Animal Sanctuary in Catalonia

The active participation of volunteers is sought to collaborate in this wonderful place. You can help in the first animal sanctuary in Spain. Its main objective is to rescue and recover animals victims of exploitation. This objective is also complemented by the promotion of veganism, the fight for the recognition of Animal Rights and the fight against speciesism.

  • Get to know the culture and customs working hand in hand with the local population.
  • Help the different animals in the sanctuary to have a happy life.
  • Bring new ideas for the project and the animals to develop further.
  • Live a unique experience in nature with other volunteers.
  • Get to know life among nature and feel the values ​​of veganism.

What is this program about?

In the sanctuary, each inhabitant is cared for according to their specific physical and psychological needs and has the opportunity to develop as an individual according to their nature, personality and own interests. Here, their rights are respected and they can live safely for the rest of their lives.

The sanctuary project has allowed the rescue, and subsequent accommodation in its facilities, of more than 200 animals that were facing certain death in slaughterhouses or other extermination centers.

In addition, important social outreach and awareness-raising work is carried out, carrying out educational actions aimed at children and adults, which promote the values ​​of respect, justice and equality, extending them to all individuals without distinction of species. To do this, we use specific instruments designed for this purpose, such as talks in educational or occupational centers, campaigns on the street or the publication of our own didactic material.

Your day to day will be in a natural space in contact with a wide variety of animals. Most of the animals are rescued from situations of oppression and abuse, and saved from certain death at the hands of their exploiters. Come, share, help and contribute all your ideas.

How is the day to day and what will I do as a volunteer?

You collaborate 6 days a week, having a day off. Collaboration hours are approximately 8 hours distributed throughout the day, according to needs.

A typical volunteer day starts around 7/7.30 (depending on the time of year) and while some prepare breakfast for everyone, others go out to make sure all the animals are okay and do the first check-up of the day.

Later there is a meeting for breakfast. At breakfast, the tasks of the day are distributed, which can be domestic chores (washing dishes, cleaning the house, preparing food, putting on and tending washing machines) or cleaning tasks in the parks and spaces for animals, construction, maintenance, organization and cleaning the kitchen where the food for the animals is prepared, cleaning the forest, feeding and medical and therapeutic treatments for the animals, or logistical tasks (driving to the shops, collecting donations, etc.). Tasks more related to animals (feeding and medical treatment) are normally assigned to long-term volunteers.

When the food is ready we meet again (usually between 14.00 and 15.00), there is a break until 17.00. At that time the volunteers get going again with the new tasks that have been assigned to each one until the sun goes down. Dinner is done in a more relaxed way: everyone chooses whether to eat it on their own or with the group, and no one is in charge of cooking, everyone eats what suits them.

The daily activities are:

  • Animal care: feeding, supervision of the needs for their well-being, cures and treatments including visits to the vet.
  • Works and maintenance of facilities.
  • Orchard, gardening and forest, including the management of firewood for heating in winter.
  • Maintenance of parks (areas in which animals live), both in the terrestrial environment and in ponds.
  • Logistics: food collection in Mercabarna, collection of donations, shopping, littering, in some cases driving to the veterinary hospital. Car care and maintenance.
  • Home care: house and apartment cleaning, cooking, laundry, porch maintenance and taking the dogs out.

Requirements to participate

  • Be over 18 years old (except if you are traveling with your parents).
  • Cover the cost of the program according to weeks.
  • Have a mandatory travel insurance.
  • Respect cultures and religions.
  • Not have a criminal record.
  • Be proactive.
  • Follow the rules of local accommodation and projects.
  • Have an entry and exit ticket to the country in allowed tourist time.
  • Have a valid passport with more than 6 months.
  • Interview with the coordinator.
  • Fluent Spanish.
  • Do not wear or eat anything from animals.

Where will I be and when do I have to arrive?

Where will the accommodation be?

The volunteer will normally land at El Prat Airport, the local coordinator will tell you how to get there. After completing the immigration procedures you must take a train to Vic and a bus to the town hall of L’Esquirol where one of us will pick you up in that square. It is about 20 minutes by car to the sanctuary.

The Accommodation is located in the sanctuary itself. The accommodation consists of shared rooms with the other volunteers and the use of common areas. It has hot water and Wifi.

Dates and method of arrival

The program is open all year. You must arrive on your own to the town hall of L’Esquirol where one of us will pick you up in that square. It is about 20 minutes by car to the sanctuary.

It is advisable to arrive during the weekend to carry out a better induction of the volunteer.

How long can I go?

You can be in the project from week 1 to 12 weeks  

How do I sign up?

To sign up is very simple, you only have to follow 5 very important steps, the first thing is once you have read everything that is included and not included and the costs that you have in the country tab.

  1. Fill out this form with the dates you want.
  2. You receive an official confirmation of place.
  3. Make a 1st contribution of register for the program.
  4. You make a video call with the coordinator to better prepare your arrival.
  5. Sign the international volunteer agreement and complete the rest of the contribution as indicated by your coordinator.

YOU COME?

What can I see during the weekend?

Near the Sanctuary you can do numerous natural and mountain activities. Also, if you want to move you can visit the different picturesque places that surround the place.

On the other hand, you can enjoy the Costa Brava. Beaches where you can enjoy the good weather, water activities, the gastronomy of the coast and the atmosphere.

On the other hand, you can visit the most touristic points of Barcelona, ​​making visits to museums, cathedrals, viewpoints, etc.

Do not forget to take many photos, you will remember every corner!