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Street dog project in Costa Rica

Du möchtest eine besondere Reise erleben und dich dabei sozial engagieren?

Über das Projekt

Many dogs and cats await you at the animal shelter. Animals are handed in weekly, examined by a doctor and nursed back to health. Unfortunately, there are a lot of stray dogs and cats living on the streets in Costa Rica. Your help in combating this problem is crucial.

  • Do meaningful volunteer work and take care of street dogs and cats (feeding, cleaning, walking dogs)
  • Live with other volunteers and explore beaches, waterfalls, volcanoes and amazing sunsets in Costa Rica
  • Get to know the passion for other cultures, languages and countries – simply PURA VIDA
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From 990.00

Pay a deposit of 150.00


As in many South American countries, pets do not yet have the same status as in for example Germany. This makes it much more difficult to place them. The animal shelter has set itself the task of giving the animals a safe haven and caring for them.

Areas of responsibility: this includes cleaning the enclosures, feeding and, most importantly, playing and walking the animals. It is important for the animals to be treated lovingly so that they can be placed in a good family later on. You don’t need any previous experience. The most important thing is that you enjoy working with animals.


  • Placement in a selected project in a beach town city
  • Transfer from the airport to the bus stop
  • Local accommodation at volunteer house incl. half board
  • English and Spanish-speaking support on site
  • Help with the search for cheap flights
  • Provision of information material about the project and Costa Rica
  • Advice for the language school
  • Support also during the project period
  • Certificate about your time in the project

Whether you are a pupil or have just finished school, a student or are already working, stays abroad give you the opportunity to develop yourself further.

Living arrangements

Accommodation and meals on site

During your time in the volunteer project, you will either live with a host family or in volunteer accommodation. In this project you have the choice of accommodation. Your accommodation is located in the village within walking distance of restaurants, banks and supermarkets. The volunteer accommodation is optimally equipped: with Wifi, a kitchen and a washing machine. Please note that our volunteer accommodation is usually booked out more quickly. The volunteer house is just 3 minutes walking distance from the shelter.

Accommodation: Volunteer accommodation, host family possible on request
Location: Pacific coast

Typical day in the project

A typical day in the street dog project

Morning shift: 8-11 a.m.
Afternoon shift: 3-5 p.m.

Volunteers work one shift per day, and it is usually a 5-day week. Times may vary slightly during your stay. Bear in mind that your days off may be during the week and not at the weekend, as the animals naturally need to be cared for at the weekend too.


  • Feeding cats and dogs
  • Walking the dogs
  • Playing with animals
  • Providing animals with the medication they need
  • Cleaning and tidying the animal enclosures
  • Daily cuddles


During your stay you can improve your Spanish skills and have contact with other travelers as well as locals. There is a lot to experience in your free time. You can go to the beach, go horse riding, swim in nearby waterfalls and much more. In the evening, there are various restaurants and bars where you can go out.

Echte Geschichten, echte Erlebnisse

Wir sorgen dafür, dass wir unseren Reisenden die bestmögliche Unterstützung und einen guten Einblick in die neue Kultur bieten können. Projekte im Ausland bieten dir eine einmalige Gelegenheit, ein neues Land und deinen Traumjob kennenzulernen.

Costa Rica - Country Information

Translated literally Costa Rica means rich coast and is also known as the ‘Switzerland of Central America‘. In the North, Costa Rica shares a border with Nicaragua and one with Panama in the South. Due to the number of national parks and the mostly untouched beaches Costa Rica is a paradise for nature lovers and surfers.

Official language



San José


51.100 m²


5.181.000 (2022)


Colón, you can also pay with US-Dollar in the most shops

Telephone code




All programs can be booked with friends. If you would like to book a program as a group, we recommend that you enquire in advance. Each person must book the project individually.

Ideal for all programs are at least three months in advance. In principle it is also possible for us to place short-term applicants (volunteering and language study travel) in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is a safe country and the people are very friendly and warmhearted. In big cities, as in every big city in the world, there is petty crime. When travelling, the following things should be taken into account: always keep an eye on valuables, always keep your hand luggage on your lap in buses, and at night you should not travel by bus or withdraw money from ATMs. Up-to-date information on the situation can be found at the Embassy or Foreign Office.

Please note that in Costa Rica all electronic devices can only be used with an adapter. They are available in many electronics stores.

In principle, no language course is mandatory in advance. However, depending on the volunteering program, certain levels of the language of your destination country may be required to complete the project. We would be happy to advise you individually on your chosen project.

Depending on the program, we work with host families in the vicinity or there are volunteer houses at the project site.

For all programs you have to be covered by foreign health insurance. We will be happy to help you find a suitable insurance policy.

During the language school and in the volunteering projects, you will always have a direct contact person to help you with any problems. Of course you can also always contact us.

Application process for a volunteering program

Apply for a project on our website.

Make your deposit to secure a place for your project - you are welcome to contact us in advance to make sure there is still a place available for this period.

You will receive a separate booking confirmation from us by e-mail with further information.

For some programs we still need your resume.

You will receive an information package with the confirmation e-mail and have a fixed contact person for questions.

We plan your journey and help you with your travel arrangements.

Let´s start - be ready! we will contact you again and you will receive final information about 3 weeks before the start.


Before you set off for Costa Rica, you should always take out travel health insurance, accident insurance, emergency insurance, liability insurance and, if possible, luggage insurance.

over 3 months

International health insurance for long-term trips

When you book a trip, you can conveniently book your international insurance with our insurance partner here. The international health insurance for long-term trips is particularly popular with our interns. This is particularly interesting for stays of more than 3 months. For all information, individual calculation and quick and easy booking, please click on the button on the right. Recommendation: Book comfort cover at a reasonable price and enjoy even more security*.

less than 3 months

All-round carefree protection

For travelers going abroad for a shorter period, less than 90 days, our partner offers a very good all-round carefree protection. For all information, individual calculation and easy booking, click on the button on the right.

*All insurance information and liability can be found on the website of our insurance partner. Please note that Jamso Trainee cannot accept any liability for the completeness and accuracy of linked pages. This is the responsibility of the respective insurance provider.

Are you ready to start your adventure abroad?

Apply today!

Would you like to start a project with us soon? Arrange an information appointment here.
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