and its a great place to create unique memories.
April 29th, 2019
Had an amazing time, loved everything about it! Lovely food and I loved that they catered for vegans :) the trips were fab and well priced and transport to and from the airport made travelling on my own so much easier and relaxing. The animals were just gorgeous and I was so sad to leave them and all the friends I made from around the world. I will definitely be back! Thank you for the best 3 weeks.
April 3rd, 2019
i was a bit nervous at the beginning, but everything was great! When I arrived, there was someone to pick me up from the airport. And at the rescue center, our team leader was there to show me around and make me feel comfterable. They make teams every day. Every team is responsible for different animals. They made sure that there always was someone in the Group Who really knows what to do, so you never feel useless or insecure.
The food was amazing. Oggy prepaid great meals every day. It was really healthy, but in my first week at the center, there was not much fruit. In my second week there were lots of bananas. I ate about fout bananas every day.
The team leader, Siobhan, was so nice and helpfull. She even organised Night walks and our weekly trips on our days off. There was also a possibility to go to the supermarket three times a week.
I met so many great people there. So greatfull for that experience and I would definately come again.
You really connect with the animals too in such a short time.
I miss them already.
To anyone whoas still not sure to go, I only have one thing to say. Please go to this rescue center. They are amazing towards the animals and volunteers.
Thank you for the amazing time Iave had at the center. So greatfull a¤i¸
February 27th, 2019
I pass 2 nights at the rescue and it was amazing i wich i could stay a few more days it was a great opportunity to be close to many animals and taking care of them is what i had prefer. The food was cook by a gentle men super friendly and it was delicious at every meal! Now i want to make my own bread to! I dont think of something to improve it was perfect! I think you should have a few items to sell with your logo not only for publicity but yo help you to raise money for the shelter (i bought a nice green bag) the fact that the transport was included make the decision easy to chose your shelter as well as your flexibility to accept people only for 2 days. I hope i will come back with my friend Veronique she loved the place also! Thank you for that nice adventure... before i left i been took in picture by ..not sure how to write her name.. Shiabone C . With my friend and the Sloth i would realy like to have the picture she said she would send it to us it was january 27th Emilie from Montreal Qc Canada
February 10th, 2019
I went with my daughter to the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center today. I love how organized and clean the place is, and how much love and dedication is given to each one of the rescued animals! The enclosures are huge and filled with toys and fresh organic food ❤️
- Francesca F
December 26th, 2018
I absolutely loved everything about it. Such a friendly, fun and peaceful place. Adored Mikey, Nugget, Ninoshka, Rice&Beans, and so many others. Thanks so much for making my stay a very memorable one!
December 13th, 2018
I think a beautiful place where an exemplary work is done
- Eliecer Villalobos
October 23rd, 2018
My 15 year old son and I spent a week volunteering at the Center in June, and we have nothing but positive things to say. The owners are wonderful people who are committed to preserving and caring for the welfare of all of the animals. The vet team was dedicated and well-trained, and the permanent staff - from the animal tenders to the kitchen staff - were universally kind and helpful (even though we spoke virtually no Spanish). There were volunteers from all over the world when we were there, and we created relationships that will last for years. Despite dealing with challenging government bureaucracy, the owners have been able to maintain high standards of animal care. This is not a petting zoo, so don’t volunteer if you’re just looking to hug a sloth. The volunteers are there to ensure that the animals are being taken of. This involves feeding, watering, and making enrichment items. While you may get up close and personal with some of them, you aren’t allowed to touch the sloths (the common denominator for why most volunteers choose this center). The nominal cost of $35 per day includes a bunk, bedding, and 3 meals. Very reasonable. They also offer day excursions once volunteers have spent a week working (there is a fee for these). Volunteers who stay for several weeks are sometimes offered leadership positions with new volunteers. The system is well-maintained and consistent, so it was a great benefit to have other volunteers be so knowledgeable when we arrived. The pool was a nice diversion. You have to get creative with your free time, so bring your writing or sketch pad, your camera or book. Take a walk to the store that’s a mile down the road, create toys for the animal habitats or grab some paint and spruce things up around the Center. I’m thinking about taking a group of students to do service work here next year, and I’ve invited my college-age son to volunteer over his winter break. This is a memory I’ll always cherish, and I hope to return again soon.
