Animal Shelter Supporter

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Coordinator | Tizia
Coordinator | Tizia

High­lights

Volunteer as an Animal Shelter Supporter and care for neglected pets in and around Arusha
Walk the dogs through the beautiful Tanzanian landscape and become the pack leader
Play with all the animals that need attention and care for those needing love
Help with outreach and teach "Animal Welfare" in the various schools in the area
Get hands-on veterinary experience when local organizations partner up to arrange neuter and vaccination campaigns
This shelter for cats and dogs was established in order to meet the great need of more adequate animal care & education of the population. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

The animal shelter was launched in 2013. The need for more adequate animal care and education of the population in and around Arusha is huge!


Always, there are 20-30 dogs, at least half of them puppies and a handful of cats. The shelter has a cat kennel, four dog kennels, and two quarantine kennels where injured dogs and/or newcomers are being taken care of. Besides the two German founders, there are two Tanzanian staff members who care for the animals. The plan for the future is to rent an additional site in order to take care of more dogs and perform spaying and neutering themselves.

Besides caring, educating, playing and walking the dogs the creativity of the volunteers is not limited. You can become active in the area of marketing and fundraising. Currently there is an education program running in which interested participants can teach “animal welfare” in various schools in the area of the shelter. The organization works together closely with the World Wide Veterinary Service and Mission Rabies and in irregular intervals vaccination and spaying and neutering campaigns are carried out, in which every helping hand is useful.
Volunteers do not need any prior experience, nevertheless basic English knowledge, openness and love of animals are required. In addition, you should not be afraid of dogs and dirt because for sure, you will become dirty!

The volunteers should have a rabies vaccination.

Typical day

Your work hours will be discussed individually. 

You will start your day early by taking the public transport and a typically Tanzanian motobike taxi to the project's site, with a stunning view of Mt. Meru. All together the travel will take about 1 and a half hours one way. Then, after you arrive, you discuss with your supervisor the daily tasks. 


You will check on the dogs/cats, look after the sick ones, take the dogs on their morning walk and play with all animals.
Depending on the days plan, you might escort dogs/cats to the veterinary in town, help with adoptions, do fundraising and marketing.
On some special days, usually weekends, a few times per year, the shelter conducts spay and neuter clinics as well as vaccination campaigns. During those days all helping hands are needed and you will be asked to support the work.

Free-time activities

We offer a wide range of activities at affordable volunteer rates, such as:


1. Hiking/Walking tours to waterfalls, through forests and around a lake.


2. Swimming in paradise-like hot springs with a glimpse of the Mt. Kilimanjaro.


3. Cultural tours to Maasai markets and the possibility to visit different ethnic groups.


4. Coffee plantation tour to learn about the process from the bean to the finished product, including delicious tasting sessions!


5. Safaris to the National Parks of the Northern Circuit (Arusha NP, Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Area).


6. Climbing Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.


7. FREE town tour for all our volunteers!

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

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)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV and Picture of the volunteer
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 Viva Tanzania

All pre-arrival support, two airport transfers, orientation tour in Arusha, being guided to the project on the first day, donation to the animal shelter in form of our Viva Tanzania volunteer's fund, 24/7 in-country-support, accommodation in a dorm, daily breakfast and dinner, lunch is usually provided in the project.

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

In your program fee the pick up and drop off from/to the airport/bus station are included. One of our friendly staff members, will be at the airport/bus stand with our "Viva Tanzania"-Pick-up-sign, just in time when you plane or bus arrives. And after your volunteer experience - when it's time to say good bye - we will take you to the airport/bus stand for the farewell.

Accommodation

The volunteer house has dorms; each contains comfortable beds & shelves to store belongings, the maximum is four people in one room. We try to keep the rooms separated by gender but can not guarantee this. As storage space is limited in the rooms please consider packing light, too. Accommodation in a single room is possible (extra charge).
The hostel is located 25 walking minutes from the city centre. Although the house is close to the busy town and is surrounded by a green environment. In the garden we have different fruits, like bananas and avocado. Our hostel dogs Takwa and Nala are part of the family and stay in the compound as well. The house is equipped with hot water showers and the possibility to use the kitchen through out the day.

Moreover we offer you the possibility to stay with a host family during your volunteering with us. The charges remain the same, but you will get the unique experience of sharing your daily live with and in a Tanzanian family. They will provide you with everything that's necessary. All family members speak English fluently and are very welcoming. As their new family member you will have your own lockable room, featured with a bed and access to the living room, kitchen, bathroom and the beautiful compound. If staying with a guest family, we will of course still provide our 24/7 in-country support by our staff members. For further information please let us know that you are interested in staying in a guest family within your application on Volunteer World.

Dorm Room Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast will contain tea and coffee, bread, margarine, honey, jam, peanut butter, as well as fruits and vegetable. Dinner will be international as we cook Tanzanian as well as Western Food. Don‘t worry if you are vegetarian (like Tizia), vegan or have any allergy, we can cope with everything. The hostel is also equipped with a fridge and shelves to store your own groceries.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Kilimanjaro. We assist you to find cheap flights to Tanzania.
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 Tanzania provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

You can start working at this project any day of the week that suits you.
On your first day we will do a town tour showing you Arusha, how to use the buses, where to find ATMs, exchange money and much more.
The next day one of our staff members will take you to your project showing you the way and making sure you are always safe.

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in EUR (USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
€420 ($475)
3 weeks
€0 ($0)
4 weeks
€0 ($0)
5 weeks
€0 ($0)
9 weeks
€0 ($0)
17 weeks
€0 ($0)
50 weeks (max. stay)
€5,700 ($6,441)
Average fees
€162 ($183) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Viva Tanzania 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 Viva Tanzania during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Animal Shelter Supporter

This shelter for cats and dogs was established in order to meet the great need of more adequate animal care & education of the population.

$162/week

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