volunteering to protect the animals of Guatemala

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What is ARCAS? 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 on the black market by the Guatemalan government. Since its establishment, the ARCAS Rescue Center has grown into one of the largest and most complex rescue centers in the world, receiving between 300 and 600 animals of more than 40 species per year.

ARCAS and the wild animals it protects benefit from the support of over 500 volunteers per year both at its Rescue Center in Petén, its Sea Turtle and Mangrove Program in Hawaii, and at the Senderos de Alux Environmental Education Center near Guatemala City. Volunteers contribute technical expertise as well as contribute to the financial self-sufficiency of ARCAS’s conservation efforts while themselves gaining valuable work experience and an insight into Guatemalan culture.

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How did your Visit help?

The work varied from preparing food for the animals, feeding the animals, cleaning the cages to chopping tree branches for fruit.

We've lived in a nice house with two or three other volunteers in a room and had all our meals together. Because it was a lot of rice and beans, I'd advice you to bring lots of cookies and chocolate.We could have a swim in the lake nearby.

Though it was very hard work it was also very nice work. An experience you won't forget!

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  • Those monkeys seem to have a good time with all the good care from you, Esther :-)

Location: Guatemala



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  • KhairulAlam
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  • estherbloemenkamp

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How to get there

See the webpage of ARCAS at useful links here after

How much did it cost?

Don't remember. See the website of ARCAS

When were you there?

Oktober /november 2001