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Animal Rescue Center

Xela, Guatemala show on map
Help take care of rescued animals in Guatemala. Take dogs for walks and administer medicine to animals that need your help! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The Project

In this project, you will help find 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 in Guatemala and is located in the picturesque highlands at 2,300 meters above sea level.

As a volunteer, you will be working with a group of people dedicated to rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned and neglected animals. The main goal of the project is to provide animals with food and any medical care or rehabilitation they need. The project also aims 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.

In addition, the organization provides educational workshops for pet owners tells them what their responsibilities are when owning a pet. As part of the project, there is a unit that carry out more activities each year that aim to protect and rescue animals. Currently, there are around 35 dogs at the shelter (number changes throughout the year). 

 

Your Tasks 

Most of the animals at the shelters are sick and victims of abuse. In some cases, they are female dogs with pups. When they arrive at the shelter, the animals are given the care they need and opportunities to find a new home. 

On a typical work day, your tasks will include: 

  • Feeding the animals
  • Administering medicine
  • Bathing and brushing the animals
  • Helping to administer vaccines
  • Taking the dogs for walks
  • Playing with dogs

Free-time activities

There are many different activities to choose from in your spare time, such as playing soccer or doing other sports with the locals. There are also many bars where you can go to as well as internet cafes in the town. Sightseeing and day excursions in the surroundings are favorite to dos for volunteers during the weekends.

Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV
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

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

  1. Homestay, single room
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) from Monday to Saturday

  3. Consultation from our experienced staff
  4. Translation of application profile
  5. Volunteer work placement
  6. Advice regarding travel insurance
  7. Advice on local travels
  8. Orientation session upon arrival
  9. Orientation kit
  10. Country handbook
  11. Local support
  12. 24/7 Emergency Number
  13. Certificate of Participation

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 life in Guatemala. You will have a private bedroom but shared bathroom and living areas.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner) except on Sundays.

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is La Aurora International Airport (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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Guatemala you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Guatemala.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 680
3 weeks
$ 795
4 weeks
$ 910
5 weeks
$ 1,025
6 weeks
$ 1,140
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,210
Average fees
$ 237 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Xela/Guatemala between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Guatemala.
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.
  Americas Central America Guatemala  Xela, Xela (Quetzaltenango), Guatemala

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