Wildlife Volunteering in Guatemala.

This wildlife rescue centre was opened in response to the alarming disappearance of native species from the wild.

The decline in local populations of wild animals is obvious and dramatic. The large noisy flocks of scarlet macaws reported by early explorers have been reduced to just 300 birds in the Laguna del Tigre Park. While fairly plentiful even 15 years ago, Baird’s tapirs and jaguars are becoming more and more difficult to see. The giant anteater and the Harpy eagle have not been sighted in recent years and are presumed extinct in the region. This wildlife rescue centre was opened in response to the alarming disappearance of native species from the wild. Initially the centre was built to rehabilitate wild animals that were confiscated on the black market by the Guatemalan government. The rescue centre is situated on 45 hectares of land on a lake in northern Guatemala and includes a quarantine area, a veterinary hospital, and rehabilitation facilities with a large flight cages and enclosures scattered throughout the jungle.

 Volunteers at the rescue center help in feeding and caring for the animals at the center which include parrots, macaws, spider and howler monkeys, margays, ocelots, coatimundis, tayras and kinkajous.  Nearly all of these animals have been seized from smugglers and are very young, needing constant care and attention.  Activities will include preparing food for the animals, serving food to the animals, cleaning enclosures, cleaning food bowls, cleaning equipment and cleaning food preparation areas. Veterinary placements will be organized by Placement Partner and AEI based on the number of animals and species in care at the time of the Experience.

Volunteers wake up in the morning and commute through the jungle to their volunteering jobs. These programs are preparing the food for animals, bringing their meals, cleaning enclosures, basic maintenance (which includes cleaning) of the enclosures and centre grounds, building enrichment activities for the animals.  

Wildlife Volunteering in Guatemala. enrichment for monkeys! A parrot is ready for release! A volunteer medicates a parrot. volunteers fix a wildlife enclosure Wildlife Volunteering in Guatemala.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
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 (basic level)
Health Declaration
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
none! Just love animals and be able to not scratch a bug bite!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Any questions? Just ask. We at Animal Experience International (AEI) are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

A guided tour through Tikal National Park is included in the program fees! There is swimming and free walking tours around the community and through the jungles of the centre.

Water Sports


What's included?
Airport pick up and drop off (at closest airport, you will need to budget an extra flight out of Guatemala City airport), accommodation, meals, on-site training, donation to Placement Partner, AEI Travel Manual, Partner Organization’s volunteer handbook,Carbon credits to offset 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, Premium Individual Travel Insurance, Travel discounts, 24/7 Travel and emergency assistance, guided trip to Tikal National Park
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.
Airport Pickup

Airport pick up on weekdays from the Flores airport!


You will be staying on-site in the organization’s volunteer housing. All meals are provided by the Placement Partner.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Vegetarian food is always available. All meals are provided for you, but of course you are always welcome to go into town for an ice cold drink and delicious food!

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Flores/Guatemala between 2 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Animal Experience International (AEI) will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 Animal Experience International (AEI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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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.
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.
field site, Flores, Guatemala

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