Animal Care volunteers may be placed at an animal shelter, a veterinary clinic, or an exotic animal refuge. Please note that due to availability and seasonal needs at our projects, we cannot guarantee any particular type of facility. However, all the projects we work with promote the values of care and conservation for animals and your participation is valued. Volunteers may have the opportunity to work with animals such as dogs, cats, crocodiles, snakes, geckos, turtles, and a variety of domesticated animals.
In order to join the program, you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Background checks can be obtained from local police departments or online at websites such as SentryLink.com and BeenVerified.com. We accept background checks that have been made within one calendar year prior to your program start date. In lieu of a background check, we accept 2 reference letters from two different people such as an employer, colleague, or professor, but NOT a family member. Reference letters must include how the reference knows you, how long they have known you (must be longer than 1 year), as well as their contact details and signature.
Please note, that the closest airport is in Guatemala city. We can also arrange a pick-up at the bus station or at nearby accommodations instead of the airport.
Most participants stay with a pre-approved middle-class Guatemalan family. You may request a private room for an additional charge. For shared rooms, you are placed with 1-3 other people of the same gender and age group.
Breakfast and dinner are included.
Orientation upon arrival covers safety information, rules, and expectations.
Please take care of your tickets to Guatemala city well in advance to get a better deal.
We strongly recommend purchasing international travel insurance that covers emergency medical expenses.
Our projects are located in the Antigua area. As a volunteer, you are responsible for your daily transportation to and from your project site. Local bus rides are very affordable and a one way trip typically costs about $1 or less, but may cost more if your project is further outside Antigua. Taxis are a lot more expensive. We recommend budgeting about $5 per day for transport.
Our projects are located in the Antigua area. Walking or taking the bus is the most effective and cheapest way to get to and from your project. Travel time varies widely from project to project, and you should expect to spend 20-60 minutes traveling each way. Depending on your project and housing locations, you may need to change buses. If you prefer to take taxis, they are also widely available. On your first day at the project, you will travel on local transport with a host organization (Maximo Nivel) representative who will provide all the necessary information on how to get there and back.
Included in your program is access to a computer lounge at the host organization (Maximo Nivel institute). You can also bring a laptop, tablet, or other personal electronic device to use the free WiFi at the institute.
If you want to exchange cash in any currency other than US dollars, it must be done at the airport or prior to arrival, as banks in Antigua do not accept any other foreign currencies.
Airport pick up, accommodations and orientation. You can arrive earlier, and we can help arrange lodging for your stay, but the accommodations included in the price will be available on Sunday.
On your first day at the project, you will travel on local transport with a host organization (Maximo Nivel) representative who will provide all the necessary information on how to get there and back.
Working hours may vary slightly, but you can expect to work 3-4 hours per day, Monday to Friday. Your volunteer shift is in either the morning or the afternoon depending on the needs of your project
Please wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty or even ruining
Price: $725 / 1 week