Learn about animals, permaculture and sustainable farm-living at this animal sanctuary near Mexico City, Mexico




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    Learn about animals, permaculture and eco living at this animal sanctuary, a lovely hilltop retreat in the countryside, near lively city of Mexico.

    About Me

    Hi everybody. Thanks for reading my profile. My name is Ryan. I am a plant-based activist. I Love animals. Trying to live as simply and peacefully as I can. My eco-project is a small no-cage no-kill animal sanctuary. I live off the grid in a sustainable way in a little farm outside city of Mexico.

    Sinplicity is the beauty of life.🌱

    For more info follow our project on ig @animal.shepherd

    I founded and run an animal sanctuary where I rescue and rehab abused Animals. Today more than 100 abused and neglected animals rescued from the streets call me home. Living life in total freedom 💚

    I have always felt at ease and connected to animals. I knew it early, found my calling when I was a kid. Fighting for the animals is my life’s mission. Animals keep me grounded and happy. There is so much cruelty, abuse and abandonment going on, It’s heart-breaking and I decided to do something about it, not just words or excuses....I am a “take action” type of person. So I founded and run an animal Shelter where animals live free and happy. There are no cages.

    Come and help me care for the animals I rescue from the streets.
    Animals are amazing. It is a lot of work, but definitely a rewarding way of living, It is their planet too, we have to learn to co-exist with nature and the wildlife.

    What I need from you

    I need volunteers who are animal lovers (both cats and dogs) and are comfortable with basic outdoor and farm work. Vegetarian/ vegan is preferred.

    I am looking for physically strong people that wants to roll up sleeves and get dirty, people who enjoy being outside and do things with their hands and love contact with nature. Looking for people that have experience in outdoor work, gardening, organic farming and carpentry or other DIY projects. Previous experience in a shelter or farm is a plus. and this is because this work is very hard, and physically challenging - thank you for your understanding

    IMPORTANT: This is a basic workaway stay; one of the current objectives is to make the place more liveable so we can accept future volunteers and even create a teaching space. But at the moment it is rough and ready. The house is not always the cleanest due to the amount of work there is to do and some of the cats and dogs have free reign of the house in the evening.

    You will need to keep an open-mind, be resilient and be respectful of the animals and the current circumstances of the project where animals and humans are sharing indoor and outdoor spaces. You room can be off limits to the animals if you desire.

    If you come the only requirement is a digital copy of your passport.

    For all applications we have these screening questions. Please explain If you are comfortable with:

    - A simple, minimalistic lifestyle ?
    - Being out of your comfort zone?
    - Doing outdoor chores?
    - Basic accommodation – a simple mattress in your room and good WIFI?
    - Chilling in the house in the evenings with the cats and dogs?
    - Sharing a table with cats as we all eat dinner?
    - Are you okay with farm noises and dogs barking at night?
    - Able to wake up early (6.30am M-F) and be punctual when arriving at the project?
    - Tasks require hard physical effort. Are you ok with that?
    - Are you either vegan or vegetarian? Cause is the preferred option at the farm.
    - Are you aware you are responsible for your own food expenses? We are a small project we cannot afford to give free food.
    - Do you have previous experience with outdoor tasks or working in a farm or shelter?
    - Are you aware we expect volunteers to stay inside the premises of the farm as long as possible just going out to buy food or important issues. This is to avoid risk of covid19 and for safety and security reasons. This is a basic farmstay. We expect volunteers to enjoy life inside the farm. For longest periods volunteers can go to the city every 2 weeks. Are you okay with that ?

    If you are okay with all of that we will get along just great and the project will be a good fit for you.

    IMPORTANT: When submitting your application of interest to me please send your Whatsapp number and your Instagram account so we can organise a video chat to discuss the next steps. I reply to all applications within 48 hours where a whatsapp number is included.

    I am asking for no more than 15 hours help a week (3 hours, 5 days).

    About the Area

    Volunteer near gorgeous woodland walks and enjoy the company of dogs, cats; & squirrels rescued from the streets.

    The super-chilled site is surrounded by woodland where you can catch a glimpse of squirrels, sparrow hawks and glow-worms. You can always stroll down to the town nearby or explore the rather lively city of México. At night you have spectacular glowing views of the landscape around.. Watch wildlife that isn’t a fox or pigeon.

    It’s advisable not to leave the property after 6pm due to security and safety issues. Volunteers can visit the city one weekend and then on the next explore the natural park areas and natures round the farm.

    The property is a 10 acre farm +/- 40.000 m2.

