Hi everybody! We are a vegan farm animal sanctuary in Otaki, just over an hour drive from Wellington. Every day we care for over 200 animals (ponies, cows, goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks, cats, bunnies and more) who have been abandoned, injured or mistreated.
We are looking for people, either single or a couple, to come and join us for a minimum of a month. If you are the right fit there might be a more permanent place for you – some people choose to stay for a year or more.
Please only apply if you are vegetarian or vegan (you would be expected to eat vegan whilst at the sanctuary). We are hoping to find someone who shares our commitment to animals and the environment and who we can connect with ethically. Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer+ friendly is essential.
We have a lot of inquiries so a priority is always given to activists and people with passion around the environment, human rights, animal rights and other social concerns. We consider ourselves feminists and anarchists. If you are a cis male person please only apply if you share these values. On site women*️️️️️ are encouraged to learn new building skills etc.
To finance the Sanctuary, we run 3 op-shops. As part of your volunteering with us you would be asked to do 1-2 shifts in the op-shop per week.
Daily tasks are feeding the animals, projects and sometimes shifts in the op-shops in exchange for a room and meals. Running the sanctuary and the op shops is a lot of work especially when we take care of baby animals or sick animals who need intensive care all day around. We are between 5-10 people living up here, most are other volunteers. The day usually begins with morning feeds at 8am. The work up here can be quite physical but all skills can be learned on site.
Tasks include tree planting, gardening, animal shelter building, communal cooking, animal feeding, animal care, sometimes baking and cooking for market stalls as well as volunteering in our fundraising opshop Opportunity for animals.
We have a variety of accommodation including house trucks, caravans and a shared house all with wifi, heating etc. We provide food and depending on the season some food grows on site. You would be expected to help out with communal cooking for yourself and the other volunteers.
We would love to meet friendly, independent volunteers who aren't afraid to get muddy and learn new skills. Please understand that if we don’t answer emails right away, we’re probably busy looking after the animals and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Please include the dates you are interested in staying.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
A great opportunity to spend time with animals in a beautiful area. Nearby river walks and the Tararua Ranges for hiking. Fantastic swimming river plus 10 mins drive to the beach.
Tasks include tree planting, gardening, animal shelter building, communal cooking, animal feeding and animal care. Volunteering in our fundraising opshop is part of the project and is easy and fun!
A bedroom in the communal house, a sleepout, caravan or housetruck all with heating and internet
We have a spare car available for use.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
5 hours per day, 5 days a week