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Any nice (vegan) voluntary work with animals for place & food?
Posted October 8th, 2012 - 12:17 pm from Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Posted October 8th, 2012 - 1:20 pm by from Fulda, Germany (Permalink)
Hi Freja,
have you heard about WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms)? I don't know if it's exactly what you are looking for, I did it in New Zealand, you have to work 4-6 hours daily and get accommodation and food for free. There are big differences between the farms, so you have to search a bit until you can find sth. that fits you, but for me it was a great experience. I was on a horse "farm", where people paid to ride the horses. For more information check this page: http://wwoof.org/

I hope I could help you!
Regards, Esther

Posted October 8th, 2012 - 7:45 pm from Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Posted October 8th, 2012 - 9:23 pm by from Xalapa-Enriquez, Mexico (Permalink)
Hello may be here in Mexico, You can be in any ecovillage, here is a page of an ecovillage in Palenque, Chiapas
http://www.jardin-palenque.com/ and here is another in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán http://www.tierramor.org/ and there are another ecolvillages in my country. I wish It will be of great help. Take care of You Freja, high vibrations¡¡¡

Posted October 8th, 2012 - 11:02 pm from Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Posted October 8th, 2012 - 11:53 pm from Madrid, Spain
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Posted October 9th, 2012 - 4:14 pm by from Xalapa-Enriquez, Mexico (Permalink)
:)

Posted October 9th, 2012 - 8:16 pm by from Rome, Italy (Permalink)
Hi Freja,

you could try asking to these very super-nice people:
http://www.ippoasi.org/
(it's a totally vegan animal sanctuary)

They used to be on WWOOF Italy, but I don't know if they're accepting volunteers at the moment.

Vegan cheers,
A.

Posted October 9th, 2012 - 10:38 pm by from Coburg, Germany (Permalink)
awesome thread , thanks freja.


Posted October 9th, 2012 - 11:00 pm from Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Posted October 11th, 2012 - 7:43 am by from Rome, Italy (Permalink)
You're welcome!
Let me know how it goes... and, since I'll go visit them as soon as I eventually get back to Italy, we might meet there one day :)

Ciao,
A.

Posted October 11th, 2012 - 9:04 am from Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Posted October 10th, 2012 - 11:50 pm by from Celestun, Mexico (Permalink)
Hi Freja,
Helpx.net and workaway.info might be of use to you. They are international work exchange programs like wwoof, but with more varied situations than farming. There are many vegan friendly situations (ourselves included).
Best of luck!

Posted October 15th, 2012 - 12:58 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
Hello!

For what I know, you can find volunteer work easily (you had a few answers) and working with animals for free is almost impossible.
I have worked (and paid for it, I know it 's weird) at the Elepant Nature Park and at the WFFT, both in Thailand.
Both need money to work. Animals are alie, they need food, and to have food you need money. The ENP organizes day visit for tourists ut it's not enough. So they ask volunteers to pay... They use the money to buy food to local villages so people around benefit from the park too.
The WFFT is for animals that were pets before. So most of them are in cages. But they are well treted and theys free the animals they can free (like the gibbons). The place is free to visit, so the only money they have is from rich donators or volunteers.
The ENP is definitely one of the great experiences of my life!! Elephants are amazing. The WFFT is not as good, the work is hard, some apes are rally mean...

Now three things:

1) You still can ask them to work for free. I know the WFFT takes people free of charges sometimes, if you're motivated and explain them what you are searching for.
2) Both parks had problems with the fucking thai government this year (you can find a lot of information and videos about that); happinessly the pressure from foreigners work a bit. I don't know exactly what is the situation right now.
3) You will never work directly with animals, unless you're a vet. Those animals are not pets. At the ENP you will definitely spend some times with elephants (bathing, giving them food, looking at them), maybe 10% of your time max. The place is beautiful and the ambiance is fantastic anyway (at least when I was there, I don't know how it is now).
At the WFFT, the main job is to prepare food and give it to the animals (gibbons, mean macaques, night animals, elephants, birds, bears_I loved the bears!_, etc). So you will spend time with them (they are all around in the park anyway) bu you will not touch them or get too close (unless the elephants, and maybe the tiger, he's handicaped). Well, the apes will try to grab you but trust me you don't want that to happen.

That's it!

You can find parks like that in Indonesia too (there is one in Borneo, it's a oran-outans refuge.

Asia is still cheap to travel, and you can also find REAL free volunteer work, mostly with children (try in Cambodia, Nepal). Know that most real volunteer jobs ask you to stay a long time (a few months). You will not find a free volunteer job for a couple of weeks.

Don't forget to try the ENP and the WFFT for free! It can work, even if they are popular places!

If you're motivated enough you will be able to do what you want!

Posted October 15th, 2012 - 1:01 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
I forgot, some pictures:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vincentgaliano/sets/72157629860009677/

http://www.vincentgaliano.com/lelephant-nature-park-en-thailande-une-semaine-de-reve-au-milieu-des-elephants/
(pictures at the end)

Posted October 16th, 2012 - 10:47 am from Ljubljana, Slovenia
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