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We are an officially registered association dedicated to rescuing street dogs that are sick, hurt, or abandoned. We have a dog shelter in Huanchaquito where we take care of the rescued dogs until we find them a home. We have over 50 dogs to care for. Finding homes is really hard in Peru, so we try to give them the best life they can have in the shelter, and that's why we need volunteers!
We are 100% dependent on the help of volunteers and donations.
The asociation is runned by Marjolein (The Netherlands). Volunteering with us will give you an amazing and very rewarding experience. Every morning volunteers go to the dogshelter (7 min bus) where they take care of the dogs, play with them, walk them, feed them and clean the terrain. We are improving the shelter whenever we have the funds. So handy volunteers are also more then welcome. If you have veterinarian experience that also comes in handy. You can help with administering medication etc.
Around 1.30 pm we go back to Huanchaco.
At times you can see the veterinarian in action and your help with fundraising activities is will be very much appreciated.
if you are not stuck to a travel schedule and have plenty of time and are interested in taking on more responsibility and getting proper work experience working with dogs, stay long term. The longer you stay the more responsibility you will be given to take care of the shelter.
We also have a need for volunteers with veterinarian experience to help us take care of our dogs who often need medical care. besides this, we might be able to set you up with one of the vets and help him out in his practice. This would be in the hours outside of the shelter.
Volunteers will have plenty of time to enjoy beautiful Huanchaco, go out and go surfing!
We ask for a minimum commitment of 3 weeks. the reason is that every volunteer needs to be taught, things explained, and be guided. any shorter than this is for us not feasible.
To be qualified as a volunteer, you must be minimally 18 years old (or have an adult chaperone you), be a real animal lover, feel committed to the cause, and feel comfortable around dogs.
This workaway is not the right job for travelers who are just looking for any job to extend their traveling.
DIY and building projects
Helping in a dogshelter is very rewarding. The dogs need people around them and you will soon fall in love with many of them. You will learn how life for dogs is in peru and how things here are so different.
A shelter in Peru is a lot different from animal shelters in developed countries where they often are put in cages. With us the dogs live together. We have to do with a minimum of facilities but if you love dogs you will find it only so much more rewarding to see how your presence is making such a difference.
you get to know the local vet and see him in action. if interested and with the right experience you can even help out in the animal hospital.
At the dog shelter:
- help in the dog shelter in the mornings: changing the water, cleaning, feeding, walking dogs, socializing with the dogs, maintenance
- if qualified and interested see the veterinarian in action
- help with fundraising activities
We have available a very nice and confortable volunteer appartment in the center of Huanchaco where 7 volunteers can stay. there are 3 rooms with 7 beds in total. There is hot water, electricity and wifi. its located about 100 meters from the beach.
Huanchaco is a beautifull surftown. In your free time you can take surflessons or go surfing. If you would like to improve your spanish there are some good spanish teachers here.
If you like to go out in the weekends there are some nice bars. If you like to go to the city Trujillo is just a 20 minute busride from here. And besides all of this there are some beautifull archeology sites to be visited. But be carefull because Huanchaco is known as a place where travellers tend to stay longer then planned:-)!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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