from 510€

Brilliant 4.7rating (24)

Dog and Cat Caretaker

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3 - 50 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Brilliant 4.7  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Very high response rate

Highlights

  • Experience the beauty of Africa
  • Enjoy Safaris, Sunsets and the Kilimandjaro
  • Intercultural exchange
  • Help rescued animals in need
  • Learn more about yourself by being abroad

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

About the program

You love all kinds of animals and want to get all the cuddles and faithfulness of rescued dogs and cats? Then that’s the right program for you!

You will be working with street dogs and cats and rescued or abused ones too. Many puppies and also special needs dogs also need your help.

You work with the team of the animal shelter and also with the vet clinic.

Mbwa wa Africa Animal Rescue was founded as a dog shelter and is now leading companion ...

About the program

You will be working with street dogs and cats and rescued or abused ones too. Many puppies and also special needs dogs also need your help.

You work with the team of the animal shelter and also with the vet clinic.

Mbwa wa Africa Animal Rescue was founded as a dog shelter and is now leading companion animal welfare in the Arusha Region.

Taking a holistic approach of rescue, rabies elimination and humane dog population control.

They focuse on providing animal welfare services for domestic dogs in Tanzania.

We aim to:

  • Aid in the reduction of disease,
    especially rabies amongst dogs and control reproductive numbers.
  • Ensure that any animal that is abused, injured or in danger to itself or others is rescued with the intent
    on improving its health and well
    being.
  • Ensure that once a dog has been rehabilitated and in good health that it is re-homed where it will receive continual care and rehabilitation.
  • Raise the level of community awareness regarding animal rights and welfare of domestic dogs and other animals.

All rescues receive the highest affordable quality of care by our staff in order to promote recovery, health, and well-being.

Medical treatment is administered for injured animals and all are monitored throughout the healing process. Severely injured and special needs animals are cared for around the clock by night staff that monitor their condition.

Animals are fed twice daily however puppies, kittens, elderly, or infirm animals receive meals as needed to promote health. Ideally, animals who are healthy enough for exercise are walked twice a day regardless of weather conditions.

We make sure that all our animals are re-homed with appropriate owners where they can have a happy life.


Typical day

Around 8 am you will take breakfast with the other volunteers in the hostel and then leave to the animal rescue home. Around 9am you start there until maybe 1 or 2pm, depends how long your help will be needed.

You go to the project and you can help wherever help will be needed. You care for the ...

Typical day

Around 8 am you will take breakfast with the other volunteers in the hostel and then leave to the animal rescue home. Around 9am you start there until maybe 1 or 2pm, depends how long your help will be needed.

You go to the project and you can help wherever help will be needed. You care for the rescued dogs and cats, goats or other animals, play with the puppies, take the dogs for a walk, take care of the disabled dogs in a wheel chair or help them find a new home. You rescue street or abused dogs and cats and bring them to the vet clinic and help them get healthy again. You help the staff vaccinate the dogs against rabies or other diseases and can also help in the vet clinic to take care of the sick ones. You also educate the people in tanzania that dogs should be vaccinated, castrated and should not be beaten or hit in any kind of way. Here are unfortunately so many street dogs who overpopulate and spread diseases. So you can play a big part of helping those poor animals and find them a new loving home!

After the project you can do one of the mal. Activities in and around Arusha or meet with the other volunteers.


Free-time activities

In your free time, Arusha has lots of activities which you can follow, the other volunteers who are already here for a bit will show you the nice places. My husband Emmanuel is a safari and tour operator and will take you to show you the real beauty of Africa

Free-time activities

In your free time, Arusha has lots of activities which you can follow, the other volunteers who are already here for a bit will show you the nice places. My husband Emmanuel is a safari and tour operator and will take you to show you the real beauty of Africa


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)

Required Documents

CV

Nationality Restrictions

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

Other Skills

Love for animals

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 13:30

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Giving Hands Tansania

The fees include the stay in our Giving Hands Hostel with the other volunteers, breakfast and dinner from Monday to Friday, a briefing how to behave in africa on your first day and a town tour to show you Arusha town. We also bring you to your project in the first day, to make sure you get there safely.

