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Help at our non-profit, creating a better life for the street cats of Dahab, Egypt

  • Egypt
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  • Last activity: 03/02/2023



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


    The aim of our non-profit is to have a healthy and well cared-for population of cats. Our prime function is to neuter and spay the street cats and control the many hundreds of colonies throughout Dahab. We work daily with our local vets to achieve our aims and whenever possible invite vets to come and help us with neutering programmes.

    We also offer help and advice, provide care in our 2 small home based sanctuaries for very vulnerable cats and kittens, find adopters and prepare the cats for travel and work with our vets to treat injuries and illnesses.

    Our work is entirely funded by donations and every penny raised goes to help the thousands of cats here. We keep our overheads low and run regular fundraising events.

    We have a wonderful team of supporters and vets who work tirelessly to help us create a better life for the cats of Dahab

    We have a preference for volunteers who would like to stay at least 2 months.

    We would love vets and trainee vets to come and work with us and would consider shorter periods of time for the volunteering.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • 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

    Dahab is a vibrant multi cultural town where Bedouins, ex-pats, Egyptians, dogs, cats and goats live side by side. There is a diversity of religions, predominantly Muslim.

    You can learn new languages and skills, get to know the locals and explore a very different kind of world.

    You can learn to meditate and attend yoga classes overlooking the sea, learn about the coral, fish and creatures in the Red Sea. There are many groups that you can join to develop skills and gain experiences, wadi walking, climbing and star watching. Beach clean ups are a regular feature

    There are lots of opportunities to also get involved in eco projects and language exchange.

  • Help


    We run weekly TNR programmes where you will be required to help to catch cats, manage the catching teams, organising and ensuring the smooth running working closely with our TNR vets

    We are completely reliant upon donations and we run fundraising events online and within Dahab. You would be required to come up with fresh ideas, help run and manage events and post on social media to encourage donations. Marketing or media experience would be great but not essential

    We have resident cats in the cat house and you will be required to look after the cats, cuddle, feed and medicate etc

    We often have aftercare, injured and sick cats in our hospital room and you would be required to assist with their treatment and recovery. You do not need to have experience in this but a willingness to learn is essential

    We adopt and Foster cats out within the community, Egypt and abroad. You will be required to assist in this process and post on social media about the cats we have for adoption.

    Keeping the cat house clean and tidy is a requirement as is cleaning the areas used by the cats.

    Liaising with the community is vital to our work so good communication skills are essential

    You will be working and living with other volunteers in a 3 bedroomed house, and working with an external team of supporters. You should be used to sharing a home and have good team working skills. You may have to share a bedroom

    Below is our job description but please note that you are not expected to do all of it or have the skills to do it all. We give training and lots of support.

    Job description
    1. Cat care, feeding, watering cleaning, medication
    2. Vet visits and after care
    3. Updating records for all cats
    4. Catching cats and releasing
    5. Managing and assisting TNR
    6. Manning the cat phone line, recording information and following up
    7. Cleaning communal areas
    8. Cleaning TNR and recovery room and garden, fridge and laundry room
    9. Keeping own personal space clean and tidy
    10. Cat Laundry
    11. Taking photos and videos
    12. Identifying cats in the community for medical treatment and neutering
    13. Management of specific cats
    14. Updating databases
    15. Conducting handovers and writing updates
    16. Fundraising
    17. Special projects
    18. Community liaison and assistance
    19. Updating sponsors
    20. Community interaction
    21. Identifying opportunities
    22. Be part of social media groups and interact with the community
    23. Raising awareness in the community about our place
    24. Weekly update in writing
    25. Attend weekly meeting and fortnightly 121
    26. Internet Research
    27. Posting on social media

  • Languages spoken

    Arabic: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a 3 bedroomed one level bedouin house with an enclosed garden. It can be described as rustic with upcycled furniture. There is a shared bathroom, open plan living area. There is also a TNR room and a small hospital room

    There is plenty of cooking equipment and buying food and preparing meals is easy. But meals out are not expensive and there is plenty of take away and delivery options

    The house is in a bedouin area, with goats roaming the streets, very close to shops and just 15 minutes walk to the sea. Taxis are very cheap, but there are bikes and everything in Dahab is within walking distance

    The town is bohemian and rustic. Its a holiday destination predominantly for city based Egyptians and foreign tourists who come to dive. It can be busy and vibrant but there are always quiet places to be found.

    A few words about Covid-19
    Dahab is fully open although there are occasional closures of beaches especially during religious festivals. People rarely wear masks, there is a vaccination programme and many are taking part. But you are responsible here for your own wellbeing and safety

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Diving, snorkeling, wadi and desert walking, climbing, swimming and exploring are some of the activities in the town and windsurfing, kite boarding, canoeing are very popular due the winds that are generally blowing.

    This is the home of the famous Blue Hole, wonderful coral and many different fish

    For foodies there is a huge variety from all different countries and suiting all different tastes. Vegetarian and vegan choices are readily available and an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables and fish come regularly from Suez

    A huge choice of Yoga classes, meditation and spiritual activities are available every day, trips into the desert, sleeping under the stars, quad biking and horse riding.

    Plus of course you can swim, sunbathe and relax in sea side restaurants and cafes or take a trip on a boat and snorkel or dive in different areas with an on board lunch

    Sharm El Sheikh, St Catherines, Nuweiba and Cairo are a bus drive away and by air from Sharm Cairo is only 1 hour.

  • 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

    Many of our volunteers have combined working as a digital nomad whilst volunteering for us. We have good WiFi and quiet places to work from

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 days a week on a shift pattern covering the times between 8am - 10pm. 4 hours per shift

Host ref number: 553988974644

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