Animal welfare charity needs helping hands on the beautiful island of Kos, Greece

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 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    We are looking for volunteers to join us at our animal sanctuary on Kos from May onwards. Could you help out as
    - a hands-on animals volunteer, or
    - vet nurse/ animal carer/ person experienced with animal care?

    We particularly need active support with the animals (detailed below under 'Help'). Interested? If you have a manual driving licence, good English and some experience of animal welfare, please get in touch! We speak German, English and French.

    Embedded in the wonderful countryside of the island of Kos lies our animal sanctuary, the mainstay of our charity work on this beautiful island. We are a small non-profit and non-governmental organization, established 15 years ago and primarily dedicated to the protection of animals. Our approach is to tackle problems at the root and act sustainably. We work in different areas, always with the aim of improving the conditions of animals (and humans) and creating long-term change. Our key areas include sterilisation programmes for stray animals, rescue of and care for injured/sick animals, education and law enforcement.

    To do all this as efficiently as possible, we rely on volunteers. The animals in our care need to be attended to several times a day, enclosures need to be cleaned, animals have to be taken to the vet and back, stray animals need to be caught, the facilities must be maintained, and so on. The work is very varied and by no means boring. 😉 In this field of activity you need a lot of flexibility and spontaneity, as emergencies often throw all plans out of the window, but the work is highly rewarding. Every animal deserves attention and help. And just as important to us as the animals are people and the planet. We are all one, and if we treat everyone with compassion and respect, we bring a lot of positive energy into this world.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers from all over the world meet at our animal sanctuary. Through the shared work, living together, and the frequently emotional situations, many close friendships have already been formed. We support each other, no matter what situation each one of us is in. And we all can learn from each other in the time we spend together – cooking, baking, maybe even music, dancing, singing? – all your talents will be highly appreciated. Due to the nature of our work, we often interact with local people too.

  • Help


    The general volunteer work entails:
    - Caring for animals on-site (feeding, shampooing, spending quality time with them, etc.)
    - Cleaning kennels/cattery
    - Cleaning chicken/goat/sheep sheds
    - Walking dogs
    - Painting and maintenance when needed
    - Gardening
    - Off-site jobs such as cat catching (together with an experienced supervisor)
    - Trips to and from the vet
    - Sharing cooking, baking, etc.
    - Cleaning the accommodation
    - Fundraising

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    All volunteers live on-site on our large premises. The downstairs flat in the main house is shared between all volunteers. The flat is spacious with a kitchen, modern bathroom, table and couch, and has a balcony with a picturesque view of the surrounding countryside and the sea. There are beds outside the main house, just 10 steps away, in a small bamboo lodges. There is also an outside shower for the adventurous. You get to enjoy the peace and quiet of our magical place, and the beautiful sunsets. There are several hammocks and chilling chairs for quiet times.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located in the countryside, a 20-minute walk from the village. However, we are off-site almost every day, which gives you ample opportunity to buy food etc. The beach is 10 minutes away by car or an hour’s walk. Whenever possible, we combine trips to save petrol, which means you can simply stop at the beach on your way back from off-site jobs and enjoy a siesta. There are plenty of attractions worth seeing on Kos, and we’ll be happy to tell you about all the secret places…..

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 277165565162

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