RAINSONG VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Tel # (011 506) 2642 1265 - Cell # (011 506) 8387 3607 Mary
Sometimes emails fall through the cracks, so if you don't get a
response from Rainsong within 10 days please resend your email.
Mary at Rainsong.
Mary's facebook [open to public] : PETITIONS AND CONSERVATION ALERTS SITE:
Facebook Petitions for Rainsong
PLEASE make time to sign these petitions! Together we can better the
future of mother earth and all living beings that call her HOME! [All
rainsong volunteers are requested to read over the NOTES posted on this
facebook site, for an insight into the conservation issues we are
challenged by in costa rica ]
Since March of 2005 we have been taking in injured and/or abandoned wildlife. We have also treated and released numerous animals & birds Those
with permanent handicaps are being cared for in comfortable habitats.
We spend many hours each day caring for the wildlife in the rescue
center. The volunteers help us with this. We are continually in the
process of clearing brush, landscaping, and building more animal
habitats for the hospital and breeding areas. We have a tremendous
amount of work to do, and usually have 6 or more volunteers helping. We
can always use more, so please contact us if you would like to help.
Our project is unique, so you will have the pleasure of knowing that
your efforts have had a major impact on a world renowned project.
While you're here, enjoy the nearby beaches, nature tours, waterfalls, and hiking in virgin forest.
Learn tropical gardening (biodynamic, permaculture, co-creative...),
animal husbandry, camping and treking skills, reflexology,
identification and gathering of exotic fruits, wild edibles, and native
medicinals, wildlife studies, building natural shelters, and help with
learning conversational Spanish.
enjoy many free activities: fishing and snorkeling excursions to Isla
Cabuya, jungle and waterfall trips, wildlife hikes, and other group
Plus, enjoy volunteers' discounts for
nature tours by horse, fishing and snorkeling trips by boat, boat
tours, entrance to Montezuma Butterfly Gardens, and other activites.
We will make every effort to ensure that you enjoy your visit to
Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary !!!
Click here for Lodging Options.
GET CLOSE TO NATURE & ENJOY !!!
Click here to download the Volunteer Application form.
ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST SEND US THE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION TO THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS !
Minimum stay -- one week.
4 hour workdays, 6 days a week (animal care, landscaping, gardening, construction)
Volunteers' tasks are assigned according to their talents and preferences.
helpers (minimum stay - one month) can choose work exchange (helping 6
hours daily, 36 hours weekly) and pay no lodging fee.
Regular Bus Service to Montezuma and bus connections to other destinations, and bus to the Paquera ferry to Puntarenas.
Within walking distance of Rainsong and all the lodging options:
2 Good Restaurants (Soda Delfin and Panaderia Cabuya)
2 Internet Cafes with Skype.
*** Rainsong now has wireless internet access, so bring your laptop if you like !
Meals for Volunteers:
We do not provide meals.
All volunteers are responsible for the preparation of their own meals.
Kitchen facilities are provided in all lodging options.
Groceries run around $3 day for a simple diet (rice, beans, veggies).
Budget more for chicken, fish, meat, eggs, cheese, potato chips, etc.
Aunt Lila at the Soda Delfin Restaurant offers meals to volunteers for only $3.50 pp.
It is Rainsong policy that all volunteers have a travelers' insurance policy in the case of an emergency.
Bring a copy of your policy and present it to Rainsong staff upon your arrival at the Sanctuary.
Keep the original with you.
FOR LESS HASSLES... DO NOT BRING TRAVELLERS CHECKS.
THEY ARE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO CHANGE, EVEN IN THE BANK.
BRING A VISA ATM BANK CARD, OR U.S. DOLLARS ($20´s, or $100´s, no $50´s - favorite bill of counterfeiters).
DO NOT ARRIVE IN CABUYA WITHOUT U.S.DOLLARS (CASH - 20's) or C.R. COLONES.
There is no bank in cabuya or nearby.
The nearest bank is in cobano, a 2 hour bus ride each way from cabuya.
we suggest that you have your tetanus vaccine up to date.
click here for a link to the CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELERS TO COSTA RICA.
click here for a link to the U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT travel advice for costa rica.
All Rainsong volunteers (WWOOF-ers included) will be required to donate
$100 per week to help us cover our increasing costs for maintaining the
animals in the Rescue Center.
This $100 per week is in addition to any lodging fee the volunteers pay.
Until we acquire funding thru grants, our project is funded only by donations. (and Mary's personal money).
We hope to attract volunteers who are truly motivated to help the project.
Please cooperate with this policy.
Many conservation projects throughout the world acquire funding by
charging volunteers hundreds of dollars weekly (or more !), so $10 per
week is a small donation to ask for.
Do not come to Rainsong unless you are willing to help selflessly.
MINIMUM DONATION - $200
$100 is very little help these days. So we ask volunteers staying for
less than one week to make a more significant donation: $100 per
To ensure that your lodging reservation is confirmed, please comply with our procedures:
Due to the amount of "no-shows" we´ve experienced... we require your donation in advance.
Send the total U.S.$ amount for your entire stay.
(for 1-2 weeks - $200pp), (for one month- $400pp), etc....
Upon receipt of your donation, Rainsong will make your lodging
reservation at Rainsong, or Hotel Ancla, Mar y Paz, or one of the guest
houses or rental houses.
To make a deposit (donation) payment you can send the $ by Western Union to Mary Lynn Perry (paternal) Henry (maternal).
Mary´s Western Union acct # - 942361932 (use this acct # if possible, sometimes online it's not an option).
destination - Farmacia Amiga, Cobano, Costa Rica.
Then send us an email , subject title : MARY--DEPOSIT, confirming the deposit payment.
You must send the MTCN routing # in the email, after you make your transfer.
In this email send again your exact date of arrival, lodging choice and estimated length of stay.
We will confirm by email the receipt of your deposit payment.
Your lodging fees will be due upon your arrival.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION !!!
Much thanks to all the volunteers who have already donated $$$ to help us continue our effort to save the wildlife in our area.
We are currently working on getting a stateside bank account to simplify your payments of the donation.
We understand that Western Union is very costly, but at this moment it
is our only option for securing lodging spaces for Rainsong volunteers.
We apologize for this inconvenience but this process is necessary for a confirmed reservation.
WWOOF-ers click here
Read "A Day in the Life at Rainsong" by Mary.
Read Rainsong Testimonials by volunteers.
needs one or two long-term volunteers to supervise animal care and
volunteers' tasks (including gardening, landscaping, and reforestation
MINIMUM COMMITTMENT -- 6 MONTHS
Lodging provided FREE.
We will help you with visa renewals (every 3 months).
If you commit to a 2-year stay, we will help you with a provisional permit.
You MUST LOVE ANIMALS, be caring, and be a responsible, mature person.
NO PARTY ANIMALS !!!
If you are interested in this option, send an email to us, subject title -- MARY-SUPERVISOR.
We will also help with acquiring internship credits with your school, if you are a student, or graduate student.
We urgently need help with grant-writing.
If you have experience & are interested in helping, please send MARY an email.
Students of forestry, botany, environmental sciences, and other related fields:
we need to inventory the trees on our farm AND the Reserva Cabo Blanco for our Re-Introduction permits.
Please send MARY an email if you are interested in this task.
subject title : MARY - FORESTRY INVENTORY
Click here for Lodging Options.
Click here for Travel Information.
Click here for a list of what to bring.
For urgent messages to volunteers or EMERGENCIES call Rainsong.
011 506 2642 1265 ask to speak to mary.
if mary's not there, leave a message with the supervisor on duty.
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