Frequence Asking Questions
As a volunteer you can assist the NATUWA staff in feeding the animals, preparing the meals and taking them to the enclosures. You will keep the animals healthy by cleaning their living places. In addition, you will participate in cleaning trails, cleaning tapir ponds. You will also help in the attention of tourists, schools and in the planting of trees.
You have to ways: In public transportation as fallow: Go to San Jose in a taxi from the airport to the bus station 7-10. Take a bus to Guanacaste, before getting into the van, ask the driver to drop you off in the “Restaurante Caballo Blanco.” Once you are there, take a taxi to NATUWA or communicate at this number 506 86444666 from 8:00 am until 4:00pm.
NATUWA is about 1.5 hours from the airport.
We recommend you to bring many things but just the necessary. No mosquito net, you can find it here in Costa Rica. Mosquito repellent is a great idea (Only with no deet). Also, bring a hat, shoes to hike would be amazing. Antibiotic for your skin in case an infection would be great too.! Lots of sunblock…big battle. Sunglasses, bikini. For more information on what to bring to Costa Rica, visit our web site. Here
No, in NATUWA, we speak English, and we always have volunteers who use other languages besides Spanish and English.
Yes, like the tapirs and Jaguars. These are magnificent animals, but they are not to play. If you don’t touch any animal of the Sanctuary, everything is going to be okay. In their protected enclosures, these animals will always be visit by the leader to be feeding under a rigorous protocol that you have to follow.
We costarrican our money is colones, however we use USA dollars too.
There are many places to visit during your stay with us. Monteverde is one of the most visited for volunteers (The biggest Zipline, cloud forest, hummingbirds, etc.). Also, you can visit any of the beaches close to NATUWA like Puntarenas, Conchal, Doña Ana, and Caldera; all these places are very safe beaches. To start getting there, you can go with few more volunteers paying a taxi or taking a bus in front of the Sanctuary 6:00 am. Except for Sundays!!
Yes, there is public transportation to allover Costa Rica from NATUWA. The bus will pass in front of the Sanctuary at 6:00 am, every day, except Sundays.
The Costa Rican diet is typically rice and beans and something else. Meat, vegetables, chicken, salads and other garnishes are offered in the volunteers’ meals. Get ready to enjoy a diet rich in fiber and very natural.
Yes!!! We are always needing responsible people. If you want to spend a minimum of 3 months with us, working with volunteers and helping us to recover the animals. We can offer you the opportunity to stay with us for a minimum time of 3 months. We will give you accommodation and food for your volunteering time.
To travel locally, you can use a taxi or the regular transportation. The bus passes in front of the Sanctuary, every day except Sundays at 6:00 am to Puntarenas. Where you can get another service to any part of Costa Rica from there. Then the bus returns around 12:00 again through the Sanctuary.
That is going to be depending on what you want to do. But we recommend having about $ 200 equivalent to local currency.
Easy!! Credit card or cash. We will ask you 20% in advance to make the reservation and secure a place for you. You can use pay pal for the 20% payment, the rest of the payment can be done once it reaches NATUWA.
For us, it is much better to receive you from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. But we understand there are many delays with the flights. Then we can solve together your arrival time.
Yes, there are many things very useful for animals you can bring with you. Please check the “List of animals things you can bring with you “. Here!!
No, according to Costa Ricas laws, it is completely forbidden to domesticate animals. In NATUWA we promote good uses of our naturals resources and the animals deserve respect and they deserve to share their life with their own kind.
Yes, like 20mis ago in car.
We are located in Aranjuez of Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
Yes, always. However, some times for situations out of our control the companies can not give us the internet service.