Volunteer Falconry Project in Mexico
- PLACEMENT LOCATIONS: Guadalajara
- ROLE: Assisting with the rehabilitation of falcons
- TYPE OF PLACEMENT: Animal care/rescue centre, fieldwork
- REQUIREMENTS: None
- 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 two weeks
- START DATES: Flexible, between October and March recommended
Mexico is rich in biodiversity and has an abundance of wildlife. In particular, the country has 38 different species of birds of prey and, owing to their distribution and abundance, they often find themselves in urban environments.
This unfortunately means that many birds of prey are killed or injured through the everyday risks of trying to survive in a human environment, from collisions with vehicles to trying to nest in occupied buildings. Many birds of prey are also attractive to the illegal trade in wild animals, and are constantly at risk of being caught and sold illegally as pets.
Many injured birds and birds rescued from the animal traffickers are taken to our Animal Care placement in Guadalajara, where they can be rehabilitated.
At this placement the birds of prey, in particular falcons, are rehabilitated with the aim to reintroduce them back into the wild. Volunteers are needed to work with these birds every day to prepare them for their eventual release.
Working on the Falconry Project in Mexico
By volunteering on the Falconry Project, you will have a unique opportunity to learn all aspects of falconry, and experience hands-on how to train and rehabilitate birds of prey.
A number of different techniques are used in order to help condition these birds and build their strength. Volunteers will have the opportunity to take part in different roles, depending on the length of time of their placement.
Volunteers who are able to stay for a longer period will have the opportunity to be assigned a bird for the length of the placement, and can get involved in all the activities involved with rehabilitating and taking care of a falcon.
We highly recommend that volunteers arrange their stay in the months between October and March, since this is the start of flight season, which focuses on getting the birds able to fly in environments where they can find their food naturally.
From April to September, rehabilitation work is based primarily on improving the physical condition of the birds in preparation for flight season.
The Falconry Project is ideal for volunteers who have a lot of patience and are interested in or enjoy working with birds. With effort, dedication and perseverance, you will be able to see the rewarding results of your work.
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.