We also offer an airport transfer which is included in the fee. 

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

We pick you up anytime from the airport at any time (Kilimandjaro or Arusha Airport) and any day and bring you back on your last day also at any time.

Accommodation

You will live in our big volunteer hostel with 6 rooms and 5 bathrooms, a kitchen with a big fridge and storage drafts for your food, a big living and dining room, 2 verandas, 2 balcony’s and a BIG garden to chill. My husband and me, we also live on the same compound, so if you need anything or have problems we are always there. We have a fence and a wall around the hostel and we have a security guard whi is here night and day to protect the house. On top of that we have our angel Helena, she is cooking, washing and cleaning for you. 

Our hostel is very central in Arusha in a nice neighbour, 5 minutes foot walk to the bus station, fruit stands, pharmacy and small restaurants, 10 minutes walking to a big European supermarket and 10 minutes with the bus to the city centre. There is also a gym (also courses like yoga etc), many swimming pools and restaurants or cafes in near neighbourhood around the hostel.


You will be in a shared room in your own big bed with Moskito net and bed material we will put you and also wash it every week. The rooms have cupboards and you share the bathroom (with warm water) and toilet with the other room.

Feel home anytime - Karibu sana!

Food & Beverages

We provide breakfast and dinner from Monday to Friday, coffee and tea and drinking water are always available and you are free to cook in our hostel kitchen. For lunch most of the volunteers est in their projects or in the small local restaurants around. On the weekends they like to go to restaurants to enjoy food there 

Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Kilimanjaro. We assist you to find cheap flights to Tanzania. 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 Tanzania provides security and is a plus to have. GET A QUOTE

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. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

You can start at any time of the year, the dogs are always there in the rescue shelter 

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

Program fees

3 weeks (min. stay) 510€
4 weeks 625€
5 weeks 749€
6 weeks 873€
10 weeks 1,350€
18 weeks 2,450€
50 weeks (max. stay) 6,080€
Average fees 145€/week

Program fees

145€ per week 3 - 50 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

Visa Master Card Maestro American Express PayPal

NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

3 - 50 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 Giving Hands Tansania during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

Giving Hands Tansania

Brilliant 4.7 rating (24 reviews)

Agency - founded in 2022

Verified by Volunteer World

  Very high response rate

Coordinated by

Sarah

Spoken languages: English, Swahili, German, French

About the project

You’re ready dive into another culture, have the most beautiful experience of your lifetime, make children smile, and see the beauty of Africa? You can make a difference!

Meet your organization

Who is giving hands?

We are Sarah - a German physical therapist who decided to stay here in Tanzania & Emmanuel - a Tanzanian safari and tour guide - will do anything to give you the most beautiful time here in Africa.

What do we do?

We founded this social project to help the people in Tanzania, because we can’t save the world alone. That’s why we need Y O U !  We provide a housing and fresh cooked meals in our house for you during your stay and we give you the opportunity to work voluntarily in several different projects like children care, hospitals, schools, babyhomes, environmental projects or women empowerment projects to help the community and increase intercultural exchange. Emmanuel as a native will show you the town Arusha, which bus to take, how to dress properly, where to go and how to behave in this culture and we bring you in those projects the first day, such that you know what to do and where to go. 


Where are we?

We - and also you if you come - live in Arusha, Tanzania. Tanzania itself is located in Eastern Africa and is a very safe country. You can trust me as a European, I‘ve never been scared or felt offended at any time (which is also because Emmanuel explained me well on the first days). The people here are so open minded and warmly welcome everyone, no matter which religion or skin colour, they are just nice to each other. Arusha is THE tourism town, because every Safari starts from here, so we have supermarkets, coffees, restaurants and many hotels, just like in Europe. The gap between very poor and very rich people is quite big here, so you will find every kind of person on the road. It’s just colourful and nice here, but see for yourself!


