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Animal Care Helper

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2 - 12 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Good 4.2  · 
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  Good response rate

Highlights

  • Contribute to animal welfare
  • Meet people from all over the world who are also involved in animal protection
  • Spend time with adorable cats and dogs
  • Learn Croatian and develop your language skills
  • Discover Split and its surroundings

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

About the program

This program supports the welfare and protection of dogs and cats at a local shelter.

In this program, you as an animal passionate and a supporter of animal rights, will have the opportunity to join a team that shares the same passion as you. 

This program supports the welfare and protection of dogs and cats at the local shelter. As the law in Croatia protects every abandoned animal, ...

About the program

In this program, you as an animal passionate and a supporter of animal rights, will have the opportunity to join a team that shares the same passion as you. 

This program supports the welfare and protection of dogs and cats at the local shelter. As the law in Croatia protects every abandoned animal, this place plays an important role in managing colonies of stray cats, in protecting dogs and cats at the shelter and in promoting their adoption as well as raising awareness for animal abandonment. In a long-term, this shelter aims: to bring a new life for these animals, promoting their happiness and wellbeing; to find a suitable family for them; as well as to reduce future abandonment rates. Due to the law and large number of animals that need a shelter, these spaces are crowded, and the volunteer work is crucial to support their mission and improve animals’ conditions.

As a volunteer, your tasks will vary and can include: assisting with bathing and brushing the dogs, providing companionship by playing, walking and socializing with the animals; helping the team measuring the animals, taking photos and doing small videos to elaborate an ID book for each animal; taking care of the green spaces inside the shelter; and creating small construction projects (i.e. building dog runs and creating fences). 

Notice that all animals housed in the shelter are fully vaccinated. Playing with the animals is very important as it allow them to get along with people, lose their traumas and fears, and above all provide them quality time out of their daily space which is often the cages.

Depending on your skills and the length of your stay, you may have the opportunity to become more involved in the shelter's long-term goals by creating a more familiar and welcoming space, such as setting up quiet areas where everyone can visit and spend time with the dogs and cats and share love and affection.


Typical day

After the initial orientation day, you will have a morning shift at the Animal Care placement and will work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day. 

A typical schedule is as follows:

08 - 10:00 a.m.: Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation

10:00 a.m.:  Travel to the Animal Care place to join the ...

Typical day

After the initial orientation day, you will have a morning shift at the Animal Care placement and will work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day. 

A typical schedule is as follows:

08 - 10:00 a.m.: Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation

10:00 a.m.:  Travel to the Animal Care place to join the local staff and begin work on your project with animals

up to 03:00 p.m.: Lunch can be ordered when you return from your volunteer project. In the morning you can grab a “packed lunch” to have in the city or at your placement.

04:00 - 07:00 p.m.: Explore the city, relax, attend Croatian language lessons or enroll other activities if you have a morning project.

05:00 - 10:00 p.m. : Dinner can be ordered at your convenience. After dinner you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.


Free-time activities

Amidst the Kozjak and Mosor mountains and surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, just a few hours away from one of the other European capitals, the small peninsula where Split is located has a lot to offer to every visitor and traveler.

Croatia, as a Balkan nation is a must stop country for anyone who ...

Free-time activities

Amidst the Kozjak and Mosor mountains and surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, just a few hours away from one of the other European capitals, the small peninsula where Split is located has a lot to offer to every visitor and traveler.

Croatia, as a Balkan nation is a must stop country for anyone who chooses to visit eastern Europe in a meaningful way. On the one hand it has a rich historical heritage full of monuments classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the other it is a country that is still recovering from a political war, in the group of countries with the highest number of people living below the poverty line.

With its charming ancient towns and villages, beautiful beaches and more than a thousand islands, its history has produced a very rich cultural diversity, shaped by Roman and Turkish, that is, Mediterranean and Eastern European influences. These historical heritages mark the different regions of Croatia. Between Istria, Dalmatia and the center of Croatia, the gastronomy, lifestyle and accents can change a lot, making the country very diverse and interesting. Split, the second biggest city, has a specific Mediterranean influence that makes it especially welcoming, cosy and warm. With its palace just on the seaside, Split brings a peaceful and fresh atmosphere that invites you to come and stay for a while.


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.

Language Skills

You need to speak English (basic level)

Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 - 19:00

What's Included

What's Included

Services by ImpacTrip

What’s included?

- Pick up at the international airport in Split & transfer to the accommodation - Sunday 

On Sunday, the ImpacTrip team will be at the airport waiting for you with a big sign and a smile on their face! :)

If you arrive prior to Sunday, you will still be able to receive an airport pickup and our team can transport you to the accommodation, but you will need to pay an extra fee for this service.
We will reach out to you by WhatsApp a few days before your start date to connect :)

- Accommodation at a dormitory in a local hostel, female dormitory or mixed dormitory with private bathroom

- Three meals everyday: breakfast, lunch and dinner (Local style. Vegetarian, gluten-free and meals for lactose-intolerant are also available upon request)

- Shared use of common room, and free WIFI

- Orientation event on arrival (including introduction to Croatia and it's culture, the volunteer experience, overview of programs, practical information and safety guidelines)

- Guided city tour

- The best tips to discover the city!

