Help at a vegan animal sanctuary in Palmela, Portugal

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  • Last activity: 7 Dec 2023



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description



    Hi everyone,
    We are a couple of animal rights activists running a vegan activist non-profit NGO in Portugal.
    As part of our organization's work we are now building an animal rehabilitation centre where we have our multispecies family, and where we accommodate animals that we rescue from abuse, abandonment or death temporarily until we find them suitable homes where they can live forever safe and loved. We have now over 100 animals, a lot of pigs, chickens, ducks, sheep, horses, goats, rabbits, 3 cats and 3 dogs😊

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If you truly love animals and see them as equals it will be an amazing experience to be able to care for them and learn how wonderful individuals they all are.

  • Help


    We are looking to have between 4 to 8 volunteers at a time to help us 5 hours daily, 5 days a week with animal care and tasks related to construction work, general maintenance of the spaces and our food garden. Important to underline that we are an animal sanctuary, we take care of living beings, not things, so it won’t be like going to a hostel where you clean a room and you’re done with the task. Doing volunteering here is a live in experience and if you are present and someone needs helps you can’t ignore just because it’s past your “working hours”. Only people that truly care deeply about animals should come to us.

    We are looking for volunteers that would be responsible for helping out with animal care - there is a lot of small things to take in and we prefer that the animals also have time to relate to the person caring for them daily so 1 month time is the minimum 🙏


    PLEASE, please, please do not even write us if you are expecting to come to a petting zoo, we area an animal rescue organisation not a holiday campsite 🙏🏻
    The work is physical, you will need to learn a lot of small details to do the daily animal care routine, and of course, it's a farm, so you will get dirty, and clean a lot of poop everyday.
    In order for you to be happy here you will need to be a practical person that doesn't get tired very quickly and is ready to put an extra effort into helping animals.
    As a non-profit that runs itself of donations from kind people, we really can only host people that can commit to the project truly and fully for a minimum of one month.
    Many people comit to us and then leave us after two days because they didn't realise that working with animals in a farm requires responsability, dedication and a selfless spirit. Farm life is not for everyone, volunteering with us is an amazing experience but only if you truly love animals and understand fully the amount of daily work involved in caring for them. Farms are not apartments in cities where everything is sterilised, sometimes there are fleas that we have to deal with and take care of. Sometimes it rains and everything gets muddy, you will get dirty, you will be in contact with life in its rawest form. If you are ready for all of this, please get in touch with us, if there are any doubts in you, please, we beg you, do not, we have been lied to by too many workawayers. We are tired of having people leaving the project without support after commiting to the project only because they thought they were coming to a petting zoo holiday ground.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    For sleeping we have two tiny houses and a big tent/tiny house with three rooms and leisure area, and a campeavam which is the volunteers kitchen where they have their breakfast and dinner. Lunchs is always together in a communal shared area.
    We offer all the food for all the meals.
    We have a normal hot shower and a compost toilet. We will give preference to people that already follow a vegan lifestyle as we won't allow any non-vegan products to enter the sanctuary or be consumed within the property and we don't wish people to suffer for being here.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Working with animals requires love, compassion and dedication. We wish that people applying to come support the project realise that the time they will be asked to help out is an important time to truly be present with the animals and give them the care and help they need, being with feeding, maintenance, cleaning, etc.
    We need support from people that really want to help animals and are ready to give them the time and love they need 😊

    On another note, we are very close to lisbon, 30 minutes on the train, and not very far from beaches if you have your own transport.

    It will be an experience of a lifetime if you enjoy learning more about animals, selfless service, compassion and activism. We breathe and live animal rights Activism here 😊❤

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have space to accomodate campervans, but the electricity usage is limited.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We can accept dogs, but only if they are used to being around birds, sheep, and other animals in a peaceful way, without chasing them, otherwise the ones we protect will not feel safe in their own home.

  • 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: 619748631243

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