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.
What You Will Be Doing
All volunteers start the day chopping fruit and vegetables for the day’s feedings. Depending on the number and chopping skills of the volunteers, this can take a few hours. When the day’s food is ready, they move on to other activities. Other activities vary depending on the current needs of the Ranch. Activities include:
– Feeding birds that have feeding doors
– Cleaning cages
– Making toys to hang in the enclosures
– Helping with the yard work
– Computer work like entering contact information from our signup sheets
Depending on the volunteer’s background and personality, they may be asked if they would like to help with a few other things. These are optional activities and the volunteer is free to say no if they are not comfortable with them. Leslie will observe how a volunteer handles themselves around the birds and animals and decide whether they will be asked to do any of the following activites:
– Feeding the sloths. This requires entering the enclosures with the sloths.
– Cleaning bird enclosures: This requires entering the enclosures with the birds.
– Tours: We are working on compiling tour information that the volunteer can learn.
These activities require that the volunteer wear a cap. We will provide protective goggles.
We are always open to suggestions. Let us know if a volunteer has a special skill you think will be useful
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.
At least 18 years of age.
Basic Spanish: most of the work will be directed by Ana or Alvaro who speak Spanish.
Preference is given to volunteers with animal related education/training or experience.
SCHEDULE & FEE
Minimum of 1 month. The standard schedule is 5 days a week from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. , with two days off a week. Weekends are our busiest times so volunteers normally work on the weekends. They can schedule one weekend a month off.
The fee is $50 per week .
We do not have housing on the Ranch. The housing listed below is provided by others and prices may change. We will confirm the price when you schedule your volunteer time.
Option 1: Homestays with local families: We have a few people who provide homestays. They normally include a bedroom, bathroom, 3 meals a day and cost $450 per month. Most provide laundry service or access to laundry facilities. Most have wi-fi. Less than a kilometer from the Ranch.
Option 2: 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. A few kilometers from the Ranch.
Option 3: `Stay with Carol and Daniel, a North American couple. There is one bedroom, a small living room area and a kitchenette. It includes dinner and costs $150 per week. Other meals can be provided upon request. Access to laundry facilities. Wi-fi. Less than a kilometer from the Ranch.
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.