Join our vegan sanctuary in Campoalegre-Huila, Colombia to help dogs and cats in need

  • Colombia
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  • Last activity: 07/02/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Please read our profile fully before applying.

    Our non-profit organization is dedicated to the care and protection of the many canines and felines that are victims of neglect, abuse and abandonment.

    When we welcome unwanted animals through our gates our main aim is to restore their health, both mental and physical, so that they can be rehomed with owners capable of giving them the love and attention they deserve.

    In order to look after our furry friends, we make sure they have been medicated, have a balanced diet of natural, homemade food, which is prepared by the workers at the foundation and to sterilise them, because we know how sterilizations will affect the well-being of this and the coming generations of the strays.

    we also use a range of plant-based medicines for ailments where veterinary prescribed drugs are not necessary.
    We try to produce our own everyday items such as soaps and shampoos using natural materials and to be as self-sufficient and environmentally friendly as possible. Also we go to the local markets once a week to safe the food, which was meant to be thrown away (but is still perfectly edible for the animals and us). 

    We are a team of 5 humans (+ usually 3 volunteers) and we are all dedicated animals lovers, who are willing to share our knowledge with everyone, who’s interested. Your Spanish will probably increase very fast since most of the team only speaks a little bit of English. But a translating app can also be useful for the start. ;)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance
    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

    Campoalegre is a typical village in Colombia, where you can learn about the country life of the province of Huila, capital of rice, where you can visit rivers, mountains, observe flora and fauna, eat typical dishes, visit other nearby villages and make friends with the friendly people who live nearby.

  • Help



    06:00 - 07:30: Feed cats & dogs + cleaning common areas
    07.30 - 08:30: Breakfast
    08:30 - 12:00: Nursing tasks(treatment of wounds, etc)+ cleaning cats & dogs dormitories
    12:00 - 13:00: Lunch
    14:00 - 15:00: Feed cats & dogs
    15:30 - 16:00: Prepare cats & dogs for sleeping time
    After 16:00: FREE TIME!

    Sometimes work is necessary after 4pm, as with so many animals the unexpected can always occur. There may be puppies, kittens or animals in bad condition to take care of, as well as the possibility of unwanted cats or dogs being abandoned at our door at any hour.
    Although the days can be long, the love you receive back from our four-legged friends will make it all worth it.

    we are looking for all kind of help, but there are some skills we urgently need:
    - people with construction experience
    - veterinarians or trainee veterinarians
    - someone to manage our SOCIAL MEDIA account (make posts or stories)

    some daily tasks will be:
    * Sweep the yard
    * Remove the leaves + dog poop
    * Water the garden of the sanctuary
    * Clean the cats and dogs’ dormitories
    * Take the dogs for a walk
    * Play with or pet the animals
    * Help with taking the animals to the veterinary
    * Help to feed cats and dogs (this happens 2 or 3 times per day)
    * Help with grocery shopping
    * One of the principal tasks will be to manage our Instagram account (make posts or stories)

    Right now (January2023) we are the home to more than 90 animals (80% are dogs). Since unfortunalty old or weak animals sometimes die or new ones get abandoned or dropped over our fence the number of animals always changes, so there is lots to be done. We want people, who are thinking of joining us to know, that working with animals can be very physically and mentally challenging work.
    But we are a strong team, which will never leave you alone and you will learn a lot about animal care.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Italian: Intermediate
    English: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation



    - Accommodation
- VEGAN food (3 times a day)

    -DORMITORIES: fairly basic but comfortable rooms in a traditional maloca house. 
The rooms are simple, with a bed to rest your head (in the rooftop room just mattresses), and enough room for all of your belongings.
    The dorms are shared with some of the dogs (around 2-4 dogs) and up to 3 volunteers + 1 single rooftop-room

    Apart from some of the meat used to feed the animals, we are a strictly meat free sanctuary. We do not expect everybody, who joins our team to be vegan, but for the time you will spent at the sanctuary we kindly ask to not consume any products from animals whatsoever - In respect for the animals and our founders.
    Nutritious Vegan food and natural juices are provided at the shelter for all volunteers.
    Also there will always be a warm hot chocolate in the evening, made from scratch with locally grown cacao, waiting for you at the end of the day.

    Currently we do ask that volunteers donate 15,000 pesos a day, which is just under 3 Euros/Pounds, or just over 3 USD depending on what currency you are using. It pains us greatly to ask this, however, the pandemic has hit us particularly hard and with the ever-growing costs of animal food/medication, we need all of the help we can get.

    This has become the home of many beings also of a lot of happy former volunteers who joined our international team or return to the foundation!
    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    How to get there: Bogotà → Neiva (Huila) → Campoalegre (market/plaza de mercado in Campoalegre or to the “Terminalito”) → then take a taxi to our address (3 Casitas, Palmar bajo). The cab costs are not more than 3 €.

    Arrival time: from 6 am-4 pm (after 4pm it is not possible to receive you, so please plan to arrive in our working hours 😊)
    The closest big city is Neiva ( 30')

    It is important to bring EAR PLUGS (dogs could give you really noisy nights)

    In the interest of the animals' welfare and that of the others working at the sanctuary, we ask that volunteers spend a minimum of 2 weeks here.

  • 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 possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    your furry friend needs to be socialized and friendly towards the animals which live at the foundation. But it is possible and former volunteers brought their dogs along with them as well, which worked well!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Flexible... we are working with animals (max 25 hours a week)

Host ref number: 213444365874

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