As a charitable donation-funded NGO we aim to:
The workload varies throughout the week and the year but generally the vet is busy spaying, castrating, responding to emergency and house calls as well as attending to animals brought directly to the clinic.
On Saturday morning there is an Open Community Clinic where the local people bring their cows, goats and dogs for free dip-washing. Our vet also attends to any animal brought in for medical treatment; be it cows, goats, dogs, cats or the occasional chicken or rabbit. Often over 50 animals pass through the clinic on any given Saturday.
Only basic medical equipment is available in Zanzibar, which means the work environment can be challenging. More gets done with less and as much as it can be difficult sometimes it is also immensely rewarding to treat an animal or save its life with almost no means.
Our principal activities are:
Don’t worry if you have no training or experience with animal care, we will show you how to assist and participate at the clinic and during house calls. There is enough to do around and everything is as important and helpful:
Those studying Veterinary Medicine or Nursing will work alongside our Vet and learn academic and clinical skills:
LIFE AS A VOLUNTEER
It’s a team effort all round and everyone mucks in to help with the daily chores. It’s a volunteer experience like no other: expect hands-on work, occasionally long days of intense cases and emergencies from one end of the island to the other. It’s an unforgettable learning experience in a community and environment with challenging infrastructure, limited access to veterinary resources, and sometimes heart-breaking animal abuse.
Monday to Friday: clinic attendance and client based veterinary work
Saturday: Open Community Clinic in the morning and afternoons free
Every animal lover is welcome! There are no specific qualifications required. Ideal for Veterinary Medicine or Nursing students as well as qualified Veterinaries and Nurses looking for a rewarding career break. All we ask our volunteers is to be flexible, resourceful and willing to embrace new experiences. And of course… bring your loving heart and soul!
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
Accommodation is on a share basis and volunteers are required to buy their own food and drinks for the duration of their stay. There are fresh seafood, meat and vegetable markets in Stone Town, which provide cheap and delicious ingredients to cook yourself. There are also plenty of restaurants and market stalls offering local food.
DURATION OF YOUR STAY
Minimum stay is 1 week, maximum stay is 3 months and we are open all year round.
$30 per person and per day.