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Volunteer with Exotic Animal in Guatemala Antigua

Do you love animals and wish to help animals in need? Are you looking for a safe, affordable and life-changing animal conservation volunteer project in Guatemala? If yes, then you should be part of our Exotic Animal volunteer in Guatemala, Antigua.

Guatemala is rich in wildlife and is home to some of the most diverse and unique exotic wildlife on the planet. Sadly, the wildlife in Guatemala has been under the threat of

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extinction over the past decade. The forests which provide food and shelter to the animals are being constantly exploited for new settlements and agricultural activities leaving many animals in peril. The exotic animals are captured to be sold in illegal pet markets and are hunted extensively for their skin and meat. These animals need to be protected urgently!

The conservationists in Guatemala are taking crucial measures to protect these animals but are faced with unique challenges, lack funds and manpower. By joining the exotic animal volunteer in Guatemala, Antigua you will get an opportunity to save the lives of rare and endangered animals, and assist with important conservation efforts. You will learn valuable lessons on animal care and preservation and help save these innocent animals.

Do you want to work with exotic animals in Guatemala and make a difference in their lives? Contact us today to find out more about our Exotic Animal volunteer in Guatemala Antigua.

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

When you participate in this Exotic Animal volunteer in Guatemala Antigua you will work in an Amphibian and Reptile Rescue Center under the guidance of animal experts and veterinarians. Your daily duties will vary considerably depending on the needs of the project at the time of your volunteering. Work hours may be in the morning or afternoon depending on the project.

You will help with the 3 R’s of conservation - Rescue, Recovery, and Relocation. You will assist with the protection of wildlife under the guidance of local staff who will train you on how to handle animals. You will be primarily working with exotic amphibians and reptiles. You will help nurse them and provide them with care and attention, so they can eventually go back to the wild. If you have a background with animals or conservation work, you may be assigned duties accordingly.

You will also help with maintenance work in and around the rescue center, prepare meals and feed the animals and clean their enclosures. You will also take part in educational programs and help raise awareness about conservation in the local communities.

The Exotic animal in Guatemala Antigua provides an amazing opportunity for volunteers to work with professionals and learn about the exotic animals in Guatemala. 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

There are no specific skills or qualifications needed to join the Exotic Animal volunteer in Guatemala program except that you are passionate about animals and should be able to work hands-on with them. You will need to be fit and mentally prepared to work with exotic animals, and care for them. You will also need to be flexible and hardworking, and able to follow instructions.

We welcome enthusiastic volunteers over the age of 18 from around the world. Volunteers who are at least 16 can also volunteer on their own with parental consent. Volunteers below the age of 16 can volunteer only if accompanied by a parent, guardian or faculty leader. A background check is required for volunteers working with children.

Basic Spanish skills will be helpful though not mandatory. If you cannot speak Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish Language Studies program. You can spend a whole week doing an immersion class before you begin your project or take classes while you volunteer.

Program Dates & Fees

Program Dates

Global Crossroad volunteer programs begin every Monday year-round. We still allow flexibility if you have travel constraints. Volunteers can join our programs from 1 week up to 12 weeks.


Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality Antigua, Guatemala volunteer trips. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad volunteer opportunity in Antigua, Guatemala application and registration fee costs US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in the USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to your host family and project (via the country coordinator). This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and are not for company profit.

Weeks Exotic Animal Prject
  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
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses, soft drinks, food, etc.
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

The volunteer programs fees in Antigua, Guatemala cover expenses from the first day of your program to the last day of your 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 any additional expenses.

Accommodations and Meals

Volunteers in the Guatemala Exotic animals Project can rest easy, since Global Crossroads offer safe, clean, and comfortable housing, and two healthy local meals (breakfast and dinner) a day. You’ll be staying with a socially respected host family. You’ll eat your meals around the table with them and experience their culture in a unique and personal way.

Learn more about your housing and food in Antigua, Guatemala.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

You’ll have your evenings and weekends free, so get out and see more of Guatemala! This country has a lot to offer, from the people to the landscapes, you’ll find a colorful array of options to discover. Check out the safe and beautiful city of Antigua in the evenings and use your weekends to travel!

Discover what to do in your free time in Guatemala.

Safety and In Country Support

We’ve got you covered when it comes to safety. Global Crossroad has been in the volunteer abroad world since 2003, and we’ve helped 20,000 volunteers have safe and satisfying experiences without a single incident. Let us take care of you while you go on your Guatemala exotic animals volunteer program.

We offer pre-trip guidance, insurance, carefully vetted humanitarian projects we routinely visit, airport pickup, and a stellar in-country team to guide and support you every step of the way.

Learn more about our safety and in-country support.

Exotic animals Volunteer in Guatemala: FAQs

You’re bound to have a few questions, so we’ve put together this handy info to offer you some of the answers you’re looking for:

Arrival and departure

Flying into Guatemala’s La Aurora International Airport one day before the start date of your Guatemala Exotic animals volunteer project is highly recommended so you can rest up and be ready to get started.

Give us your flight details, and we’ll set up your airport pick up for you. Our local representative will be waiting for you when you land and will take you safely to your accommodations. Just let us know if there’s a delay, and we’ll rearrange things for you.


You’ll need a tourist visa to visit Guatemala, but for many of you that’s something you can get when you arrive at the airport. Citizens of countries such as the US, UK, Canada, and Australia can apply for a 90-day visa when they land.

If you aren’t eligible for a visa on-arrival, you can apply at the local Guatemalan embassy in your home country or apply online! Check out this website if you want to learn in detail about Guatemala’s visa requirements and policies.


Before you head out to Guatemala to volunteer with exotic animals, make sure you get up to date on your vaccines to avoid getting sick as you will be working outdoors and with wild animals. Make an appointment with your doctor and find out what you’ll need.

The CDC recommends travelers visiting Guatemala get vaccinated for hepatitis A, malaria, typhoid, yellow fever, hepatitis B, and measles. You can learn more about these vaccinations by clicking this link.

Why become an Exotic Animal volunteer in Guatemala?

Gain a fantastic travel experience

Working as an Exotic Animal Volunteer in Guatemala will provide you with a meaningful and life-changing travel experience. You will discover the magnificent beauty of Guatemala and witness its amazing array of wildlife up close as well as interact with the locals and immerse in the fascinating culture of Guatemala.

Gain hands-on experience with conservation efforts

You will learn about the exotic animals of Guatemala, observe their behaviors and get a chance to work hands-on under the guidance of animal professionals. You will learn about various conservation initiatives, take part in the rehabilitation of animals and help provide a better life for countless animals.

Make a positive impact in the lives of animals

With this project, you can share your love and passion for animals. You will help many animals who are in urgent need of protection. Your efforts will save many animals from extinction and endangerment and enable them to live complete and happy lives. You will also raise awareness in the local communities about the plight of animals which may have a positive impact in the upcoming years.

Contact Global Crossroad to learn more about Exotic animals Volunteer in Guatemala, Antigua.

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