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At the Rescue Center in Peten, volunteers live in a two-story wooden building situated in a beautiful tropical forest with comfortable wooden bunk beds, ‘western’ showers and toilets and US-style 110 electricity. Volunteers eat and socialize at a separate kitchen/dining room area and there is a floating dock on the lake for late afternoon swims. There is internet service in Flores at internet cafes and restaurants. Volunteers at the Center help in the daily feeding and caring for the animals, which can include parrots, macaws, spider and howler monkeys, owls, hawks, crocodiles, turtles, kinkajous and many more. Nearly all of these animals have been seized from the illegal pet trade and are required to go through a rehabilitation process. It is important for their release for these animals not to become accustomed to people, therefore we treat them as wild as possible. In very special circumstances there may be the opportunity to help with the care of a young animal. This is restricted to long term volunteers, who have proven their responsibility, past experience and at the discretion of the directors.



Flores, Aldea El Arrozal, Petén

Passion for nature

Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
2 weeks minimum

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+

We rely on our volunteer fees to sustain our conservation projects and help insure our long-term financial self-sustainability. We have two payment plans for volunteers: Plan Reserva and Plan Completo. All prices include food and accommodation. Plan Completo: This plan is only offered for Peten and is for volunteers that may not have as much experience or confidence traveling in a developing country and do not speak Spanish. For Petén it is US$480. Each consecutive week is US$225, so for example, two weeks at the Rescue Center in Petén costs US$705. Plan Completo includes for Petén: a reservation at the project; first week’s volunteer fee; airport/bus pick-up and drop-off and transport to the project and return. Please note that Petén volunteers need to book their flight directly to Flores (FRS: Mundo Maya Airport) or bus to the Santa Elena terminal. It also includes a two-day tour to the Mayan ruins of Tikal, including shuttle service there and back from Flores, one night in a hotel in the Park, two meals (lunch on arrival, and breakfast), and a bilingual guide for the park. The Park entrance fee of $25/Q150 is not included. Plan Reserva: If you just want a reservation at the project, the Plan Reserva first week payment is US$275. The Plan Reserva fee includes a reservation, airport pick-up and drop off and the first week’s volunteer fee. Each consecutive week is US$225. So, for example, two weeks costs US$500.

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