Animal Care Projects in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru

Company : Maximo Nivel
Activities: Animal Volunteer Projects / Community Volunteer Projects
Countries: Guatemala / Peru
Duration: 1 week to 1 Year+
Approx Costs: 500 to 750 $ Dollars (US)

Help dog rescue shelters save abandoned animals and rehabilitate them.


Culturally speaking in Latin America, dogs and cats are not looked upon as integral members of the family the way they are in many other countries. This often leads to neglect and abandonment. The projects we work with promote the value of preservation, of both species diversity and their natural habitats.

The projects also protect the animals and provide medical treatment, shelter, rehabilitation, training, and re-release into the wild when appropriate. Animal Care volunteers may be placed at an animal shelter, a veterinary clinic, or an exotic animal refuge.

Volunteers may have the opportunity to work with animals such as dogs, cats, crocodiles, snakes, geckos, turtles, and a variety of domesticated animals. 


Depending on the project, volunteers may be asked to:

  • Bathe and/or groom the animals
  • Provide basic obedience training
  • Clean cages, feed animals, maintain the project area
  • Help during feeding time
  • Play with and walk the animals
  • Support the treatment of injured or sick animals
  • Observe surgeries and assist in pre-operative and post-operative care
  • Release or return healthy, recovered animals
  • Assist with small construction projects
  • Photography and fundraising
  • Educational programs in local schools including conservation work
  • Join spay/neuter programs and/or rabies vaccination clinics

At animal care projects, work may be physically demanding at times. Please note that due to availability and seasonal needs at our projects, we cannot guarantee any particular type of facility. Rest assured, there is a big need for volunteer assistance at these projects and your presence is valued.

Program Duration:

  • Minimum 1 week


  • At least 17 years of age
  • Flexible; Willing to do various tasks based on project needs
  • Healthy and physically prepared to do manual labor
  • Hard working, ready to do anything!
  • Responsible and safety minded
  • Spanish language skills are not required

Our Fees Include:

  • Airport pick-up
  • Host family accommodations (shared room with half board)
  • Program and safety orientation
  • Walking tour
  • Official certificate of volunteer service
  • Emergency contact number 24/7
  • Program management
  • Free Tandem Conversation Program
  • Free office-wide WIFI and computer lounge
  • Free social activities
  • Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
  • Maximo Nivel Institute open 7 days/week


  • 1 Week: $645
  • 2 Weeks? $875
  • 3 Weeks: $1065
  • 4 Weeks: $1255
  • Additional Week: $150

Start Dates

Every Monday.

Booking / Enquiry

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