MARINE PARK VETERINARY PLACEMENT 2017
Open all year, starting on Mondays, participation fee 280€ per week, minimum duration: 8 weeks - 2240€.
- Code : G/CRC/MPV2017
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ESP
- Age : 18 - 99
You will be working with local staff as they care for animals in the animal sanctuary. These are either former pets which were illegally kept, or injured animals. The intention is to release them to the wild. This placement is very much what you make it. There is a vet in residence, but they are in need of assistance. There is a basic theatre for minor operations. Obviously, the level of your involvement will depend on your experience and knowledge. The overriding aim is to rehabilitate injured animals and release them into the wild. Your veterinary experience will be invaluable in caring for injured seabirds, mammals and reptiles.
Your new home will be one of two newly built eco houses in our centre in Esparza: Jaguar House and Toucan House. The two houses sleep up to 22 people. Most rooms have 2 bunk beds and are shared on a single gender and maximum of 4 person per room basis. One room in each house has a bunk bed with a double bed below, single above, suitable for couples or small families, if needed. (Private rooms can be obtained at additional cost; this must be arranged before arriving for your program). Each house has two western style toilets and cold showers. Most houses in Costa Rica have only cold water, and it is refreshing in the heat of Esparza. Windows are fitted with mosquito screens and there are 2 fans in every room. All doors are lockable and we advise you, for added security, to make use of this when you leave your room. Each house has a washing machine and there is space to hang clothes to dry – they dry quickly! Both houses have a communal area where you can relax with fellow participants or use the free WiFi. There is also a large dining hall/games room/communal area shared by both houses, with free WiFi, TV and table tennis, and a large garden of tropical plants, including coconut palm, papaya, banana, and citrus Three meals a day on weekdays (two on weekends) are included during your stay. The meals will mainly be a mix of traditional and modern Costa Rican food, so you may experience the Costa Rican take on foods you will be familiar with. Most meals will include either fish, chicken, pork or beef, but vegetarians can be catered for.
Esparza is a medium-sized agricultural town nestled amongst the mountains above Rio Barranca, in the Central Pacific Coast area of Costa Rica. The area was first settled by the Chorotega and Huetar peoples. The Chorotega people fled from Mexico 1,500 years ago and brought their traditions with them. This is a possible reason why there are Mexican words which jump several countries and turn up again in Costa Rica. The Spanish town was founded in 1577, making it the second oldest in the country. It has a rich history which includes legends of hidden pirate gold. Esparza is the second largest canton in the province of Puntarenas, covering an area of 216.80 km², and with a population of approximately 35,000. The pace of life is relaxed. It is not unusual to see horses being ridden in the street. The town itself is off the tourist trail. However, the nearest beach for surf and relaxation is only 20 mins (14kms) away. Within a distance of 25 kilometers, you can also find canopy tours as well as the world-famous attractions of Puntarenas, including a marine park and a newly renovated marina. Likewise, the nearest national park, Carara, is only an hour’s drive away. There are shops within 300 metres of the centre, and bars, restaurants, and an excellent public pool within 15 minutes walk. There is an ATM within 1km and more ATMs in town, about 2kms. Buses into town and further afield leave from within 300ms of the centre. Esparza and the surrounding area has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants within easy reach. There will be a weekly evening activity, such as dancing lessons, cooking lessons, Spanish lessons or a trip to a nearby town or tourist destination. Every month, on a weekend, there will be an organised trip to a tourist destination – volcano, beach, waterfall, canopy, ziplining, horse riding etc. When there are local events and fiestas we will make sure that you are involved. Esparza and Puntarenas have plenty to offer for weekend activities, including horse riding, watersports (surf is huge), game fishing, canopy tours, hotels to suit all budgets, and some of the best scenery in the world. Puntarenas is also ideally suited to take a scenic ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula and its many secluded beaches. Esparza is on the Panamerican Highway, so access to the rest of Costa Rica and the rest of the American continent is at your doorstep.
Program participant criteria: – Minimum involvement of 2 months. You must be interested in the work and ready to get your hands dirty! This placement is aimed at those who have a high level of interest in veterinary science, and who ideally have some relevant studies. – You cannot be allergic to seafood. – Casual dress is appropriate during your time on the project. Please be aware that your clothes will get dirty. Closed shoes are essential. – If you are able to assist, the Marine Park is always grateful for financial donations. However, your time &enthusiasm are also invaluable, and a donation is not expected. Open all year, starting on Mondays, arrival on Sundays and departure on Saturday morning, participation fee 280€ per week, or 2240€ for 8 weeks. Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends). Reception at SJO (Juan Santamaría) on Sundays. ** NB : fully booked until the end of September 2017. Placement selection : copy of the passport and resume of volunteer needed and will be submitted to local project for approval.