Location: Larnaca, Cyprus
Duration: Minimum 2 weeks commitment
Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday
Cost: €500 Euros per week – see Costs section for more details
Includes: Introduction Week, all food & accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities
Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations
- Make a difference to abandoned animals in a beautiful island setting
- A varied role, working with a network of rescue centre
- Keywords: Animal rehabilitation, Cyprus animal rehabilitation, injured animals, animal rescue, Cyprus placement
This rewarding placement gives you the opportunity to help rehabilitate and rehome abandoned animals. If you’re an animal lover who wants to make a real difference, this is the opportunity for you.
Situated on the beautiful island of Cyprus, you will largely work to maintain the rescue centre. This includes feeding the animals, taking care of injured animals, assisting the local veterinarian and potentially going out to rescue animals.
The placement takes place within the Famagusta and Larnaca regions, through a network of rescue centres. You will be working alongside local rescue experts to collect and transport orphaned, sick and injured animals. You’ll also play a huge role in the rehabilitation and release of the animals, especially those which have been orphaned after one or both parents were killed in a road accident.
As well as helping to make a difference to vulnerable animals, your time off also allows you to explore the local surroundings. Larnaca is an especially beautiful place to explore. Best known for its breathtaking Finikoudes beach, which is situated right in the heart of the city, it boasts a vibrant nightlife scene with many great waterfront bars to choose from. You will also find numerous cultural attractions within the local area. Famagusta is also worth exploring, though it isn’t as vibrant as it used to be.
What better way to experience this beautiful, romantic island than by volunteering for a well-deserved rescue centre?
After your optional Introductory first week to Lanarca and the project, you will be working Monday to Friday, starting early and finishing at 16.30. Breakfast will be provided for you before you head off to the animal rehabilitation centre. You will stop for lunch, which again will be provided, before returning back to work until 16.30.
Daily tasks will vary greatly, with no two days ever being the same. You could be helping to feed the animals, or monitoring, assessing and and reporting your findings on the animals within the centre. You may need to change bandages, administer ointments and medication, clean enclosures and wash and the clean the animals when required.
After 16:30, you are free to do whatever you like, such as explore some of the island’s most beautiful attractions and sites. Or, why not head to the beach and enjoy relaxing in a truly tranquil, beautiful environment. You can also interact with the locals, potentially meeting long-term friends.
As part of the placement includes collecting sick, injured and abandoned animals, you do need to be prepared to face upsetting situations. However, you will be a part of rehabilitating the animals you collect, along with rehoming them in long-term placements.
Travel and Accommodation
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and picked up from the airport, before being taken to your accommodation.
You will be staying in shared accommodation of 2-4 people per room. All bed linen, mosquito nets and fan will be provided. Your room is lockable and there is free wifi in the public areas.
You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a Cypriot dishes consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants. There are ATM’s around our centers. The closest one to our residence is about a 15 minute walk from the house. The closest local supermarket is a 10 minute walk from the centre.
- Minimum age 18
- Passion and enthusiasm in animal conservation
- Ability to work within a team environment
- Minimum 2 weeks commitment
- Good English skills
- CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
- Necessary vaccinations
- Necessary flight & visas
- Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
€500 Euros per week
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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit, minimum 2 weeks booking
Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.
Private rooms are available for an additional €100 per week.
What’s not included:
Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.
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