Volunteer at the Toucan Rescue Ranch

Get involved by volunteering at The Toucan Rescue Ranch! Contributing as a volunteer, you are provided a unique experience, gaining an in depth understanding about our mission. As a volunteer, you can assist in the daily activities of running the Toucan Rescue Ranch, or you may offer your particular skills to focus on specific projects.

All volunteers start the day chopping fruit and vegetables for the day’s feedings. Depending on the number of people and their chopping skills, this can take a few hours. When the day’s food is ready, volunteers move on to other activities. Other activities vary depending on the current needs of the Ranch.

  • Prepare diets for all animals on the property
  • Deliver diets to the wildlife
  • Clean enclosures
  • Enclosure enrichment
  • Clean guesthouse 
  • Help with yard maintenance
  • Office work for administrators 
  • Fill out a project form and start your own project once approved 

Depending on the volunteer’s background and personality, they may be asked if they would like to help with other tasks. All volunteers are observed on how well they handle themselves around wildlife to determine further responsibility.

  • Deep clean enclosures with the guidance of an intern
  • Help provide enrichment for the rescued residence
  • Contribute to our Education Program
  • Help administration with data entry
  • Assist Volunteer Coordinators with volunteer activities and events
  • Become a tour guide

Activities dealing with wildlife require that volunteers wear protective gear. If you can offer a special skill please include in the Volunteer Application.

When working with animals it’s important to understand all risks. The Toucan Rescue Ranch ensures both the volunteer’s safety as well as its rescued wildlife. Please provide allergy or other medicines needed in your application. For your safety you are required to provide proof of international medical insurance and/or medical travelers insurance as well as a current tetanus shot (within the last 10-years).

Abroad:

  • 18-years of age or older
  • Minimum of 1-month time commitment
  • Basic Spanish
  • Tetanus shot
  • A passion for wildlife 
  • A can-do attitude

(Preference is given to volunteers with animal related education/training or experience.)

Local:

  • 18-years of age
  • Tetanus shot
  • Commitment of at least 20-days
  • A passion for wildlife 
  • A can-do attitude

(Preference is given to volunteers with animal related education/training or experience.)

  • Standard schedule is 5-days a week from 7:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Two days off per week - not necessarily weekends or holidays
  • Volunteer donation: $50-per week (donation waived for local volunteers and for individuals staying 3-months or more)

Housing is not provided for 1-month volunteers, however, we do provide the housing listed below (prices may vary):

  • Option 1: Homestays with local families. Includes a bedroom, bathroom, three meals per day, access to laundry facilities, Wi-Fi. Shared common areas with the host family. Fee is $25-per day. All locations are walking distance to the Ranch or to a local bus stop.
  • Option 2: Rent a volunteer apartment from a North American couple and prepare your own meals. The apartment has one bedroom, one bathroom, small living room area and kitchenette. Cost is $21-per day. Access to laundry facilities and Wi-Fi. Walking distance to the Ranch or to a local bus stop.

If you’d like to be a volunteer, please complete the following Volunteer Application on the righthand side of the page. We will contact you to schedule a Skype interview with Carol, our Volunteer Coordinator. If you have any questions regarding the application process you can email info@toucanrescueranch.org.

If you are looking for an accredited internship opporunity please visit our Internship page

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