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Guatemala Wild Animal Rescue Centre

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 $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  | 25 Mar 2016
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One of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.  | 26 Sep 2015
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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 $1,695

Extra week $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 are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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