I am very interested in volunteer work with animals. At the moment I live in Asia so if you know about a place in Asia that would be great. I am interesed to do it for a month or so. I looked in to working with the Giant Panda but you have to book a tour and then the actual volunteer work is only a day or 2 (depending on the tour). Of course the tour is costing you a arm and a leg as you will be staying in a comfortable hotel and see other cities as well. If you know about something...
I'm don't believe it's possible to volunteer without also paying for the pleasure. http://www.earthwatch.org/ has a list of volunteer positions worldwide.
Thats not true, there are plenty of animal sanctuaries who won't charge you. The genuine welfare sanctuaries will simply charge you for accommodation & food. You have to contact them direct. Have a look at www.worldanimalnet.org
Under wan directory it will come up with a list of countries & will give you links to hundreds of animal sanctuary websites.
Just don't go through an agency!
You have to contact them direct
That's the best advice I have heard - I'd try calling rather than just an email - and don't get disheartened if they don't seem interested - move on and see if there is somewhere else.
I am currently working with LASSie (Langkawi Animal Shelter & Sanctuary Foundation, Malaysia). This is two-weeks volunteer program (extension is subject to the management decision). You required to work 8 hours a day, 6 days a week (taking care animals, either dogs and/or cats) in return of food and accommodation. Kindly contact me should you need further assistance.
I know two volunteer programs in South Africa that don't charge volunteers money and actually give you a bit of pocket money. Cheetah Outreach in Stellenbosch and Monkeyland in Plettenberg Bay. I have done volunteer work for Cheetah Outreach for 5 months and loved it. At the moment I work as a volunteer coordinator for The Knysna Elephant Park. We have several volunteer positions and as volunteer you will be living on the same park as where the elephants live in a controlled-free-range-environment. We do ask for a fee in return for food, accommodation and a once in a life time experience. However, I have seen some of the volunteer program prices and they are expensive. The fee that we ask for will only cover the food, accommodation and it will cover the people we employed to make this volunteer program work. I can agree with getting in contact with the programs directly! Anke
There is a really good group in China called Animals Asia. They are dedicated to ending cruelty and restoring respect for animals. They work on rescueing Moon Bears, they have a campaign "Friends or Food?" to try to educate about cats and dogs being good pets, and that making animals suffer does not make them taste better, "Dr. Dog" etc. The website is www.animalsasia.org and the office is out of Hong Kong. Its also really cheap to live in China, so you wont have to be in 4 star hotels if you don't want to. Beth
Also, look into Elephant Nature Park. This is a conservatory for abused elephants that is located about an hour outside of Chiang Mai. I am going to volunteer for 2 weeks in March 08 and looking forward to it. It sounds like the park also houses any other animals in need of a home, dogs, cats, cows etc.
Check it out---http://www.elephantnaturefoundation.org/go/park
Wow! Everyone the info is amazing...thanx keep it coming the more the better.
Animal Jobs Direct website (http://www.animal-job.co.uk) has a section about volunteering with animals abroad. It breaks up into different continents and there are some excellent organisations that need volunteers: http://www.animal-job.co.uk/voluntary-work-with-animals.html. Have fun!