Repzootic Animal Center

Zookeeper

Erdősmecske, Hungary show on map
Feeding animals, cleaning cages, building new enclosures, ... You can help us out in our Sanctuary in Hungary. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples

Being a part of this projects offers you a real animal experience where you can be a real zookeeper and you can expand your experience with (exotic) animals! You can help us with the daily care of abandonned and mistreaten animals. Beside that, you can enjoy the nature of the beautiful country named Hungary!

About us
Repzootic Animal Center is a sanctuary and educational center in Hungary, nearby Pécs. We give a last home to exotic 'pets' who were abandonned or mistreaten. We also take in Hungarian wildlife to release them in the nature again. Our mission is to educate people about nature and wildlife and these exotic 'pets'. 

We're a young Belgian couple who moved to Hungary to start this education and experience center with our very loved animals. We're in the animal business for years and we still love every single creature. We have a lot of experience with exotic animals and we would love to teach you what we know!

Repzootic Animal Center is expanding. That means there are a lot of cages to build and a lot of new animals to arrive.

Repzootic Animal Center is a non-profit organisation who gives educational lessons in whole Europe. We survive by giving these lessons and by organsation events. 

Our animals
We have a lot of different animals at our site. Most of them are small mammals like foxes, wolfdogs, porcupines, mongooses, marsupials, small cats, rodents and more. But also reptiles, amphibians and  birds do live at our center. This amount of animals can teach you a lot about their needs, their husbandry and more. A very special experience for any animal lover!

Friend for life
What's a better friend than a friend who shares your interests? We work with a lot of volunteers and students, so it's possible you won't be alone in this job. Sharing an accomodation and helping each other as zookeepers, you can learn a lot and most of al; make a lot of fun!

Typical day

Being a zookeeper means:

  • Feeding the animals and cleaning their water bowls
  • Observing the animals
  • Making some enrichment for them
  • Help them when they are in (medical) need
  • Learn about them
But also
  • Cleaning their cages
  • Building some new enclosures
  • Gardening around the enclosures
  • Give educational lessons to groups

Hungary is a country where you have plenty of time. We don't rush and we don't scream. We love our animals and we give them the best care we can. After that, without rushing, we can do some other maintaining jobs but we can also love our nature and country. 

We hope to see you soon!

Details on Arrival

The nearest airport is Budapest Liszt Ferenc. We can arrange an airport pickup for you.

Arrivals can be placed every day of the week, all year long. Keep in mind that Hungarian summers are hot, and winters verry verry cold!

Free-time activities

Volunteers will have the possibility to visit Pécs. Pécs has a zoo, a lot of shopping malls, sport centers, swimming pools, musea and monuments and more. In Pécsvarad, at 9km of the center, we have a natural pool and a small city center. In the villiage Erdosmecske, where the center is located, you can enjoy the nature every moment of the day. There's a possibility to go for a walk or to visit our local pub.

In te guest house you can enjoy a TV, DVD's, Playstation, books and bordgames. 

Swimming
Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
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 10:00 - 17:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Repzootic Animal Center (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 Repzootic Animal Center

- Accomodation; Guest house
- Water, elektricity, gas, WIFI, washing clothes and more
- Transportation to the city 1x a week
- Breakfast

Accommodation

We offer a guesthouse (max 6 persons) for our volunteers and students. When there are more people at our location, the rooms can be shared. There's also a kitchen, a bathroom, toilet and living room. You have acces to the animal center at all time.

Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

We offer only breakfast. No lunch or dinner. The volunteers need to prepare their own (hot) food. Food in Hungary is very cheap and we visit the store once a week. Snacks and cold drinks/alcoholic drinks can also be buyed in the shop by the volunteer. There's always water, coffee and thee.

Internet Access
Limited 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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) in Budapest. We assist you to find cheap flights to Hungary.
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 Hungary provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Hungary you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Hungary.
Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 350
2 weeks
$ 638
3 weeks
$ 925
4 weeks
$ 1,213
5 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,500
Average fees
$ 325 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Erdősmecske/Hungary between 1 week and 5 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Repzootic Animal Center 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 Hungary.
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 will be agreed with Repzootic Animal Center during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.
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