Rescue Center for Abandoned Animals

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Booking No.


Program Type

Volunteer Work, Animal Care


Xela (Quetzaltenango), Guatemala

Volunteer Responsibilities

Feeding the animals, administering medicines, animal welfare, taking dogs for a walk, playing with the dogs, etc.

Work Hours

Between 30 and 40 hours/week from Monday to Friday

Program Start Date

On any day, year round

Minimum Stay

2 weeks

Minimum Age

18 years


Elementary Spanish skills. Book your Spanish course in Antigua in Guatemala with us.


Love for animals, patience and high sense of responsibility


Single room with local host family or single room in guest house


Full-board with host family, no meals included at guest house


About 210 km northeast of the capital Guatemala City and about 150 km northeast of the well-known touristic city Antigua. Quetzaltenango, also known by its Mayan name Xela is the second largest city of Guatemala. It is located in the mountain valley at an elevation of 2,330 meters (7,640 ft) above sea level.


Xela has a subtropical highland climate. It can go from mild to chilly, the average maximum temperature is 22 °C (72 °F). In the afternoons however temperatures can decrease to 10 °C (50 °F). Nights are pretty cold.


No special vaccinations required. Please ask your doctor for additional advice.


Most but not all host families have internet access at home. The guest house is equipped with internet though.

In-country Support

Volunteer coordinator in the volunteer project, additional support by our in-country staff in Antigua.

24/7 Emergency No.

With the booking confirmation, you will receive our 24/7 Emergency Number where you can reach us around the clock in case of emergency.


Enrollment possible at any time, with at least 4 weeks’ notice. (Download Registration Form)

Travel Health Insurance

Travel Health Insurance for Guatemala mandatory

Combine your passion for animals and desire to serve by contributing to the improvement of the situation of street animals in Guatemala by helping them find a new home. The animal shelter in Guatemala is located in Quetzaltenango (also known under the indigenous name Xela). It is the second largest city of Guatemala and is located in the picturesque highlands at 2300 meters (7,500 feet) above sea level. As a volunteer, you will be working with an organization made up of a group of people that are dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of outcast, abandoned, and neglected animals. The goal of this outreach initiative is to provide the animals with food, medical assistance, rehabilitation, and a new home in order to give them a better chance of survival. The organization’s main concern is to protect and rescue dogs that would otherwise live in unbearable conditions on the streets or on chains in backyards. The organization in Guatemala also provides educational work for animal keepers regarding their responsibilities when caring for and training animals. It also teaches them to immediately report abuse. To achieve these goals, they founded a non-profit organization, which allows them to act as an organizational unit and launch more activities for the rescue of animals and their well-being. Currently, about 35 dogs are part of this project (number varies and serves as a guideline only!)


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The stray animals that are rescued from the street are often sick and victims of abuse, including females with pups. The animals are cared for and placed in a new home where they receive love and affection, allowing them to properly grow and develop. Depending on their needs, the rescued animals are given basic care through veterinary care, vaccinations, disease treatment, sterilization, removal of parasites, baths, socialization, feeding, and more.

The volunteer work in this project in Guatemala may include the following tasks and responsibilities:

  Feeding the animals
  Administering medicines
  Animal care (bathing, combing, etc.)
  Help with the vacciinations
  Taking dogs for walks
  Playing with dogs

An important part of our volunteer work programs in Latin America is providing an intense, rewarding experience that exposes you to the everyday life and culture of the host country. Therefore, our volunteers in Antigua live in homestays so that they can dive right into local customs, taste authentic meals, and experience the life of a Guatemalan family first-hand. You will be amazed by how quickly your Spanish skills will improve each day. Our families are carefully screened and selected, and some have many years of experience hosting foreign guests. In addition to a hospitable accommodation, you will enjoy three meals each day at the family’s home. You will stay in a single room and your bathroom may be private or shared with other family members.

Alternatively, if volunteers wish to live amongst other foreigners visiting Guatemala, they can choose the Guest House accommodation. This accommodation offers a single bedroom, and all meals are self-catered.

Volunteer Work with Stray Dogs in Guatemala includes:
  Consultation of our experienced staff
  Translation of application documents
  Volunteer work placement
  Orientation session on arrival
  Escort to the project site on the first day
  Orientation kit
  Local support
  24/7 Emergency Number
  Single room with host family (full-board, except for sundays)*
  Single room in guest house (no meals)*
  Airport pick-up (if booked)
  Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance
  Flight booking service (optional and for free)
  Certificate of participation
*Accommodation as booked

What’s not included:
  International flight
  Travel health insurance
  Local travels


Program / duration





Host Family

510 USD

625 USD

740 USD

115 USD

Guest House
(no meals)

570 USD

715 USD

860 USD

145 USD

Application fee of 120 USD to be added.


Airport Pick-up

30 USD

Travel Health   Insurance 

more info here

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