Beautiful Place, Amazing Animals & Wonderful People
I spent some time at the Sanctuary as a volunteer over the Christmas holidays and simply loved my experience. It is such a special place and the staff really care for the animals. Spending time with animals I had never seen before and hearing their stories was the most rewarding. It is definitely hard hot work, helping to keep the animals safe, clean and fed, but that is why you volunteer. The staff and other volunteers really made the experience more enjoyable. I mean, when you volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary, you are bound to be surrounded by animal lovers and they are the best people anyway :) The local homemade vegetarian food that was provided was also amazing. I did not stay in the volunteer accommodation, but stayed in the Private Villas close by, which was also truly beautiful. However, I heard nothing but good things about the volunteer accommodation if that's what you would prefer. In the downtime the staff and other volunteers always offered other fun things to do, like visiting local waterfalls or simply heading down to the beach to watch the sunset after a long day. Hands down best holiday I have had in a long time.
Incredible Experience and Amazing Staff
I had the chance to do a wildlife conservation internship and I would do it again without hesitation. The team is really friendly and makes you feel at home and try to give you all the opportunities possible to complete the experience (going to watch the release of an animal, helping around the clinic, providing you with all the informations you need to manage your own project, etc.) and the cook is amazing and prepares vegetarian/vegan typical dishes from Costa Rica.
You cannot regret your decision if you decide to volunteer or do an internship at AWS.
Just go for it!
I had an amazing time as a volunteer. The best way of getting know the country is volunteering. I am grateful for this experience. Please continue helping animals :)
Working here was an honour! I learned so much and I had so much fun. I would recommend it to everybody!
If you want a chance to work with and help exotic animals this is a great opportunity to do so. Even around the sanctuary, there is wildlife everywhere. The staff is really helpful and helps you to learn fast how it's like to work in a wildlife sanctuary. I definitely have learned a lot when I was at the sanctuary. The animals were also fun to work with and it's really fulfilling to know you can help them. Also, there is a lot to do in your free time in the surrounding area and the staff will help you out with the planning, which is really great. I definitely recommend the whale watching tour. At last, I want to say I met lots of great people at the sanctuary, even tho I was there for only 3 weeks I feel like I made friends for life and felt that I was part of a great team. I'll definitely be returning someday and I hope whoever reads this review also wants to go someday.
An amazing place for an internship
If you’re wondering if you should visit this place please DO! The place is very well run, the animals are happy and don’t show any aspect of boredom, and you’ll get to see super cute animals with sometimes tough past history so go show them some love! + The staff is amazing and very friendly.
Cannot Recommend Highly Enough
Such an amazing place to volunteer. So many opportunities to get involved, learn and to participate in in all aspects of sanctuary life. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful- Rosie, Cristina and Tiffany always ready to answer questions and explain. The lovely vet Sandie takes time too to go through anything you want to know. Animal welfare is absolutely at the forefront here but the staff really care that the volunteers have a worthwhile experience too. Food is fabulous too and the accommodation very comfortable. Very sad to leave. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Best way to work with animals!
I stayed at Alturas for about 3 weeks, and I had the best experience ever. I have waited really long to work with animals, so I had very high expectations. The sanctuary really focuses on the animals and their wellbeing, and you learn a lot about animal wellfare just from working there. There was a really nice atmosphere at the volunteer house, and everyone were very nice. The staff was great aswell - Alice, Cristina and Jasmin took great care of the volunteers! It was definitely hard work and it takes a few days to get the daily routine down, but after that the work honestly became very enjoyable. My only regret is not booking a few weeks longer!
I spent a week here in February 2018 and it was a wonderful experience. Not only was it amazing just to be learning about the animals there but also the volunteer program is very well organized. They organize outings for you to see the surrounding area, are very helpful in helping you to coordinate your own trips and are always making sure that if anything is a problem, it is fixed right away. Being with a group of people that love animals as much as I do was a real treat. Hope to go back!!
It is such a special place!
Volunteered with my teenage son for a week in February 2018. It is such a special place! Beautiful animals and the staff was excellent! They truly care about the animals ! A great experience! Planning on coming back next year with a few friends!!