Our vision is, to help the community of Africa. Not just help them temporarily but to help them help themselves better. This can only be done together, that’s why we need you. We also wish to show you the t r u e Africa with its true people and show you this wonderful but also very different culture. Come visit us and we show you the beauty of this wonderful place of earth.

On top of that we aim to teach English to poor children, such that they can have a future and good education means also a good job. 

Furthermore we aim to educate the women and also the men (starting in school) about hygienical issues, menstruation and sexual diseases like HIV or explain them about how not to get pregnant in a young age to ensure a better future for the girls. 

My personal goal as a therapist is of course also to help those in need such as people with diseases or special need children, because their life is hard itself but in a poor country without any chance of earning money it’s even harder. 


Who are we looking for?

We are looking for motivated people who want to get to know the real Africa and do their volunteering in the most beautiful country with people who really need our help. It’s important to be open minded and simply interested in this other culture.


Why choose us?

First, we bring travelling (such as safaris, trip to hot springs or maasai villages or other tours) and volunteering together, to guarantee you the most beautiful experience of your life! 

We really do this with love and all our hearts, you will live in our house with maximum 6 other people in a room with maximum 4 people each room and enough space - so it’s very familiar and comfortable and not crowded and unknown as many other hostels here. If you have anything on your mind or want to ask something we will be there for you. 

Also our location is very close to supermarkets and restaurants and a fresh fruit and vegetable market, so you can enjoy the tastiness of Africa! 

On top of that we offer you all our trips like safaris and other weekend trips for special prices, that’s actually very cool. 

And we will truly put you into projects that really need help and also give you an impact of this wonderful African culture. Emmanuel as a native will cook (very delicious) African food and explain you a lot about the culture. You could also take Swahili lessons or just ask if you need to know anything - fell free, hakuna matata!

24 reviews · rating4.7

It was an amazing experience to stay with Sarah and Emanuel! It’s a real eye opener to help, and it feels so good to do something back. Helping the kids, in the hospital, at school and in the daycare. They all need our help! The trips to Moshi and the amazing safari were incredible and made my ...
Jessica Harvey rating5

2024 at Special need kids helper

I had a wonderful time staying with Sarah and Emanuel, who were so accommodating, as well as their tour guide, Debra! Serving both preschool and primary school children with autism and living in an impoverished area, by assisting with teaching, serving food, singing songs, and playing games or just ...
Helena Beckers rating4.4

2024 at Girls Rescue Home & Community Outreach

Mein Aufenthalt in Tansania bei Sarah und Emmanuel war unglaublich bereichernd! Ich habe mich in dem „Givinghands Hostel“ wie zuhause gefühlt. Es herrscht eine familiäre Atmosphäre und es ist einfach schnell soziale Kontakte zu knüpfen. Ich habe unglaublich nette Menschen kennenlernen ...
maika drolet rating4.6

2024 at English, French or Sports Teacher

J’ai passé un mois avec l’organisation Giving hands pour faire du volontariat en enseignement du français au primaire. J’ai eu une très belle expérience et ce dû début à la fin ! Merci Sarah et Emmanuel. ..
Lysian Schenk rating4.6

2024 at Girls Rescue Home & Community Outreach

*We spent 4 weeks volunteering at Eripoto and want to mention that our star rating is about the project, not the overall stay.* First of all, the description of the project does not really match what we ended up having to do. Secondly, there is no amount of money going to the project from what ...
Mckenna Hooker rating3.2

2024 at Doctor, Nurse or Midwife in the Hospital

I usually do not write poor reviews, but I feel it’s important to be honest, since going abroad to Africa and volunteering is a pretty big event. I had such problems with this organization that I chose to find alternative accommodation one month into my stay, while still volunteering with my ...

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