Dog Shelter Program

Dog shelter Program

Dog Shelter Program

per person

Help the Dogs in Puerto Escondido.

Designed to Help the Street Dogs Refuge in Puerto Escondido.

This dog shelter volunteer program has this tasks:

Giving dogs love, attention and daily walks.

  • Feed and clean dogs
  • Maintenance of the refuge
  • Dog walking
  • Support during adoption campaigns
  • Help getting more money and products donations
  • Everyday there is a new problem or necessity, help if you can.

This volunteer program is for:

Volunteers should not only love dogs, but also be prepared to care for very large groups of dogs in an open space.

  • Perfect for those who already speak spanish but want to keep improving.
  • If you are looking for donating some time and effort.
  • If you love animals, this is the perfect place to dedicate some of your time.


Working materials

Certificate at the end of stay

Qualified volunteer staff to assist you

Transfer from and to the PXM airport

Experiencia Volunteer Program Advantages

Experiencia approved - quality assured

Location - A few steps from the beach

Photos & Video - Make it your wallpaper

We love dogs - You can’t fake passion

A lifetime experience and a great opportunity to learn and practice your Spanish, support the local community and hug cute puppies . Come join us. Change a life

Good To Know

Minimum participation

1 month

Spanish level


Do not include

Accommodation, meals or transport.

Work clothing

In the shelter, shorts and no accessories. On campaigns: long trousers and sun protection


Volunteer can also support by donating as the dog shelter lives from this


7:00 – 11:00 hrs. or/and 16:00 – 20:00 hrs. Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 14:00 on Sunday (during the campaigns, schedule can be changed)

Extra Info

Contribute your knowledge and efforts to the local projects and organizations while practicing Spanish and working together!

In Puerto Escondido there are organizations helping to take care of the street dogs in the area. The “Huellitas de Acero” refuge share the same objective, to improve the lives and health of dogs through education and control programs

Volunteers can select to spend their time caring for animals in the shelter, where the dogs can roam freely and receive food and care. Volunteers can also choose to be part of the team who is responsible for vaccinating and sterilization campaigns.


This gives volunteers the opportunity to meet and talk to local people, helping to educate them on animal welfare while practicing their Spanish.


During vaccination campaigns (three times per year), volunteers can assist with vaccinations in different locations. Also, during sterilization campaigns, volunteers can assist with the process and take care of the dogs during rehabilitation. Volunteers with interest in working at veterinarians can assist and learn about sterilization.

Learn & Stay

Volunteer accommodation

If you need, there are three different options where volunteers can stay with us:

  • School residence
  • Surf Camp
  • Host family

Contact us for details.

An example of your schedule

A typical week would look something this:

-Welcoming and orientation to Experiencia
-Meeting to talk about the project activities, responsibilities and cultural tips.
-Visit to the shelter to meet the location and the staff working there.
-Every two weeks one activity of animal care and respect or adoption campaign.
-Activities to create physical  digital content for people to support the shelter and increase the population awareness about the street animals situation.


In this program, you'll be working in the shelter and in the School.

Dog Shelter:

The shelter is a few blocks from Experiencia Surf Camp, in La Punta neighborhood .

Experiencia Spanish School:

Our school is one block from the beach and located in the heart of Puerto Escondido.


  • Restaurant
  • Lecture area
  • Small library
  • Student dormitories
  • Kitchen
  • Relaxing areas


School .- Andador Revolución #21 Sector Libertad, en el Adoquín

Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers!

Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteer Work & Program

What is a volunteer project?

It is a project that corresponds to the new interests of the travelers, providing an opportunity to have a unique experience of contributing to a local community and environment while traveling.

How does it work?

If you want to become a volunteer in Puerto Escondido, send us a letter to inscribe to a certain program. We are going to contact the local organizations, such as Red de los Humedales, Huellitas de Acero, Centro Cultural del mercado Benito Juárez, kindergartens and others, and check the availability. After that, our coordinator will organize the program for you according to the goals that you wish to reach and problems that are to be solved.

