Guatemala Wildlife Rescue And Rehabilitation
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From $1,649, 2 weeks, Guatemala Trip code: GUWR

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Trip Highlights

  • Living in beautiful Flores
  • Feeding and caring for macaws, howler monkeys, coatimundis and more!
  • Help to rehabilitate animals that have been rescued from smugglers
  • Visit the famous Mayan ruins of Tikal

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The project focuses on the rehabilitation of native animals to Guatemala, with volunteers needed to not only play a central role in the day to day running of the centre but also provide some extra love and attention to the animals.

 

During the volunteer work in Guatemala, you will help nurse injured and seized wildlife back to health. You may be involved in caring for monkeys, parrots, ocelots, taras or kinkajous, carrying out wildlife surveys and hopefully get see some of the animals released.  This project is an excellent opportunity to view and work abroad with sick, injured or confiscated tropical animals in Central America.


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What will I be doing?

  • Your volunteer role (From 2 weeks)

  • Releases (From 2 weeks)

  • Your Typical Itinerary (From 2 weeks)

  • Project achievements (From 2 weeks)

Your volunteer role: From 2 weeks

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Destination info

Guatemala is the most populated country in Central America and is bordered by the Pacific, the Caribbean, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize. Guatemala is an extremely diverse and culturally rich place.

 

The infusion of colourful Mayan culture, colonial Spanish influence and geological features make for a spectacular and colourful nation that is really still finding its feet. During this programme you will be located 45 kms from the world famous Mayan archaeological site of Tikal. Flores is a fascinating, mountainous and remarkably beautiful island. The landscape is dominated by V-shaped valleys and astounding lakes. The Island’s best feature is its natural, unspoiled beauty.

  • Location: Guatemala

You should consider working as a volunteer in Guatemala on this placement if you are interested in working with animals during your gap year and you are looking to have a worthwhile volunteer experience working and travelling Central America.

 

When volunteering, you will help feed and care for the animals at the centre which include parrots, macaws, spider and howler monkeys, margays, ocelots, coatimundis, taras and kinkajous. Nearly all of these animals have been seized from smugglers and are very young, needing constant care and attention.

 

Your role as a volunteer will be to work as part of a team to ensure a better future for Guatemalan wildlife. It is important that volunteers can show initiative, be fairly independent and prepared to get their hands dirty!

 

Volunteers play a vital role in ensuring the welfare of the animals and daily tasks include caring for the animals, monitoring behaviour, cleaning enclosures, feeding, enclosure maintenance and any other specific needs of the animals that may arise.

 

There are also opportunities to take part in veterinary medical treatment, animal releases and wildlife surveys, though the scheduling of these activities is irregular and we can't guarantee you will be able to participate.

 

Your daily responsibilities are subject to change and can be quite unpredictable, new animals are admitted all of the time and tasks vary according to your interests.

Releases: From 2 weeks

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Destination info

Guatemala is the most populated country in Central America and is bordered by the Pacific, the Caribbean, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize. Guatemala is an extremely diverse and culturally rich place.

 

The infusion of colourful Mayan culture, colonial Spanish influence and geological features make for a spectacular and colourful nation that is really still finding its feet. During this programme you will be located 45 kms from the world famous Mayan archaeological site of Tikal. Flores is a fascinating, mountainous and remarkably beautiful island. The landscape is dominated by V-shaped valleys and astounding lakes. The Island’s best feature is its natural, unspoiled beauty.

  • Location: Guatemala

Releases are possibly the most rewarding part of the work you will be involved with during your time at the Centre. Releases take place primarily in the area of Yaxha Lake and the Rio Azul area further to the north; these being some of the best-protected areas in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve with abundant food and water resources and few nearby human settlements.

 

Although not guaranteed, it is highly likely that releases will be planned during your time there; if you would like to be involved with these then you are free to do so. It’s best to speak to the onsite staff for details.

 

Sadly, many of the animals that are taken in at the Rescue Centre cannot be released due to the fact that they have been pets for too long, have become dependent on humans, have been injured and/or don’t know how to survive in the wild. In these cases, staff will find the best available destination for them, trying as much as possible to place them in humane and natural environments.

 

Tikal Excursion

Included in the programme cost is a two-day excursion to the famous Mayan ruins of Tikal. This will include a return shuttle service, one nights hotel accommodation in Tikal, two meals, entrance fees to the park and museum and a bilingual guide for an early-morning animal watching/archaeological tour. 

Your Typical Itinerary: From 2 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Guatemala is the most populated country in Central America and is bordered by the Pacific, the Caribbean, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize. Guatemala is an extremely diverse and culturally rich place.

 

The infusion of colourful Mayan culture, colonial Spanish influence and geological features make for a spectacular and colourful nation that is really still finding its feet. During this programme you will be located 45 kms from the world famous Mayan archaeological site of Tikal. Flores is a fascinating, mountainous and remarkably beautiful island. The landscape is dominated by V-shaped valleys and astounding lakes. The Island’s best feature is its natural, unspoiled beauty.

  • Location: Guatemala

Here is how a typical day might take shape.

 

Please note that your itineraries may differ from this, depending on the projects needs, and the number of other volunteers at the rescue centre at the same time. There are certain responsibilities at the centre and everyone is expected to pull their own weight and work as a team.

 

Please use this itinerary as an example only.

 

7.00am: Get up, feed the animals, clean cages.

8.30am: Breakfast.

9.30 - 11.00am: Duties around the centre.

11.00am: Pick up food bowls, clean cages.

12.00 - 14.30pm: Lunch and time for a siesta!

15.00 - 16.00pm: Feed the animals, clean cages.

16.00 - 18.00pm: Individual projects, swimming, hiking, construction.

18.00 - 21.00pm: Dinner and time to relax.

