The hostel (cat hostel now) is owned by Karin (Belgium) who has lived in Las Galeras for almost 20 years. She has 10 horses and does customized educational horse trips for small groups. The hostel is a big house with dorm rooms and two private rooms, the owner lives on the second floor. The hostel can be very busy in winter and Karin is seeking a lover of nature to help her with the hostel, garden, animals, maintenance and some times with the horses.
The hostel works in order to maintain a lot of rescued animals 40 heads in total. 10 horses, 2 dogs, 3 chickens and 25 cats which are all steriel and in good health now.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
You can learn a lot about animals, life in the D.R., tourisme, nature and yourself.
This is suitable for someone who loves nature and animals and doesn't mind to help wherever help is needed.
The last years a lot of cats have been rescued and adopted so imported is that you love cats and willing to help me with taking care of the cats and 2 dogs. A little of experience with horses would be nice.
FOR NOW (summer 2019)
I am finishing a "Cat-shelter / Cat-house". There is still a lot of work to do cleaning up around the cat-house and make a garden in the different cat areas. Also doing some gardening around the main house and keeping the hostel clean every day as with so many animals it is important that the place is always clean. Possible also some work to do with the horses.
Important is that you need to like animals a lot or you will not be comfortable here.
Dutch, English, Spanish, German, French
You can have a room if available otherwise a bed in the dorm. Host is not a cook, the person can use the shared kitchen/living space in the hostel.
Las Galeras is a small tourist/fishing village and the dominant culture is still Dominican. There are many beautiful hidden beaches in the area as well as good hiking/horse trails. the hostel is 3 miles from Las Galeras situated in the countryside next to the Cabo Samaná park. Humpback whale watching season is mid Jan to mid March and many come to this area just to see the whales. Transportation is easy and inexpensive, motor-taxis and local buses for the short distances and the national bigger tourbus companies for longer distance.
What to do here, swimming, snorkeling, diving, hiking, horse riding, walk the dogs, photograph nature, in town dancing merengue and bachata.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
No more than 3-5 hours, 5 days a week