TOUCAN RESCUE RANCH (WILDLIFE RESCUE CENTER)
ACI Costa Rica is a non-profit organization founded in 1967, whose main goal is to promote programs of intercultural learning and international volunteer service (IVS) for people from all around of the world, facilitating their experience in social and ecological projects, developing global citizens.
ACI wants to contribute to solidarity and friendship between the different societies of our globalized world, to sustainable human development, and personal growth of our participants.
Our organization is an active full member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE), a federation of more than 40 intercultural and IVS organizations located in the five continents. ICYE Headquarters are placed in Berlin, Germany. The federation of ICYE has been recognized as International Peace Messenger by the United Nations.
ACI Costa Rica has developed partnerships with other networks and programs such as: The Committee of Coordination of International Voluntary Service (CCIVS), associate to UNESCO, The Alliance of European Organizations (ALLIANCE), Volunteering Matters from United Kingdom (VM), VolontEUROPE, Weltwärs from the German government, and ERASMUS + from the European Union.
The experiences we promote are mainly focused on incoming and outgoing programs, involving long and short-term periods, for groups and individuals. These programs are managed in cooperation with our local Costa Rican networks, partner organizations and communities such as: The Federation of Social Organizations (FOS) and YO ME UNO from the private initiate, and others.
The Toucan Rescue Ranch’s (TRR) mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and when possible, release Costa Rican wildlife. TRR works with a model that focuses on conservation, education and research so a brighter tomorrow is promised to the incredible animals of Costa Rica´s rainforests.
The Toucan Rescue Ranch was established in 2004 by Leslie Howle and Jorge Murillo as a rescue centre for toucans and other birds. Nonetheless, the rescue centre quickly expanded to owls and other wildlife. In 2007, a baby sloth, Millie, arrived and was solely in Leslie and Jorge´s care. Millie is initially what transformed the Toucan Rescue into a wildlife rescue. Leslie and Jorge work as a team alongside a small staff, caring for resident rescues and new arrivals.
The goals of the organization are:
• To establish a captive breeding program for all six species of Costa Rican toucans
• To accept, evaluate and treat rescued and decommissioned animals in need.
• To rehabilitate and release injured wildlife back to its natural environment.
• Provide educational programs, research sites and facilities.
• Provide volunteer opportunities for local, national and international individuals.
Possible tasks for the volunteer:
All volunteers start the day chopping fruit and vegetables for the day´s feedings.Depending on the number and chopping skills of the volunteers, this can take a few hours. When the food is ready, they move on to other activities. The activities vary depending on the current needs of the ranch and the volunteer’s skills and personality.
• Feed the wildlife (including food preparation)
• Cleaning enclosures
• Enclosure enrichment
• Help with yard maintenance
• Office work
• Start a project a show initiative
Schedule for the volunteer:
Standard schedule is five days a week from 7.00am – 3pm. Two days off a week. Days off are not necessarily weekends as Saturday and Sunday are our busiest days
The volunteers stay in the project. In a volunteer house with more volunteers.
3 meals per day are provided by the family.
LOCATION: San Isidro de Heredia. Province of Heredia.
Required skills and interested of the volunteer:
• One month time commitment, not less
• Approve the Skype interview with the project manager (basic questions)
• Tetanus vaccine
• MUST be interested in working with animals
Please note that acceptance is subject to availability and a Skype-Form interview.
Minimum stay of 4 weeks.Please arrive to Costa Rica 2 days before you start the project. The second day you will travel to the project. Toucan Rescue receives volunteers all the week.
Before applying, please make sure you read our page "Projets en pays du Sud" : https://www.concordia.fr/pays-sud
Project Fee:4 Weeks $580
Apart from the Project Fee per month, there is a Fee charged by ACI:
Weeks Eco Camps
1 to 4 $150
5 to 8 $250
9 to 12 $350
13 + $450
SPANISH CLASSES FEE:
In case you book Spanish lessons, they will take place at the ACI office before the volunteer work starts. We hire experienced teachers who will help our participants to develop the vocabulary, speaking and comprehension skills necessary for a successful experience at the volunteer project(s) of their choice. The prices include the stay with a host family and three meals a day.
Price for 1 week : $ 300
Price for 2 weeks: $ 600
Price for 3 weeks: $ 900
Price for 4 weeks: $ 1200
The total cost of your volunteer program with ACI will be:
The cost of your volunteer project(s) + Spanish Classes (if applicable) + the administrative ACI Fee depending on the total amount of weeks that you would like to participate.
Local transportation, international insurance and airfare will be covered by the volunteer.
Things you need to Bring to Toucan Rescue Ranch:
• Mosquito repellent/ after bite cream
• Sun block
• Rain coat, Jacket or Sweater
• Closed shoes
• Rubber boots (you can buy them in Costa Rica)
• Extra shoes (tennis shoes, flip flops)
• Work clothes (that you don´t mind getting dirty)
• You can bring suitcase or backpack