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We are a U.S. based animal welfare charity organization with global campaigns. In Greece we are operating a cat sanctuary for which we are seeking volunteers to help with our daily operations. The sanctuary, which currently hosts more than 40 cats, is a modern, clean and comfortable 2 floor private house, surrounded by olive groves and situated in Kouvaras area, in the south part of Attika. The sanctuary is about 15 minutes by car from the Athens International Airport.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Travelers who will come to volunteer in our sanctuary will have a chance to: gain a valuable knowledge and work experience (if it is their professional field) about animal care and running the animal sanctuary, learn about the Greek animal welfare challenges, laws etc., get a sense of achievement, self-confidence and motivation, be part of our community and help to make a difference. Volunteers can obtain a volunteer certificate upon their request and they will receive lots of love from our furry friends while enjoying their company and bonding.
Those who will come to volunteer in our sanctuary will get the experience of living in Greece, have a chance to discover Athens, enjoy historical sites, and beaches very close to our sanctuary area as well as gain new friends & contacts.
We need volunteers to work in our animal sanctuary, carrying out tasks such as: feeding the cats, cleaning litter boxes, cleaning all indoor and outdoor areas of the shelter, taking care of our garden, playing with and petting our cats. One can be also asked to help with other tasks, including gardening and DIY. The majority of the work is cleaning so our cats and human guests are living in constant sanitary conditions, so volunteers who are clean, tidy and hardworking are needed. You will need a good attention to detail as we make sure the sanctuary is cleaned to a very high standard every day.
We are looking for people who already have a PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN THE ANIMAL CARE FIELD, working either as professionals (certified animal caretakers, animal behavior specialists, veterinarians, vet assistants, students of veterinary schools) or experienced volunteers (volunteers in animal rescue shelters and sanctuaries). We will give our preferences also to people who have hands on EXPERIENCE FROM ANIMAL CHARITY organizations and people with EXPERIENCE in GRANTS, raising DONATIONS and people skilled in PHOTOGRAPHY and SOCIAL MEDIA.
We expect our volunteers to help a minimum of 5 hours per day (5 days a week). There are two work ‘shifts’ during the day (with a briefing meeting after the initial clean). A working day runs like this:
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Morning shift (main house full & deep cleaning, daily tasks)
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm Afternoon shift (topping up food, checking water bowls, checking and cleaning litter trays)
* Shifts time can be a subject to change, depending number of volunteers and on the immediate needs
Volunteers can take turns in the shifts, which allow them to plan better for their free time. The shifts schedule is decided by the shelter manager (upon the discussion with volunteers).
Given the fact that help in the cat sanctuary has its own specifics and requires commitment to follow a specific help schedule and rules, we are looking for volunteers who are mature, have a sense of responsibility and who are good team players and dedicated animal lovers. There are beautiful tourist places and beaches around our area, which we encourage our volunteers to enjoy in their free time, nevertheless we will only accept volunteers who are coming to our sanctuary to contribute with their help and learn about animals first and foremost. The cats are our priority so we need volunteers who will work wholeheartedly and provide out cats with the love and care they deserve.
We always try to make the experience pleasant and fun as well over all the hard work!
!! IMPORTANT: We would like to ask Workawayers who previously confirmed their stay for certain dates to give us at least 2 WEEKS prior notice if one must cancel. Please bear in mind that we work with animals and we need to make sure that our sanctuary's daily operation is well covered with adequate help. We thank everybody in advance for their responsible approach and cooperation.
In order to make sure that the potential volunteer will be a good fit for our shelter, we would like to organize an online chat with one of our shelter managers prior to providing our final confirmation.
Accommodation is being provided in a modern, clean and very comfortable 2 floor family house. We have one small bedroom downstairs (with a private bathroom) and two bedrooms upstairs; one with a double bed and one with bunk beds. In both bedrooms we can accommodate 4 people in total. The visitors staying in the two bedrooms upstairs will have access to a shared bathroom. In case of need, there are 2 large round sofas downstairs to accommodate extra 2 people.
We have about 50 cats in our sanctuary and they live freely in the house. Please note that volunteers coming to stay with us will most likely have one or more kitties sleeping with them in their bedrooms. This also means that you will be likely to have litter trays, toys and lots of cuddles during the night. Also, some cats need to be isolated at times due to the health reasons and may be staying in the rooms for certain time periods.
There is also a laundry room where our visitors can do their laundry.
There is a fully equipped kitchen, sitting area at the balcony, internet access, TV in a living room and all bedrooms and parking.
Our shelter will provide select groceries so volunteers can prepare their own breakfast & lunch in accordance with their dietary preferences. Volunteers are encouraged to take turns in cooking for themselves and for the other volunteers (if they are interested and can master the cooking).
As we all share the house with the cats, we are very strict on cleanliness. All volunteers need to clean up after themselves, keep their bedrooms clean and respect the cats and the fact that it is their house. You will be expected to clean the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms daily in order to keep the cats safe and taken care of.
We have 3 bicycles and helmets in our shelter which our volunteers can use.
In their time off the helpers can enjoy close by beaches such as Porto Rafti (abt. 12 km from the shelter) or Lagonisi (13 km), they can visit Sounio with the spectacular Temple of Poseidon (24,5 km) or Archaelogical site of Vravrona with the Temple of Artemis (18 km). The helpers can also enjoy the so called Athens Riviera stretching on the southern coastal area of the Attika region. From the nearby port of Lavrio (20 km) the helpers can take a boat to the Kea island.
The center of Athens is about 40 km from Kouvaras area. Volunteers can take either the local bus which runs every hour (please note that the route via bus to Athens city center takes about 1 and a half hours) or they can take a Suburban Railway (and than to change for metro - the route takes about 30 minutes to Athens city center) from a station which is about 10 minutes by car from the shelter.
Grocery stores are within walking or biking distance from the shelter (about 10 - 15 minutes walking).
Our shelter managers will provide free transport to and from the airport for your arrival and departure, plus a trip to the supermarket once per week. IMPORTANT! For arrivals/departures from 9 pm until 9 am the volunteers are responsible for their own transportation from/to the airport. Our shelter managers can coordinate ahead of time for them to book a taxi (taxi is being paid by the volunteer in this case).
Volunteers are responsible for organising their own transportation for personal activities in their free time and days off or they can contribute for gas if our shelter vehicle is available (this does not include group activities and outings). Reliable taxi's can be recommended by our shelter managers.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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