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Volunteer with Exotic Animal in Guatemala, Antigua

Are you passionate about helping animals in need and caring for them? Have you dreamed of joining a volunteer program in Guatemala to work with exotic animals? Then you should join IFRE’s Exotic Animal volunteer opportunities Guatemala!

Guatemala is rich in wildlife and blessed with a huge variety of wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. Sadly, there is a lack of education regarding animal welfare and animals are not given much importance in Guatemala. As a result, the animals face much abuse.

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Moreover, due to the rapid destruction of forests and natural habitats, many animals are left without a home and source of food. The demand for exotic animals world-wide also leads to an increase in poaching and the capture of many species. The poor animals find their way into illegal pet markets and are kept as pets. All these factors have caused a vast decline in the wildlife population in Guatemala and many species now face danger of extinction. If something is not done to protect these animals, they will become extinct forever and our future generations will never get to see them.

IFRE is working with grass root organizations to safeguard, rescue and protect these endangered exotic animals. By joining the exotic animal in Guatemala Antigua project, you will make a difference in the lives of many suffering animals. You will rescue and rehabilitate, and provide them with the care they need. You will also help these animals get better and eventually release them back into the wild. With your help, these animals will be able to live out the rest of their lives freely in their natural habitat. You will work towards conservation of these endangered species and promote animal welfare in local communities.

Do you want to become a volunteer in Guatemala, work with exotic animals and take part in conservation efforts? Contact IFRE today to learn more about our Exotic Animal volunteer in Guatemala Antigua!

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

When you join this Exotic Animal volunteer in Guatemala Antigua program, you will be placed in an Amphibian and Reptile Rescue Center. Your responsibilities and specific daily duties will vary considerably depending on the needs of the project. Volunteers will work 3-4 hours per day Monday to Friday. Work hours may be in the morning or afternoon depending on the project.

The Amphibian and Reptile Rescue Center is involved in the 3 R’s of conservation which is are Rescue, Recovery, and Relocation. You will work under the guidance of animal experts and assist with protection of wildlife. The goal is to nurse the rescued amphibian and reptile species back to health so they can eventually be released back into the wild where they truly belong. You will assist veterinarians and other animal care professionals with a host of tasks. Tasks include assisting with general maintenance of the rescue center, feeding the animals, and cleaning their enclosures. You will also help educate the public and local communities on the importance of conservation and protection of wildlife.

The Exotic Animal Guatemala Antigua volunteer project provides an amazing opportunity for volunteers to learn about the exotic animals in Guatemala and work with professionals. You will also gain hands-on experience with rescue and rehabilitation work, and learn new skills. Your efforts will improve the lives of many animals, ensure their well-being and protection, and save them from endangerment.

Skills and Qualifications:

In order to be eligible for this Exotic Animal volunteer in Guatemala program, you need to be physically fit and mentally prepared to do manual labor for most of your volunteer time. You will also need to be flexible and hard working. Though you do not need any specific skills or experience with animals for this project, you need to be passionate about animals and willing to work closely with them.

Volunteers also need to be at least 16 years old to participate in this program on their own. Volunteers below the age of 18 will need parental consent and those below the age of 16 need to be accompanied by their parent, guardian or faculty leader if they wish to volunteer. Though not mandatory, it is helpful to have basic Spanish skills. If you want to learn Spanish, you can join our Spanish immersion class during your volunteering.

Fees & Program Dates

Program Dates

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Volunteers can participate in our program for a minimum of 1 week or up to 12 weeks.


Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted, respected, and affordable volunteer abroad organization in the world. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees so that everyone, especially students, have the possibility to volunteer abroad and make a positive impact on the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Volunteer Program Fees (US$)

    Duration Health Project
  1 Week $475
   2 Weeks $830
   3 Weeks $1,110
   4 Weeks $1,375
   5 Weeks $1,645
   6 Weeks $1,915
   7 Weeks $2,185
   8 Weeks $2,455
  9 Weeks   $2,725
  10 Weeks   $2,995
  11 Weeks   $3,265
  12 Weeks   $3,535

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »

Spanish Lessons (2 hours per day) $55 per week

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Shared Accommodation with host family
  • 2 meals per day (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Airport Pick up
  • Special Project Surcharge
  • In-country support
  • Program Orientation
  • Project Management
  • Volunteer Certificate
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

The volunteering programs in Antigua, Guatemala fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses.

