Single or couple required to help care for our 65 plus rescue cats. We are busy, so need someone who is motivated and has initiative to notice what needs doing and engage with the project. We can take helpers for a minimum of a month or more. But you should have animal care experience.
Syros is a different Greek island. Things happen here all year, so there's always plenty going on and although it's not so warm here in the winter, there are many mild and sunny days.
I try to have three or four volunteers at any one time, so the work is not too time-consuming or onerous and everyone can take some time off. Animal care is relentless - the cats want to be fed every day! I'm trying to be more savvy with social media, but we need to raise funds all the time, so if you have these skills it would be good.
I am British, a retiree from a lifetime in education and live in Syros; a small Greek island. I feed and care for a colony of around sixty five stray cats. The numbers of strays on the island is ever growing and they are seen as a pest by some locals. Consequently many of the cats have a hard time. To address the problem, I set up, a not for profit organisation to neuter, rescue and medicate strays. Many of the cats in the colony were abandoned kittens that we have hand-reared or victims of accidents. I grow lavender and make lavender products to raise money for food, medication and veterinary fees, which are sold to locals and visitors. So there's always plenty to do and we need some help!
You will be living in a traditional Greek village that does not have much foreign tourism and experience a rural way of life that is rapidly disappearing. The main town of Hermoupolis has a lot of cultural activities; museums, small art galleries, a cinema, theatre, shops and cafes as well as beautiful neo-classical buildings from a former affluent industrial age. There is nice walking on the island and good swimming locally during the summer months. If you wish you can learn some Greek - many of the older villagers do not speak English.
We care for around 65 cats and need help with the daily feeding, care and cleaning regime. There are lots of litter trays! Occasionally we have to trap cats and take them to the vet for neutering or medical treatment. If we can, we respond to emergency callouts. We also grow lavender and make lavender products, so if you have art or craft skills help would be appreciated. Sometimes we collect lavender from friends gardens, which has to be dried and processed. We also have collecting tins around the island, book shelves and organise occasional functions; bazaars, charity meals and a presence at local festivities. Help is usually a couple of hours in the morning and an hour in the evening. You can take a full day off each week and some evenings. You will have lots of free time. I am looking for self starters with initiative. Previous experience with cats would be a bonus. It's not a holiday but if you identify with this profile I'm sure like many previous workawayers who have left positive feedback and returned to us, you will enjoy your time here and have a meaningful experience of Greek island life and Animal rescue.
I live in a traditional Greek village house in a small village and on bus route (sparse buses in winter!) to main town in about twenty minutes. I am offering a small en-suite room with two single or a small double bed, sink, cooking rings, microwave, fridge, which is self-contained and adjacent to my house Also access to a sunny walled garden. Wi-Fi is available.. I usually provide breakfast and a couple of evening meals each week. But don't cook other meals on a regular basis. We get lots of gifts of local fruit, vegetables and eggs which I'm happy to share. I have a lot of visitors, but occasionally it may be possible to take families - with very pet-friendly children - who could stay in the main house. Likewise it might also be possible sometimes to take two friends who prefer separate bedrooms. The small house I'm offering is really only suitable for one, or very cosy for a couple! The village of Kini has about 300 year round inhabitants. The beach is about ten minutes walk and there is a mini market and a few tavernas and bars. Even in the winter something is usually open. If you stay in the main house with me I provide food but help with cooking and cleaning up is appreciated!
Task would suit volunteers who are animal lovers and would like to make a difference to animal welfare in Greece. Would suit anyone trained or about to train in veterinary science, veterinary nursing or animal husbandry and who are not afraid of handling feral cats - protective clothing provided! Volunteers will be meeting many people and help with the local vets, so people skills will be important too. Non-smokers preferred. Probably not suitable for under 25s - but you might be able to persuade me otherwise. It's a simple life on the island and would probably suit someone who likes to paint, draw, read or write in their spare time. As getting to know our cats takes time and sometimes patience, I would prefer volunteers who can come for at least a month.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 3 hours, 5 days a week