Costa Rica

Wildlife conservation

Voluntourism Costa Rica

This project is ideal if you are interested in learning about conservation of wildlife, especially wild cats. The Center began in the early 60’s, when deforestation was booming in Guanacaste. The habitat of many wild animals declined and many of these were captured by the locals and kept as pets or sold illegally.

Mrs. Hagnauer Lilly Bodmer, a Swiss lady who always had a vision for the conservation of native species, began the “Rescue Center” receiving the animals from the national agencies such as the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET), and sometimes buying wild animals from neighbours to save their lives and give them proper care. In a few years there were more than 160 animals (60 species), all from Guanacaste area.

In 2001 Mrs. Lilly died, and to give continuity to her work, the Hagnauer Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to counteract the effects of hunting, deforestation and captivity of wild animals in the area Guanacaste, was created in 2003. You will have the opportunity to make a difference at the Center, feeding the rescued animals, preparing their food, cleaning cages and giving maintenance to their facilities.

Accommodation in Guanacaste

luxury volunteering Punta Islita

Almost camouflaged against the forest, this property sits in the serenity of one of Guanacaste’s most magnificent coves, looking out onto glorious open coastline. Sitting amid some interesting local communities, the hotel has a tiered layout, with landscaped terraces. Look out over the ocean from the freshwater infinity pool or hit a round of golf […]

luxury volunteering Andaz Peninsula Papagayo

Nestled in a location that is second to none, where the Gulf of Papagayo meets the sapphire blue waters of Culebra Bay, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort captures the native spirit of Costa Rica with its distinctive “Pura Vida” (pure life) philosophy. The breathtaking setting – a relaxing ocean with a mountainous background – will make […]


This area has always been somewhat separated from the rest of the country (it was once annexed by Nicaragua), and has its own regional flavours and customs. The white sand beaches are popular escape spots, though, especially the more glamorous ones such as Playa Conchal. Many of the small fishing villages are now buzzing with visitors, and a once sleepy hub now has day and nightlife.