Join an animal rescue in a village below Dharamshala, India




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    We are a group of people with one goal; doing good work. We believe in "alleviating physical pain" as an objective net good. So for us, good work is helping alleviate suffering of those who can't help themselves.

    Our farm is the home we have built in Himalayan Foothills to accommodate recovering injured stray animals, people who want to do good work, and an organic garden to provide a little bit for for all of us. The farm also supplies our product line which in turn supports our recovering animals. This is a karma yoga center, meaning "The Yoga of Work". Our focus is on the work we do.

    We believe that every action for survival has a suffering footprint, especially any consumption. So, we believe in mindful consumption and making our survival purposeful by alleviating suffering.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

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    We are a stray animal rescue, organic farm, and social enterprise. We are looking for people who will help care for animals at our stray animal rescue center. There is also an opportunity to participate in the farm and help make products. The work is very physical and involves a lot of manual labor.

    Volunteers have the opportunity to bring their skills to the table while they are here. This can include (but certainly isn't limited to) art, farming, carpentry, sustainable building, video editing, writing, culture jamming, etc.

    We require a minimum of one week for volunteering. Please allow up to one week for us to reply to messages. There is a Rs 350 charge per night for a shared room to cover the cost of locally grown, vegan meals.

    Interested in staying in one place, and making a real difference, for 6 months to one year? We are also looking for long-term volunteers! Long termers' food and accommodation is provided. We are looking for assistance with:

    - Communications (Emails, messaging, outreach (initial communication), office work, newsletter)
    - Volunteer Coordination (Managing volunteers, scheduling volunteers, tours and orientation, rule enforcement)

    If you are interested, please mention it in your initial message!


    We are friendly, open, and interested in everyone who comes through the farm. We love to have discussions and learn from others. However, if you refuse to respect the work, the space, the people on the farm, our rules, or our intentions for the farm, you will be asked to leave.

    Our Expectations:

    We are not a guesthouse. We do not guarantee access to all our facilities, continuous wifi, or any other services. We expect you to act like a guest in our house.

    We are a karma yoga center. We do not demand silence but we expect you to respect the intention of the place and keep your focus on why we are here. This means loud, frivolous discussions or "noise for the sake of noise" are not welcome. This is especially true at meal times. We expect you to respect this you and if you cannot, you should rethink your decision to apply.

    Poop is part of it. If you are unwilling to pick up dog poop, cow poop, or horse poop then this may not be a fit for you :)

    We live in rural India. This means that you will not be able to dress in whichever clothes you wish. If you feel entitled to wear tank tops, tight clothing, see-through clothing, shorts above the knee, or low-cut tops despite local custom then please do not apply.

    We have rules. We have the responsibility for many lives on the farm, and we also live here full time. The rules all have a reason, but if you are the type of person that does not like to follow rules then please do not apply.

    What you can expect from us:

    Respect and open-mindedness.
    An opportunity to help animals.
    Thoughtful discussion and insight.
    Clear instruction and direction.

    If it isn't working out for you, you are free to leave. If it isn't working out for us, we are free to ask you to leave!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Hindi

  • Accommodation


    We have a large mud and stone house built in traditional Himachal style. You may be asked to share a room with other people and bathrooms are shared. Meals are provided. Plan on arriving between 9:30 am - 12:30 pm on your first day.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our village, Dhanotu, is a typical rural Indian village. There are two small shops and a handful of houses surrounded by fields with stunning views of the Himalayan mountains! Life here is simple and quiet.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours a day

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    This host charges a fee

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    350 Indian Rupees per day to help with food/accommodation costs

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