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Wellington
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 10.5
Persons: 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 14880
Region: Wellington

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Last Updated: February 16, 2018

Hi everybody! We are a vegan farm animal sanctuary in Otaki, just over an hour drive from Wellington. Every day we care for over 200 animals (ponies, cows, goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks, cats, bunnies and more) who have been abandoned, injured or mistreated.

We are looking for people, either single or a couple, to come and join us for a minimum of a month. If you are the right fit there might be a more permanent place for you some people choose to stay for a year or more.

Please only apply if you are vegetarian or vegan (you would be expected to eat vegan whilst at the sanctuary). We are hoping to find someone who shares our commitment to animals and the environment and who we can connect with ethically. Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer+ friendly is essential.

We have a lot of inquiries so a priority is always given to activists and people with passion around the environment, human rights, animal rights and other social concerns. We consider ourselves feminists and anarchists. If you are a cis male person please only apply if you share these values. On site women* are encouraged to learn new building skills etc.
To finance the Sanctuary, we run 3 op-shops. As part of your volunteering with us you would be asked to do 1-2 shifts in the op-shop per week.

Daily tasks are feeding the animals, projects and sometimes shifts in the Op-shops in exchange for a room and meals. Running the sanctuary and the op shops is a lot of work especially when we take care of baby animals or sick animals who need intensive care all day around. We are between 5-10 people living up here most of them are other volunteers. The day usually begins with morning feeds at 8am. The work up here can be quite physical but all skills can be learned on site.
Tasks include tree planting, gardening, animal shelter building, communal cooking, animal feeding, animal care, sometimes baking and cooking for market stalls as well as volunteering in our fundraising opshop Opportunity for animals.

We have a variety of accommodation including house trucks, caravans and a shared house all with wifi, heating etc. We provide food and depending on the season some food grows on site. You would be expected to help out with communal cooking for yourself and the other volunteers. We have a spare car that you can use to get into town and the local area as well as a bike if you cant drive.

We would love to meet friendly, independent volunteers who aren't afraid to get muddy and learn new skills. Please understand that if we dont answer emails right away, were probably busy looking after the animals and well get back to you as soon as possible.
Please include the dates you are interested in staying.

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