Loved everything about it!
Volunteering for a couple weeks at Alturas was an amazing experience. First of all, the staff is extremely friendly, accommodating, and great to spend time with. They really care to make your stay convenient, comfortable, and provide you with direct assistance with anything you could possibly need. Secondly, this volunteer work involves actual engagement with all kinds of animals, though in a very ethical way that is respectful to the animals. You really get the sense that you're helping the animals and not just there to check off some tasks. You can be confident that your work makes a difference in the health and happiness of wildlife. I strongly recommend Alturas. We were very sad to leave and hope to volunteer again soon! - Todd
Go, get educated, donate!
Best education and experience. Makes one believe in the humanity that thrives in so many. Good people. Saving animals and educating trackers on importance and efforts to keep animals wild and how humans can lead and save. I’m so impressed. Wish enclosures were bigger but is up to donations and sponsors. Support this cause. Visit here before doing anything else.
The Real Deal
This was quite simply a great experience. Not a zoo, so don’t expect to see loads of animals, but super informative and educational, and the animals there each had a story to tell through our wonderful guide, Ryan.
Going into volunteering I knew I would enjoy it but I had no idea how much I would end up loving my time at Alturas. If I could do it differently the only thing I would change is spending even more time at the sanctuary. It was such a special experience, everyone was so kind, and you could really see how much everyone loved it there. I will absolutely be back! Thank you so much for having us, it really was something special!
We loved our time at Alturas!
What an incredible experience at Alturas! Highly recommend for anyone looking for an adventure. I went on my own for a month and had an amazing time - the staff were so welcoming and I was surrounded by people with similar interests and values. Make sure to check out their wish list on amazon before you volunteer! There’s always things the sanctuary and clinic that they’re in need of 3
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!