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Guatemala Wild Animal Rescue Centre

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Guatemala Wild Animal Rescue Centre

Work at an animal rescue and rehabilitation centre at the forefront of its field and contribute to the protection and conservation of some of Guatemala's most precious and rare animals.

Prices from US$1,695

Guatemala – a country with a fascinating and intriguing Mayan legacy overlaid with a classic Spanish and Portuguese heritage. This is a country of dark, enigmatic forests, ancient crumbling ruins sinking into the soil of its tropical rainforests, and colourful, exotic birds swooping through its leafy canopies. Work at an incredible animal rescue and rehabilitation centre at the cutting edge of its field, and contribute to the protection and conservation of the natural populations of some of Guatemala's most precious and rare animal inhabitants. These include the elegant and elusive jaguars that are synonymous with the dense, tangled jungles of Central America, and the charming, vividly coloured scarlet macaws, often at risk due to demand from the illegal pet trade. The work carried out at the centre is absolutely vital in halting the damage inflicted by humans on the magnificent wildlife found in this stunning natural environment, through activities such as habitat destruction and poaching.



  • Explore Guatemala's dark & exotic rainforests
  • Help to halt the damage inflicted on Guatemala's magnificent wildlife
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Guatemala
Activities Feeding the animals
Cleaning the enclosures
Maintaining the trails
Making & recording behavioural observations of animals
Transport Volunteers must make their own way to the project site
Accommodation Shared volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Visas & equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up



A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Guatemala is home to some of the most intriguing and varied species found anywhere on the planet. Many of these animals suffer as a result of a variety of human-wildlife conflicts, including poaching, the illegal trade in exotic pets, loss of habitat through deforestation, and exposure to foreign pathogens from humans and organisms introduced from abroad. Many of the animals that arrive at the rescue centre are traumatised and in appalling condition on account of their treatment at the hands of poachers and traffickers. They are usually malnourished, stressed and often have injuries inflicted by their captors. The aim of the project is to enable the animals taken into the centre to eventually be rehabilitated and returned to the wild. One of the most exciting aspects of volunteering on the programme is the possibility of being present at a release, your involvement being dependant on the animal and release conditions. Unfortunately, some of the animals recieved at the rescue centre are ex-pets and are dependant on humans or are injured and can therefore not be released, and the centre provides a suitable alternative home for them. 

The work carried out on this incredible project is invaluable, and those who join it as a volunteer are sure to have a totally inspiring and unforgettable time here!


You really will get a true hands on insight into the work of the rescue and rehabilitation centre, and the range of activities that you will be carrying out are very varied and extremely interesting for anyone with a passion for wildlife conservation. You will live and work in the beautiful Peten forest environment, helping with feeding the animals, cleaning the enclosures, maintaining the trails, and making and recording behavioural observations of animals ranging from coatimundis, anteaters, spider monkeys and the charming margays, found only in Central and South America. The animal enclosures are spread throughout the forest in order to minimise stress to the creatures, and consequently you will have the opportunity to see much of the incredible forests here, as you move between areas. You may also be helping care for the animals in quarantine, where each rescued animal is housed on arrival to ensure that it harbours no pathogens.


After arrival into Guatemala City Airport you can catch one of the frequent local bus services to the rescue centre, a journey of seven hours north of Guatemala City, or alternatively you can catch a reasonably priced flight. We will provide you with detailed travel information for this journey. All subsequent project travel is included.


You will be staying in a shared volunteer house, where you can enjoy spending time bonding with your fellow volunteers. The volunteer house is clean and comfortable, and is fully equipped with complete Western style bathrooms with showers, sinks, and flush toilets, mosquito screens and electricity.


Whilst participating on this project, you will enjoy three nourishing meals a day, prepared on site by a local cook. Dishes to look out for include European influenced quiches and desserts such as profiteroles, native dishes such as chiles relerros, chicken pepian, shrimp ceviche, red snapper and flan-style sweet treats. Venture into the local markets to purchase delicious fresh produce.

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A life changing experience at the Guatemalan Animal Rescue Centre  | 19 Nov 2019
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One of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.  | 19 Nov 2019
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The most rewarding experience  | 18 Nov 2019
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Whilst spending time in this exotic Central American location, take advantage in your spare time of the many exciting adventure activities that are available. Try fishing in the meandering rivers, horseback riding across the side of Lake Atitlan, hang-gliding above the rugged terrain or go volcano climbing. Cycling, rafting and diving are also on offer, as well as many other sports.


4 weeks US$1,695

Extra week US$345


Weekly, volunteers welcome any time.


From 4 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Visas & equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Guatemala City (GUA)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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