We have a pet rescue mission in the Zihuatenejo, Guerrero region of Mexico. We started officially in January 2017 and have rescued or helped rescue over 500+ animals since then. Our goal is to create a self sustainable program, promote the local economy and most importantly spay and neuter as many animals (cats and dogs) as possible. We are a non-profit organization with private and public foster programs in San Diego, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. We also adopt out animals all over the US and Canada. We are big into community building and also saving the environment. Education is a big part of our mission besides the sterilization campaigns and we work with local artists and visionaries to come up with better ways to stay healthy on all levels. We are starting a kids surf team and we participate in yoga for kids and kids workshops on how to treat animals with better care. We subsidize local families to spay and neuter their pets. We have a t-shirt program where the money goes straight to spay and neuter and we are looking for someone with creative ideas on how we can gain more awareness for our program.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
You will learn how good the simple life can be and how to connect with nature through work with the animals and surf. You will learn to cultivate compassion for those in need and start to understand how we can make a difference in educating the local communities by example and creative community building ideas. It's a good chance to also practice spanish with our local workers who help take care of our rescue center.
We require someone that loves animals (and the surf and yoga and we prefer vegetarians!)!
We would love people to be able to commit to a 2 month experience (minimum 1 month)so that we can assure you are not here for anything other than to pour your soul out to the animals of the streets of Mexico. We also need people who are willing to educate children and help us volunteer in spay and neuter clinics. We prefer people with experience giving medicine to animals.
We need someone who is willing to get down and dirty in our rescue center and scoop poop, medicate and bathe animals, feed animals, clean the corrals, walk dogs, and coordinate tourist volunteers. We are looking for someone very handy in building or fixing fences and securing spaces for new arrivals. There is a lot of cleaning involved along with tending to animals. It's a selfless job that comes from the heart and there are times where you feel like you may not have any time off... But you build good karma!
'The furbears will give you as much love as you give them so we are looking for a very compassionate person that is strong and stable emotionally. We see a lot of disease and suffering...but, that's why we are doing this...to lessen the hardships for those who can't take care of themselves. It's a very rewarding experience.
If you have any social media/marketing experience or skills we also need someone to our instagram and facebook pages up to date. We also need to keep spreading the word about our mission in order to raise awareness, funds and love for the furbears!
It's hard to say exactly what is required of you until you arrive depending on how many dogs we have at any given moment and what kind of medical attention they require. Sometimes we have nice housing donated and sometimes you may have to stay with a bunch of noisy dogs in a rustic house in our center. You could move or be placed in our Zihuatenejo center as well. It really just depends. So if you want something stable and solid with meals provided then this is not the job for you. 70% of dogs and cats discarded into the streets of Mexico. It's a huge problem and we are working hard to change it. That's why we need people who think about helping animals as your sole reason for coming. This is not a party at the beach, or social experience to meet people like a hostel environment. People who can be ok with being quiet with the animals and reading in a hammock or meditating on the beach will thrive better. That being said, it can be an adventure of lifetime if you are coming with the right intentions.
Spanish and English
It's a local house in the village of Troncones two blocks from a stunning beach break surf. You will have access to the whole house with kitchen, stove and fridge, washing machine and internet.
The water is a tank that is filled every two days, pumped in locally. There is a functioning and private toilet and shower... But sometimes we run out of water and a bucket shower is necessary. We work with some beautiful beach side resorts that allow you to hang out and use the pool and outdoor shower there. So you have options!
You will have a bedroom with furniture and a hammock on the porch where a few furbears live. Other furbears live in corrals surrounding the property. It's a noisy job so you better be ready to have ear plugs or be a deep sleeper. We kennel the barking furbears at night.
Some local restaurants kindly give free food or discounts to volunteers, this changes all the time but for example this month we get free pizza with a 30% discount on all other food and drink at Mi Jardin, various free meals or smoothies from Cafe Pacifico as well as 30% off food at La Mexicana and opportunities to hang out and use the pool at a boutique hotel, Tres Mujeres. Free meditation and donation based yoga is available all week at Present Moment. Frequent trips to the local free hot springs and surf are also available to you.
Local shops just a block away on the main strip. Amazing Mexican food awaits on every corner.
There will also be multiple chances to visit the cities of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo to do some supermarket shopping or to just see the town. As well as trips or lifts to the surf a few times a week if possible, especially once you connect with the local surfers who drive out there everyday!
The house is in good condition and has a lot more potential. That's also why we are looking for someone good at maintenance and creative problem solving to enhance the house and the animal corrals in the surrounding yard.
Tronones is surf paradise! There are perfect point breaks 20 min and 40 min away. With this position comes free yoga and hot springs visits. There are local caves, fishing villages and, rolling coconut fields. Get involved in eco-projects and kids education. Extras are island snorkeling, sailboat, SUP, horseback riding and salsa dancing.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 21 hours a week