Family volunteering at wildlife rescue center, Costa Rica

Price
£2095 excluding flights
Duration
7 Days
Type
Small group
Group size
2 - 8 people
Reviews
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Price is for a family of 2 people.
Families can join this project with children from 12 years old.
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Description of Family volunteering at wildlife rescue center, Costa Rica

Price information

£2095 excluding flights
Price is for a family of 2 people.
Families can join this project with children from 12 years old.
Make enquiry

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contributing to wildlife conservation and living like a local at the same time.

Vacation information

Diet:
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.

Reviews

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Reviewed on 27 Mar 2022 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Working with animals and the kids having the chance to see the animals up close

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The accommodation is quite basic, but we were prepared for that! The accommodation is also very remote, which is perfect if you're looking to get away from it all (which we were!) but if you need cell service and high speed WiFi, you won't get it here. The food also ran quite low by the end of the week, so you need to keep an eye on it and mention it to the owner as he doesn't really monitor it.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We were surprised that the Blue Banyan Inn wasn't more eco-friendly - there were no recycling bins and nothing was solar-powered.
It definitely supported conservation with the animal sanctuary looking to heal and release as much wildlife as possible.
Apart from the women working in the kitchen and the grounds staff we're not sure how much it benefited local people

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We had an amazing time and we definitely have some wonderful memories that the kids will have forever. There were a few niggles at the Blue Banyan - the
room not being cleaned for the entire time we were there, the food running low, and laundry not being free as per our pre-trip info sheets - but it was a great
vacation and we came back very relaxed and would recommend it to others!

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

The projectís mission is to protect Costa Ricaís diverse wildlife by rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife and where possible returning them to the wild. They also conduct scientific research and promote conservation by educating local and international visitors.

The project provides education about the ecological importance of the rainforest and has created programmes which preserve and protect both the rainforest and its wild inhabitants. They develop awareness of the critical importance of saving the rainforest for the survival of the planet and encourage ecological practices. There are numerous threats to the rainforest including burning, logging, mining, development and cattle farming. The project has created monkey corridors and carries out ongoing reforestation programmes as well as education initiatives in an attempt to relieve these pressures.

One example of their impact is their introduction of monkey bridges in the areaís national parks in order to protect the endangered titi monkeys. The leading cause of death in this species is electrocution by electric wires while crossing roads and being hit by cars. The project has erected numerous monkey bridges which allow a safe alternative for crossing the roads and there has now been an increase in their population numbers.

People

Social responsibility: Before volunteers depart we provide them with a detailed volunteering guide on the area they will be visiting. We try to educate and encourage our volunteers to understand and respect the local cultures and customs.

Economic responsibility: For over 10 years we have been providing volunteers to help at charitable projects around the world. A UK charity has now been launched to build on this success by providing financial assistance to overseas causes as well. The organisations we work with are often struggling to fund the work they are doing so every penny raised makes a real difference.

This is a locally run organisation, providing employment for local Costa Rican staff. While volunteers are in-country, they stay in locally owned accommodation and we encourage them to buy locally and support local businesses.

Environmental responsibility: While our volunteers and customers are overseas, we identify and encourage simple steps to minimise their impact on the local environment. And at our office in the UK we try to recycle as much of our office waste as possible, use recycled products where available, avoid printing (no brochures) and minimise energy usage.

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