Nicaragua National Zoo

Nicaragua National Zoo
Nicaragua National Zoo
Nicaragua National Zoo

This program invites you to work with Casa-Nica as they improve programs at the Nicaragua National Zoo

Your work will further the development and continuing services of the country's only animal refuge for abandoned exotic pets and injured wild animals. 

Projects include:

  • Preparing food for animals (fruits, vegetables, and even live food!)
  • Gardening
  • Rehabilitation in the animal rescue center
  • Collecting eggs or helping with other tasks in the butterfly garden
  • Raising and caring for caterpillars, which later are released into the butterfly garden
  • Providing veterinary care for baby animals
  • Coordinating educational activities
  • Leading tours


This program is located in Masaya, Nicaragua, just outside of the country’s capital, Managua. The town itself is smaller and less touristy than Granada or San Juan Del Sur, and known for its markets, artisan workshops, and large indigenous population.


Flexible! Most projects last between two and six hours per day, either in the morning or afternoon. Schedules are outlined each Sunday, and you're welcome to add other volunteer projects to your schedule. Interns must stay at least one month, as must volunteers helping with veterinary care. All other volunteers can stay one week or longer.


You’ll stay in the volunteer house, which includes shared bedrooms, communal areas, two courtyards, a shared kitchen, and laundry facilities. Click here to learn more about the volunteer house!

Cost Breakdown

This program may have a Reservation Fee, which is included in the total cost. Your Reservation Fee is due once you commit to the program, with the remaining Program Fee balance due 30 days before your arrival date.

1 week:     $296 Longer:     +$246 per week
1 month:     $850 Longer:     +$246 per week

Click here for full details about your program costs and how your Program Fee is used.

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Note: All listed prices are in US Dollars.

How To Sign Up

Signing up is a three-step process:

  • Fill out an Inquiry Form. Please note: submissions must be made at least 4 weeks prior to your prospective start date.
  • A member of the Volunteer Global team will get in touch with you to confirm program availability for your chosen dates, and schedule an interview if needed.
  • Once your interview is complete, you will be notified to submit your Reservation Fee to reserve your program and schedule. Your final Program Fee is due at least 4 weeks prior to in-country arrival in order to reserve your placement.

Important Note

This is a pilot program. As part of our program development process, we ask our first groups of participating volunteers to provide additional feedback to assist us in ensuring the most rewarding experience possible in cooperation with Casa-Nica for their associated programs.

Registration must be completed at least one month prior to your program start date, so...let's get started!


  • 18 and older
  • Good health
    • Able to volunteer from three hours to a full day, depending on how many programs participating in.
    • Volunteers - Spanish language helpful, but not required
    • Volunteers - Willing to stay at least one month if working with the zoo veterinarian
    • Volunteers - Willing to stay at least one week for all other programs
    • Interns - Intermediate Spanish language required
    • Interns - Willing to stay at least one month
Partner: Casa-Nica
Country: Nicaragua

Type of Work: Animals & Wildlife

Duration: 1 week or longer
Fee: From $296
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Your Program Fee Covers:

  • Registration and pre-departure interview
  • Volunteer handbook (when available)
  • 24/7 U.S.-based staff support
  • In-country housing and certain amenities
  • Training and guidance from host group
  • Host program needs, such as tools or supplies for your project
  • Post-trip thank-you packet
  • Monthly newsletters

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, it does not cover your flight, passport/visa, vaccinations, transportation while in country, exit fees, meals, or personal expenses. Click here for full details about your program costs!