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Voluntary Work in Animal Shelter

Help take care of rescued animals in Guatemala. Take dogs for walks and administer medicine to animals that need your help!

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

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
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.

Contact Project Coordinator

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. 

Concert/Music
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Contact & Reservation
$220
/week
$220
/week
2 - 25
weeks
2 - 25
weeks
18+
age
18+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

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Services by South America Inside

Consultation of our experienced staff | Translation of application 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

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
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.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$635.00
3 weeks
$740.00
4 weeks
$845.00
25 weeks (max. stay)
$3,050.00
Average fees
$220.00/week

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 let you know about the final price during your application process.
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

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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?
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