Involvement Volunteers IVI

Stray Dog Rehabilitation

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This program aims to rescue injured and mistreated stray dogs for rehabilitation and safe housing in pet shelters so they can be put up for adoption of released.

Much of Nepalese culture including many other Asian cultures unfortunately do not hold dogs with the same esteem as western cultures.  It is very heartbreaking to see stray dogs everywhere in Nepal.  These dogs are often starving and suffer from various skin disorders, diseases, infected wounds, parasites and related conditions.  

Many pet owners do not accept responsibility for their pets which are often very poorly looked after and often kicked out of their homes once they’ve grown older.  These animals are then left to fend for themselves on the streets in horrific conditions and with very little love and attention.

This program aims to rescue injured and mistreated stray dogs for rehabilitation and safe housing in pet shelters so they can be put up for adoption of released.  

The project also operates the Animal Birth Control Program to educate pet owners of the importance of having dogs spayed and neutered.   Animals lovers of all kinds are encouraged to apply.  This may be a confronting placement but also very rewarding. 

Typical day

Role of Volunteers

Volunteers will aid in the rescue of stray dogs in need as well as assistance in getting the back to a health state so they may have the opportunity for adoption.  

Monday to Friday

You will spend your day here shadowing doctors and may be called upon to assist doctors and to also go out into the streets of Kathmandu to identify and rescue dogs that need treatment. Tasks vary depending upon the needs at the time. However, the main ones consist (but are not limited to):

  • Rescuing and treating injured street dogs
  • Sterilization of female dogs
  • Help in feeding stray dogs
  • Cleaning their enclosures
  • Walking the dogs, bathing, cleaning etc.

Additional Requirements

An anti-rabies vaccine is necessary for this project before you arrive into Nepal

Additional Equipment

  • Gloves.
  • Surgical masks.
  • Antiseptics.
  • Disinfectants.

Details on Arrival

Project starts each Monday with Sunday arrivals receiving the complimentary airport pickup

Free-time activities

  • Visit Monkey temples
  • Buddhist monastery temples
  • Cooking classes
  • White water rafting on Trishuli river
  • Markets and cultural experiences
  • Loads of hiking and mountain climbing options!

Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Winter Sports
Yoga/Meditation

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
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 from 09:00 - 13:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Involvement Volunteers IVI (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
  • Arrival  airport transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
  • Training & supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion 
Airport Pickup at Tribhuvan International Airport

Arrivals on weekends receive complimentary airport pickup

Accommodation

Kathmandu accommodation includes;

  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays,  2 Meals p/day weekends (mostly vegetarian cuisine)
  • 4-6 persons p/room
  • Wifi in public areas (Quality is not the best though.  You may want to purchase a local SIM data plan)
  • T.V, DVD player, computer
  • Laundry facilities (at an additional fee)
  • Lockable rooms
  • Hot shower
  • Private bathrooms
  • Bed Linen (no towels)
  • Mosquito protection
  • Fans (no air-con)
For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available for an additional cost (approx US $150 p/room p/week).  This must be booked well in advance and is subject to availability. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Nepalese food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about once per week. You can chose to eat out at any of the local restaurants.
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 Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Nepal.
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 Nepal provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Nepal you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Nepal.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$550.00
2 weeks
$705.00
2 weeks
$705.00
3 weeks
$860.00
3 weeks
$860.00
4 weeks
$1,060.00
4 weeks
$1,060.00
6 weeks
$1,465.00
6 weeks
$1,465.00
8 weeks
$1,870.00
8 weeks
$1,870.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,670.00
Average fees
$386.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in kathmandu/Nepal between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Involvement Volunteers IVI 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 Nepal.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
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  Asia Southern Asia Nepal  Kathmandu, Kathmandu

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