Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

Kitten Rescue & Rehoming Supporter

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico show on map

A non-profit organisation with a no kill policy, the rescue centre is dedicated to reducing the cat population in Playa del Carmen.

The Project

A non-profit organisation with a no kill policy, the rescue centre is dedicated to reducing the cat population in Playa del Carmen. They achieve this via the TNR (trap spay/neuter and return) program for feral cats and the rescue, treat, spay/neuter and tame program for kittens under 3 months. The centre aims to find a permanent loving home for all rescued kittens in their care.

The centre is also committed to education, which encourages responsible pet ownership and challenges negative associations with feral cats and consequent cruelty. While the rescue centre’s primary focus is cats, the clinic also provides spay/neuter services for dogs.

This is a hands on project caring for kittens, cats and dogs who will undergo surgery and medical treatment. Some cats and kittens are trapped and released after treatment whereas some are rehomed. All animals require pre-surgery and post-surgery care. In the case of kitten rescue, the kittens need playtime and cuddles to get them accustomed to people prior to being rehomed.

The Location

Playa del Carmen is a city located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico and is a popular tourist area in eastern Mexico. Originally a small fishing town, tourism to Playa del Carmen began with the passenger ferry service to Cozumel, an island across the Cozumel Channel and world famous scuba diving destination. 

Small enough to explore on foot, Playa del Carmen has a relaxed, yet cosmopolitan feel, with a variety of hotels, shops and restaurants ranging from causal to upmarket. 

Tourist activity in Playa del Carmen centres on Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue, a pedestrian walkway located just one or two blocks inland from the beach. Fifth Avenue is lined with hundreds of shops, bars and restaurants. 

Playa is a popular jumping-off point for day trips to Mayan ruins such as Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza. There are gorgeous beaches to visit and a passenger ferry that makes frequent runs to Cozumel.

The rescue centre and clinic is a short 30 peso taxi ride or 5 pesos bus ride from the accommodation.

Our Volunteers

With over 14,000 cats and kittens on the streets of Playa del Carmen alone, this rescue centre is overwhelmed with kittens and needs your help. The project is not a shelter but requires volunteers to care for the cats and kittens that are brought in through their programs.

Conditions Onsite

The rescue centre is not a shelter and does not keep animals on a permanent basis. It only aims to treat them, release them or rehome them. There is only space for 15-20 kittens at any one time and limited resources to care for them so it is heartbreaking when cats and kittens are turned away. 

The numbers needing help are impossible for the centre to handle, however, the rescuer is offered services, advice and support. It can be very emotional work treating and caring for sick and stray animals, some of which have been abused or treated cruelly. Be rest assured that you are amongst like-minded people who are experiencing the same feelings and emotions as you and will be there to support you.

Please Note

The first instalment of your project fees is due within 1 week after you paid the deposit on Volunteer World. This is a total of $495 AUD and comes off your balance. The balance is due 90 days prior to travel. For all further information about the fees, please scroll down to the section "Program Fees“.

Typical day

The centre operates a number of programs, therefore your day will depend as to where you are needed most. Daily activities can consist of the following activities. Assisting in the spay and neuter clinic on surgery days where cat and kittens carers are required to clean the kitten rooms, prepare the animals for surgery and aid them in recovery. 

You may spend some time in quarantine as feline health is paramount and new arrivals must be thoroughly checked and given a clean bill of health prior to being introduced to the rest of the animals. Very young kittens require special attention as they are unable to feed themselves and must be bottle fed kitten milk on a regular basis. There are plenty of opportunities to cuddle the kittens involved in the rehoming program so that they become accustomed to human contact before they meet their new family. 

You may be involved in the trapping of feral cats in resorts and bringing them to the centre for spaying/ neutering, vaccinating and de-worming as part of an initiative to control feral cat populations in resort precincts which results in a healthy and non-reproductive cat population. You may also assist in administration, fundraising and other responsibilities as they arise, and if you have a special interest such as graphic design, there is always a place for your skills.

Details on Arrival

Volunteers can arrive at the shelter every day all through the year.

To get there, fly to Cancun, Mexico. O2E will organise your transport from Cancun airport to your accommodation.

Free-time activities

Playa del Carmen is a city located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico and is a popular tourist area in eastern Mexico. Originally a small fishing town, tourism to Playa del Carmen began with the passenger ferry service to Cozumel, an island across the Cozumel Channel and world famous scuba diving destination. 

Small enough to explore on foot, Playa del Carmen has a relaxed, yet cosmopolitan feel, with a variety of hotels, shops and restaurants ranging from causal to upmarket. Tourist activity in Playa del Carmen centres on Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue, a pedestrian walkway located just one or two blocks inland from the beach. Fifth Avenue is lined with hundreds of shops, bars and restaurants. 

Playa is a popular jumping-off point for day trips to Mayan ruins such as Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza. There are gorgeous beaches to visit and a passenger ferry that makes frequent runs to Cozumel.

The rescue centre and clinic is a short 30 peso taxi ride or 5 pesos bus ride from the accommodation.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking

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 English (fluently)
Required Documents
Proof of travel Insurance docs and Proof of vaccinations
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Definitely a love and understanding for cats and kittens, including strays and feral cats. The clinic also provides a spay/neuter service for dogs so if you are comfortable, there is plenty of opportunities to interact with these four legged friends. Experience as a vet are desirable but not neccessary.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 08:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Included Services

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

What's included in this project?

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • Transfer from Cancun airport to your accommodation
  • On the job training
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone
  • Certificate of Participation, if requested
What's not included in this project?

  • Flights
  • Transport to and from your accommodation to the project location
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending
  • Visas and entry permits
Airport Pickup at Cancun International Airport


Accommodation

The fees displayed are for a single bedroom with a shared bathroom.For an additional fee you can also choose to stay in a twin or triple room with a private bathroom, however, these types of accommodation have to be booked by a couple/group.

Volunteers stay off site in a 2 star hotel only minute's f walk to the main area of Playa Del Carmen in a choice of a single room with a shared bathroom, double room with two single beds and a private bathroom and a triple room with a double and single bed and a private bathroom.

The accommodation includes full breakfast, air-conditioning, ceiling fan and a security box for your valuables. Double rooms have a mini fridge and TV. Single rooms have a shared refrigerator available for volunteers. For those volunteers wanting to cook their own meals, there is access to a full kitchen and microwave.

A Spanish language school is located on site where you can take group or private lessons.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

A full breakfast is included in the accommodation. Other meals are not included, however it is very cheap to eat out and the accommodation is located within a few minutes' walking distance of an abundance of Playa's restaurants and convenience stores.

Internet Access
Good 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 Cancun International Airport (CUN) in Cancun. We assist you to find cheap flights to Mexico.
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 Mexico provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Mexico you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Mexico.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$720.00
3 weeks
$1,040.00
4 weeks
$1,280.00
5 weeks
$1,520.00
6 weeks
$1,673.00
9 weeks
$2,445.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,165.00
Average fees
$312.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Playa Del Carmen/Mexico between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers 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 Mexico.
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 Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash.
  Americas Central America Mexico  Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo

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