Get involved by volunteering at The Toucan Rescue Ranch! In contributing as a volunteer, you are provided a unique experience, gaining an in depth understanding about our mission, the rescued birds and animals and their rehabilitation. As a volunteer, you can assist in the daily activities of running the Toucan Rescue Ranch, or may contribute your particular skills to focus on a specific project.
The Ranch requests that volunteers donate a minimum of four weeks of their time. The standard schedule is six days a week from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., but we are flexible.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult.
What You Will Be Doing
The biggest job on the Ranch is feeding the birds and animals. So a large part of your work will be cutting fruit!!! But we know you need a bit of variety so you’ll also help with other regular activities like helping with feeding, doing the daily sloth checklist, or babysitting a sloth that is on the climbing tree.
We are always open to your suggestions. Let us know if you have a skill you think will be useful. When you’re here, you might see something that needs to be done. And of course we always need people to do small fundraising activities. Whether from home or while you’re here, we are happy to support your fundraising activities with information, pictures, or a skype presentation from Leslie.
YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY
It is important to bring any allergy or other medicines you may need. To ensure we can get you medical care if needed, we require proof of medical insurance. You will also be required to have a current tetanus shot.
The fee is $60 per week and goes directly to the feeding and care of the animals. We ask that fees be paid at the start of your volunteer experience.
Option 1: Stay with Marta and her Costa Rican family. There are two bedrooms, each with a single bed, and a bathroom shared between them. Enjoy meals with the family and practice your Spanish. $25 per day per person, includes meals.
Option 2: `Stay with Carol and Daniel, a North American couple. There is one bedroom, a small living room area and a kitchenette. $35 per day for one or $45 per day for two, includes dinner. Other meals can be provided as needed.
Both options are within walking distance of the Ranch or there is a local bus that can be caught about 200 meters from the Ranch.
APPLICATION & SCHEDULING
INITIATE YOUR OWN FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
Everyone at the Toucan Rescue Ranch greatly appreciates your efforts in supporting our mission. Whether you are an individual, a family, a school, or a community group, we welcome your own fundraising efforts in support of the Ranch. Initiate your own campaign for the Ranch to adopt a rescued animal; host a pancake breakfast or car wash, hold a raffle or auction, throw a toucan or sloth themed party, have an art contest, or have a rainforest music concert. The ideas are limitless. If you plan a fundraiser, contact Leslie and she can schedule a skype visit during your event to let your guest see some of the animals here at the Ranch and to answer questions.