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Internship Program In Animal Caretaking: Belize

Introducing our new, six-week animal caretaking internship in Caye Caulker, Belize!

This intensive training program offers students hands-on experience in animal care, socialization, behavior, and rescue as you participate in the daily work of a local cat sanctuary. The internship provides a unique opportunity to work in Belize’s first and only no-kill cat sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals.

Pending availability, there may be an opportunity to observe procedures in the spay/neuter clinic and to shadow a veterinary technician, if one is available. Otherwise, you will shadow P.A.W. Cat Sanctuary’s founder and director, Madi Collins.

The internship will include a weekly reflection with your mentor and an experience report, due on your fourth week of the project. You are also required to outline your goals and objectives on a weekly basis during the first three weeks, and discuss this at your weekly reflections. This will help you to choose an area of concentration during your fourth week at the sanctuary.

P.A.W.S. interns provide enormous help to the animals at the sanctuary—and at the same time, you’ll gain an interest in animal care, building a lifelong commitment to animals in need.

You’ll volunteer with P.A.W. Cat Sanctuary and Humane Society, a local organization that provides spaying and neutering services and promotes humane education in Belize. The sanctuary serves as a haven for abandoned, abused, and neglected cats and dogs on the island. Learn more about P.A.W.!

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Location

This program is located in Caye Caulker, Belize, a beautiful island just off the mainland. At six miles long by two miles wide, Cay Caulker’s community is tight-knit, yet welcoming of tourists and travelers.

Schedule

This program lasts six weeks. For the first week, you’ll focus on general observation and learning care techniques for domestic cats in two onsite catteries. For the second week, you’ll add the third cattery, and in the third week the fourth cattery and clinic catteries will be added to your schedule.

During these weeks, you’ll complete written reflections and an experience report on the observation of cat behavior and personalities, in order to implement any proposed changes or improve the living conditions of the sanctuary’s cats. Your ideas and suggestions will be discussed in-depth with the sanctuary’s director during your fourth week. For the rest of your stay, you’ll focus on your proposed project in addition to feeding, bonding, and caring for the cats.

Accommodations

You’ll stay in the Volunteer Cabana, which sleeps three people at a time and is located just at the shoreline on the beach. This includes:

One single bed and a bunk bed set

Coffee machine and microwave

Bathroom with running (not heated) water attached to the outside of the building

Click here to learn more about where you’ll stay!

Requirements

You must be at least 18 or older, in good health, and interested in working with animals—specifically with domestic cats. Volunteers cannot be allergic to cats, and must be comfortable feeding and handling them for daily care.

Cost breakdown

This program costs $1,069. Your Reservation Fee of $109 is included in the total cost, and is due once you commit to the program. Your full Program Fee is due at least 45 days before your arrival date.

Click here for full details about your program costs, and how your program fee is used.

How To Sign Up

Signing up is a three-step process:

Fill out the Belize Inquiry Form on the next page. Submissions must be made at least 10 weeks before your prospective start date.

A member of the Volunteer Global team will get in touch with you within one business day to schedule an interview.

Once your interview is complete, you’ll pay your Reservation Fee with the rest completed in increments, or you can pay your final Program Fee all at once. Remember, your final Program Fee is due at least 45 days before you arrive–otherwise your spot won’t be confirmed!

Important Note

This is a pilot program launched by Volunteer Global in July 2012. As part of this project, we’re asking our first groups of volunteers to provide feedback and ideas for how we can provide the most rewarding experience in cooperation with P.A.W. Cat Sanctuary.

Registration must be completed at least two months prior to your project, so…let’s get started!

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It does not cover your flight, passport/visa, vaccinations, transportation while in country, exit fees, meals, or personal expenses. Click here for full details about your program costs!