Feeding the animals, administering medicines, animal care, taking dogs for a walk, playing with the dogs
In this project you will be finding street animals a new home. The animal shelter is located in Quetzaltenango (also known under the indigenous name Xela). It is the second largest city of Guatemala, which is located in the picturesque highlands at 2300 meters above sea level.
In the project you will be working with a group of people dedicated to rescue and rehome outcast, abandoned and neglected animals. The main goal of the project is to provide animals with food and any medical care or rehabilitation they need. Then they aim to find the animals a new home. Without this organization dogs would be living in unbearable conditions on the streets or on chains in backyards.
The organization also provides educational work for animal keepers telling them what their responsibilities are when owning a pet. As part of the project there is a unit that launches more and more activities each year to protect animals and rescue them. Currently there are around 35 dogs at the shelter (number changes throughout the year).
Most of the animals in these shelters are sick and victims of abuse, in some cases they are females with pups. When arriving at the shelter the animals are given the care they need in order to give them the best shot at leaving and finding a new home.
On a typical working day your tasks will include:
There are many different activities to choose from in your spare time with a variety of sports such as football (soccer) played often by locals. There are also many bars in which you can go socialize in, there are also internet cafes in the town.
In this project volunteers will stay with host families. This will allow you to indulge in the culture getting to know the traditional way of live in Guatemala. You will have a private bedroom but shared bathroom and living areas.
Yes, full board is provided (3 meals per day) except on sundays.