Volunteer helping feed the animals

Volunteer preparing food

Volunteers working on a project


Volunteer program

Volunteering at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue center & Botanical Gardens was for the ecologically responsible tourist!

The green tourist:

  • experiences the rich bio-diversity of Costa Rica
  • wants to work in harmony with the environment
  • minimizes impact (leaves a low “carbon foot print”)
  • respects local culture
  • donates his/her time (minimum 4 weeks) in working hours and receives a life-time experience in exchange
  • works individually or with others
  • must be 21 +
  • builds environmental awareness
  • is interested in local flora and fauna
  • is aware of the climate in Cahuita (“tropical rain forest”)
  • pays a volunteer fee of $100
  • is aware that the center of the town is 3 km away (bicycles are available for rent in town, walk from town to TOL is about 35 minutes)
  • experiences that working in a jungle setting involves being close to wildlife and the insect kingdom
  • is making a commitment
  • is aware that a basic knowledge of the English or Spanish language is necessary
  • takes care of his/her own accommodation and food. There are many different options for accommodations available in Cahuita.

Basic volunteers jobs were:

  • Preparing food for the animals
  • Feeding the animals
  • Cleaning cages
  • Building and repairing enclosures
  • Observing the animals
  • Planting trees
  • Gardening
  • Build and clean roads


Volunteers working in rain or shine

Volunteers helping clean habitats

Volunteer working in the bush

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