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Siret Volunteer

Animal Rescue Assistant

arusha, Tanzania

Work with rescue and abandoned animals, to give them the care and love they deserved. Assist in a rescue shelter that cares for and re-homes rescue animals.

So what exactly is it like to volunteer? 

Volunteering is a fantastic way to travel abroad, give back to people who are in need and develop yourself as a person. 

The experience you will get from giving up your time and care for others, will be like no other. You WILL make a huge difference and uplift those around you, as long as you stay motivated on your mission, positive and focused. 

Why Tanzania?

Tanzania is a bright, beautiful and amazing country to visit. That is why thousands of travellers pass through every year. It's capital Dar es Salaam sits on a breathtaking coastline, an hour from paradise island of Zanzibar. In the north, Arusha sits under the shadows of the great Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Tanzania is home to many famous Safari parks and game reserves where people from all over the world come to visit the spectacular wildlife. The people are warm and gracious and nothing makes them happier. Tanzania is multicultural and has hundreds of various tribes and ethnicities, it's most famous being the nomadic Maasai tribe. Rich in culture and stunning to see, it really is an exciting part of Africa to visit.

The Problem

Animal welfare is a major concern in Tanzania.

A lot of effort has been made to preserve the natural wildlife in the country, but domestic animals that live in towns and inner cities are still being left abandoned, forgotten and badly treated. There are very few trained vet’s available to treat or vaccinate domestic animals or raise local awareness for the welfare of animals. As a result many animals:

  • Go unvaccinated
  • Are left sick and untreated
  • Are badly treated or abused
  • Are left abandoned on the streets
  • Become strays with no food or shelter

The Mission

Animal rescue centres in Arusha provide food, shelter and new homes for animals at risk on the streets. By taking them off the streets, they rescue the animals from being hurt or contracting deadly diseases like rabies. These animals get the best quality healthcare available and staff at the shelters provide round the clock care.

The Solution

Your role will be to volunteer your time to help give care to the rescued animals at the centre. Most of the animals are dogs and cats, with many being kittens and puppies that need extra care and attention.

  • Help feed and care for the animals daily
  • Take the dogs for daily walks
  • Assist the staff that need to treat injured or sick animals
  • Help with wider community awareness initiative
  • Give donations to the project where you can, to help keep it going

Your stay

You will be accommodated on a gated home in one of Arusha's prime locations, 15 minutes from the town centre and 3 minutes walk from the main road. This will be a quiet and friendly neighbourhood only 15 minutes from the main hustle and bustle of town, so you will never feel lost or isolated. You will have 24 hour gated security, a housekeeper/cook (who will happily do your laundry for a small fee) and a coordinator who will ensure you settle in quickly and comfortably into your new town. Amenities:

  • Housekeeper
  • Wifi
  • Hot showers
  • Filtered cold/hot water dispenser (save on buying water and throwing away plastic bottles)
  • 50 inch TV with satellite 
  • Soft comfortable hypoallergenic bedding and towels provided
  • 24 hour gated security, intercom entry, electric fencing
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Private hire taxi available at a fee
  • Laundry available at a small fee
  • The option to upgrade to a private double room 

Permit

You will require a volunteer permit to volunteer ($200 USD). This is a legal requirement to carry out your work. We will be on hand to ensure you get all the necessary documents to begin your amazing experience from beginning to the end.

Typical day

Your typical day will usually begin early. Arriving at the shelter, you will be assigned tasks to help support the staff taking care of the rescue animals. No day will be the same. Your day can be either very hectic and extremely challenging or slow and very quiet. You will need to be motivated, resilient and work well in a team in order to get the best out of your experience. 

What will your schedule look like?
07:00 Breakfast
08:00 Report to placement
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
15:00 Placement ends

The rest of the day will be yours to relax and enjoy what the town has to offer you!

Details on Arrival

We take on volunteers all throughout the year!

