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SMILE Society, India

Street Dogs Care Assistant

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International volunteers are welcome to participate in our Animal shelter where we give shelter to dogs and cats.Any animal lovers are welcome.

About the Program

Do you love dogs & cats? Then this camp is for you.This camp is for bringing welfare service to one of the most neglected domestic animals like dogs and cats in India. SMILE Animal shelter for Domestic Animal welfare program providing shelter to dogs and cats.Volunteers would have amazing time with these cute animal for sure. 

In India dogs and cats are every where on the street living under unprotected and abandoned life . In SMILE family we have a big love for domestic animals basically dogs,cats and so we made a small shelter in 2009 where we take care of few dogs and cats on regular basis. There are huge number of street dogs and cats who are roaming unprotected and struggling for the life and shelter.There are almost no management system from local government available for these animal.There are long and short term volunteering opportunities available every year for these poor needy animals.

Volunteers job are mostly food preparation, distribution, grooming, shelter cleaning ,taking care of dogs and cats at our shelter. We welcome international individuals or groups to help and look after these domestic animals during the camp. It is a fun filled experience for volunteers!! 

Our foremost goal is to "Bring Smile around" We ensure that all volunteers are provided with a safe and enriching experience. Our flexible approach means that you will be given a placement to suit your needs and time scale. There are many other attractions as well. Our unique placements could become the trip of a lifetime.

All volunteers taking this program should take anti rabies vaccination before joining these camps.International youth have chance to experience this unique program ,can help local member in different activities .They can have a change to enjoy with these cute animals. Mainly this programs are those who care about dogs and cats. If you love dogs and cats then this program would give you emense satisfaction and valuable knowledge .Volunteers also can experience the Indian food and culture while living at local host family. There would be local language classes and cooking training given . Experiencing India in different shades .

This program is based at SMILE head office near Madhyamgram town (8 km from Kolkata Airport and 22km from City center. You can find more details about the location on wiki link:

Typical day

Work Schedule

Field service Work Hour: 3/4 hr./day (Monday to Friday early morning)

Work shop: 2 hrs per day (afternoon)

Cultural exchange : Evening

Example Daily Schedule:

Wake up early morning: 6 am

Breakfast: 6:30 am (required to prepared by own)

Work hour : 8 - 11 am & 2-4 pm

Lunch at 1:30-2 p.m

Late afternoon: 3pm - 5pm, plan preparation for next day 

Dinner : 7:30 pm ( volunteers required help themselves in serving ,washing )

After 8 pm exit door would be closed.No one allowed to go out or come in the accommodation after 8 pm everyday including weekends.

9:30 bed time

** Please remember that  program schedule or project site can be changed or altered by the Project In-charge if required and all volunteers are requested to cooperate with our local members and partners. All schedule should be followed and mandatory for everyone to participate and contribute **

Free-time activities

Saturday & Sunday are Free days !! Volunteers can explore around,city center,movie.Weekends are free for volunteers .Volnteers can explore city centre ,visit monuments in the city or go for visiting around .Kolkata is situated very close to mountain,sea and it would always be a time to visit any of these places during weekends. SMILE members can give more advices if needed. If volunteers comes in a group then organization can organize special trip package by reliable travel partners.

Water Sports

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)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Must have love for animals
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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On-site services

Services by SMILE Society, India

3 times food

Shared dorm room
Airport pickup
Local 24/7 in house guidance

Airport Pickup at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport

Pickup on arrival subject to prior confirmation.

Accommodation: Dormitory basis in host family/school building as per available on arrival ( on cot with mattress/on floor with mattress, 4-30 volunteers in one room) shared accommodation (normally male & female separate room). You will get accommodation till 6 pm on the last day of your camp.We are unable to provide you any accommodation before or after these dates. 
Please arrange your own accommodation in case of early arrival or late departure .You are requested to meet our representative at the meeting place on exact time given above. If you arrive early then you can have your stay in any of the different hotels available nearby Airport, within 2 -3 km. on the road popularly called as V.I.P road. You are requested to take any cab to check in any of these hotels. If you arrive at earlier night then you are requested to stay inside the airport terminal and meet at the next morning with our representative at 12 noon. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Food: You will get 3 times local veg food from host family as per available on arrival. Please do not expect any kind of special dishes (veg/non veg) or cold drinks or special living room or air conditioned room during your term. You are requested to get ready for a simple and challenging life.

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 Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport (CCU) in Kolkata. We assist you to find cheap flights to India.
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 India provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in India you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for India.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
11 weeks
20 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Kolkata/India between 4 weeks and 20 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. SMILE Society, India will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in India.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with SMILE Society, India during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Asia Southern Asia India  Kolkata, Madhyamgram

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