Helper in Dog Shelter

founded in 2014
Peru Vivential
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Coordinator | William
Coordinator | William
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This volunteer program is suitable for those who love dogs! You don't need experience. Main activities include grooming, walking them on the beach and playing with them. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Background Information

In Peru, sadly, thousands of pets are abandoned by their owners every year for various reasons. The fact the main reason they are left alone on the street is because most of them are cross or mixed breed and therefore of no commercial value. They’re left alone on the street to either survive or die. The luckier of these animals end up in a refuge or family shelter, where they wait to be adopted.

About the Program

Since some yeard ago we joined to our projects a local shelter in Trujillo. They look after abandoned and sick dogs found on the streets and they also have a sterilization campaign in place to decrease the potential number of homeless pets. 

We aim to take care of the dogs health so they are ready to be adopted.

The refuge centre is in a shanty town just outside of Huanchaco and can accommodate up to 40 dogs. The centre is run by a volunteer who lives on site, but as you can imagine it is a lot of work to look after so many dogs! So more volunteers are always needed to help with the workload. If you have any specials skills (veterinary skills) or experience (previous work in an Animal Refuge or similar), it is a bonus but this is not necessary, all these beautiful dogs need is someone with a genuine interest in their wellbeing, some love to give and a strong willingness to help. They sure will appreciate it! to get the shelter we need to take the bus and travel for 15 minutes to ger it, and this program volunteers do it combine with Teaching English Program.

Your Role as a Volunteer

Volunteers will help to clean the shelter, take the dogs for walks on the beach of Huanchaquito, play with them, groom them and generally help around the shelter. We will provide you with all the equipment you will need, but it is important that you bring adequate clothing as you will get a little dirty!

Typical day

The main task of volunteers is helping protect the good health and well being of the abandoned dogs while trying to find them a new home if possible.

Work at the Dog Shelter includes a combination of:      

  • Helping with the maintenance of the facility: i.e. cooking, feeding, and cleaning up.
  • Taking the dogs out for walks.
  • Rescuing abandoned dogs at risk.
  • Generally speaking, the centre is open everyday. However, volunteers work at dog’s refuge centre from Monday to Friday, from 9:00am to 12:00pm (midday), three or Two days per week. ( the time could change depending on the season)
  • Working with Abandoned animals part-time can potentially be combined with another project role. 

Free-time activities

There are so many activities to do in and around Trujillo/Huanchaco. Volunteers have found their own activities to occupy them during the week and at weekends ranging from Yoga, Ju Jitsu. Surfing, dancing, cinema, shopping in Trujillo or relaxing on the beach of Huanchaco.

We organise one activity a week for our volunteers and these range from watching a tradition Horse show, a tour of Chan Chan, surfing, sandboarding and many more!

We also arrange for you to receive Salsa and Bachata lessons once a week here, as well as the opportunity to participate in Spanish classes (on request/aditional cost).

Water Sports


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 (intermediate level) or Spanish (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Must love dogs!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 12:00

What's Included

Services by Peru Vivential

Fees are payable on arrival and include:

  • Accomodation in our volunteer house
  •  Accomodation in a  host family (on request)
  • Spanish classes per week (on request/ additional cost)
  • 1x Salsa class per week
  • 1x Bachata class per week
  • 1x activity each weekend (tours and tourist activities around the city, sandboarding, surf lessons, camping, trekking, sports, parties and others) 


Most of our volunteers decide to stay in our volunteer house situated close to the historic centre and only fifteen minutes from the beach by bus. The rooms are shared dorms with Wi-Fi, Kitchen, bathroom and hot water. The volunteer house is a friendly environment where you can enjoy the sun on our roof or relax in the main room. Plus, volunteer parties and meetings are lots of fun.

Volunteer house comprises of 2x 2 bed dorms and 1x 4 bed dorm, 2x bathrooms, 1 kitchen, common area and rooftop. Free Wi-Fi works throughout (although not on the roof). No laundry facilities however you are able to handwash your clothes here or take them to a launderette nearby. We have 1 fridge/freezer and 2 gas hobs for you to store and cook your food. 

The house is very close to a big shopping mall (5 minute walk) where there is a supermarket, food court and many other shops. We have a local market and many shops and restaurants on the street before the mall.

Buses are all available in front of the mall and they can take you to Huanchaquito and the city centre.

If you would like to stay in a quieter environment we are able to offer you accommodation in a host family where you will share your time with a Peruvian family (with all the same comforts as the volunteer house). Please contact us for more information about the terms and conditions of this kind of lodging. 

Dorm Room
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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Trujillo Airport (TRU) in Trujillo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru.
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 Peru provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

You will be provided with your weeks schedule every Sunday (or on arrival depending when you join us) which will show your work days and when the Spanish lessons and other activities are planned.
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    4 - 12 weeks

    Program fees

    Costs: Prices in USD
    4 weeks (min. stay)
    8 weeks
    12 weeks (max. stay)
    Average fees
    $83 /week

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

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