Interning Abroad with Animals in Mexico
- Placement locations: Guadalajara
- Role: To help with the feeding of animals, cleaning enclosures, and training animals for release
- Requirements: None
- Type of placement: Rescue centre
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering with Projects Abroad on the Animal Care Project in Mexico is a way for you to help wild and domestic animals in need while gaining a great deal of practical experience. This internship is suitable for volunteers of all ages and skill levels, including students pursuing a career in veterinary medicine and those taking a gap year or career break. All you need to participate is a passion for animals of all shapes and sizes and an eagerness to learn more about them!
The Animal Care Project is located in the centre of Guadalajara. We are partnered with a special rescue centre that works with wild and domestic animals (wild animals are the majority). You will find that the centre is similar to charity-run animal rescue centres in North America.
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 birds - such as falcons, eagles, toucans, parrots, canaries, and owls - and reptiles, but a range of other animals also live at the centre.
With more than 500 animals to care for, local staff and resources are always stretched thin. Your support is crucial and the extra pair of helping hands will make a huge impact at the centre.
If you are looking to focus more on working with domestic animals instead, we also have Veterinary Medicine internships in Mexico where you will intern at a veterinary clinic.
Working with Animals in Mexico with Projects Abroad
As an Animal Care intern, you will get involved in several areas, from feeding and caring for the animals to cleaning and repairing enclosures. You will also have the opportunity to assist the specialists in retraining the animals (mostly falcons) to live independently, helping them to improve skills they may have lost, or never fully developed, while in captivity.
If you are interested in assisting with the training and flying of falcons in a forest close to the centre, please note that you will need to commit to the project for a minimum of 12 weeks and speak basic Spanish.
Working alongside the local staff will give you an insight into the way a special rescue centre works in Mexico. By showing initiative and a willingness to get involved, your experience will be beneficial and rewarding and staff will appreciate the effort you put in. Participating in the program also gives you access to meaningful work experience which will enhance your resume. You will gain many practical skills and develop personally and professionally through adapting to living and working in another country.
The Animal Care Project in Mexico is available from two 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 shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain 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 participating for a longer period.
All volunteers participating on standard projects in Mexico have the opportunity to spend one week on a Conservation & Environment project at the end of their main placement. For more information, please visit our Sea-Turtle and Coastal Conservation & Environment Project in Mexico page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.
"I feel I benefited the project by sharing the workload of cleaning-up after and feeding the animals. I was also able to trade English for Spanish phrases with the staff!"
Animal Care Volunteer in Mexico