Volunteer with The Monkey Farm

The Monkey Farm

Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica, Central America

We are creating the world's first wildlife rescue center that is completely self-sufficient and sustainable.

It’s not only monkeys and wildlife we aim to help. We feed the poor and homeless in nearby Playas del Coco, every Tuesday evening and teach English to local adults twice a week. We help in children's feeding centers. We also research and develop ideas that can be shared with the surrounding community. One such program is aquaponics systems which use 95% less water than conventional farming, which is very important in this, the driest part of the country.

Our Activities

What We Need

Animal care, horse tour guides, gardening and permaculture projects, construction projects, fundraising, etc.

All the time, year around.
One month is our minimum stay, although we occasionally make exceptions for outstanding applicants.

What We Provide


We have a rustic volunteer cabin, made entirely out of wood. It has cracks in the wavy floor and holes in the screens and the door doesn’t quite close right. A mosquito net is a good thing to bring for your bed. The good news is that the roof doesn’t leak! There is a separate room, somewhat private, suitable for a couple or two friends staying for a longer time. There are four other twin bunks in the common area of the small cabin.
We refurbished another area in the barn which has one king size mattress in the loft above. There’s not much privacy though. We are currently working on building our first “tree cabin” 20 feet (6 meters) above the ground for volunteer housing.
There are lots of private spaces for camping. Bringing your own tent is a good idea if you want some "quiet time". For now, we have one bathroom in the volunteer house and have just finished our first humanure composting toilet. There are several water faucets and huge sinks around the farm, as well as two outdoor jungle showers beside the volunteer cabin. We do not yet have hot water, but hope to install passive solar water heaters. Both the volunteer cabin and the barn have electricity. All water on the farm is clean and safe to drink right out of the faucet.
There is an outdoor communal kitchen area, with a large grill, four burner gas stove, microwave, toaster oven, pots, pans, dishes, utensils, tables and a refrigerator for common use. We also have a root cellar for food storage. We have wi/fi at the farm.

Important Info

Suitable For


Minimum Stay

1 or more months

Staff Size

Up to 5 people


There is no cost for volunteering. We are new and have very little food growing so far, so we all contribute $20 per week to a communal fund for food/cooking.


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Help out from Home

Social Media Help
Legal Consulting
Grant Writing

For fundraising info, see our webpage at: http://themonkeyfarm.org/fund-raising/
We could use help with Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat
For all other topics, please email for current details.

Our Recent Supporters


Your Contact Person

The Monkey Farm, Camino del Cielo, Playa Ocotal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica 50503, Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica.
97% response rate

Other Information

We welcome emotionally mature volunteers at least 18 years old, who are dedicated to a healthy lifestyle, free from illegal drugs, tobacco or alcohol abuse. We also require our volunteers to speak respectfully; cursing and/or foul language are not appropriate for the happy, healthy atmosphere we are cultivating. If you wish to join our family and be in a “clean” healthy atmosphere, this is the place for you.

Our Wish List

Nipples (only, not bottles) for regular human baby bottles
Any type of animal medicines, dewormers, etc.

What are you waiting for?

We at The Monkey Farm would love to hear from you!