Lara volunteered with us in the Wildlife Rescue Center in September of 2021. She came with her friend, Tessa, who’s review is posted separately. This is Lara’s review.

My friend and I volunteered at the animal rescue center project coordinated by green life volunteers for 2 weeks and it was amazing! We found the project very well organized and Janina the coordinator we were in touch with was super responsive in answering all our questions and really reassuring. We were picked up at the airport by a private driver and brought directly to the center. The rooms were very clean and the house was comfortable to live in. The volunteers and coordinators there were very welcoming. The work consisted in cutting fruits and vegetables for the animals, feeding the animals, cleaning their cages, doing some enrichment activities for the animals that will be released, and other tasks. The workday is quite long and hard but it was nice to see that we were greatly helping out and the contact with the animals is worth it! You get to see firsthand the amazing wildlife of Costa Rica and learn so much about all these different animals. My friend and I are not the most passionate about animals but the experience was very unique and enriching. We loved practicing our Spanish with the local staff and learning about Costa Rican culture. We had two days off a week which allowed to see wonderful places in costa rica and it was a good break from the hard work. Vanessa and Laura who own the sanctuary are also very responsive, there to help with any problem and very nice! Overall this was a very positive experience that I would recommend for any animal lovers or for people who want to learn more about Costa Rica’s spectacular wildlife. Lara Melloul (19 years old)

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