Volunteer Peru Dog Rescue

We need volunteers to help care for the abandoned and injured dogs of Cusco, Peru at the city's most welcoming dog shelter. Read on to found out how you can get involved.


Duration: 1 to 12 weeks

Hours: 5 days per week, normally mornings until early afternoon with the option of extra hours

Activities: Walking, feeding, and caring for the dogs at the centre

Location: Peru

City info: Volunteers are based in the historic city of Cusco, Peru

Accommodation: Private room in a 2* Hotel, shared dorm in a hostel, private room in homestay or apartment

Requirements: Aged 18+, with a passion for animal welfare

Volunteer Placement Fee: From UK£625 / US$745

How you will spend your time at the project

You will be required to be available for 4-5 hours per day with two days free time per week on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers normally start at 8.30am and finish around 12.30pm/1pm, although exact timetables can vary. Your specific duties will be decided shortly before arrival, depending upon the needs of the project and your relevant skills and abilities. Some of your duties may include the following.
 
Feeding and preparing food for the dogs
Cleaning the centre
Basic medical care
Walking the dogs
Playing with the dogs
Socialisation of the dogs
 
Other work that volunteers may assist with include:
 
Support during sterilisation and deworming campaigns
Vaccination and educational campaigns in the surrounding communities
General maintenance of the centre
Fundraising campaigns
Manufacturing of marketable goods (crafts, pet accessories, etc)
 

Why the project needs volunteers

Most of the dogs residing at the project were being maltreated by their owner, or were living on the streets and had serious injuries from being run over, getting into fights with other dogs, or suffering beatings by market stall owners, as well as being malnourished and having a general mistrust of humans.
The main objective of the Dog Rescue Project is to nurture the dogs back to health through receiving veterinary treatment at the hands of partner veterinarians, and loving care from veterinary students and volunteers. Whenever possible the animals are placed in caring adoptive homes.
 
The aim of the Dog Rescue Project is to be as self sufficient as possible, by using recycled materials, the manufacturing of marketable goods (crafts, pet accessories, etc) and offering veterinary services at affordable prices (deworming and sterilisation campaigns) that will generate an income to help defray the costs of caring for and feeding the dogs in the shelter.

“I loved and cherished every moment I spent there and actually seeing the appreciation in the dogs eyes with their wagging tails and wide smiles.”

Stephen, Scotland

More Information

Read more about the Peru Dog Rescue Project including accommodation, location, extra activities, climate and what makes Globalteer different.

Read more about the Project

No. of weeks
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
Nine
Ten
Eleven
Twelve
£GBP
£625
£800
£970
£1,140
£1,315
£1,490
£1,665
£1,840
£2,015
£2,195
£2,370
£2,545
$USD
$745
$950
$1,150
$1,350
$1,550
$1,755
$1,955
$2,155
$2,355
$2,560
$2,760
$2,960

Volunteer Placement Fee

The volunteer placement fee includes:
  • Project donation.
  • Airport pick up from Cusco international airport.
  • Peru orientation guide and induction on arrival.
  • Free Globalteer tote bag.
  • Cusco town tour.
  • Accommodation for the duration of your volunteer placement
  • In country support from our volunteer co-ordinator and team.
  • Free Spanish language classes in Cusco during your first week
  • Daily local bus transport to and from your project

The volunteer placement fee does not include flights, visas or insurance although we can provide information as required.


Upgrade accommodation in a 3* city centre hotel is available for the following approximate additional costs: 

Private single – an additional £170 / $200USD per week
Double – an additional £68 / $80USD per person per week. The double room is only available for a two person booking. 
Triple – an additional £34 / $40USD per person per week. The triple room is only available for a three person booking. 

Groups and families are welcome at this project. Returning volunteers and those doing multiple Globalteer projects will receive a discount of US$70 / GBP£50.

Reserve Your Place

Application process & requirements

The minimum age for volunteers is 18 years old. No previous volunteering experience or qualifications are necessary but we do require volunteers to be respectful and open minded to the cultural differences they will encounter in Peru.
  1. Click on the link below to fill out an application form. 
  2. Add "@globalteer.org" to your E-mail safe list to ensure that you receive a response.
  3. Your application will be reviewed and if accepted you will be notified via E-mail within one week.
  4. Pay your deposit to secure your placement within one week of acceptance. 
  5. Research your destination, book your flight, inoculations and ask us any questions you may have.
  6. Full amount is to be paid 10 weeks before the start of your volunteer placement.
  7. A comprehensive information folder will be sent to you with all information including a packing list, Peru cultural differences, etiquette, useful language phrases, volunteer placement rules, useful phone contacts and full project information.
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