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Animal Rescue & Farm Maintenance

Job in San Cristobal - Dominican Republic - Caribbean
Full Time, Volunteer position
Listed on 2020-10-19
Job specializations:
  • Science
  • Outdoor/Nature/Animal
    Farm Manager, Animal Conservation, Animal Care
Job Description & How to Apply Below
In the Dominican Republic there are plenty of animals in need of care and a home. Many dogs are homeless and sick, and you often find neglected and malnourished horses and cats. It is rare that anyone cares about these animals or gives them the affection and nurturing that they need.

For many years, a farm close to the city of Samaná has been helping animals in need by providing a home, food and arranging medical treatments. Dogs, horses, mules, cows and many other animals live on the ranch in the middle of the beautiful nature that surrounds Samaná. There is always a lot to do and support is much needed to be able to continue providing care to the animals and finding new homes, especially for the almost 50 dogs living on the farm. You can become a part of this project by taking care of the animals, training them and maintaining the property. By raising awareness and educating children about how animals can increase our well-being if we take care of them, you can also contribute to improving the situation in the long run. The Dog Veterinary Services in Las Terrenas provides home and emergency veterinary services is a perfect placement for volunteers and interns! Volunteer positions are for people without veterinary background who are a dog lover and would like to be part of a great project that takes care of the well-being of man’s best friend then this project is the right thing for you. If you are a veterinarian or veterinary student you will love this program. The team also always needs experienced vets or vet students that can assist during surgeries, neutering campaigns or similar.

What to expect
It is of advantage if the volunteer or intern has already worked in animal shelter or an veterinarian clinic, is a veterinary student or a dog walker, etc. But even with little experience you will be of great help! It is important to keep in mind that the farm includes some physical work like cleaning kennels and stables and being outside. Nevertheless, the animals’ love and affection that you will be met with are worth all of the effort!

Activities can include but are not limited to
- Caring for dogs, horses and mules and training them
- Maintaining the meadow, stables and kennels
- Maintaining the farm by helping with painting, building fences, planting king grass, fixing doors, among other tasks
Developing and executing awareness rising and education activities for children or the general population in order to improve the situation of neglected animals in the long run
- Caring for dogs, taking them for a walk, maintaining the kennels
- Supporting veterinarians during medical treatments or operationsto neuter or spay animals (only for veterinarians or veterinary students)
- Support for the admission of new patients and other administrative procedures
Participation in the annual castration campaign

Requirements
Overall there is no previous experience required to participate in the program, but of course you have to be an animal lover. A typical Animal Care & Farm Maintenance volunteer or intern has already worked in animal shelters, is a student in a veterinary school or a dog walker, etc. However, a person without any specific experience or training who just really loves animals and wants to help care for them is welcome as well. He or she needs to be enthusiastic, proactive, ready for a challenge and willing to do maintenance work. It also includes physical work like cleaning kennels and stables and being outside a lot. Nevertheless, the animals’ love and affection that you will be met with are worth all of the effort! Friendliness, commitment and patience are among significant qualities. Basic Spanish skills are needed, but an advanced level of Spanish experience will open up more opportunities. In order to enable deeper integration into the community, we provide free Spanish classes on a weekly basis, full support and 24/7 backup.

Volunteer Placement or Internship
Most of our participants join as volunteers and are free to commit from between 10 to 40 hours per week. That’s up to you! As an intern however you probably have to fulfill requirements set by your school or university. Please inform us of your school or university internship requirements in advance so that we can work out your personalized work plan together. Also tell us about your personal expectations and goals and we will see how we can help you achieve them.

Availability: This program is ongoing throughout the whole year

Time Commitment: A minimum time commitment of 2 weeks is required.

Placement Location: Las Terrenas

Financial Contribution & Benefits
Aldeas de Paz works hard to keep the required financial contribution to an absolute minimum and to offer financial transparency by practicing an open book policy. The calculation of your financial contribution or donation is set up so that the longer you stay, the less you give per week. We do this to encourage longer stays, recognizing that longer stays lead to more significant volunteer work and more energy contributed in the form of donated time in place of money! The minimum contribution starts at €140 per week and includes Spanish language classes, double room at one of our fully equipped guesthouse apartments, a special program donation as well as a personal welcome service and pick-up at the airport, transfer to the bus, bus fare and free transfer to your placement location in Las Terrenas or Samana. If you wish a single room upgrade add €50 per week and an all in Host Family homestay upgrade is €150 per week, including a private bedroom and two meals per day. For more information about costs and benefits check out our webpage     

