Volunteer work is extremely important, not only for those who give it but for those who receive it. Your contribution of time is important in helping to make others realize the importance of safeguarding our natural resources for future generations.

At Monkey Park, we have recently begun implementing new non-imprinting methods of animal welfare to our rehabilitation-to-release programs. We have done this by considering the following question: How has nature survived for millions of years? The answers, through remarkable intelligence and a naturally elusive tendency to distance themselves from humans, have prompted us to attempt to do the same. Through minimizing our contact with wild animals, we are able to dramatically increase the animal survival rate after successful rehabilitation. Since any ecosystem depends on a healthy and complete species selection, we rehabilitate only wild animals that are able to contribute to the natural gene bank.


butterflies costa rican wildlife rescueWhat sort of work can I expect to do as a Monkey Park volunteer?

Monkey Park Foundation accepts volunteers from all over to the world. These temporary personnel assist staff in a variety of different areas such as:

  • Preparing and providing diets to animals
  • Maintaining animal environments
  • Providing mental stimulation to non-releasable wild animals
  • Assisting with injured and confiscated animals with new non-imprinting methods
  • Providing guided tours to park visitors
  • Painting, landscaping, and constructing exhibits
  • Up-keeping park grounds


Since Costa Rica is located in a tropical region, we experience annual rainy seasons of several months in length. For this reason, our scheduling permits us to accept volunteers from December through August. Please note that we request a two-week minimum time commitment from our volunteers.


In exchange for the invaluable contributions of our volunteers, we provide on-site rooms that have bathroom and shower access, along with three meals per day. The average length of a regular work day is from 9am until 4pm, Monday through Friday. To relax, volunteers can visit nearby beautiful beaches with a bus which leaves from the entrance of the park. The weekly cost of the volunteer program amounts to $250.00, all of which goes into maintaining and developing Monkey Park into an ecological gem.


Take part in a fantastic one-of-a-kind learning opportunity in the heart of Costa Rica today!
*Monkey Park Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization operating in Portegolpe, Costa Rica and is not affiliated with any other organizations, foundations or businesses. Volunteers may currently only participate by applying directly through this site or through MERCY TRAVEL.