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Volunteer Program and Tour at Wildlife Rescue Center in Costa Rica provided by Proyecto Asis

Volunteer Program and Tour at Wildlife Rescue Center in Costa Rica

Volunteer Program and Tour at Wildlife Rescue Center in Costa Rica
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from €48.99 per adult
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from €48.99 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
Get hands-on experience caring for rescued wildlife by volunteering at a rescue center outside of Arenal Volcano National Park. Ideal for wildlife lovers who want to be more than just a passive viewer, this combination package includes a guided tour of the refuge in addition to the chance to prepare food for the animals. This lets you get to know the resident wildlife and learn about the importance of their conservation.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Help care for the animals at the Proyecto Asis Wildlife Rescue Center
A guide coaches you through the volunteer experience, sharing details about animal care and conservation
Get up-close photos of the wildlife during a guided tour of the center
Enjoy a coffee break that includes exotic fruits and juice
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 8720P2
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
We will offer you some coffee, juice and exotic fruits
Exclusions
Transportation to/from attractions • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
738, Provincia de Alajuela, San Carlos, Costa Rica
Inclusions
We will offer you some coffee, juice and exotic fruits
Exclusions
Transportation to/from attractions • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
738, Provincia de Alajuela, San Carlos, Costa Rica
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Wheelchair accessible
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately (closed shoes)
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
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The4Benns
Los Angeles, CA20 contributions
Fun and educational experience which my family loved
Mar 2021
My family and I had a fabulous afternoon here. We toured the sanctuary with Carlos who was a fun, very informative and engaging host. We all learnt so much and saw animals both in the sanctuary (monkeys, parrots, raccoons, wild pigs etc.) and in the wild (caiman, more monkeys, basilisk lizard). My children loved preparing and feeding the animals as part of the volunteer tour. It was a wonderful afternoon and the centre is doing great work. They release about 80% of the animals brought to the sanctuary - basically as many as they can.
Written 16 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

SnappleSpice
New York City, NY395 contributions
Great for Animal Lovers
Dec 2020
My girlfriend and I did the volunteer program and tour on the last day of 2020, and it was the perfect way to end a tough year. Everything was, of course, outside, and we all wore masks for the duration of the program. Our guide was informative and we really enjoyed learning about the rescued animals. Preparing their food was fun too!

We also arranged to be picked up and dropped off, since we did not have a car. The man who drove us was fantastic as well. He spotted a sloth on the side of the road and stopped so we could see it and take pictures! This was really special for us, since we had not seen any sloths in Costa Rica!
Written 11 April 2021
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Brooke B
Provo, UT15 contributions
Great tour!
We had a great time learning more about the animals, preparing their food, and bringing it to them! Carlos was an awesome guide!
Written 10 April 2021
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Tanya Daty
Lyons, CO87 contributions
Amazing opportunity!
My 12 year old and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of this wildlife sanctuary. Our tour guide, Carlos was excellent and had a very good sense of humor. We loved prepping food for animals and seeing how the monkeys ripped through the little packages we prepared. What a great cause to support!
I will definitely look into a two-week volunteer with homestay once covid-19 vaccines are common.
Written 1 January 2021
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djwingwang
New York City, NY55 contributions
Amazing rescue center for any animal lover
Nov 2020
This was the highlight of our trip. Went spent a week traveling around to different national parks around the country and it was great to see the animals up close at the end of our trip. We were given the tour by Carlos who seemed to really care for the animals at the center. We did the volunteer program where we help prepare the food and feed the animals. Would highly recommend to anyone who likes animals. It was really nice to see the excellent care the animals received and that some would be able to be released back into the wild once fully rehabilitated.
Written 5 December 2020
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Lynn P
68 contributions
EPIC experience!!!
This tour is a must if you are in La Fortuna! We spent 3.5 hours here this morning on the wildlife and volunteer tour. We arrived and were surprised by a standing ovation from their entire crew as we were their first and only guests on opening day as they have been closed since March due to Covid. Special!

They are a true rehabilitation facility, but considered part zoo so they are allowed visitors. All animals are rescues and if possible rehabilitated back to the wild. Most were pets either confiscated or turned in when the owner could no longer handle the wild animal. Some are injured from cars or electric lines.

Monkeys we learned are the hardest to put back in the wild as most were taken as babies so they did not learn life lessons from their mothers. Many birds had wings clipped by owners so they couldn’t fly. Over time, now that they are well cared for and fed properly they gradually can release back. Their colors also become brighter and more true with a proper diet.

Amazingly we also saw toucans and monkeys that were not caged hanging around, visiting their friends.

A big part of this tour is helping to prepare their meals including making them packages so that they have extraction exercises. Everyday their diet and extraction game is different. We then delivered them to the animals, which was really fun! The monkeys were super excited!

