Come help at our animal shelter in beautiful Sicily, Italy




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  • Descripción


    Visit the beautiful island of Sicily and help us improve the lives of the many strays we care for in our shelter. Our non-profit association has been working for years to care for the strays of Sicily by taking them in, sterilizing and providing medical care, and finding them loving homes.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Trabajo de caridad
    Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
    Cuidado de animales
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Ayuda doméstica
    Mantenimiento general
    Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet

  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Sicily has a rich culture and plenty of history. Travelers will have the opportunity to learn Italian and the local Sicilian dialect. They will also have the freedom to explore by foot the small historic town of Calatafimi Segesta, located in the Western province of Trapani.

    On a more emotional level, working daily with animals is illuminating and fulfilling in ways that will surprise you. There’s nothing like caring for someone whose only way to repay you is complete love and adoration.

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    Volunteers will help us with the dogs in our care, perform general maintenance on the property and enclosures, and assist with general housekeeping activities. Please do not contact us if you are unwilling to give 100% effort while working with us. While Sicily is a beautiful place to be, and you will be given free time, we are not hosting volunteers to be on vacation. When it's time to work, we need you to give your best. We also welcome any talent you may have to offer to help us in our mission of improving the lives of strays in Sicily. Maybe you know a lot about Social Media campaigning, photography, organizing and logistics, graphic design, bureaucracy. We welcome people who are willing to work for our dogs with passion and creativity.

    Over the years of hosting volunteers, we have come to realize that there is no regular schedule, but in general, we start work (cleaning the enclosures, giving the dogs food and water, walking them, and so on) around 8 in the morning and finish around 13. Caring for our dogs is time-consuming and unpredictable though, so daily work will also depend on the weather as well as the needs of the dogs.

    Please be aware that cleaning up after dogs involves removing dog poop from their living area. Please do not contact us if you are not willing to work hard and get dirty. We also try to walk and provide as much individualized love and attention as our manpower allows.

    The general maintenance will include tasks such as mending fences and maintaining dog enclosures. Sometimes the dogs will damage their enclosures in an attempt to escape so we have to regularly ensure that they are safe and not able to escape or injure themselves on damaged materials. We will also need help with yard work. Picking up branches, clearing brush and debris, etc.

    General housekeeping activities are common sense and everyday practices: cooking and food preparation, washing dishes after eating, sweeping and mopping regularly, and maintaining a tidy and sanitary inside environment in the main house as well, as your accommodation. General housekeeping is everyone's responsibility as a human being and does not count towards your daily 5 hours of work.

    Unfortunately, it has become necessary to add: If you are afraid of dogs and will not be able to perform all of your duties due to this fear, please do not contact us. If you are just looking for a fun vacation and are not willing to work hard with passion and a desire to improve our association, do not contact us.
    If your idea of working at a shelter is mostly cuddling puppies and going on walks in the countryside, you will be disappointed, which is not very constructive and a waste of your time as well as ours. We are a non-profit association that cannot afford to host volunteers who do not give back to our association, so please consider all of this, before contacting us. Thank you for understanding.

  • Idiomas

    Idiomas hablados
    Italiano: Fluido
    Inglés: Principiante

    Este anfitrión ofrece intercambio de idiomas
    We speak many languages at the shelter. While you're here, you will hear Italian, Sicilian, Romanian, and English amongst the other languages spoken by the volunteers at the time. Since Nelly and Franco speak English only a little bit, helping them organize and communicate with volunteers through workaway is Dalma. She will be the one answering your questions before your arrival. Nelly and Franco have years of experience hosting volunteers even without a common language, they understand a bit of everything and can explain the most important things easily, but if you are only used to communicating in a shared language and feel like you don't have the experience/confidence/spirit of adventure for more creative ways, this might not be the place for you.

  • Alojamiento


    Accommodation is in the countryside (4 km from the town of Calatafimi-Segesta) right next to the shelter in a rustic little cottage. It is shared with other volunteers, can accommodate up to 7 people and is co-ed, so if having your own room while volunteering is a priority for you, this is not the place for you.

    Food is not provided, only a simple, traditional Sicilian breakfast including milk (normal and vegetable in case needed), cereals, and bread or toast with butter and jam. You will have the opportunity to go to the supermarket in town to buy food for your lunch and dinner whenever needed.

    Since we live in the countryside 4 km from town, be aware that without a car, it is difficult to be independent. That said, we go to town often and are happy to give you a lift to the nearest station whenever we can.

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    Algo más...

    How to reach us:
    1. Palermo airport: there is a train that leaves directly from the airport (Punta Raisi station) to the Alcamo Diramazione station. It is faster and cheaper than the bus, and we can pick you up directly from the station.
    It's a good idea to check the train connections on the trenitalia website before you book your tickets since there might not be many trains very early or late in the evening.

    2. Palermo city or port: take the bus directly to Calatafimi.

    3. Trapani airport: bus directly to Calatafimi.

    What can you do in Sicily on your days off? There’s plenty to do, and even though Sicilian public transportation can be complicated, with a bit of an adventurous spirit, you can easily get around by train and bus. Just ask us a bit in advance to see if you can get a lift to the nearest station.

    We are located in Calatafimi Segesta in the province of Trapani in western Sicily.

    Segesta Temple and archaeological park
    Pianto Romano
    Segesta Hot Springs
    Castellammare del Golfo
    Zingaro Nature Reserve
    Agrigento: The Valley of Temples, The Turkish Steps
    Castelvetrano: Selinunte Archaeological site

  • Un poco más de información

    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    We have hosted digital nomads in the past. There is a constant internet connection and a space for working in the kitchen, but for those who need long hours of peace and quiet for work, our set-up might not be ideal.

  • Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    You can park your campervan/motorhome outside of the shelter, and you are welcome to use our bathroom for showering and washing clothes, along with all the rest of our facilities.

  • Podría aceptar mascotas

    Podría aceptar mascotas

    We have successfully hosted volunteers with dogs in the past. We obviously will need to be advised about the pet so that we can accommodate them. Besides the dogs in our care in the enclosures, some of our four-legged friends live with us in the house, so if yours gets anxious around other dogs/cats, some additional organizing might be needed.

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Más de dos

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    Horas esperadas

    5 hours per day, 5 days a week

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Precisión del perfil: (4.9)

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Número de referencia de anfitrión: 559964817335