We need help with our cat shelter in Tan An, Vietnam



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 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

  • Description


    We are an NGO based in Hoi An, central Vietnam, and an extremely busy cat shelter which has found itself over capacity in recent months due to the floods and annual wet season. We work continuously to improve the welfare of cats here in Hoi An and strive to increase the compassion towards animals, as well as educate the local community on the importance of desexing and immunising pets. Over a year ago, we opened up our home as a Cat Cafe which has proven to be successful and is becoming an increasingly popular visitor attraction for tourists. The sole purpose of our cafe is to raise funds for the cats, in order to feed and maintain a secure lifestyle for them.

    Hoi An is UNESCO World Heritage site and a beautiful place to spend a month or two, as it is perfect to escape the hustle and bustle of the other cities in Vietnam. It is also well known for it's beaches and historic Old Town.

    In addition to our 3 workaway placements, we generally require four volunteers at a time.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work

  • 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

    Hoi An is the perfect location for anyone. You have a beautiful beach, romantic old town and lots to see during the day. It is fairly quiet, and not for those wanting to party every night….although a party can usually be found at the weekend. It is perfect for hiring a bicycle and scooter and exploring the local areas - from the beach, to the Old Town to the rice paddies and smaller local islands.

    Hoi An is also a food heaven for vegans and vegetarians, as there are a number of restaurants which cater well towards this diet.

  • Help



    We are continuously in search of animal lovers to help us out with our various tasks throughout the day. At the start and end of your working day, you will be involved in the cleaning of the shelter/house to prepare for the opening of the cafe.

    Tasks daily include:
    Cleaning out the kitten cages
    Cleaning the house - sweeping / mopping
    Cleaning the customer bathroom
    Sweeping leaves in the garden
    Clearing the cat litters and toilets
    Working in the kitchen during cafe hours
    Serving customers and assisting with the general cafe duties

    Most of the work will require you to help with the efficient running of the cafe, so we welcome anyone who has had experience working in cafes/restaurants. Our food menu is vegan, so we are always interested in discovering new recipes. However, we do also require people with good DIY skills as we often have small jobs on the grounds which need tending to. This could range from fixing fences to painting walls.

    We don't receive any government funds or support, we rely on feeding the cats and sheltering all the animals from kind donations and our own private jobs alone. Your help running the shelter and business will make a huge difference to the cats and future rescues.

    We require 3 weeks minimum stay with us. When volunteering with us, you will receive lunch and beverages.


    We are in need of a Workawayer to help us run the kitchen for 3 months or longer. We serve vegan food and drinks to our customers in the cafe, so require someone with the confidence to learn and cook our dishes. In addition to this, we would expect you to assist with the cleaning of the kitchen on a daily basis, and also the collection of the groceries at the start of each day. Training will be provided! The cafe is not overly busy, but the work can be demanding at times. Help will be given by our volunteers when necessary.


  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    With our workaway placements, we offer a basic private room in Hoi An for you. The room will be close to the sights of Hoi An, but also accessible to the cafe.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This is the perfect location for anyone. You have a beautiful beach, romantic old town and lots to see during the day. It is fairly quiet though and not for those wanting to party everynight, we require pretty early morning anyway! Simply google Hoi An images and you can see how stunning it is 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Approx. 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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