• Costa Rica
2 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Age Max
Year Round
Guesthouse Host Family Hostel
Small Group (1-15)
Travel Type
Budget Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
Airport Pick Up
Local support
12/7 Emergency Number
Accommodation in a volunteer house
2 typical meals a day - as well during the weekend

Minimum stay: 2 weeks, price per week only $240
What's Included
Accommodation Airport Transfers Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Activities SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Oct 13, 2022
Dec 21, 2019
4 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Combine your passion for animals and desire to give back by helping abandoned street animals in Costa Rica. You can help look for a new, safe and beautiful home for stray dogs and cats by volunteering with Jamso Trainee.

This program is managed by a local NGO in Costa Rica that aims to improve the situation of the animals living on the streets.

Help provided by volunteers is always greatly appreciated as there is a lot of work to keep the program running. Many families in Costa Rica do not have the knowledge of Animal Welfare, especially in feeding. That's why it is so important to educate families who would like to get an animal as a family member. Animals are only mediated when the family has the correct surrounding for the cat or the dog.

Your tasks as a volunteer may include: carinf for street dogs and cats (combing, taking dogs for walks), cleaning cages, supporting sterilization procedures, distributing food for animals.

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Program Highlights

  • Feed and walk the animals
  • Care for street dogs and cats
  • Help with rescue operations where animals are brought in from the street
  • Witness cats and dogs find their forever home
  • Help in social media (depending of period of volunteering)

Program Impact

Help take care of street cats and dogs and support rescue activities in Costa Rica. Find a new home for helpless animals.

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  • Fun 5
  • Value 5
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Beachlife - fun time

I had a wonderful experience with Jamso Trainee. I was especially impressed with the personal one-on-one guidance from the moment I inquired to the moment I boarded my plane. They really make an effort to make sure you are getting the trip you signed on for and are comfortable and ready. I got an airport pick up and stayed first night at a host family. On next day got the transfer to the bus station and my way to Uvita. Uvita is a cozy town, where you can go to waterfalls, beach and bars & restaurants.
The host family who run the volunteer house is very friendly and welcoming. During my stay there all the volunteers got along great. The project itself is just awesome. They do really a lot for the dogs and cats. I can highly recommend this project! Thanks to Angela for the great organization.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Gallo Pinto - never ate before, very tasty. The ticos do eat at the morning. For me it was great for lunch ;).
33 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

dog and cat shelter in Costa Rica - perfect place

I've spent 2 weeks volunteering at an animal shelter in Costa Rica that rescues neglected animals from the pazific area and gives them medical treatment, food, shelter and a whole lotta love. It was hands down the best use of my time and energy. The people you'll meet are so incredibly welcoming and warmhearted and the animals are so hungry for love and attention. I stayed at a volunteer house with like-minded volunteers from around the world. It is great knowing so many people from around the world. Costa Rica itself has so much to offer and Wildlife and nature is so magic. If you're having doubts about going to Costa Rica, I've been there, probably everyone here has. It certainly takes courage to step outside of your comfort zone but I urge you to do it because it will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would stay longer. This 2 weeks where an amazing time, next time I love to stay at least 4 weeks.
31 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great people - Pura Vida

Everyone was so helpful and welcoming. I would definitely go with them again!!! I highly recommend to go with Jamso Trainee, this way you can discover the costarican culture through the amazing staff there and also make new friendships with the other volunteers. I stayed at Hazel´s home with other volunteers and she is my sweet tica mum. I defintly will miss her. She was taking care of all of us and made this experiance more sprecial. I loved to eat Gallo Pinto (tipical breakfast: rice and beans), but she also offered us pancakes or cornflakes with banana. During my free time I went to see beaches of Manuel Antonio and I did a 3 day tour to Volcano Arenal. Definitly can reccommend to do this it was amazing. Thanks for the best experience ever!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
It was amazing to see how many people do help the dogs and cats. I remember as Scooby came to the project total skinny and really bad condition. So happy to see that people take care of them and after some weeks they looking great and most find really fast a new warm home.
26 people found this review helpful.

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