Volunteer for Animal Care in Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala

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Maximo Nivel

(397 Reviews)
  • From $645 USD for 1 Week

  • 1 - 12 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 17 And Older



Travel to Guatemala and volunteer with an animal care program. Through this placement, you will have the chance to work with an exotic animal rescue or in a dog shelter.

At the exotic animal rescue center, you’ll focus on rescue, recovery, and relocation of injured and sick reptiles alongside local veterinarians and other professionals. As well, you can assist with general facility maintenance, feeding, cage cleaning, and hosting visitors.

At the dog shelter, you will be able to work alongside veterinarians at a care center for abandoned animals - here, you will help with daily animal care, brushing and walking, obedience training, and much more.

You must be at least 17 years old to sign up. This is a great program for volunteers who are flexible and hardworking, physically fit, and willing to take on lots of different tasks depending on the program needs. You do not need to know Spanish in order to apply.

Arrival and Orientation

With locations in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru, you’ll get a unique taste of Latin America--literally. Upon your arrival to your chosen country, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver--they will be holding a big yellow, smiley face flag so you can’t miss them. Depending on the time of your arrival, your driver will either take you directly to your homestay or to the Maximo Nivel institute. Either way, you receive a thorough orientation at the institute where you learn the details about your project, tips about the local neighborhood, safety guides, culture, expectations, and project rules.


Volunteers have the option of living in a homestay with a local family. Homestays are typically middle class households. All homestays are equipped with electricity, hot water, and wifi. You may share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Volunteers of different programs are sometimes accommodated in the same homestay.

Families provide breakfast and dinner 7 days per week, and it is during these meal times when volunteers and families get to learn about one another. Lots of laughs are shared and cultural exchange is fostered.

Other accommodation options include dorms, hotels, and private apartments. Meals are not included with these options.

Field Conditions

During this project, which lasts one week minimum, you can expect to work 3 to 4 hours a day Monday through Friday, in morning or afternoon shifts depending on the project needs. As a volunteer, you can expect to help out with lots of different tasks alongside a local veterinarian and other team members to care for animals, maintain the facilities, and assist visitors.

Your Impact

Through your volunteer work in Guatemala, you will help make sure that abandoned, injured, or abused animals have a healthy home, or in the case of the exotic animal rescue center, can be rehabilitated and released into their natural environment. Because pets are not seen as family members in Latin America, dogs and cats are more likely to be abandoned and left to roam the streets - programs like Maximo Nivel help to provide veterinary care and rehabilitation services for these animals, and to rehome them whenever possible.


Antigua, Guatemala
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Antigua, Guatemala

    Volunteers may work with a dog shelter or at an exotic animal rescue center.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Antigua, Guatemala

    Volunteers generally stay with a host family, though other accommodations are available as well.

  • Nearest Airport
    Guatemala City


This program starts from $645 for your first week in Guatemala.

1 Week
12 Weeks
1 Week

$645 USD

What’s Included

  • Program management

  • Emergency contact number 24/7

  • Institute is open 7 days per week

  • Free coffee and tea and onsite snack bar

  • Free cooking lessons

  • Free Salsa dance classes

  • Free office-wide wifi and computer lounge

  • Free Tandom Conversation Program

  • Letter of recommendation

  • Official certificate of volunteer service

  • Walking tour

  • Program and safety orientation

  • 3-4 hours per day of volunteer work

  • Breakfast and dinner 7 days per week

  • Host family accommodations (shared room)

  • Airport pickup

What’s Not Included

  • Personal spending money

  • Airport drop-off

  • Daily transportation

  • Travel insurance

  • Flights

Project Start Dates

Projects begin every Monday, year-round.


Maximo Nivel is dedicated to providing an unforgettable travel experience to students, volunteers, and adventure seekers. Since 2003, Maximo Nivel has been assisting international clients with coordinating their vacations and gap-years in Latin America to include study abroad and volunteer opportunities. More recently, the organization has added internships, adventure and culture programs, scuba and yoga certifications, and more. Over 4,000 participants choose Maximo Nivel every year for their local, in-country presence, exceptional client support, community outreach and volunteer projects, and their free tandem-language exchange-program. Maximo Nivel has been featured in the Washington Post, Matador Network, and Huffington Post.

Reviews (397)


Aug 10, 2018

I spent my summer volunteering in Guatemala with the medical project. I was given the role of running the medical clinic in San Miguel Dueñas to work with the elderly and care for them during my time there. I organized the clinic and made sure all of my patients ... +more

Tamara Hathorn

Aug 03, 2018

Maximo Nivel was a great company to go through for volunteering. The staff is very helpful and understanding, and the facilities provide both at the main building and the homestay was much better than I was originally expecting. The value of the volunteering was a little disappointing, but the other ... +more


Aug 03, 2018

they were really welcoming and informative, they made me feel at home. I will remember this for the rest of my life

mihrab randhawa

Aug 03, 2018

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