Veterinary Care Volunteering in Costa Rica

Are you a veterinary student, aspiring veterinary student, or practicing veterinarian?  Or, are you someone who just loves animals and wants to ensure their health & well-being?  If so, we need your help in Costa Rica!  As a developing country with a significant population of domestic animals; including many roaming the the streets, veterinary services are always in need.  Volunteers on the veterinary care volunteering in Costa Rica project will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of a vet clinic in a developing country.

If you have educational or professional experience working with animals, your participation in this project will be extremely helpful at the clinic you’re placed at.  However, even those without experience can make a positive impact as many of the tasks required to operate the clinic don’t require specialized skills.

The local clinics supported by this project double as pet stores as well to help finance their operations.  You’ll have the opportunity to observe (and possibly assist, depending on your experience & the clinic’s needs) veterinary procedures.  In addition, you’ll help with cleaning and maintaining the clinic and pet store, assist with grooming, provide customer service, and feeding the pet store animals.

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Room & Board

Your project fee for projects in Costa Rica covers your room and full board in either a host family house or volunteer dorm-style facilities depending on the location of your placement.

  • Shared, single-sex room (occasionally a private room is available) with a fan
  • 3 meals per day (meals will typically be simple Costa Rican dishes)
  • Drinkable tap water
  • Hot water is not available (hot water is not common in Costa Rica)
  • Some locations have limited WiFi access (location dependent)



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

1 week$275
2 weeks$500
3 weeks$700
4 weeks$875
6 weeks$1,150
8 weeks$1,550
12 weeks$2,250
Prices for projects in Costa Rica are in US dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (

Included: Airport arrival transport • Pre-departure information • In-country orientation, training and coordination • Accommodation: private or shared room (location dependent) in a host family house or volunteer dorm-style facility with a fan • 3 meals per day (in most locations*) • 24/7 emergency phone

*In the volunteer houses in Jacó & Heredia, volunteers receive breakfast and lunch. Dinners are not provided as most volunteers choose to eat at local restaurants or cook for themselves and food waste became an issue.

NOT Included: Flights • Travel insurance • Local transport • Return airport transfer • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees

For custom lengths of stay not listed, please contact us for pricing.


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Trip Add-ons

Volunteers participating in all projects in Costa Rica have the opportunity to take add-on Spanish language lessons.  Click the button below for more information.

Spanish Lessons


Special Considerations | Veterinary Care Volunteering in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

For special considerations regarding all projects in Costa Rica, please visit the Costa Rica page.

Placement Location

Our partner NGO in Costa Rica supports an enormous number of projects.  In most instances, placements will occur at the location most in need of volunteers at the time.  Occasionally, volunteers will be given the opportunity to select which location they prefer.

Language Skills

This project requires volunteers to speak English fluently and have at least a basic level of Spanish. For individuals interested in improving their Spanish language skills, classes are available outside of volunteering hours. Please see the Spanish Lessons page for details and pricing.