Does it cost anything to become a volunteer? Are housing, food and transport included?

The localization and orientation service for the volunteers are done with no cost. However, it is necessary to make a donation to the projects and pay a certain fee for the coordination of the volunteers.
We have also created special packages for you to have a unique and complete experience, including: housing, surf classes, transportation, excursions, food and coordination.

What do I need to become a volunteer?

1. To be 18 years old.
2. Be responsible.
3. Select a project that you would like to participate in.
4. Decide how long you would like to participate.
5. Choose a package.
6. Send us an e-mail.
7. Come to Puerto Escondido!

Will I receive any volunteer certificate upon completion of the program?

Yes, upon completion all the volunteers receive a certificate issued by the organization where they worked.

When can I start my volunteer project?

Normally all the programs start on Monday. This is the reason we suggest all our volunteers to arrive to Puerto the weekend to start their project beginning of the next week.

How long do the projects last? Is there anything I can do as a volunteer for just a couple weeks?

Normally the volunteer projects last from 1 week to several months. For 1-2 weeks you can do social work with kids, teach English to primary school kids, work with iguanas or on a farm or coffee plantation.

Do I need any Spanish for volunteering?

Yes, you do need a minimum basic knowledge of Spanish (simple conversation). Therefore we recommend taking about 2 weeks of a Spanish course before starting the volunteer program.

How long do the projects last? Is there anything I can do as a volunteer for just a couple weeks?

Normally the volunteer projects last from 1 week to several months. For 1-2 weeks you can do social work with kids, teach English to primary school kids, work with iguanas or on a farm or coffee plantation.

What do I need to do to volunteer in a Orphanage?

To volunteer in an orphanage you need a minimum participation of 2 months, minimum age of 21, Spanish level: intermediate, be flexible, have initiative and send a short CV with a motivation letter via email before you commence the volunteer program.

Can I exchange volunteer work for housing or food?

If you get any material benefits for you volunteer work as food or housing, from that moment it may not be considered volunteer anymore, but may be considered work. If this is the case, please send us your CV and we will contact you of the vacancies available.

I’ll be visiting Puerto for a few days but I’m hoping I can find an opportunity to help?

For 2 weeks you can participate in the program of social work with kids, teaching English to primary school kids, working with iguanas or on a farm or coffee plantation.

Housing & Accommodation

What kind of accommodation does the school offer?

You can choose housing at the school residence (el Adoquín, downtown Puerto Escondido), or at our Surf Camp ("La Punta"), or at Mexican host families.

How many people live in one room? Can I have a private room?

The rooms have 2 beds, so normally 1-2 people stay in one room. Private rooms are available, let us know in the registration form.

Do you have Wi-Fi?

The School Residence and the Surf Camp have free Wi-Fi connection, both in the rooms and common areas.

Is it safe to stay in Puerto? What should I be aware of?

Puerto Escondido is one of the safest resorts in Mexico. Also, the school premises are video recorded 24/7, with night guards in both places. So, just use common sense and you are totally safe.

Can somebody pick me up from the airport?

Yes, we can meet you at the airport with the school transfer. Just let us know your arrival time and we will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall!

What is the check-in/check-out time?

Check-in is at 3pm, and check-out is at 12pm (in special occasions, check-in can be earlier, e.g. if the room wasn’t occupied before).

Are linen and towels provided?

Yes, linens, bath- and hand towels are provided and changed once a week.


  • Materials for your volunteer project.
  • Experiencia makes regular donations TO ALL Volunteer programs ( in money and in materials) , part of your money goes to the dog shelter program, part to turtles, part to reforestation, part to orphanage, part to kids schools and part to the hospital.
  • All the volunteer organizations have seasonal unique needs and problems, your money helps buying all this.
  • Promotion of the volunteer organizations.
  • Staff costs.
  • When you take and pay for a volunteer program, you are actually helping ALL OF THEM.