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Animal Care Volunteer Projects in Mexico

The Animal Care projects in Mexico are hands-on, practical placements for people who love animals!

There are opportunities in Mexico for those who want to get involved in looking after and caring for animals. Placements are 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!

Working on an Animal Care Placement in Mexico

Volunteers can choose from two animal care options in Mexico. The first placement is situated in the centre of Guadalajara, where we 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.

Animal Care project 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, parrots and owls, but a range of other animals also live at 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 second animal care option for volunteers is at the Parque Agua Azul. This is one of the biggest public parks in Guadalajara, and has butterfly and bird laboratories. Here, volunteers have the opportunity to be involved in the butterfly breeding process. Species of butterflies reproduced are papiliopharnaces, papilio cresphontes, leptophobia aripa and danaus plexippus. You will also breed and rehabilitate birds, ranging from the endangered scarlet macaw, other species of macaw and pheasants.

Biologists at Parque Agua Azul, who are in charge of the laboratories, need help with data collection as well as artificial feeding. As a volunteer you will also assist during the incubation process for birds and butterflies and will help in the park, cleaning the cages and feeding the birds.

Volunteers who are on the project for longer than four weeks can also get involved in falcon training.

Volunteering on an Animal Care Placement in Mexico with Projects Abroad

Gap Year Veterinary Medicine in Mexico

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 placements 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.

The organisations that we work with deal with a range of animals, birds and butterflies and the help of our volunteers is very much appreciated.

Please let us know if you have a project preference when you apply.

You can join the Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care project in Mexico for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.

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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