VOLUNTEER WORK IN LATINAMERICA

ECOLOGICAL PROJECTS IN GUATEMALA GP-EC3


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THE PROJECT

The Wild Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is situated in the northern region of Guatemala and was originally formed to build a rescue center to care for and rehabilitate wild animals that were being seized by the government and sold on the black market. The people of Guatemala recognized that their precious natural heritage that was disappearing at a rapid rate, and in 1989 decided to form this non-profit organization in the hopes of preserving it. Today this Guatemalan NGO Rescue Center receives between 300 to 600 animals of more than 40 species per year, some of which include: parrots, macaws, spider and howler monkeys, margays, ocelots, coatimundis, taras and kinkajous only to name a few.  Volunteers will be working in a Wildlife Rescue Center that has grown into one of the largest and most renowned wildlife rescue centers in the world.


YOUR ROLE AS A VOLUNTEER

As a volunteer you will help feeding and caring for the animals as well as cleaning out their cages. It is also possible that you can take part in veterinary medical treatments, animal releases, and wildlife surveys.

Volunteers that have an intermediate level of Spanish the Environmental Education Program offers other exciting opportunities including: reforestations with school children, beach clean-ups, hatchling releases and eco-tours for underprivileged children.

The center also offers internship opportunities for university students who have the ability to commit to a longer period of time. These students must also have an intermediate ability to communicate in Spanish. Previous interns have participated in projects such as: the development of eco-tourism activities, public relations strategies, and inventories of flora and fauna, and sea turtle research.


WHAT THE PROJECT NEEDS

  • Basic level of Spanish*
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Highly motivated individuals who work well independently and with others
  • Commitment and dedication to the project and the mission of the Wildlife Center
  • Accustomed to working in at times "rustic" conditions
  • Willingness to do daily, mundane chores such as cleaning cages and washing dishes
  • Commitment of at least 1 week, however a period of 4 weeks is recommended

*Basic level of Spanish is recommended but not required, however your ability to speak some Spanish will greatly enhance your ability to contribute to the project as well as enrich experience overall. If you have no prior knowledge of Spanish and you want to volunteer for an extended period we recommend staying in the beautiful colonial city of Antigua to study for the first week or two in their world-renowned language center. Please ask us for additional information and prices.



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