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Abandoned Animals Guardian

Feeding the animals, administering medicines, animal care, taking dogs for a walk, playing with the dogs

The project

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). 


Your work

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: 

  • feeding the animals, 
  • administering medicine,  
  • animal care like bathing, combing,
  • help with the vaccines, 
  • taking dogs for walks, 
  • playing with dogs

Suitable for

Singles
Abandoned Animals Guardian Rescue dogs Have fun Find new homes Feed animals Play

Program Requirements

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 Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School 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 and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

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.

Concert/Music
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

Services

What's included?
Consultation of our experienced staff | Translation of documents | Placement in volunteer project | Orientation on arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24h-Emergency Number | Accommodation Homestay | Full board (3 meals per day except for sunday) | Advice on travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional) | Certificate of participation | Application fee
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Accommodation

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.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Yes, full board is provided (3 meals per day) except on sundays.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$585.00
3 weeks
$690.00
4 weeks
$795.00
25 weeks (max. stay)
$3,000.00

You can volunteer at the project site in Xela/Guatemala between 2 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$206/week
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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Guatemala

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Guatemala. Please check the visa regulations for Guatemala.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Guatemala and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Guatemala.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Guatemala.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is La Aurora (GUA) in Guatemala City. 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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Guatemala you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Guatemala.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Guatemala while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Xela (Quetzaltenango), Guatemala, Xela, Guatemala

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