Toucan Rescue Ranch Volunteer Application
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Toucan Rescue Ranch! The purpose of this form is to learn a little bit more about you and what will be expected of you as a volunteer. The more accurate your answers are allows our volunteer coordinator to coordinate the best experience for you! Please, fill out this form and we will get back to you shortly.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS:
-Be able to commit at least 4-weeks (international) or 20 days (national) to volunteering. A longer duration is preferred.
-Must be 18-years or older
-Have a current Tetanus vaccination
-International emergency medical insurance while volunteering
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First and Last Name *
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Nationality *
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Where do you live? *
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If you are a student, what school do you attend? If not, please type N/A. *
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Tell us a little bit about your experience with animals (volunteering, pets, etc.) *
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Why did you choose Costa Rica and the Toucan Rescue Ranch? *
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How did you hear about Toucan Rescue Ranch? *
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If you chose Social Media, which platform did you find us on? *
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Have you traveled internationally before? Tell us about your experiences. *
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Language Skills: English *
Language Skills: Spanish *
Please indicate if you have allergies or medical conditions. *
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Is there anything else you would like to tell us? *
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Information about Volunteering and the Toucan Rescue Ranch
We are in a small community, far from beaches and tourist activities. The community, San Isidro de Heredia, has basic services: banks, supermarkets and pharmacies. We are near a bus stop. It is a 10-15 minute drive to San Isidro and 40 minutes to San José. The bus passes in both directions every half hour. We are in the mountains where the weather can be a little cold and with frequent rain. Please initial to confirm that you have read and understood this. *
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Your primary responsibility will be to feed and care for animals that are permanent residents. These animals cannot be released because of their physical condition or history. Please initial to confirm that you have read and understood this. *
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3. Volunteers work 5 days a week, 8 hours a day with the option to start early or late. Each day begins with a short meeting about animal changes, special tasks, and other tasks. It is CRITICAL to be punctual. You will have 2 days off a week, but not necessarily on weekends. We work on holidays. Please initial to confirm that you have read and understood this. *
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4. The main activities of a volunteer are: food preparation (cutting fruit and vegetables, fish and chicken), feeding (collecting and washing trays, distributing food and filling water), cleaning enclosures and cages, and general maintenance such as cleaning the kitchen and the property entrance. Please initial to confirm that you have read and understood this. *
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5. Volunteers DO NOT TOUCH or carry any animals. They also do not enter enclosures with animals unless they are authorized to do so. Please initial to confirm that you have read and understood this. *
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6. We care for carnivores. We feed them mice, chicks and dead fish. You have to be comfortable with the potential of handling dead animals for this purpose. Please initial to confirm that you have read and understood this. *
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7. If you volunteer for less than 3 months, we ask for a $50 donation per week. This donation goes directly to the feeding and care of the animals. It can be paid by credit card or cash. Your donation is tax deductible. Please initial to confirm that you have read and understood this. *
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8. You agree to follow the Toucan Rescue Ranch Non-Drug Policy. You will not bring or use any illegal drugs or alcohol to Toucan Rescue Ranch. Please initial to confirm that you have read and understood this. *
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9. We do not have accommodation at TRR but we will help you arrange accommodation with a local family. In the accommodation you will have a private room and share the rest of the house with a family. All accommodations have internet access, access to laundry and meals included. The price is set by the accommodation or host and payment must be made directly in cash. Most people require payment in the first 2 days. Currently prices range from $13 to $30 per day, including food. If you want more privacy or want to prepare your own food, you can rent an apartment from Carol. Carol is a Canadian that works part-time at TRR. Her apartment has 1 bedroom, living room and a small kitchen. The cost is $22 per day and does not include food. Please initial to confirm that you have read and understood this. *
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Your Responsibilities as a Volunteer at TRR
You must meet the following requirements before you begin volunteering:
1. Be able to commit to at least 4 weeks of volunteering. Once you are here, you are always welcome to extend your stay!
2. Be at least 18 years old.
3. Have the tetanus shot up to date (proof of vaccination is required).
4. Have health insurance while volunteering. You will need to present proof of medical insurance when you arrive in Costa Rica. If you need help finding health insurance you can send an email to our volunteer coordinator at peter@toucanrescueranch.org. If you come through an organization, your health insurance may be provided through them.

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Once accepted as a volunteer, you will be sent the Volunteer Handbook including our Social Media Policy. During the orientation, you will need to sign that you have read and understood our Volunteer Handbook and that you will follow our Social Media Policy (photography, websites, social networks, etc.).

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You will arrive on time on the days you are scheduled to work. If you are unable to attend a workday due to illness or other reasons beyond your control, you should notify the volunteer coordinator as soon as possible. You will be given his number.

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Please, DO NOT touch or handle any animal unless you are authorized to do so.

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Bring clothes that can get dirty. It can be hot and cold, sunny and rainy, all on the same day. Layering is the best idea! Be sure to bring rain gear. If you can't bring rain boots, you can buy a pair in San Isidro.

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You know and fully accept the risks inherent in visiting/volunteering at a wildlife rescue center. You waive any compensation or liability of Toucan Rescue Ranch for any damages that may occur in physical or moral terms.

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LOVE ANIMALS! Volunteering for the betterment of wildlife is hard work that must be done, regardless of the climate. The reward is to be around these different animals, to get to know their personalities, and to know that you are providing a critical service to make sure they are healthy and happy. If you love animals, you'll have a great time!
I have read, understand and agree to follow the rules in the previous section. Please initial below to confirm. *
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