with Animals Africa presents an opportunity to get in on the ground
floor of building a wildlife rehabilitation and education center; the
first in Rwanda. Currently our site is hosting dogs, goats,
chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and a number of birds in our wetlands.
We also have a model farm meant to teach the local Rwandese
ecological and sustainable farming methods. Often is it the
women's cooperative we have set up that works in the fields, as we try
to encourage them to take stronger, and more self-directing roles in
their society. So come and experience rural Rwanda, live and
learn with us in the village, and be a part of something that can make
a huge difference to the community of this country!
How Will You Help
Animal Care: Feeding the goats, rabbits, chickens and guinea pigs. Herding the goats around the center, as well as milking. Socializing with the animals to get them used to humans holding and touching them, especially the baby goats! Working to get our beekeeping project moving. We also work with a couple in Kigali who run a dog rescue out of their home (called WAG), so you can take part in their efforts, as well. Dog training of our pack of 8 dogs would be welcome as well. Since the Managing Director of the site is a veterinarian, you may also help in any veterinary procedures we need to perform on the animals.
Construction: Helping to build the volunteer house as well as future wild animal enclosures, a science education center, and a dining pavilion. We have several other construction plans we hope to start soon, but these are our major undertakings at the moment.
Site Maintenance: In addition to our big construction projects we have a number of smaller projects that need to be maintained on a weekly basis. Some of those include trail building, enclosure repair, fence making, and general building upkeep.
Cultivation: With our model farm, we have several plots of land we are working with, as well as a greenhouse. Some of the produce we have planted includes, pineapples, oranges, bananas, strawberries, lettuce, lemon grass, sorghum, peanuts, zucchini, and a few others. Daily watering, weeding and maintenance of these plots is essential here, as well as coming up with new ideas for a more efficient greenhouse. Any new ideas for cultivation techniques are also welcome.
Marketing or PR: We are in desperate need for the word to get out about our project, so any website design skills, ideas for outreach, or an interest in keeping up with our facebook page would be very appreciated. We would also love anyone who has a background in grant writing or fundraising, or someone who would be willing to take on that role.
Special Projects: We have a few ideas we would love to get going but they are not essential yet. However, if you would like to take on some of these ventures while you're here we would not object! Some of our favorites include a butterfly garden, a playground, teaching English to our staff, and yogurt, milk and soap making (from our own goats and the local cows).
You can be involved in any project you would like, so please let us know which ones you would be most excited about. Additionally, if you have expertise in any of these areas also let us know, as we would love to take advantage of it!
Please send any volunteer enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible with more information. We can't wait to hear from you!
placements range between 3 weeks to 12 weeks, but extensions can
be made. The money you spend here will go directly into
construction projects, animal care (including food and medical
expenses), and working to get the rehabilitation aspects of the
center up and running.
The prices below include:
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