ARCAS and the wild animals it protects benefit from the support of over 500 volunteers per year both in Petn and Hawaii. Volunteers contribute technical expertise and increase the financial self-sufficiency of ARCAS’s conservation efforts while themselves gaining valuable work experience and an insight into Guatemalan culture.
PETEN The 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, jaguars and kinkajous. Nearly all of these animals have been seized from smugglers and are very young, needing constant care and attention. There are also opportunities to take part in veterinary medical treatment, animal releases and wildlife surveys, though the scheduling of these activities is irregular and we can't guarantee you will be able to participate. At the Rescue Center, volunteers live in a spacious two story wooden building situated in a beautiful tropical forest with comfortable wooden bunk beds, "western" shower and toilet facilities and US-style 110 electricity. Volunteers eat and socialize at a separate spacious kitchen/dining room rancho and there is a very nice floating dock for late afternoon swims.
HAWAII Our other volunteer program is at our sea turtle 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. Volunteers can also take part in the iguana captive breeding program, mangrove reforestations, educational activities in area schools and other community projects. The turtle season in Hawaii is from July to December with peak months of August and September for olive ridleys. For the much scarcer leatherbacks, (who, unfortunately are going extinct in the Pacific) the nesting season is November to January.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Asociacion Rescate y Conservacion de Animales Silvestres/Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Assn
#6 Calle Hillary, Km 30 Carretera Interamericana, San Lucas Sacatepequez, 00000, GT
To improve the chances of survival and conservation of species and their habitat, as well as aid in the rational management of natural resources.
1. Rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife 2. Environmental education 3. Research 4. Co-administration of protected areas 5. Sustainable community development
ARCAS is a non-profit Guatemalan NGO formed in 1989 by a group of Guatemalan citizens who became concerned as they saw their precious natural heritage - especially their wildlife - rapidly disappearing before their eyes. It was originally created for a very specific and urgent purpose: to build a rescue center to care for and rehabilitate wild animals that were being confiscated from traffickers working in the UN-declared Mayan Biosphere Reserve in the northern Peten region of the country. Since its establishment, the ARCAS Rescue Center has grown into one of the largest and most complex rescue centers in the world, recognized as a model for the region, and certified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. It receives between 300 and 600 animals of more than 40 species per year and benefits from the support of over 400 ecotourists and volunteers.
In 1993, ARCAS opened its Pacific coast sea turtle and mangrove conservation project in the area of Hawaii. There, it manages the most productive of the 21 sea turtle hatcheries in Guatemala, rescuing over 40,000 olive ridley and leatherback eggs per year and collects detailed research data on the coastal and mangrove ecosystems. Also in Hawaii, it is working with the Guatemalan government to establish a 4,000 hectare protected area focused on the local mangrove wetlands.
Since the establishment of its projects in Peten and Hawaii, ARCAS has branched out into other very necessary areas of activity including environmental education, sustainable community development, ecotourism and reforestation, and is currently managing or participating in the management of over 10,000 hectares of protected area, including the Cordillera Alux mountain reserve on the outskirts of Guatemala City.
We'll work with your schedule.
#6 Calle HillarKm 30 Carr InteramericanaSan Lucas Sacatepequez, 00000Guatemala
February 15, 2021
Animal Care / Handling
Must be at least 18
Minimum commitment of one week
No previous experience required. All training provided on site