21.00pm: Bedtime!

 

Please note: itineraries and activities are subject to change.

Project achievements : From 2 weeks

Destination info

Guatemala is the most populated country in Central America and is bordered by the Pacific, the Caribbean, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize. Guatemala is an extremely diverse and culturally rich place.

 

The infusion of colourful Mayan culture, colonial Spanish influence and geological features make for a spectacular and colourful nation that is really still finding its feet. During this programme you will be located 45 kms from the world famous Mayan archaeological site of Tikal. Flores is a fascinating, mountainous and remarkably beautiful island. The landscape is dominated by V-shaped valleys and astounding lakes. The Island’s best feature is its natural, unspoiled beauty.

  • Location: Guatemala

With the help of volunteers, the project is able to achieve numerous rescues, releases and surveys. 

 

In 2013 the project received an impressive 331 animals, including 141 species of bird, 81 mammals and 109 reptiles. This shows just how much of an important role the project and its volunteers play in wildlife rescues and the care of vulnerable animals in Guatemala. Most of the animals the project receive have been confiscated from wildlife traffickers, but also some were donated by owners who could no longer care for their pets anymore.

 

Notable achievements at the project in the last year have been:

  • The rescue of 3 jaguars
  • The rescue of a massive 50,000 sea turtle eggs
  • Carrying out the first systematic sea turtle population survey ever conducted in Guatemala

None of this would have been possible without volunteers so your help is vital to the success of the project.

 

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What's included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transfer from hotel to airport
  • Two-day excursion to the famous Mayan ruins of Tikal (including shuttle service, one night hotel accommodation in Tikal, two meals and a bilingual guide for an early-morning animal watching / archaeological tour)
  • All project related transport
  • All accommodation on programme
  • Three meals a day
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, and full on-site support
  • Return flight from Guatemala City to Flores

What's not included?

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • One night accommodation at hotel in Guatemala City - we can arrange this for you at an extra charge, payable when you arrive
  • Entrance fees to Tikal - approx. payment of 150Q (about £11 / 13€ / $15) to be made on arrival at the park
  • Visas

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

18 years. Maximum decided on potential participants’ health.

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

There are no minimum numbers on the trip.

Please note: you may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us

 

Accommodation

At the Rescue Centre, you will live in a spacious two story wooden building situated in a beautiful tropical forest. Facilities include comfortable wooden bunk beds, "western" shower and toilet and regular 110V US style electricity. You will eat and socialize at a separate spacious kitchen/dining room rancho and there is a very nice floating dock for late afternoon swims.

 

Please note: You will need to pay a deposit of 300 Quetzal for your room key and bed sheets. This will be refunded at the end of your volunteer project when you return them.

 

Meals

There is a resident chef at the Rescue Centre, someone whose good side you'll want to get on right away! She works miracles with a very limited selection of food and a simple kitchen. The Guatemalan diet is basic, but nutritious. It consists of the staples of beans and corn tortillas, as well as rice, simple pasta salads, fruits, vegetables and occasionally meat or chicken. Vegetarians are very welcome!

 

Is this trip for you?

You may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. However, you will still have the full support of your in-country team and those at the project. If you are looking for a group volunteering experience we have plenty of options for you to consider.

 

Orientation

On arrival at the rescue centre you will have a brief orientation. This will include being shown around the centre, being introduced to the project co-ordinator and staff, a health and safety briefing and an introduction to your tasks while at the centre.

 

Although not required at the projects, we recommend you take the time to learn some basic Spanish and a little about Guatemalan culture before leaving home.
 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

FAQ

1. Do I get hands on experience with the animals?

Yes, and the longer you stay the more responsibilities you will have regarding the animals.

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2. Do I have to speak Spanish?

No, it is not essential you speak Spanish.

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3. What types of animals are there?

As it is a rescue and release centre, the types of animals do change but generally Birds, Monkeys and large Cats.

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4. Can I travel with my friend?

Yes you would be more than welcome to volunteer with your friend.

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5. Do we have any trips included on this?

Yes you have a trip to the amazing Mayan Ruins included.

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6. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

No, all bedding will be provided for you.

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7. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

You don't need to take a net with you as the windows are netted however if you feel you would be more comfortable with a net then you are more than welcome to take one.

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8. Will there be a safe/safety deposit box available?

There will be a locker available for your valuables however please also bring a padlock for your suitcase/backpack.

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Overall rating: (9/10) (3 reviews)
Guatemala Wildlife Rescue And Rehabilitation

Tatiana Burrow-lindon - August 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Utterly unforgettable for all the right reasons, Would happily return!

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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

I got to work with baby animals in mammal quarantine. I was assigned 3 baby howler monkeys and a baby coatimundi. It was hard work, but every second was worth it!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Be prepared for lots of work! There are always things that need doing. 2. Be prepared for creepy crawlies everywhere. Its a fact of life in the rainforest, which is exactly where youll be! 3. Remember to relax and have fun, because theres plenty to see and do around the project, including a zoo with awesome waterslides!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

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Kimberley Lloyd-rees - January 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Overcame my fear of spiders, and made friends for life!!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(8/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Caring for some truly amazing animals, learning about a country and way of life I would otherwise have no way of experiencing. Guatemala is a beautiful country that has to be seen to believed, the history and imposing forests surround you everywhere you go. But I think my real highlight was all the friends I made.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be prepared to work hard. Make the most of your time in Flores, you can make some great friends there. Explore the surrounding countries, Belize is a must!!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Hannah Tucker - June 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Room was yucky, awesome animals, wake-up music, new friends, fun!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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(8/10)
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(8/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Caring for all the exotic animals. Visiting the Mayan ruins. Going into Flores - best part is the boat ride over!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't have expectations of how nice the living area is. Ipod- helped me stay awake. Hand Sanitizer!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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