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Host ID: 94118
Country: Morocco

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Last Updated: January 1, 2020

Welcome to Morocco Animal Aid. We are an animal rescue & rehabilitation shelter located in Assersif. A rural, no frills, berber village located just outside the bustling village of Aourir, otherwise known as Banana Village.

By working with us you will learn 1st hand the pleasures & hardships of the animals in our care.
You will be contributing to help create a shift towards a safer, healthier, happier future for the animals of Morocco. We are a family here. But we work hard. Really hard. The work is smelly, noisy, dirty & physical. But the reward will always outweigh the sacrifice. We are here for them. You are making a difference.

Our shelter is run entirely by volunteers. Our volunteers come from all over the globe & are from all walks of life. Without our volunteers, our shelter does not run.
Our volunteer schedule is never the same. Some weeks we are overflowing with volunteers. Other weeks we really struggle. Whichever the scenario, we need to ensure that we are adequately covered to be able to meet the needs of the animals at the shelter.

Daily tasks at the shelter include:
* Cleaning: Poop scoop, rubbish collection, general sanitation of the shelter.
* Walking/Hiking: The dogs are walked for minimum 90 mins at a time on a rotating roster.
* Animal Training: Training walks, to aid socialisation or to assist rehabilitation.
* Staff Training: New volunteer inductions & patient care training.
* Medical Treatment: Administering specialised treatments to animals when required.
* Projects: Other initiatives, such as building, administration etc.

We need help to walk, train, feed and clean up after the animals.
Some animals have just come in off the street and need one to one training.
Some need physio, some need medicating, some just need attention and love.

Shifts are 4 hours in duration & are split into morning & afternoon shifts on a rotating roster.
Shifts are scheduled a month in advance & are rotated to ensure that all volunteers get to experience all facets of the shelter.

You MUST be confident with dogs. The dogs specifically need strong leaders. The dogs in our care may be different to the dogs you are used to back home. You may experience behaviours or characteristics in our dogs that you may not have experienced before.

If you havent had animals as pets before or are slightly afraid of any type of animal then this position isn't for you.

POO: We clean up poo, dog poo, cat poo. Poo all day, every day. There is always poo. Just one job, for 40mins max will be to pick up poo. If youre sensitive about poo, dont apply. This is by far the worst part of the just. But now you know. POO. Poo. Poo.

* Morocco is NOT a rabies controlled country. Please check with your GP/Doctor about any vaccinations/boosters needed to travel here.

*LEISHMANIAS*We have a number of dogs with leishmaniasis which is a contagious disease for both animals and humans. The dogs are under treatment to kill parasite and wear protective collars to deter the sand fly that transfers the disease. Please take some time to read up on leishmaniasis so you are aware of the risks.

*??????????????TRAVEL COMPANIONS/FLIGHT VOLUNTEERS*??????????????
We routinely send animals all over the world for adoptions. We are on the look out for people flying from Casablanca to Montreal, who already have a ticket and would happily escort animals to their new home. There is no cost to you. We cover everything for the animal. A volunteer meets you at the airport with the animal and then the same when you land to collect them. We struggle to find flight volunteers travelling this route so if you know of anyone please put us in touch.

As our project unfolds we will have a lot of work for builders.

We have dog kennels, a decking, isolation rooms, tiling planned over the first few months of next year.

We also will be opening a cafe where we would like to make all the furniture ourselves from salvaged wood.

If youve had experience in these trades please apply.Our shelter is run entirely by volunteers. Our volunteers come from all over the globe & are from all walks of life. Without our volunteers, our shelter does not run.

The accomodation in Assersif, is located across the road from the shelter. Approximately a 2 minute walk away right in the heart of the berber village of Assersif. A rural, no frills, berber village located a 5 minute drive from bustling Aourir (Otherwise known as Banana Village).

Included in the accomodation is Food, Wifi, water & electricity.

The accomodation itself is a large 3 story terrace house, complete with a bathroom, kitchen & lounge room or common area. All areas are considered to be communal & will be shared by all volunteers.
It is expected that all volunteers will show respect & consideration to other volunteers in the house, by respecting each others space & cleaning up after themselves to ensure a tidy & habitable environment.

The bedroom is shared & can fit approximately 8-10 people at any given time. Volunteers are supplied with bed linen & a towel. Beds are bunk beds.

The kitchen is medium sized with an fridge, small freezer, oven & gas stove for volunteers to prepare meals if you wish.
The bathroom is large complete with a shower, basin & toilet. There is no washing machine available onsite at the staff house, however there is a washing machine at the shelter which volunteers can wash their clothes with washing powder provided to do so.

Upstairs on the 3rd floor is a large rooftop terrace for volunteers to use. It is open & is a lovely place to relax, unwind & catch some sunshine in your daytime.

Food is provided for the duration of your stay in the house.
Food is replenished every Wednesday afternoon from the local souk with fresh fruit & vegetables along with staples such as: Pasta, rice, flour, eggs, spices & condiments. We are a mainly a non dairy or meat eating household.
Dairy products & meat are not provided & can be purchased from local markets in the area.

Our water is drinkable but at your own risk. We do not use a filter at the staff house. Water can be purchased from local markets in the area.

Our animals are adopted by people all over the world. To give the animals experience in a domestic environment once they leave the shelter, animals that are near to going to their forever homes, live in the staff house for a short time prior to their departure.
Whilst the animals are living in the staff house, volunteers are responsible for ensuring the animals are walked, fed, socialised & domesticated. These duties are outside your normal hours at the shelter & will be scheduled into your time at the house.

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