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    Global Leadership Adventures: Costa Rica – Animal Rescue Project

    Global Leadership Adventures: Costa Rica – Animal Rescue Project


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: Costa Rica
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June, July
    • Session Length: Two Weeks, Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Community Service
    • Sub-Categories: Veterinary Medicine, Animal Rights and Rescue, Wildlife Conservation
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
    • Minimum Cost: $3,000 - $6,999
    • Career Clusters: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    On this program you will promote animal rights and gain pre-veterinary experience working alongside certified veterinarians and animal rescue experts. Not only will you do compassionate, hands-on work with lovable, furry friends at a dog rescue center, you’ll also learn about exotic wildlife species in a country known for its dedication to conservation. In your time off service, experience all the outdoor adventure and natural beauty Costa Rica has to offer. Find out more!


    Rescue And Rehabilitate Animals In Costa Rica, A Natural Haven For Both Domestic And Wild Creatures.

    -Do hands-on volunteer work alongside veterinarians and get first-hand experience
    -Help care for dogs at a rescue centerLearn about Costa Rica’s animal rescue and wildlife conservation efforts
    -Zipline and horseback ride through lush valleys
    -Careen down the river on a whitewater rafting adventure and log some extra hours in the veterinary clinics (21-Day Flagship Program only)

    Community Service

    This is a service-intensive program shadowing local veterinarians and animal experts. Rotate through different positions at a traveling clinic providing access to veterinary services. Some of the cases you might see include spay and neuter, deworming, and care for skin conditions and wounds. Observe the intake, surgery and postoperative procedures, and help repair critical infrastructure. You may also volunteer your time walking dogs, working on projects requiring physical labor, making toys, and refurbishing the rescue center.

    Immersive Learning

    In developing countries, pets are often at higher risk of abandonment or disease, simply due to a lack of resources and limited access to veterinary care. Likewise, exotic animals unfortunately face exploitation or the loss of their natural habitats. Learn from guest speakers about Costa Rica’s rescue and conservation efforts. In addition, gain exposure to the processes and procedures of veterinary care.


    On this program, adventure is around every corner. With its rainforests, volcanoes, hills, and valleys lined with rows upon rows of coffee plants, the inland region of Costa Rica offers some of the richest scenery to be found in Costa Rica. See the views on horseback, go ziplining, and relax after a long day in natural hot springs. On the 21-Day Flagship Program, experience a one-of-a-kind whitewater rafting expedition, and journey to Costa Rican beaches where you’ll take a catamaran ride and go snorkeling.