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founded in 2004
Corfu Donkey Rescue
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Coordinator | Julie
Coordinator | Julie
Book with Flex Option! Choose new departure dates or change to a different volunteer program at no extra costs.


Make a positive difference in the lives of our donkeys and other animals by caring for them
Learn basic medical procedures
Experience Greek village life
Explore the beautiful island of Corfu on your days off
Socialise in the evenings with our other volunteers
Help taking care of donkeys and other animals in their retirement.
WE ARE CURRENTLY ONLY ABLE TO ACCEPT VOLUNTEERS FROM WITHIN EUROPE. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 20+

VERY IMPORTANT: We would love to offer you the opportunity and experience of caring for our Corfiot Donkeys. We do not charge you anything to join our program but you must book your own flights, accommodation and transport. All food and entertainment costs are also payable by you. We would love for you to join us.

Corfu Donkey Rescue is the only donkey rescue on the island of Corfu. Before Corfu Donkey Rescue existed, unwanted donkeys were simply abandoned or sold to dealers who exported them to Italy essentially for slaughter.

After many years of dedicated work, our donkeys deserve a comfortable retirement and this is what we try to do.

As a volunteer you will be expected to help with the day to day running of the shelter. There's a lot of cleaning up to do, along with feeding, grooming, giving medication, looking out for signs of illness or any irregularities in a donkey's behaviour. Donkey and dog walking are also important tasks.

We are a very small animal shelter. We have accommodation only for animals and our founder, Judy. Volunteers are expected to find their own local accommodation and we give a number of suggestions on our website.

The sanctuary is situated in a very rural area so it's generally very peaceful and tranquil. There are tea and coffee making facilities and a seating area for volunteers to eat their pre-prepared food. There is one WC which is communal. 

We have few permanent staff who work on a rota basis, also 5 days per week from 08:30 to 17:30. Our number of volunteers varies greatly depending on the time of year and locals are very welcoming so there will always be a smiling face.

We expect our volunteers to  be punctual, flexible, physically fit, attentive and keen to learn. In return we will be there to support you and to show you how to complete your daily tasks to get the most from your stay.

No special equipment is required. Only clothes and shoes appropriate to the season in which you are travelling. Winter - conditions can be cold and wet and therefore muddy. Summer - the weather is hot and humid and much time is spent outdoors. Whatever the season - ALWAYS wear sensible shoes that give support and comfort.

Typical day

The donkeys are divided into two sections – the stable area, which houses the donkeys requiring very close observation and intensive care; the stables also make up part of the section for our blind donkeys, which require their own, safe space; and the tent area, which houses the donkeys in better conditions or have minor ailments. 

Each of our volunteers take part in the daily duties, based on their experience. For example:
  • Food preparation (some donkeys need a special diet) 
  • Administering medication 
  • Cleaning stalls and pasture hygiene 
  • Providing fresh hay/bedding and water throughout the day 
  • General observation and daily grooming 
  • Cleaning and feeding of the other animals (dogs, cats, chickens)
  • Walking the CDR-dogs 
Despite this being predominantly a husbandry focused placement there is ample opportunity each day to help with clinical aspects, when there is interest in this matter. Some of these activities include: 
  • Flushing and cleaning wounds 
  • Cleaning, bandaging and monitoring improvement of donkeys with hoof injuries 
  • Administering specialized medications 
  • Creating protective padding for donkeys suffering injuries 
The summer is a busy period for the shelter. There are many tourists who visit the Corfu Donkey Rescue – tourists need to be shown around and told about the Corfu Donkey Rescue and donkeys.

Each day is different. We never know what the day will bring and flexibility is key. Therefore it is not possible to give a timetable.

Free-time activities

At CDR you volunteer for 5 days of the week on a rota basis so we are unable  to tell you which days until you arrive. You get two full days off per week but these days are not necessarily consecutive. You may spend your free time as you wish. 

Corfu is a stunningly beautiful island. It is lush and green (not typical of Greek islands) thanks to the amount of rain we get in the winter. Local resorts are Paleokastritsa which has numerous sandy beaches, boat hire, boat trips, many bars and restaurants, a reptile world and a famous monastery with stunning hill top views.

Liapades, quieter than Paleokastritsa, a pebble beach, numerous bars and restaurants. If you have hired a car or scooter the you can explore the whole island on your days off. Corfu Town is a must with its many museums, two fortresses, amazing architecture, bars, restaurants and parks. Every where you turn is a stunning view.

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In order to join the program you need to be at least 20 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 (intermediate level)
Required Documents
Application form must be requested and submitted from Volunteer World and When you apply you will be sent our own application form for completion.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 08:30 - 17:30

What's Included

Internet Access
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What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport (CFU) in Kerkyra. We assist you to find cheap flights to Greece.
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 Greece provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Greece you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Greece.

Dates & Fees

Details on arrival

Arrive on any day of the year. Go straight to your booked accommodation and start volunteering the following morning at 08:30am


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 50 weeks

Why book with Volunteer World

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All program fees are charged directly by Corfu Donkey Rescue.

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