Wild animal rescue centre

founded in 2014
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Coordinator | Laetitia
Coordinator | Laetitia
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Learn how to care for wild animals !
A community based and exciting project !
Live life in the mayan tropical rainforest !
A visit to the local Tikal Mayan ruins included
Share unforgettable moments with our international volunteers
Our refuge for wild animals receives sick and injured wild animals often victims of poaching or deforestation in Guatemala. Help us protect them and look after them. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+

Care for wild animals in the mayan rain forest. Care for their well-being, feed them and help with their rehabilitation and reintroduction into the wild. Our refuge is home to mistreated animals who were victims of poaching and aimed to be sold in the black market or suffered from deforestation and growing tourism.

During this project, volunteers have the opportunity to take care of wild and exotic species. Scarlet macaws, starchy parrots, kinkajous, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, peccaries, coatis, margays, jaguars, etc. In the wild animal refuge volunteers are in charge of feeding the animals, caring for them and making they environment and cages as fun and natural as possible (by building perches, repairing cages or putting up ropes etc). You will also have to clean their cages and the equipment used. 

In addition to the daily food and animal care, you may be participating in other activities. It could the implementation of educational activities for the local community or tourists or if your lucky the release of the wild animals back into the wild. 

Volunteers must adapt their schedules and their behaviours to meet the needs of the refuge and the animals.

Typical day

6am was up call to prepare animal food 

6h30 feed the animals and clean cages

9am breakfast

10am cage maintenance and animal husbandry

12 - 15pm Lunch, naps and free time (there is a lake near by for swimming and hammocks for napping) 

15 - 18 pm  feeding, cleaning and animal husbandry

19pm dinner time

Free-time activities

Swimming in the near by lake, canoeing though the mangroves, visiting the local town of Flores, visiting the Tikal pyramids on a two day trip included in the price of your project



In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 06:00 - 19:00

What's Included

Services by LifeTime Projects

Your contribution includes the following costs:

  • Your LifeTime Projects membership (mandatory);
  • A personalized and quality project;
  • Personalized preparations for the departure;
  • Organization and supervision of your project 24/7;
  • Transfer from the airport of Flores to your accommodation;
  • Accomodation in volunteer lodge;
  • Food (three meals a day);
  • Medical and liability insurance;
  • A trip to the Tikal Mayan ruins (hotel, bilingual guide and two meals included)

Flights to Flores and entrance to the Tikal ruins (around 30 dollars) not included

Airport Pickup at Santa Elena Airport

We pick you up from Flores airport on weekdays (at the time of your arrival whether that be morning or evening). If you arrive on a weekend a taxi  service will pick you up at the airport and bring you to the refuge. 


Dorm rooms are basic and shared accommodation. You will be sharing with 4 to 6 volunteers on bunk beds. Mosquito nets are included. Electricity and running water are always available. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Three meals a day

Please note the Guatemalans tend to eat less and sometimes volunteers feel there is not enough food to go round. Please bring snack and cereal bars with you in case meals are not wholesome enough for you. 

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Santa Elena Airport (FRS) in Flores. We assist you to find cheap flights to Guatemala.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Guatemala provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Guatemala you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Guatemala.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

You can arrive at any time or day but preferably on a week day when our team is on call to pick you up from the airport. If you arrive at the weekend we will arrange for a taxi to pick you up. We organise your transfer from Flores Airport to our project about 40 min away by land and boat. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 10 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
9 weeks
10 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$465 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. LifeTime Projects will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with LifeTime Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Wild animal rescue centre

Our refuge for wild animals receives sick and injured wild animals often victims of poaching or deforestation in Guatemala. Help us protect them and look after them.


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