Animal Care Volunteer Projects in Mexico
- Placement locations: Guadalajara
- Role: To help with the feeding of animals, cleaning enclosures and training animals for release
- Types of Placement: Rescue centre
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
The Animal Care projects in Mexico are hands-on, practical placements for people who love animals!
There are opportunities in Mexico for those who want to get involved in looking after and caring for animals. Placements are suitable for both gap year students and those taking a career break. Volunteers are simply required to enjoy looking after animals and want to learn more about them!
Working on an Animal Care Placement in Mexico
Our Animal Care placement is situated in the centre of Guadalajara, where we work in a special centre for wild and domestic animals. It is a rescue centre similar to the charity-run animal care centres in Europe, and cares for over 500 animals.
The centre works in conjunction with Proteccion Civil - the local emergency service - who deliver injured, mistreated and abandoned animals to the centre, either for permanent residence and care, or as part of a rehabilitation process before they are released back into the wild. There is a focus on reptiles and birds – such as falcons, eagles, toucans, parrots and owls, but a range of other wild animals also live at the centre.
You will get involved in many areas; you will be feeding the animals, as well as cleaning and repairing enclosures and volunteers also have the opportunity to assist the specialists in retraining the animals to live independently; helping them to improve skills they may have lost, or never fully developed, while in captivity. Volunteers who are on the project for 12 weeks or longer can also get involved in falcon training in a forest outside the centre.
The rescue centre is understaffed, and thus volunteer help is greatly needed. While the centre is owned by the government, they do not receive much budget. You will have a lot of autonomy on this placement, and gain valuable hands-on experience.
Volunteering on an Animal Care Placement in Mexico with Projects Abroad
Shadowing the local animal carers will give you a real insight into the way the animal care centres work in Mexico. By showing initiative and a willingness to get involved, your experience will be very rewarding.
Our voluntary Animal Care placements in Mexico will give you access to invaluable work experience which will greatly enhance your CV. You will gain many practical skills and develop as a person through having to adapt and be resourceful while living and working in a foreign country. You will need a basic level of Spanish in order to work on these projects, but no other qualifications are needed.
The organisations that we work with deal with a range of animals, birds and butterflies and the help of our volunteers is very much appreciated.
Please let us know if you have a project preference when you apply.
You can join the Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care project in Mexico for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
All volunteers taking part on any project in Mexico now have the opportunity to add a 1 Week Conservation Add-On to the end of their main placement.
Volunteers who take part in the Animal Care placement may also like to combine this with some time on the Conservation Project in Mexico. Here you will work with sea turtles, crocodiles and other local wildlife. We simply ask that you work a minimum of two weeks on each project. For more information, please visit our Volunteer Conservation & Environment Project in Mexico