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Animal Care Volunteer Projects in Mexico


The Animal Care project in Mexico is a hands-on, practical placement for people who love animals!

This is an opportunit for those who want to get involved in looking after and caring for wild animals. The placement is 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!

  • Placement locations: Guadalajara
  • Role: To help with the feeding of animals, cleaning enclosures and training animals for release
  • Types of Placement: Rescue centre for wild and domestic animals and birds
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Price: From Loading...
  • What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, 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

Working on an Animal Care Placement in Mexico

Volunteers will 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.

Gap Year Veterinary Medicine in Mexico

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 and owls, but a range of other animals also live at the centre. While this is a centre for wild and domestic animals, most are wild animals. There are parrots, canaries and similar birds but other domestic animals are not resident in 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.

The centre has over 500 animals. Volunteers staying for a long period (12+ weeks) can help train and fly falcons in a forest outside the centre. Only a basic Spanish level is required for this project, no other qualifications are needed.

Volunteers can get a lot of hands-on experience at this project. The centre is still owned by the government, but is not given a lot of budget and there is not a large staff, therefore volunteers are needed to help at the centre. 

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 placement 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.

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

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