Step off the world! Day to day running of small animal sanctuary, and help in hotel - in rural Essaouira, Morocco



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    We are a small, family-run retreat / boutique hotel on the coast, 45km north of Essaouira, with an ever-growing animal sanctuary in the grounds.

    We're searching for volunteers, ideally a couple, who would like to step off the world... and could possibly end up, should things work out, being long term helpers / potentially even staff, in our remote and beautiful little ´Bubble´, taking on board the day to day running of our small animal sanctuary, along with helping out in the hotel when necessary.

    The animals we have at the moment are a very manageable little ´family´, (four donkeys, a horse, four dogs, chickens, a cat, a camel...not forgetting the wild tortoises that roam the grounds!) but we hope to grow as we become more established.

    We have Moroccan staff who do their best in terms of mucking out etc, but we really need someone with good people skills, and initiative, to take on board the day to day running and organisation of the sanctuary. We get so frustrated because, sadly, for obvious financial reasons, the hotel has to be our priority, and we just wish there was more we could do for the animals!

    We have lots of plans for the future….including workshops for groups from abroad, organising fun projects with hotel guests and local village children to encourage awareness of animal welfare…..organising the adoption of dogs (official papers, transport etc) etc etc.... but as yet we haven't found the right person to take it on board!

    A love for animals and the outdoors is essential obviously, along with good people skills, common sense, a good knowledge of French, a driving licence, initiative, a can-do attitude, and a sense of humour! We don´t ask for much ;)

    There are all sorts of different ways things could evolve, and all sorts of possibilities, so this is just a very brief summary to give you a little idea of what we are about, and the sort of people we are looking for.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Charity Work

  • Languages spoken

    Arabic: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Characterful en-suite accommodation. Meals are provided. Living arrangements can evolve according to the volunteers!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are in a quiet, remote and peaceful location 50 km north on the coastline from the nearest town of Essaouira. Due to this and the limited number of vehicles we own, we usually only go to pick up supplies once or twice a week. However please be assured all your needs here will be met.

    Camel rides along the beach can be arranged, as well as trips to the nearest city of Essaouira where you can explore the souks or visit the fishing port.

    If you would like to know more about our work and volunteering with us, please get in touch.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Giving food and water to stray dogs in nearby fishing port.
Two rescued dogs, Chappy and Poppy, enjoing a friendly fight.
Building of the chicken coop by the stables.
Walking the dogs on the beach
View of the grounds as seen from the main building

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