Animal Care Taker in a Dog Shelter

founded in 2003
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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Experience the Chilean way of life and learn about the local culture
Boost your CV with international work experience
Gain Spanish fluency by living in a local homestay
Visit amazing cultural and historic sites and explore breath taking landscapes
Make memories you will never forget during your stay abroad
Volunteers do not need any special skills or previous experience caring for animals, but they should have a high sense of responsibility. And, you should LOVE dogs. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

This volunteer project takes place at a private foundation that helps stray and mistreated dogs. The foundation started when a very animal friendly Chilean lady rescued dogs in the South of Chile after the devastating earthquake in 2010. She brought the dogs to Casablanca in order to rehabilitate and care for them.

Today, the dog shelter cares for stray and mistreated dogs in the Casablanca region, as there are so many dogs that are in need. Unfortunately, in the countryside, dog keepers do not always act in a respectful manner towards animals. The current dog population at the center is about 120 dogs (number may vary). The rehabilitation center for dogs strives to improve the relationship between humans and animals through animal welfare. In the upbringing of the dogs, the physical and emotional protection of the animals is especially important at the center, as they want to make sure the animals are healthy and well-trained prior to adoption.

The foundation wants to be part of an effective cultural change that not only benefits animals, but also humans. They believe that, through the promotion of responsible pet ownership and the concept “One Health” (healthy animals, healthy people), this change will be possible. They also run a small social project that was specifically made for pet owners living in the socially disadvantaged regions around the center. People can bring in their pets and animals to be checked, vaccinated, and sterilized at the pet clinic. This clinic belongs to the shelter and offers services for a very low cost or even for free. In addition to the rehabilitation center in Casablanca, the foundation has an administrative office in Santiago de Chile.

The volunteer program will mostly take place in Casablanca, but volunteers might also be deployed to Santiago from time to time to help with adoption events or other administrative work.

Typical day

For this program, volunteers do not need any special skills or previous experience caring for animals, but they should have a very patient personality and high sense of responsibility.

Furthermore, you should not be afraid of dogs, because they are the central focus of this volunteer project.

Among your responsibilities are:

  • Caring for the dogs (bathing, grooming, etc.)
  • Walking the dogs
  • Feeding the dogs
  • Cleaning of the compounds and facilities
  • Playing with the dogs
  • Training and rehabilitating the dogs
  • Supporting adoption events
  • Supporting dog projects

Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

Free-time activities

The small town of Casablanca with about 21,000 inhabitants is located in the wine valley of the same name, between Valparaíso and the capital Santiago de Chile. Santiago can be reached in about an hour, Viña del Mar and several Pacific beaches in 45 minutes to 1 hour and the World Heritage City of Valparaíso in about half an hour.

You live quietly in the country in Casablanca, but you have all options open to experience exciting places, nightlife, culture, hustle and bustle and holiday feeling on the beach in your free time.

Excellent wine is grown all around the Casablanca Valley and many of the beautiful wineries are open for tastings, wine tours and other activities such as trekking or horse riding in the vineyards.

The climate in Casablanca is warm and temperate, in summer the daytime temperatures are around 25 degrees, in winter they fluctuate around 12 degrees. Rain practically only falls in winter (May-August).



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 Spanish (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV and Volunteer Questionnaire
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

What's Included

Services by South America Inside

Our volunteer work in the Dog Rescue Shelter in Chile includes:

  • Single room in Homestay
  • Full board
  • Professional English-speaking advice
  • Translation of your application documents
  • Volunteer Work Placement in Chile
  • English-speaking in-country support
  • On-site introduction
  • Country handbook Chile
  • Insider tips Chile
  • 24/7 Emergency number
  • Information about suitable travel insurance
  • Certificate of participation

During your time in the volunteer project, you will live in a local household. Your hosts will also take care of your meals so that you can try Chilean home cooking and also have the opportunity to exchange culture and train your Spanish skills. You will be amazed how quickly you will start pickung up the real "Chilean"!

The hosts in Casablanca mostly live in one-story houses that are simple but equipped with everything you need to live. You get a single room and have access to all common areas such as living room, kitchen, garden, etc. The bathroom is most likely shared with the hosts.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Full-board is included (3 meals / day)

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Arturo Merino Benitez Airport (SCL) in Santiago. We assist you to find cheap flights to Chile.
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 Chile provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Chile you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Chile.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

The project can be started year round, start and end dates can be set flexibly.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
10 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$184 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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 (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Animal Care Taker in a Dog Shelter

Volunteers do not need any special skills or previous experience caring for animals, but they should have a high sense of responsibility. And, you should LOVE dogs.


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