Maximo Nivel

Help Local Animal and Wildlife Rescue Centers

La Antigua, Guatemala show on map

Agency | Maximo Nivel

Help dog rescue shelters save abandoned animals and rehabilitate them.

Culturally speaking in Latin America, dogs and cats are not looked upon as integral members of the family the way they are in many other countries. This often leads to neglect and abandonment. The projects we work with promote the value of preservation, of both species diversity and their natural habitats. The projects also protect the animals and provide medical treatment, shelter, rehabilitation, training, and re-release into the wild when appropriate. Animal Care volunteers may be placed at an animal shelter, a veterinary clinic, or an exotic animal refuge. Volunteers may have the opportunity to work with animals such as dogs, cats, crocodiles, snakes, geckos, turtles, and a variety of domesticated animals. 

Depending on the project, volunteers may be asked to:

  • Bathe and/or groom the animals
  • Provide basic obedience training
  • Clean cages, feed animals, maintain the project area
  • Help during feeding time
  • Play with and walk the animals
  • Support the treatment of injured or sick animals
  • Observe surgeries and assist in pre-operative and post-operative care
  • Release or return healthy, recovered animals
  • Assist with small construction projects
  • Photography and fundraising
  • Educational programs in local schools including conservation work
  • Join spay/neuter programs and/or rabies vaccination clinics

At animal care projects, work may be physically demanding at times. Please note that due to availability and seasonal needs at our projects, we cannot guarantee any particular type of facility. Rest assured, there is a big need for volunteer assistance at these projects and your presence is valued.

Typical day

Working hours vary according to the needs of the project, but volunteers can expect to work 3-4 hours per day, Monday to Friday, in the morning or in the afternoon.

Details on Arrival

Every Monday, all year round. The animal project is located just outside of La Antigua. Volunteers can expect to spend 20-30 minutes traveling each way by bus. Volunteers travel to and from the project by either walking or using local buses, taxis or a “tuk-tuk” (3-wheeled motorcycle taxi). For the first visit to the project, participants are taken by a Maximo Nivel representative using the local transport and given additional information about what transport to take. Local bus rides are very affordable and a one way trip will rarely cost more than Q8 (about $1). Taxis & tuk-tuks cost approximately Q10 to Q30 (about US$1.20 to US$3.50) one way within Antigua.

Free-time activities

There is plenty to see and do around La Antigua including cultural events, tours and treks, and exploring the various markets. Our local staff also posts a monthly events calendar to let you know of the activities going on around MaximoJust outside of La Antigua, there is even more to explore including nearby coffee farms, volcanoes, and both Mayan and colonial ruins. Further outside the area, participants can visit beautiful Lake Atitlán, Semuc Champey, and the famous Tikal archaeological site. Our staff are experts on Guatemala and can answer any questions clients have. Tours and trips can also easily be booked through our on-site travel partner.

Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

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 English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
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

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by Maximo Nivel.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Maximo Nivel (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 Maximo Nivel

Our fees include:

- Airport pick-up
- Host family accommodations (shared room with breakfast and dinner)
- Program and safety orientation
- Walking tour
- Official certificate of volunteer service
- Emergency contact number 24/7
- Program management
- Free Tandem Conversation Program
- Free office-wide WIFI and computer lounge
- Free social activities
- Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
- Maximo Nivel Institute open 7 days/week

Airport Pickup at La Aurora International Airport
Airport pick up in Guatemala City and private transportation to Antigua are included. Volunteers find our representative outside the airport bringing a yellow flag with a smiley face on it.
Accommodation
Volunteers stay in a traditional family-stay with a shared room and breakfast and dinner included. 
Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Breakfast and dinner are included 7 days a week.
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 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)
1 week (min. stay)
$645.00
2 weeks
$875.00
3 weeks
$1,065.00
4 weeks
$1,255.00
8 weeks
$1,795.00
16 weeks
$2,875.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$7,465.00
Average fees
$397.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in La Antigua/Guatemala between 1 week and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Maximo Nivel 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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas Central America Guatemala  La Antigua, 6ta Avenida Norte #16-16A

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