Free-time activities

Arusha provides an array of activities to get involved in during your free time. Explore the numerous walking trails, enjoy the large amount of cafe's bistro's and local food in town. There is a newly built mall in the town centre which also now has a cinema complex and more places to relax. There is a vibrant night life on most evenings in Arusha, whether you want to enjoy a quiet drink, watch outdoor cinema or go dancing. 

Night life

The social life in Tanzania is amazing, because Tanzanians are so open, friendly and love a good laugh. Tanzanian’s are famous in East Africa for their partying. They really do know how to have a good time. Their DJ’s and musicians are some of the best in Africa and there are many bars, clubs and restaurants popular amongst tourists and volunteers where you can let your hair down and socialise with locals and people from across the world.

Tours

Siret Trip Adventures provide a unique opportunity for our special volunteers to experience more of Africa's beauty. Take a scenic weekend walking tour of the lush rolling foothills of Mt Meru or a breathtaking day trips to some the world's most admired national reserves. Arusha is packed with opportunity to experience unique and unforgettable outdoor adventures. 

What else is there to do?

There are endless possibilities. Most volunteers rave about climbing Kilimanjaro. This usually takes about a week, so ensure you organise this with us before you arrive. Take advantage of this amazing tourist treasure.

Hot springs

An oasis in the middle of a barren landscape. The hot springs are truly magnificent. This can be organised as a day trip at any time. 

The Waterfalls

Another hot favourite. Hiking across lush vegetation to the spectacular waterfalls.

Safari

Ah yes, what Tanzania is world famous for. Safari is once in a lifetime adventure that is unique to the Africa experience. Unforgettable and jaw dropping landscapes is what is promised. This will need you to sacrifice some days, so please ensure you organise this long in advance. 

Tour packages, Safari's and cultural experiences are all available. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Love for animals, animal welfare, an interest in safeguarding animals at risk, able to work in a team.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Siret Volunteer are happy to help you.

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Services by Siret Volunteer
  • Volunteer placement facilitation-full program scheduling and supervision
  • Pre-arrival support & preparation of your project/work placement
  • Airport pick up 
  • Orientation (usually begins on a Monday
  • Accommodation Room & Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Housekeeping
  • Free Wifi
  • Daily in-person availability of a local coordinator

  • EXCLUDES
    • $100 USD contribution to placement facility
    • Airport transport on departure (can be arranged)
Airport Pickup at Arusha Airport

Pick up points:

  • Arusha Airport
  • Kilimanjaro Aiport 
  • Arusha bus stands

Accommodation

Our volunteers stay in fabulous refurbished guest house close to town, popular amongst tourists. 

  • There is a live in coordinator,
  •  Housekeeper, hot showers, 
  • Good wifi, 
  • 50 in HD TV, 900+ satellite channels, 
  • Gated security with electric fencing and intercom entry. 

We make regular visits and inspections of the accommodations to ensure they remain suitable for our Medi Trippers.

Dorm Room Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and Dinner. 

  • Continental breakfast with, eggs, toast, cereal, variety of fruit (inc the ever popular avocado), jam, butter, nutella! Coffee & Tea.
  • Unlike other hostels, we don't feed you the same dinner everyday, we have a set menu of spaghetti bolognese, pilau (flavoured rice and veg), rice and chicken, chapati (flat bread) and beans, always served with salad and fruit!
  • We have a filtered water cold/hot water dispenser to save on buying bottled water and make sure you keep hydrated with clean and safe water!

And of course the kitchen is yours to use! We have a fabulous chef who can guide you to local supermarkets if you want to buy your own personal food and snacks!

During orientation you will be shown tasty and affordable places to get lunch during your work day. You will have a good variety of local and western food places. There are amazing cafe's, bistro's and affordable western restaurants to enjoy a burger, salad, seafood etc!

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Arusha Airport (ARK) in Arusha. 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$650.00
5 weeks
$850.00
6 weeks
$950.00
7 weeks
$1,150.00
9 weeks
$1,250.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,650.00
Average fees
$150.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in arusha/Tanzania between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Siret Volunteer will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Tanzania.
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 must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
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