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Accommodation and Meal

While doing volunteer work in Guatemala Antigua, you will be staying with a welcoming host family. The accommodations are located in safe neighborhoods. All the host families have been carefully selected and have experience hosting international volunteers. You will be provided with a shared accommodation and you will be sharing a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Volunteer rooms are basic, clean and comfortable, and you will have access to showers, hygienic toilets and electricity. The volunteer project may be walking distance from the accommodation or require public transportation.

Volunteers in Guatemala will be provided with 2 local meals a day (breakfast and dinner). We accommodate vegetarian needs but not special dietary requirements.

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Free Time and Weekend Exploration

After all the hard work you’ll be doing in the Exotic Animals volunteer in Guatemala, you’ll want to have some downtime to enjoy yourself and explore this exciting destination. You’ll be happy to know that you’ll have evenings and weekends free, which will give you plenty of time to sightsee, go on tours, and excursions.

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Safety and in Country Support

Your safety is our number one priority. IFRE has been making sure volunteers have safe and meaningful volunteer experiences abroad since 2006, and we use our experience and knowledge to plan a secure and successful volunteering experience in Guatemala. You will have the guidance and support of our passionate in-country staff available to you 24/7.

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Exotic Animal Volunteer in Guatemala: FAQs

IFRE takes care of all the details that go into planning an amazing volunteer trip abroad for you. Here are some details you should know when traveling with us:

Arrival and Departure

To join our Exotic animal Guatemala Antigua project, you will fly into Aurora International Airport, in Guatemala City. We suggest arriving one day prior to the start of your project. As soon as you book your flight, provide your itinerary to our in-country coordinator. They will be happy to set up your airport pick-up, and our local representative will be waiting with your name on a sign as soon as you land. They will escort you safely to your accommodation.

IFRE does not provide departure transportation, so you’ll need to make your own way to the airport after you are done volunteering in Guatemala. Just have a chat with our local project staff, and they will be happy to offer advice on how to set up a taxi to the airport.


Whether or not you need to apply in advance for a tourist visa will depend on your nationality. If you are a citizen of the United States, Canada, Australia, or the UK, all you need is a passport with a validity of six months in order to gain entry for 90 days.

Before heading off for your Exotic Animal Volunteer in Guatemala, program, be sure to do your research on the requirements based on your home country. If you will need a tourist visa in advance, be sure to apply at least a few weeks ahead of time. Please visit the Guatemala Immigration website and for more detailed information.


Getting vaccinated is the first step to protecting yourself while traveling abroad. Since you will be joining our Exotic Animal project and working with wild animals, this will be especially important for you.

Please consult your travel doctor who is knowledgeable about current health issues and epidemics in Guatemala. You can also find the information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, Global Health Canada or in Travelers' Health United Kingdom.

Some of the required vaccines for traveling and volunteering in Guatemala are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.

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Volunteer Health and Safety
Safety tips for your volunteer abroad trip

Why become an Exotic Animal volunteer in Guatemala?

Working as an Exotic Animal Volunteer in Guatemala is an incredibly rewarding experience that will change your life through huge amounts of hands-on experience and the chance to discover a fascinating country and its wildlife.

Gain valuable work experience in conservation efforts

You will be gaining hands-on experience with animals and a chance to learn about them under the guidance of animal professionals. Your efforts will help the conservation of endangered and exotic species in Guatemala.

Educate locals by running educational programs about animal welfare

The Exotic animal in Guatemala Antigua volunteer project gives you the opportunity to educate locals about animal welfare. Your efforts will help in the protection of wildlife and raise awareness about the plight of animals in local communities.

Helps expand your professional network

You will have the chance to expand your professional network. You will be working alongside and building relationships with veterinarians, animal experts in various fields, conservationists and visitors while volunteering in this project. This will greatly benefit you in securing a good job if you wish to work with animals in the future.

Make a difference in the lives of animals

You will help animals who desperately need to be saved from becoming endangered or extinct. You will help rescue and rehabilitate the animals so they can live a full and natural life. You’ll be exploring your passion for animals and helping them at the same time!

Contact IFRE today to learn more about joining our Exotic Animal volunteer project in Guatemala.

Other Volunteering Opportunities in Antigua, Guatemala

If you are not keen on construction work, there are still ways for you to contribute in Antigua, Guatemala. You can join the projects below:

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