- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Costa Rica, Panama
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: June, July
- Session Length: Three Weeks
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Community Service
- Selective: No
- Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Gain hands-on experience working with Costa Rica's wildlife at an animal rescue center as you help feed baby monkeys and look after young sloths learning how to climb. This program is perfect for all animal lovers and those also looking to improve their Spanish speaking skills!
Would you like to bottle-feed a baby monkey? Do you want to stand guard over baby sloths as they learn to climb? How about making sure the deer wandering the property have a salt lick? Come and spend the summer in Costa Rica volunteering at a wildlife rescue center and do just that while making friendships to last a lifetime!
You will help out at the shelter in the morning, preparing breakfast for the animals and helping them heal on their road to recovery. You’ll also assist with a variety of tasks imperative to running the shelter such as cleaning the animals’ cages, preparing medicine, light construction work, or any other work that is needed. After lunch, you’ll have the choice to take Spanish lessons at our school in the village, or to return to the rescue center for more work with the animals. By mid-afternoon, we will head to the beach to relax, snorkel and surf. We will also go whitewater rafting and biking, and visit the local indigenous BriBrí tribe.
Plus, you can even cross another country off your bucket list with a day trip to Panama! Evenings are spent embracing the beat of the Caribbean by listening to village music, enjoying authentic dinners, and strolling the streets of the village.