Animal Sanctuary Volunteer near Tagahzout, Morocco




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  • Description


    I am the coordinator for a volunteer organisation for animals.

    Our organisation rescues and re-homes animals from the areas Anza through to Taghazout. We run sterilisation and vaccination programs while responding to all emergency call outs, mostly due to road traffic accidents and fatal virus's.

    We are based in Assersif, 3.7kms from Aourir beach. About an hours walk (35/40mins at pace).

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are a new, volunteer organisation in the process of official registration.
    You will experience the hardships of the animals of the area.
    You would be welcomed to come and assist in any emergency call outs and come along to collect animals in the sterilisation and vaccination program.

    The area of Assersif is a genuine berber village with no frills. The closest town with shops is Aourir.

    Assersif a beautiful, tranquil village only a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Taghazout, Morocco's most famous surf village.

  • Help


    We need help to walk, train, feed and clean up after the animals.
    Some animals have just come in off the street and need one to one training.
    Some need physio, some need medicating, some just need attention and love.

    The daily routine includes, walking, cleaning. medicating and feeding the animals.

    As there are many dogs to walk (depending on the number of workaways) you might need to go out on two rounds of 45 minutes/1hr each, both in the morning and the evening.
    Comfortable, practical shoes are helpful as the walk is in the mountains. It's rocky.
    Its a good 45 hike with a resting point in the middle with views to the ocean or village.

    Shifts are split morning/afternoon.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️TRAVEL COMPANIONS/FLIGHT VOLUNTEERS*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️
    We routinely send animals all over the world for adoptions. We are on the look out for people flying from Casablanca to Montreal, who already have a ticket and would happily escort animals to their new home. There is no cost to you. We cover everything for the animal. A volunteer meets you at the airport with the animal and then the same when you land to collect them. We struggle to find flight volunteers travelling this route so if you know of anyone please put us in touch.

    As our project unfolds we will have a lot of work for builders.

    We have dog kennels, a decking, isolation rooms, tiling planned over the first few months of next year.

    We also will be opening a cafe where we would like to make all the furniture ourselves from salvaged wood.

    If youve had experience in these trades please apply.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    The volunteers live in their own house, with kitchen and bathroom.
    Area is shared. Beds are bunks.

    Your own bed and towel.

    We're a mainly non dairy or meat eating household but are not precious about it.
    You can buy your own meat and dairy if you want it. The fridge is full of fruit and veggies and all staples - eggs, flour, spaghetti, oils and condiments etc.

    Our water is drinkable but at your own risk. We dont use a filter. You can purchase your own water if you want. Water is precious in Morocco and we ask that you use it sparingly.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Assersif is a tiny village 3.7 kms up the road from Aourir and 8 km from Taghazout the famous surf village.

    We have 1 tiny local shop that has bread, milk and some basics.

    There are loads of Surf Camps offering daily packages if you are interested to learn or there are rental shops if you know what you're doing.

    A large farmers market (on Wednesdays) is very close by in Aourir.
    Access to Agadir is easy via taxi (collective 7dh) or bus (5.5dh) from the main road.

    Taghazout is 5 mins by bus or taxi. There lots of restaurants and cafes and from the access to lots of the bigger surf breaks up north.

    (In case you're wondering) Alcohol can be purchased in many places in Agadir

    You must be a calm and patient person/people comfortable in being a leader to the animals.
    I am often out of the house for work so sometimes you might be alone with the animals.

    The walks are often with a mixture of strong dogs and easy so you being able to control the pack is important.

    If you havent had animals as pets before or are slightly afraid of any type of animal then this position isn't for you.

    POO*️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️ We clean up poo, dog poo, cat poo. Poo all day, every day. There is always poo. Just one job, for 40mins max will be to pick up poo. If youre sensitive about poo, dont apply. This is by far the worst part of the just. But now you know. POO. Poo. Poo.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️Morocco is NOT a rabies controlled country. Please check with your GP/Doctor about any vaccinations/boosters needed to travel here.

    *️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️ We have a number of dogs with leishmaniasis which is a contagious disease for both animals and humans. The dogs are under treatment to kill parasite and wear protective collars to deter the sand fly that transfers the disease. Please take some time to read up on leishmaniasis so you are aware of the risks.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day

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