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Wildlife Rehabilitation in Guatemala (ARCAS)

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Flores, Peten, Guatemala
Course # SA 14001
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2018 07/30/18 to 08/13/18

Program Leader

Name Julie Roahrig

Program Description

 ARCAS is a wildlife rescue and rehabiltation center located in northern Guatemala (Peten) on the edge of the Mayan Biosphere.  The majority of the animals at the center come from confiscations due to the wildlife trafficking trade. Students will attend lectures, perfom animal husbandry assignments, learn restraint and handling techniques, assist in medical treatments, all under the direction and supervision of the ARCAS veterinarians and zoologists.  An overnight weekend excursion to Tikal National Park to tour the Mayan ruins is included during the first weekend of the trip.  Expect physically demanding working conditions in high heat and humidity. This is an outstanding educational and animal handling experience.


Academic Credit

This is a 2 credit course.


Veterinary Technology students that have completed their second year of the on-campus curriculum in good academic standing.

Veterinary Technology Distance Learning students that are in good academic standing and have completed VM20500 successfully.

Program Cost

These are estimated costs:

ARCAS fees: $1500

Round trip Flights: $800-$1000

Passport fees: $110

Insurance: $36

Tuition: $302

Misc: $100-$200

Application Deadline

Callout is generally late September with application due by end of October or early November annually.

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