|Project Name:||Animal Rescue & Turtle Conservation Centre|
|Address:||Km. 30 Calle Hillary Lote 6 Casa Villa Conchita, San Lucas Sacatepequez|
|Commitment:||Minimum of 1 week|
|Required Skills:||Spanish language is strongly encouraged, though not mandatory.|
|Description:||animal rescue and rehabilitation, sea turtle Conservation, environmental education|
|Contact Person:||Colum Muccio|
|Phone:||Telphone: (502)7830-1374 (Phone/Fax), 7830-4273, 5704-2563 (Colum cell)|
Note: This project has a small fee required.
A bit more information:
- We rely on our volunteer fees to help sustain our conservation projects, so for the Rescue Center in Peten, there is a charge of US$125 per week which covers food and lodging.
- For the Hawaii Project on the Pacific coast, the fee is US$70 per week just for lodging.
- We offer discounts for longer-term volunteers but ask that they pay the full volunteer fee for at least the first month until we get to know each other better.
- There are also free positions for volunteer coordinators that are offered when available.
What & where are the programs?
Our first and most established project is our Wild Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Center situated on 45 hectares of forested land on Lake Peten Itza across from the town of Flores in the northern Peten region of Guatemala, 45 kms from the world famous Mayan archeological site of Tikal. Volunteers at the Rescue Center help in feeding and caring for the animals at the center which include parrots, macaws, spider and howler monkeys, margays, ocelots, coatimundis, taras and kinkajous.
Contact for Peten:
E-mail: fernando_martinezgalicia(AT)hotmail.com (Dir. of Rescue Center)
Tel: (502)5208-0968 (Fernando Martinez cell), 5555-1722 (Alejandro cell), 7926-0946 (Library), ARCAS Library in San Benito next to the Police Station
Our other volunteer program is at our sea turtle, caiman and mangrove conservation project near the town of Hawaii on the Pacific coast of Guatemala where volunteers assist in conducting nightly patrols of area beaches in search of nesting sea turtles, collection and burial of eggs in the hatchery and collection of research data.
In addition to the projects mentioned above we host volunteers who are interested in helping out in our Environmental Education Program, though this requires a higher level of Spanish language ability. In Peten, Hawaii and Guatemala City, we conduct a range of environmental education activities, including reforestations with school children, beach clean-ups, hatchling releases and ecotours of underprivileged children to Hawaii or Peten.