    About the work with animals at the farm

    I currently need help in 7 projects that I do:

    1. Housekeeping/ cleaning The Farm - daily basis
    2. Making compost - daily basis
    3. Animal feeding and cleaning - daily basis .
    4. Bio-construction & Farm Renovation- . Looking for carpenters and people with bio-construction skills (bamboo, wood, palm trees etc)
    5.. Gardening and forestry - all year round.
    6. There are also openings for those who are interested in managing our social media channels and creating videos. Also we have opportunities to decorate with graffiti, murals and paints
    7. Yoga retreat. We also have openings for yoga instructors to use our farm as a yoga retreat. We can run outdoor/indoor yoga workshops. If you have skills please get in touch.

    The working day starts at 6:30am to 9:30am. I expect volunteers to rise at 6am ready for work at 6:30.

    I am really grateful to you for reading my profile page. I am accepting volunteers from the ages of 18 and older. I can accept also couples, usually I have one or two volunteers at a time. Thank you so much.

    Winter is very cold - summer is very rainy and hot, think twice before you write to me :)

    I also want to mention that there are squirrels in the farm. They are harmless, but they are big!!


    - Indoor bathroom with shower and brand-new flushing toilet
    - spectacular panoramic views of the landscape around the farm)
    - Simple private room included which has a mattress, good WIFI and electricity.
    - Basic outdoor compost toilet (100% eco-friendly) and nice outdoor shower.
    - Well water for drinking and washing hands.
    - Camping is available (tents and hammocks included), farm lodging

    Food is not included. Volunteers are responsible for their own food expenses. They can cook and use the kitchen and common areas.

    The site is surrounded by stonewall; surveillance cameras and trained dogs.


    We are a small non profit funded through donations and personal savings. Pandemic has made survival very hard for charity/ NGO projects like us. For this reason we require a small donation of 5 USD per day, per person.

    We kindly ask volunteers to pay just one week's fee in advance at the beginning of every week.

    The fee must be paid directly to the person in charge of purchasing food for our charity/NGO.

    Thanks for your cooperation 🙌🏻


    Please read well my profile before writing: this is no free vacation in Cancun beach, this is hard work and helping animals in pure contact with nature.
    Not for the faint-hearted.
    Travel with a purpose. This project is all about helping animals. Please put your needs and your comfort behind for starters, won’t hurt, it is called unconditional love. Compassion and altruism should move the world and not materialism and selfishness. The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all injustice. Animal lives matter too.

    I am an outdoor person. Love being out in the fresh air...waking my dogs or just going for a nice long Sunday trek somewhere.

    Also, i need Ito add that I have lots of animals....so you MUST love animals....if you are not a TRUE animal lover ....then definitely my project is not the one for you.

    All I am asking from you is to keep an open attitude and try to learn from this lifestyle. Be prepared to be out-f-your-comfort-zone. I live a simple life. A farmer life, an off-grid life. I put others before self. It is natural. Animals and the planet always come first. There is life outside the system :)

    Don’t forget: Altruism is always more important than tourism. Give back to others and helping is the meaning of life. Travel to make a difference!!!
    Thank you so much.
    Stay safe!! 💚

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn first hand experience with animal rescue, eco living and sustainable life in a farm.

  • Help


    Volunteers who want hands on experience caring for animals in an organic landscape. I accept people all over the world with a taste for permaculture, bio-construction, veganism and eco living in a sustainable farm.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    Italian: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    Open to sharing languages and cultural exchange

  • Accommodation


    Private room included
    Basic bathroom available (shared)
    We have both a flushing toilet and indoor shower plus a composting toilet 100% eco-friendly and outdoor shower. For those of you who are really nature lovers you have the possibility of camping in the property. Tents and hammocks are included as well, farm lodging.

    Food is not included. Volunteers are responsible for their own food expenses. They can cook and use the kitchen and common areas.

    I am asking for no more than 15 hours help a week (3 hours, 5 days).

    Thank you so much.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Help only 3 hours/ day and the rest of your time enjoy the peaceful life at the farm. For those of you who want to go to the lively city of Mexico, we can plan a visit one weekend. There is Public transportation available to get near the farm and then we can arrange a pick up service. City buses are coming and going every 20 minutes. Near the farm there are natural park areas and on sundays nearby there is a local market (veggies and farm food).

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Yes. The farm have good broadband connection 247.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Can host vans and campers almost of any size as there is plenty of parking space outside the farm.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Pets are allowed as long as they are 100 % cat-friendly.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    15 hours/week- no food

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