This program is no longer offered. View more programs from Travellers Worldwide.
Travellers Worldwide - Volunteer in Costa Rica
100% Rating
(3 Reviews)

Travellers Worldwide - Volunteer in Costa Rica

This program is no longer offered. View more programs from Travellers Worldwide.

Bienvenido a la vida pura de Costa Rica(Welcome to Costa Rica)... Latin America’s Utopia.

This magnificent country has a simple Motto: Pura Vida – “The pure life” this describes why it is on the bucket list of every traveller and a treasure to those that call it home; its untouched beaches, misty crater lakes, roaring waterfalls and wild jungles are but few of the unbelievable sites and experiences it offers.

We have three wonderful projects in Costa Rica:
- Volunteer to Conserve, Care and Release wild Macaws
- Care for Children in a Kindergartens in Heredia
- Volunteer as a teacher

Locations
North America » Costa Rica » Heredia
North America » Costa Rica
Length
1-2 Weeks
2-4 Weeks
1-3 Months
3-6 Months
6-12 Months
Language
English
Housing
Hostel
Starting Price
$0.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
Full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat).
Other Locations
Kegalle

Questions & Answers

Program Reviews

  • Impact
    87%
  • Support
    100%
  • Fun
    93%
  • Value
    100%
  • Safety
    97%

Program Reviews (3)

Default avatar
Bill
Male
57 years old
Bexhill-on-Sea, England

An Unforgettable Experience

10/10

This was my second visit volunteering with the elephants, and it was as unbelieveable as the first. From the moment that I was collected from the airport I became part of the family. So much so that the other two volunteers and myself, were invited to Niranjala's (the organiser) house for the Sunday. Here she provided food for us all day, and I was honoured to see a Sri Lankan house other than from a distance.
This time, at the orphanage, there were two baby elephants. Both about 8 months old, and the experience of actually being able to react with them was beyond belief.
Most of the staff at the orphanage remembered me from last year, and greeted me like an old friend, and could not do enough for me.
In addition, all the Travellers staff, without exception, made me feel like part of the family.
My last day with the elephants, was my 68th birthday, and we all went out for a meal and had a wonderful time. I am going back again next year!

How can this program be improved?

To stay for longer!!

Default avatar
SarahEllie
Female
24 years old
London, England
Other

An Inspirational & Emotional Elephant Journey

10/10

Wow, Am I glad I booked this enlightening journey to Sri Lanka to work with these amazing gentle giants.

I had never travelled alone before but Travellers Worldwide were there to advise and help me through every step of the process. Not once did I feel alone, I was well informed and felt very safe in their capable hands.

I have loved Elephants since I was a little girl and it was a life long dream to be close to them and interact with them. I was not disappointed! My first sight of the 80 or so Elephants bathing in the river was a very emotional, happy and almost dream-like experience. Little did I know this trip was to get even better!

It was quite hard work at times as we spent the mornings of our work days mucking out the Elephant sheds and as you can imagine there is ALOT of mucking out to do, but the Mahouts we were working with became like friends and we all had a great laugh as we worked.

The afternoons were alot more relaxed and so rewarding as we met the Mahouts down by the river where we played with the Ellys and washed them! These were my favourite moments by far. A couple of little tips for anyone wishing to do this extraordinary project...

1) When washing an Elly that is lying down in the water, watch out for their trunk as they like to tickle your feet when your not looking!

2) When sitting at the river edge. My favourite Elly Saboo is very loveable and likes to stand with you. She loves to be tickled and stroked. Make sure you tickle the roof of her mouth - she LOVES this!

You will see some amazing sights here as Elephants really are clever and each have amazing characters and traits. A few funny things I saw were an Elly trying his best to balance a log on this head, the little ones play fighting by nudging each other off the rocks they were trying to balance on, the little ones also playfully charging at one another, the females chasing a very handsome looking male Elly, not to mention the sight of them all putting their trunks in the air and rumbling, trumpeting and even squeaking!

I would also like to add how amazing the Sri Lankan staff are that lived with us in the house, nothing was too much. They helped us plan our weekend trips, cooked us amazing traditional Sri Lankan food and generally took care of us the whole time. I feel truely blessed to of lived with them and the other fantastic volunteers that I shared the experience with.

Sri Lanka as a country I found eye-opening, it is so different to the Western world, and makes me feel grateful for what I have. It is great to experience another culture first-hand. If you book this project - and I strongly advise you do - I would suggest you take mostly old clothes and shoes to work in and on your last day leave them there as there are so many Sri Lankan women, men and children that would be so grateful for them.

The Pinnawala Orphanage are doing extraordinary work and I feel so priviledged to of been apart of it. They have given home and a fantastic life to orphaned Elephants who otherwise may have not survived. I strongly advise you help the vet out on his daily rounds as you will see first hand the amazing work they do to help these Ellys and keep them healthy. This orphange provides home to elephants young and old, blind and even 3-legged. Nothing is too much trouble for them and I cannot stress enough how enlightening this trip was for me, it changed my life and I WILL be going back soon.

Default avatar
alegria
Female
42 years old
Brighton, England
University of Sussex

Life changing!

10/10

I did this placement along with the teaching project in Sri Lanka back in 2002! At the time I'd never travelled anywhere like this and certainly not on my own.

I stumbled across Travellers during my lunchbreak one day and could not stop reading the information about this elephant project in particular. In a brave moment I called the office. Travellers were so nice on the phone and all the way through that I felt really supported and safe going somewhere so remarkable with them avaiable at the end of the line 24/7. They were well organised and personal throughout.

Arriving in Sri Lanka is still very clear to me. I was met by Roshan the country manager who drove me to the elephant orphanage with a running commentary about life in Sri Lanka and a huge grin on his face, stopping off for roadside fresh coconut milk along the way. He was so firendly and later became a good friend!

The project was exactly as Travellers had explained it would be and scrubbing the elephants down with a cocounut husk every afternoon in the river was totally incredible. The mahouts (who work with the elephants) seemed pleased to have us there and those days of helping them clean and wash the elephants in the hot sun will always stay with me.

In the evening we would sample the local delicacies - arrack, fruits and curries and play cards, write and chat. At weekends we would always go somewhere. Sri Lanka's small so there are loads of things to see with a weekend break, from ancient cities to huge climable rocks, temples and enormous golden buddha's hiding in a cave, shopping in the Capital and, my favourite, a staggering choice of breathtakingly perfect remote white beaches. We'd go on mass and snorkel, have dinner outside at night followed by a few cocktails at a local beach hut.

The best thing about this trip? Well, there are 2 things - I went there by myself (slightly terrified!) and I met a whole load of great friends there, including my absolute best friend who was at the birth of my first baby 3 years ago!

The other... Travellers support (both in Sri Lanka and from the UK head office) was SO good, they were utterly approachable, available and responsive and genuinely wanted me to have the time of my life. This level of support minimised any problems I encountered such as when I got sick, or was homesick, or wanted to extend my stay and change my flights! This positive start to my travelling really added a huge amount of confidence to my enthusiasm. So much so that I went on to travel independently for a year after my placement and I've continued to feel confident travelling alone ever since, spending much of my 20's doing so! Travellers made my dream come true and I would recommend for anyone to do a project like this, it will inspire you for the rest of your LIFE :-)

About The Provider

Thumbnail

Travellers Worldwide is a Leading International Provider of Voluntary Placements & Work Experience Internships Overseas.

Established in 1994 and with a 20 year unparalleled record of safety, you can be confident that your placement will be the ideal environment to nurture your personal and professional

Read more...