Come join our Sled Dog Stay and Play in Victoria, Australia

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  • Description

    Description

    Hey, we’re Jake and Kiri! We moved house at the end of last year and we have big plans for the new farm. We’re looking for motivated volunteers who can commit to a minimum of 2 weeks to come and get involved with caring for the dogs and keeping the farm looking nice and running smoothly. Help us put our plans into action!

    The farm consists of…55 Huskies, 3 Cattle dogs (our ‘Australian Huskies’), some sheep, some chickens, 6 ducks and a pony called Toby.

    Our pack is a mix of Siberians, Alaskans, a Malamute and 3 Healers who all love making new friends and getting up to no good! With around 85% of the dogs coming to us as rescues, they’ve finally found a place to call home, and what a home it is!

    Volunteering with us here, you’ll become fully immersed in the husky life and it won’t be long before they’ve won you over. But with a pack of this size, we need some helping hands around the farm to get all of the jobs done so that we can give each dog the care that they deserve.

    Aside from the set daily jobs like feeding the dogs, the work can vary from day to day, week to week and month to month, so there’s always something different to experience.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    What you can learn depends on how proactive and motivated you are!

    As well as learning how to take care of so many huskies, you might also get the chance to see how they train for the winter season, how we manage their coats in summer, why we feed the dogs what we do, about the equipment we use and what huskies really need to be happy! Away from the dogs, you can learn some practical building skills, landscaping, general maintenance skills…there are so many opportunities.

    Depending on the time of year that you come, you may be working with a group of people from around the world, so you’ll have plenty of time to talk and learn about each others cultures too.

    Just generally enjoying being in Australia, learning about the country and having fun!

  • Help

    Help

    The main priority is taking care of the dogs, therefore there are basic daily tasks that will need to be done regardless of the weather…feeding the dogs, cleaning their yards, making sure they all have enough water and filling in any holes that they’ve dug since the last time you checked (they do love to dig!).

    Once these are done, the jobs will vary depending on the time of year, however, the jobs can overlap and there’s always something important to do.

    During the Spring and Summer, you could be bathing and brushing the dogs when they change their coats, cleaning out their splash pools, interacting with visitors and keeping on top of the farm maintenance (fixing fences, gardening, keeping the grounds looking nice etc).

    During the Autumn, you might get involved with training the dogs, maintaining the equipment and helping to prepare for the Winter.

    The work is mostly outside work and can be very physical and dirty, so you need a good fitness level and lots of energy! You will also be required to handle raw meat when feeding the dogs.
    Experience working with animals isn’t necessary, you’ll learn all you need to whilst you’re here.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a fully, self-contained unit on the farm for volunteers to share, separate from the main house. It’s equipped with cooking facilities, a shower and a washing machine and has hot and cold running water. Volunteers will share a room on the top floor of the unit.

    Food is provided for you to cook for yourselves. It’s up to you if you cook for yourself or as a group.

    We’re not far from 90 Mile Beach and only 20 minutes away from Sale, Victoria. Our 75 acre is a great place to escape from the city with kangaroos, koalas and wombats on our doorstep. There are plenty of beaches around and in town there are restaurants, cafes, cinemas etc.

    Your own transport would be a bonus as it’ll allow you to get out and discover the area a lot more on your time off.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We suggest that you bring old clothes to work in as the dogs don’t understand the value of expensive clothing! You will get muddy, wet, sandy and covered in dog hair whilst you’re working, so please, take that into account. There are some clothes here left by previous volunteers that you may be able to borrow, but we can’t offer any guarantees on sizes or availability when we have a full house, so it’s best to bring your own.

    When working, we require you to wear long trousers and enclosed shoes for your own protection, a hat may also come in handy during the hotter days.

    Please be aware that the work does involve handling raw meat when feeding the dogs, so if you’re vegetarian, please make sure that you can handle this.

    We understand that everybody would love to spend their working hours solely with the dogs, however, this isn’t realistic as there are so many other important jobs that need to be done. When you’ve finished your day, you’re welcome to spend time with the dogs then (we can assure you that the dogs will love it too!).

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day - 5 days a week

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