What is included
Welcome Service at the airport and transport to your placement location
Volunteer or Internship placement
Accommodation of your choice
Placement introduction, training, supervision, briefings and meetings
Free regular Spanish lessons throughout your placement
Free Wifi and use of washing machine at all our facilities
Certificate, written reference and student credit
Information about adventure packages
Full support and 24/7 backup from local staff

Special Offer     
Spanish language classes: Volunteers and interns receive free language lessons every week. The classes focus on developing communication skills so that students are able to put their knowledge to practical use as soon as they step outside the classroom. Our teaching method enables students to develop four basic skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. The idea is to learn Spanish in a natural and spontaneous way, just as students have learned their mother tongue. Our students are encouraged to speak Spanish right from the very first day, using it in typical real-life situations: the basic syllabus is supplemented by special exercises, such as role-play, situational dialogues and work projects. Outside the classroom, the learning process continues as you are immersed in the Spanish language and the Dominican culture.


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Position Requirements
High School
Requirements
Overall there are no previous experiences required to participate in the program, but of course you have to be an animal lover. A typical Animal Care & Farm Maintenance volunteer and intern has already worked in animal shelters, is a student in a veterinary school or a dog walker, etc. However, a person that does not necessarily have any experience or training, but just really loves animals and wants to help care for them is welcome as well. He or she needs to be enthusiastic, proactive, ready for a challenge and willing to do maintenance work (for example cleaning kennels and stables). Friendliness, commitment and patience are among significant qualities. Basic conversational Spanish skills are required, and the more advanced your level of experience and Spanish language skills are, the more opportunities will be available to you. Even with little Spanish there is lots of work to do. In order to enable deeper integration into the community, we provide free Spanish classes regularly on a weekly basis throughout your placement, full support, and 24/7 back up.
Required Language Skills:
  • Spanish - A little
  • English - Good
Additional Information / Benefits
There is no end of activities and sights to visit in your spare time. Visit the north coast for some of the best windsurfing or kite boarding found in the world, go whale watching, try fun hiking, biking or even white water rafting for those adrenaline seekers! You may also like to visit the Caribbean's highest peak or the Playa Rincon, said to be one of the best beaches in the world. Hunt round the quaint town of Monte Cristo for some great finds including bargain priced jewellery made from handcrafted beads, and try some with some of the local rum in one of the colourful bars!


Financial Contribution & Benefits
Aldeas de Paz works hard to keep the required financial contribution to an absolute minimum and to offer financial transparency by practicing an open book policy. The calculation of your financial contribution or donation is set up so that the longer you stay the less you give per week. We do this to encourage longer stays, recognizing that longer stays lead to more significant volunteer work and more energy contributed in the form of donated time in place of money! The minimum contribution starts at €140 per week and includes Spanish language classes, double room at one of our fully equipped guesthouse apartments, a special program donation as well as a personal welcome service and pick-up at the airport, transfer to the bus, bus fare and free transfer to your placement location in Las Terrenas or Samana. If you wish a single room upgrade add €40 per week and an all in Host Family homestay upgrade is €145 per week, including a private bedroom and two meals per day. For an independent fully equipped Bungalow or one-room apartment add €75 per week (only available in Las Terrenas) For more information about costs and benefits check out our webpage.

What is included
- Welcome Service at the airport and transport to your placement location
- Volunteer or Internship placement
- Accommodation of your choice
- Placement introduction, training, supervision, briefings and meetings
- Free regular Spanish lessons throughout your placement
- Free Wifi and use of washing machine at all our facilities
- Certificate and/or written reference or student credit
- Full support and 24/7 backup from local staff  
- Information about adventure packages

Special Offer
Spanish language classes: Volunteers and interns receive free language lessons every week. The classes focus on developing communication skills so that students are able to put their knowledge to practical use as soon as they step outside the classroom. Our teaching method enables students to develop four basic skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. The idea is to learn Spanish in a natural and spontaneous way, just as students have learned their mother tongue. Our students are encouraged to speak Spanish right from the very first day, using it in typical real-life situations: the basic syllabus is supplemented by special exercises, such as role-play, situational dialogues and work projects. Outside the classroom, the learning process continues as you are immersed in the Spanish language and the Dominican culture.
Contact Information
Contact Name: Aldeas de Paz
Contact Phone: +18297055123
Preferred method of contact: Email with CV via Application Box below.
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