Mission: To humanely alleviate animal suffering and overpopulation by providing access to spay and neuter sterilization services.
What to expect: High-volume spay and neuter MASH-style clinic with owned or "street" dogs and cats.
Dates: Annually for five days in early to mid May
*Positions for this trip are full for 2019*
Spay/Neuter & animal shelter in Costa Rica (VO13)
Mission: To educate the public and to provide low-cost, and often no-cost veterinary services to reduce the over-population of dogs and cats around the country, and to provide adoption services.
Location: Shelter in San Rafael de Heredia and other rural areas in Costa Rica.
What to Expect: Spay/neuter clinics, basic veterinary assistance, and education, both in shelter and via mobile S/N unit. Different activities available depending on experience.
Volunteers with experience in high-volume s/n clinics preferred for clinical duties.
wildlife rescue and rehab in costa rica (VO18)
Location: Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica
Mission: Rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured, sick and orphaned native wildlife with the ultimate objective to assist in the recovery and release.
What to expect: Some volunteers (depending on experience and credentials) will work with veterinary staff inhigh-quality treatment for all animals entering the facility. Well-equipped veterinary clinic and a 24 hour emergency response service, quarantine facilities for new arrivals, and a nursery area for the very young and isolated pre-release enclosures for soon to be released wildlife. Other duties may include general care of animals, including feeding, cleaning cages, and overall enrichment.
Dates: Year round, minimum commitment of one week.
primate rescue and rehab in costa rica (VO9)
Mission: Rescue, rehabilitate and release Injured, orphaned, and displaced wildlife.
Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
What to expect: Focus is on helping with injured and orphaned monkeys and some other wildlife. Food preparation, enclosure cleaning, laundry, animal enrichment activities, feeding and special care for injured and infant monkeys.
Dates: Year-round, minimum commitment of one month.
wildlife sanctuary and rehab in costa rica (VO12)
Location: Quepos, Costa Rica
Mission: To protect the diverse wildlife of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast by rehabilitating wildlife, conducting original scientific research, training volunteers, and promoting conservation.
What to expect: LVTs can work with our vet, vet tech, biologists, and other staff members and volunteers to care for animals. Duties vary depending on experience, and may include assisting in the clinic, preparing food for animals, feeding animals twice a day, recording animal behavior and health and cleaning cages.
Dates: Year round, minimum commitment of two weeks.
Spay/neuter and community outreach (VO3)
Mission: To educate about the importance of spay & neuter as the most critical step to improve animal welfare in the developing world.
Location: Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala
What to Expect: Spay/neuter clinics, basic veterinary assistance, and education with different communities in urban and rural areas.
Dates: Year-round. Different activities available depending on their schedule. Minimum commitment one week.
Wildlife rescue and rehab in Guatemala (VO10)
Mission: To strive for the conservation, preservation, protection and research of wildlife. To rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce into their natural habitat wild animals seized from illegal traffickers. To promote and assist in the creation and management of protected habitat areas for wild animals.
Location: Peten, Guatemala
What to expect: General volunteering includes care of native animals including feeding, cleaning, and enclosure maintenance. Depending on experience there are opportunities for closer animal contact. There is also a special longer veterinary program for qualified techs, including lectures and hands-on clinical care.
Dates: Year-round, minimum commitment one week.
Marine animal Conservation in Guatemala (VO21)
Mission: Sea turtle, caiman, and crocodile conservation, and building sustainable systems working with local residents toward marine animal welfare.
Location: Parque Hawaii
What to expect: Various activities related to marine animal conservation, including sea turtle hatchery and release of turtles, monitoring populations and their environments, and working in education with locals.