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Conservation Volunteer Costa Rica



Macaw populations have declined significantly over the past decades. The main causes are illegal poaching for the pet trade and the loss of mature forest habitat, which they rely on for feeding and nesting. MRN's vision is to see a future with thriving parrot populations in healthy, connected forests, across their former ranges. MRN's breeding center consists of over 80 rescued non-releasable macaws, that through breeding and release of their offspring, can still contribute to the conservation of their wild relatives.

The applicant will be a caretaker at our Macaw Breeding Center during the non-breeding season. After a training period, the applicant will be given responsibility to care for a group of Macaws. Depending on the successes of the previous breeding season this includes caring for offspring and preparing them for release into the wild.


Macaw Recovery Network

Punta Islita

No previous experience or academic background in Biology needed. However, applicants with a background in animal care/veterinary or carpentry/construction are preferred. You should be physically fit and able to lift heavy objects over your head, walk up and down steep hills and not be afraid to get messy.

Dates of program:
Year-round, preference for August-December

Duration of program:
1 month minimum

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+

All international and national travel costs to get to the site are your responsibility. Volunteers buy and prepare all their own food and we recommend you budget for at least US$40 per week or more if you like luxuries. On-site accommodation and utilities are provided at a cost reflective of length of time volunteering with us: 1-2 months - US$300/month; 3-5 months - US$150/month; more than 6 months - free. We require a US$200 security deposit to cover any damage you may cause to your volunteer living accommodations. You will receive this back at the end of your stay with us; minus the cost of any damage you may have caused exceeding normal wear and tear. Comprehensive insurance cover for the entire stay is a must, and it should be arranged and paid for by the applicant. If staying for more than 90 days, doing a visa renewal trip is also the applicant's own responsibility. The most cost-effective option is going to Nicaragua via bus for a long weekend.

Other information:
We are unable to accommodate couples at our site.


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