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OrganizationAmigos de las Aves
websitehttp://www.thearaproject.org
CountryCosta Rica
Program Costs$0
DurationVaries
Room & Board$15 per day
Language RequirementsBasic Spanish
Amigos de las Aves is a Costa Rican non profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the two endangered species of macaws found in Costa Rica, the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) and the Great Green or Buffon’s Macaw (Ara ambigua). Amigos de las Aves incorporates breeding techniques, aviary management, environmental and key studies and conservation issues, in order to carry out controlled release programs in conjunction with MINAE (Ministry of the Environment and Energy) and Costa Rican laws. Situated in the Central Valley, the Breeding Centre and Homebase of Flor de Mayo is a licensed zoological park and also works as a Refuge for confiscated birds.

There are two types of volunteer opportunities at Amigos de las Aves, working at the breeding center or at a release site. Volunteers at the breeding center will be kept busy feeding birds, mantaining aviaries, making toys, observing behaviors and other related tasks. Workers at a release site will observe the birds, their feeding station, and any nesting behaviors and perform any other tasks related to mantaining the release site.

Volunteering can be so very rewarding - an amazing opportunity to study, observe wildlife, see a beautiful country, learn new skills, to meet new people, learn a different language, enjoy a new culture, leave a perminant legacy with your hard work, a chance to make a difference.