It was truly an amazing experience, we learned so much and gained such an appreciation for places like this who care so deeply about them and spend a lot of efforts to care, rehabilitate and teach people, including our next generations why wild creatures should be kept wild. ❤️
Written 23 November 2020
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The Spenceleys
20 contributions
Animals first, humans second - as it should be!
Mar 2020
We visited the rescue centre on our recent trip to Costa Rica, and were so pleased that we did. Carlos, our guide was superb. I am a biologist, and it was lovely to see the passion for the animals that Carlos had. His detailed explanation of each of the animals, and their stage in the, often-long, road to return to the wild, was detailed and very interesting.
We were glad that we did the 'volunteering' part too, which involved preparing food for various monkeys, birds, etc. This gave a further insight to the work done by the centre.
The centre is nothing like a zoo, and is fully focused on the needs of the animals being cared for.
Our thanks to Carlos, and a massive Hi 4 to him, and all those who work at the centre.
Written 19 March 2020
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nicci0
Galveston Island, TX45 contributions
One of the Highlights of our Costa Rica Experience
Mar 2020
Our family visited Proyecto Asis in early March 2020. The tour was very informative, well-paced, and fun. Our daughters are huge animal lovers and learning about conservation, the illegal animal trade, and rehabilitation efforts was really important to them. The volunteer experience was absolutely perfect. We learned about what, why, and how the animals eat, prepared food, and created enrichment activities for the resident animals, and then brought the food to the animal enclosures. The entire morning was absolutely perfect. We learned so much and hope that we can visit again.
Written 10 March 2020
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Hi nicci0, Thank you very much for sharing your experience and for your support. We are glad to know you enjoyed your time here. It is great to read it was a highlight. We hope to meet again, maybe for a different program of the ones we have available.
Written 13 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

B0bNM
Fredericton, Canada109 contributions
Wonderful, interactive & fun tour!
Feb 2020
This was a wonderful morning of being educated about animal conservation and rehabilitation as well as volunteering to assist. We were divided into small groups. We were very fortunate to get Carlos as our guide. He was passionate about the animals, had a wonderful sense of humour and was great with the children in the group. We toured around the facility, stopping at each cage to hear about the animals. We then had a coffee break with fresh fruit, coffee, or lemonade while watching the boat-billed herons nesting by the pond. Our job that morning, was to prepare food for the animals. This involved finding the ingredients in the pantry, weighing out the correct amount, cutting up the fruit if necessary and placing it in a bowl. We also made “toys” for the monkeys so that their meals would be a bit more challenging. From here, we went around to the cages and fed the animals. It was a very enjoyable morning! We have to mention again that Carlos had a wonderful way with the children and made it so much fun for them. Thank you for a great tour.
Written 7 March 2020
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Hi B0bNM, Thanks for sharing your experience and let everyone else know about this great opportunity for individuals, or parties. We are so glad to read about it. We also thank you for your contribution that helps us to continue on this mission.
Written 13 March 2020
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Katelyn
9 contributions
Fun & Eye Opening
Mar 2020 • Couples
We had a blast with Carlos. Our tour was full of a variety of toucans, money’s, macaws and jokes. Proyecto Asís is only an easy 30 min from La Fortuna and well worth the visit. We were all able to feed birds, the pigs, and the monkeys. Just remember your bug spray! (We forgot ours and ended up having to buy some... at least it was available and the proceeds are going to a great place).
Written 4 March 2020
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Hi KayWahdey, We want to thank you for attending our tour that helps us to continue on this important mission. We are pleased that you enjoyed the time spent here while learning and having fun. We hope you can visit us again to see what's going on here.
Written 13 March 2020
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FamilyTravelersCO
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Wonderful experience
We very much enjoyed our morning spent on the volunteer tour. We loved seeing the animals up close and learning abo
MsAdventure2018
MsAdventure2018
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Great experience!
The family loved the visit from 13 yrs old-80 yrs old! Very informative! Learned a lot and got to see lots of birds
adg2020
adg2020
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Do the volunteer tour!
We went to ASIS with our three kids and we all absolutely loved it. After the tour, where we saw the variety of bir
Brian A
Brian A
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ADVANCED RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Drove 40 minutes because all their materials said you could make reservations at the desk. When we got there, the f
tarah540
tarah540
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Loved it!
We loved our visit to this sanctuary. Very informative. We even saw a wild monkey who followed us around up in the
RichandBonny
RichandBonny
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Very Educational & Fun
We loved doing both of the tours at the rescue center. Lady was very knowledgeable about the sloths, and we enjoye
L H
L H
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Roaming wildlife and nice displays
We visited this venue with a tour group and were let off and picked up in the front so not sure of the size of the
Traveling-Snts
Traveling-Snts
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Wonderful Experience
What a great place, doing great work, by really great and wonderful people! We did the tour + volunteering and it w
jill c
jill c
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No sloths to be seen, but lots of birds!
Small, nice park easy to walk through. The restaurant was the best part as many birds come right by so great for sp
U4845CMingrids
U4845CMingrids
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Very dry tour.. not recommended for small children
I came with a group including two young kids.. it was almost two hours of straight talking including a ten minute v
Zesty321
Zesty321
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Great Education
Great place to learn about the animals and how to protect them. Glad to see that there is a strong emphasis on chan
kidwell_james
kidwell_james
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Wonderful way to see and learn about animals and birds up close.
Great place to see animals up close in a rehab centre rather than a zoo. The work they do is wonderful and the guid
358mayp
358mayp
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True sanctuary that rehabilitates and releases. No animal selfies!
True sanctuary that doesn’t seek to exploit the animals for tourist gain. Learned a lot about sloths and sadly the
erica e
erica e
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A must-see!
We did the whole deal: Wildlife Rescue Center, Volunteering, Sloth Sanctuary and it was all worth while! Carlos wa
Ryleegirl1022
Ryleegirl1022
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Do it all! This is a true animal sanctuary! Every age can learn and benefit from this amazing team!!
This is a wonderful place for anyone to go to but especially families. We signed up for sloth tour, wildlife tou
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