- Constance Morris
September 10th, 2018
Community was wonderful, the work was wonderful. If you love supporting a good cause and making sure the rescue animals are well cared for, this place is for you.
THIS IS NOT A STAY-IN PETTING ZOO! If youre coming here with the intent to hold a sloth or a parrot, look elsewhere. Its not going to happen here. These animals have been rescued (many of them from horrible things) and they deserve our utmost respect. Go here with the intent to care for those who cannot care for themselves. Youll be richly rewarded ❤️
September 3rd, 2018
Great time, loved being so close to the animals!!
- Bentou Kaba
August 15th, 2018
IN LOVE WITH THIS CENTER!! Much of the center is decorated with hand painted signs from volunteers, which adds a cute little flair to this place. You can also tell that the animals are cared for very well.
- Julia Skorb
June 14th, 2018
Excellent place for the rescue and protection of animals.
- Jose Manuel Salazar Porras
April 17th, 2018
This was such an amazing experience. You must be willing to work, its worth it.
- Lauren Lucky
February 22nd, 2018
J’ai passé plus d’un mois au rescue center en tant que bénévole, cest un lieu merveilleux et très enrichissant. Qui aide à sauver et soigner de nombreux animaux. Une expérience inoubliable.
I spent more than a month at the rescue center as a volunteer, it is a wonderful and very rewarding. That helps to save and care for many animals. An unforgettable experience.
- Willy Weppe
February 8th, 2018
- 7 Vidas Bellas Artes
February 6th, 2018
I spent one week volunteering there. I went there to please my girlfriend, but I actually had a very nice stay. Animals and people working there were really interesting. The work seemed helpful and the living conditions are comfortable with good food and a pool ! I recommend this place...
- Entienne Rogier
February 4th, 2018
Es como estar en familia.........
Con un toque animal !!!
Its like being in family .........
With an animal touch!
- Federico Chinchilla
January 11th, 2018
Lovely people, fun and meaningful experience to be shared to contribute volunteering there. Highly recommended
- Caroline Kohl
January 8th, 2018
It has been a wonderful experience, I met such inspiring people and was able to work hard to help the animals there everyday and learn so much about every single one of them!
- Elisa Leimer
December 28th, 2017
Really amazing facility. The showers are cold and there is a lot of work to be done, but we go there to volunteer and help the animals so thats to be expected. Serita (the volunteer coordinator) is very sweet and always goes above and beyond to make sure the volunteers are comfortable and feel confident with the tasks they are assigned. This place doesnt receive any other help other than from the volunteers that go to help, and they are still so positive and work so hard to help the animals. If you get a chance to go and help please do. Also the food is really good lol
- Julio Quinones
December 20th, 2017
Best place to work with rescue animals. Hard work, cold showers, and the best people you could ever hope to meet.
- Jamie Myer
December 14th, 2017
Excelente y precioso lugar
Excellent and beautiful place
- Steven Leiton Garcia
December 9th, 2017
We were only able to spend a few days here, but are dying to go back. We had a great time, with great people, all of whom were dedicated to improving the lives of the animals. Everyone is split into teams, and each team is responsible for a set of tasks for the morning and a different set of tasks for the afternoon. The tasks range from preparing the food for the animals, to delivering to their cages, to working on various projects around the grounds. The tasks for each team rotate daily. On top of these tasks the volunteers are encouraged to come up with and act on their ideas for improving the lives of the animals. Some examples of what we saw and/or helped with were making a mud pit for the pigs, a grass bed for the goat, toys for the kinkajou or howler monkeys, and weaving palm leaves to give shade for the sloth enclosures.
- Andrew Fisher
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