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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer Program

5.00 ( 17 votes )

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Great experience

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!


Fantastic Program

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!!



We really enjoyed our time volunteering at Alturas, the chance to help the animals and get to know them was really rewarding. The staff was very helpful and got us involved in many different aspects of looking after the animal. They also worked hard at combining tasks like gathering enrichment materials with activities for the volunteers, like swimming in the ocean, lunch at a local restaurant, or visit to the reptile sanctuary. Many thanks to Loyal, Alice, Christina, and the rest of the crew.


A real sanctuary!

The animals and volunteers that come here can call this a safe and wonderful temporary home - regardless of your species you will be taken care of amazingly! My husband and I volunteered for a way to short of a time over the holidays and can't say enough about the amazing staff at Alturas. The animals were just as amazing and I've never felt more honoured to clean poop on Christmas :-)
The sanctuary has a great set of rules that shows they are focused on the well being of the animals rather than the selfie glorification's of most volunteer programs trying to make a buck. Enrichment and animal comfort is a huge part of the volunteer role which is great for the animals- and the creative person! Feeding and cleaning is an easy task and wasn't as dirty as I expected, nor the spider situation - phew!
We stayed in the apartment and found it to be very clean and comfy. A heads up that you will need a 4x4 to get to the sanctuary (learned this the hard way - exhausting walk up with our luggage when the taxi couldn't get up the hill, but was still worth every step!)

Too many honorable mentions - so a big thank you to all at Alturas for giving my husband and I an amazing adventure and a very memorable Christmas - will definitely see you again!



I went to the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in March for 2 weeks and it was the most amazing 2 weeks of my life. On arrival at the Volunteer house, the other volunteers had a big vegetarian meal made and welcome us.

The rooms are clean and basic. The facilities are great, considering you are in the middle of the jungle.

All the staff are unbelievably helpful and dedicated to the cause. The work they do for the environment and the animals of Costa Rica is just outstanding and it is all thanks to Tom! He is actually one of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life. Loyal, Alice, Rebecca and Laura, thank you for your teachings and care.

I cant wait to see you all next year!

Thank you.
Jade Lynch


Great Experience!

I volunteered at Altura's for 1 week and although it was only a short amount of time I really annoyed every minute of it. I found it to be a great experience! The staff were all very friendly and knowledgable but most importantly always happy to help. The Sactuary itself was very clean and spacious. During your stay there are plenty of things to do. We went out to dinner most nights and explored the nearby town and surroundings, though they also provide you all food invade you're on a budget. On your days off the staff try very hard to organise activities for you to do. I went to visit an amazing waterfall nearby on my day off. I would 100% reccomend Altura's to anyone looking for a great experience and wanting to help a great cause! Also, Alice was a wonderful and hard working volunteer coordinator!

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