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Live with Animals and Build their Home

Environment/Animal welfare

Live with Animals and Build their Home

Voluntary Service International


At a Glance

  • Start Date:22/06/2019
  • End Date:06/06/2019
  • Closing date:15/06/2019
  • Post Updated:03/04/2019
  • Min Hours:10+ hours/ week
  • Role Type:Animal

Requirements:Interest in species-appropriate animal husbandry and organic farming; friendly handling of animals; interest in manual labor; technical skil


Voluntary Service International (VSI)& is the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide peace movement that began in 1920. We work to promote peace, social justice, sustainable development and intercultural understanding. We do this through volunteering activities internationally and in Ireland. VSI is a registered charity in Ireland (Charity Number: CHY 9220).

Description: Do you like animals? Do you like manual work? Around the year, school classes, children's groups and families come to the ‘Stallgespräch’, an encounter and educational project – set on a farm with animals, garden and fields to work there. By feeding the animals and observing them, knowledge and skills in dealing with different species of animals are learned. In doing so, the visitors should develop respect towards these living beings. The animals of the project are carefully accustomed to the encounter with the people and deployed within their possibilities and abilities. The project also offers the visitors the opportunity to plant, harvest and cook their own food and thus contributes to raise awareness of sustainable agrarian and food culture as well as the appreciation of healthy food.

Type of Work: disassembly and arrangement of a trailer for the visitors, construction of a horse paddock and an animal shelter; renewal of the fences; caring of the animals; help with organic farming (such as weeding, digging); the work is varied and there is something for everyone.

Study Theme: Species - appropriate animal husbandry; animal - assisted therapy; organic farming; solidary agriculture.

Accommodation: In tents or on straw (please bring a camping mat and a thick sleeping bag); shower, toilet, shared kitchen are available.

Cooking together in the group.

Language: English

Approximate Location: The farm is located in the small but very lively town of Alfter between the major cities of Cologne and Bonn.

Notes: During leisure: possibility of excursions to Cologne and Bonn; hiking in the Siebengebirge (Seven Hills Region); Rhine cruises; swimming in a nearby outdoor pool

Is training provided?: Yes

Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.

Details of time commitment needed for role:
This is a residential volunteer program in Germany, however German is not required.

Minimum time commitment per week:
10+ hour p/week


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Mateja Jakšić

Address: Voluntary Service International, 30 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1


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