Help at an animal rescue centre near Antigua, Guatemala, Central America



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    Help at a domestic animal rescue centre near Antigua, Guatemala, Central America

    We are an animal welfare not-for-profit charity registered in Guatemala and in the USA.

    The shelter is located in woodland at approximately 6000 feet above sea-level in the mountains above the tourist town of Antigua and just outside the K’ach’ikel Maya town of Sumpango - world famous for its annual Day of the Dead kite festival (November 1st). The shelter is a beautiful place and very peaceful – especially when the dogs are asleep.

    We are home to some 350 dogs, 40 cats and a young horse. All the animals are spay/neutered, treated for intestinal parasites and fully vaccinated before being put up for adoption.

    We need conscientious and responsible volunteers with a love for animals. A day’s work consists in help with cleaning kennels, exercising dogs and puppies, giving medication and other special care to sick animals, socializing and training the dogs, and keeping the cats company. Flicka the horse is always grateful for company and exercise too.

    Volunteer veterinarians are very welcome, as are people with special skills in electrical or construction work. We also need help from people with writing skills and an interest in social media for newsletters, blogs, Facebook, fundraising, and general public relations.

    There is separate, free on-site accommodation for volunteers, that shares a house with the animal food store. The accommodation is provided for free in exchange for your help. If you don’t want to stay on-site we can advise but will not direct you towards other paying accommodation options.

    The accommodation is fairly basic but includes a hot shower and cooking facilities. We are not able at this time to provide food, but Sumpango has shops and an excellent market. And while the shelter is indeed located in a beautiful part of the world, beyond conversation with local people there is no social life. If you’re not adjusted to a quiet, tranquil life, you’d be better advised to stay in Antigua where the fun never stops. Antigua is an easy hour away by frequent bus.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travel is always a mind-expanding (and often entirely unpredictable) learning experience. Time spent at the shelter will also considerably improve your command of Spanish.

  • Help


    Volunteers enjoy a hands on experience with the animals. Each day consists of cleaning kennels, walking dogs and puppies, giving medicines and socializing/training new animals. Lots of cats to socialize and a young horse who needs grooming and attention. We have rabbits and chickens also.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The accommodation shares a house with the animal food store. It consists of 2 bunk beds, bathroom with shower, kitchenette which includes a gas cook top, refrigerator and clean drinking water. It's also the home of two cats.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Remember that Guatemala is a poor country and we cannot be responsible for your well being outside of the rescue. You need to keep your street smarts about you when out and about but if you do, you won't have any problems.

    Volunteers do get their exercise here so please keep in mind that we are at about 6,000 ft elevation and you will be walking (or running) with energetic dogs. Unless, of course, you'd rather opt for some peaceful time keeping the cats company.

    We are approximately 1 hour by local bus from the internationally acclaimed World Heritage site, Antigua Guatemala, where you can enjoy hostels, bars, cafes, restaurants, the annual Easter extravaganza, travel to volcanoes, lakes, beaches, and much more.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Minimum 15 hours week (food not included)

Host ref number: 729252295731