- Allocation and coordination of a work placement in an impactful non-profit project

- Introduction on the first day of volunteering

- Ongoing support throughout the stay

- 24h/7 emergency support

Airport Pickup at Split Airport


On Sunday, the ImpacTrip team will be at the airport waiting for you with a big sign and a smile on their face! :)


If you arrive prior to Sunday, you will still be able to receive an airport pickup and our team can transport you to the accommodation, but you will need to pay an extra fee for this service.

We will reach out to you by WhatsApp a few days before your start date to connect

Accommodation

You will stay accommodated in a friendly and comfortable hostel in the city center. The Hostel has the capacity to accommodate up to 100 travelers in very spacious shared rooms. With its young and welcoming staff you will feel like home.

There are various common areas and the restaurant is just next door.

The hostel is in a neighborhood where you can find everything you need: local coffee shops, supermarkets, ATMs, utilities you will need just around the corner. The Hostel is 2 minutes walking from the bus stop with few buses running by that can bring you to the city center.

Private rooms are available upon request and are subject to availability. The private rooms are located within walking distance of the hostel and restaurant and are self-catered. Volunteers staying in private rooms will also have lunch and dinner included in the partner restaurant but breakfast is not organised.


Food & Beverages

We will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hostel every day. The hostel restaurant offers meals with fresh local ingredients for all volunteers in a very Croatian style and they are prepared to accommodate most diet restrictions such as vegan and vegetarians, gluten-free and lactose intolerant.

Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Split Airport (SPU) in Split. We assist you to find cheap flights to Croatia. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

Travel Insurance

Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Croatia provides security and is a plus to have. GET A QUOTE

Vaccines

If you are intending to volunteer in Croatia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Croatia. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

Our Croatian programs start on the Sunday before the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month AND every Sunday from May to the end of August.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

2 weeks (min. stay) 1,350€
3 weeks 1,725€
4 weeks 2,100€
5 weeks 2,475€
6 weeks 2,850€
7 weeks 3,225€
8 weeks 3,600€
9 weeks 3,975€
10 weeks 4,350€
11 weeks 4,725€
12 weeks (max. stay) 5,100€
Average fees 550€/week

Program fees

550€ per week 2 - 12 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

Visa Master Card Maestro American Express PayPal

NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Deposit

The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.


Final Payment

Your final payment will be agreed with ImpacTrip during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

ImpacTrip

Good 4.2 rating (65 reviews)

Agency - founded in 2015

Verified by Volunteer World

  Good response rate

Coordinated by

Cristiana

Spoken languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English

About the project

ImpacTrip is a social enterprise that promotes Responsible Travel Experiences in Portugal, Spain and Croatia.

Meet your organization

ImpacTrip is a social business internationally certified as B-Corp that promotes Responsible Travel Experiences in Portugal, Spain and Croatia.

Founded in 2015 by two dedicated social entrepreneurs that want to change the way people travel, ImpacTrip aims at combining the best of travel with a positive social and environmental impact.

We really want travelers to have the most unique and meaningful travel experiences.

We offer short-term Travel Experiences across our country that allow you and other Responsible Travelers to connect with the locals, experience the culture and contribute in a positive way to the local communities.

We also offer long-term volunteer programs in which you can dedicate 1 to 12 weeks volunteering for local non-profits for a specific cause while meeting people from all over the world.

Since 2015 we've received people from over 50+ different nationalities that contributed with over 30.000 hours of volunteer work to support over 300 non-profits.

65 reviews · rating4.2

Melissa Brülhart rating4

2023 at Animal Care Helper

J’ai eu un belle expérience au refuge pendant ces 2 semaines. J’ai pu beaucoup apprendre avec les chiens et j’ai eu beaucoup de plaisir à travailler avec l’équipe! Quelques points à souligner: le refuge est à 1h de Split, 40 min de bus et 20 min de marche ce qui m’a surpris au début ...
Luka De Walsche rating3

2022 at Animal Care Helper

Er stond op de site dat je ofwel in de ochtend of in de namiddag moest werken maar dit bleek niet waar te zijn. Ik begon om 11u en werkte meestal tot 2-3u. Maar dan moet je er nog hij rekenen dat het minstens een uur in neemt om je te verplaatsen van het asiel naar het hostel. Dus tegen de tijd dat ...
Amy Hoddinott rating4.6

2021 at Animal Care Helper

I spent 2 weeks in croatia volunteering for the animal care program, i can’t fault the hostel it is private and clean and the restraunt next door where you are provided with meals were absolutely delicious, however i do think it was a bit overpriced. As for the volunteering we were a bit ...
Thomas Payne rating3.2

2024 at Animal Care and Protection

Honestly, I was surprised, when on the website it shows photos of so many dogs, animals, it turned out I was working at a cat sanctuary. It's not that I was disappointed by the cats, it was just a shock, and also, at points of the sanctuary I feel like I wasn't apart of it massively, there wasn't ...
Will Slocum rating4.6

2023 at Fight Food Waste

I had an amazing 2 weeks volunteering at a food waste redistribution kitchen in Barcelona and am very grateful to have had this experience! The ImpactTrip supervisors, Clara and Elly, were super welcoming from the train station pickup and at orientation, where they set me up with everything I needed ...
Korbinian Schenkel rating2

2023 at Biological Park Conservation

Let me start with the positive point of this project: the hotel is really nice. Breakfast and Lunch are good and you have a good WiFi connection and access to pool and sauna. Sadly these are the only positive points, I have to say about this project. The rest is complete crap, to say it in a ...

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