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Wildlife Rescue Worker

Collecting food for animals, constructing new or bigger cages for the animals, administering medicine to sick animals

The project

Since the project started in Guatemala it has branched out into other activities such as environmental education, protected areas management, marine turtle conservation, sustainable community development, eco-tourism and reforestation. These activities now get taught to over 8,000 children each year in Guatemala. 

This resuce centre is responsible for the rehabilitation and reintroduction of all confiscated wild animals. The centre cares for between 400 - 600 animals with over 35 species, this has made it the largest centre of its kind in Latin America. The center was created in 1989 by a group of local people who were concerned about the disappearing wildlife. 

The centres headquater in Guatemala City offers training which helps develop environmental education in local schools. On the grounds there are many talks ensuring local people  and tourists understand the impact that trading pets illegally has on the wildlife, most of the animals at the centre have been seized from smugglers and are very young and need constant care and attention.

Your work

On this project volunteers are expected to pull their own weight. 

On a typical day volunteers will: Collect food for animals, feed animals, clean animal cages, construct new or bigger cages for the animals, repair cages, clear and maintain walking paths and hiking trails, administer medicine to sick animals, research and monitor animals, maintaining the center's infrastructure, creating enrichment projects

Suitable for


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 English (fluently) and Spanish (basic 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 a range of different activities to choose from in your spare time such as hikes around the centre exploring the nature and great views the city has to offer, there are also internet cafes in the town where people go and spend a lot of free time


Included 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 guest house dormitory | Full board (3 meals per day) | Advice on travel insurance | Flight booking service | Airport pick up in Flores | Airport drop off in Flores | Certificate of participation | Application fee
Airport Pickup at Santa Elena

Yes, there is an airport pick up in Flores


The volunteers live in a house on sight with comfortable wooden bunk beds, and modern bathroom and shower facilities, there is a spacious kitchen and dining room, internet is available for a small extra fee.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Yes, full board is provided 3 meals per day

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.

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Flores/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

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.
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?

The nearest airport is Santa Elena (FRS) in Flores. 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.
What can you do in leisure-time in Guatemala while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Flores, Petén Region, Guatemala, Flores, Guatemala

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