Volunteer with us

Do you want to volunteer with an award-winning animal welfare charity in Sri Lanka? 

We are looking for exceptional people who want to use their professional skills and experience to help transform animal welfare and make a sustainable difference to animals and people in Sri Lanka 

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Your skills could make a huge differance for animal welfare

From Fundraising, social media management, photographer/videographer, marketing and PR to project management and charity governance there are many ways your professional skills and experience can make a real and sustainable positive impact on animal welfare in Sri Lanka.

Due to the complex nature of work permit regulations, the minimum volunteering period we can offer is 8 weeks. Hands-on roles working with animals are currently limited to Registered Veterinary Nurses ( or equivalent ). Veterinary surgeons although welcome will not be able to practise due to restrictions in licensing by the Sri Lanka Veterinary Council.

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We are a no fee volunteer project

Ethics are at the heart of everything we do here at Dogstar, and we do not charge volunteers to "work" with us 

Free accommodation is provided. All Volunteers will need to enter the country on an entry permit (  non-tourist visa); this process can take up to 16 weeks so we cannot process last-minute applications or from any foreign national already in Sri Lanka. 

Not sure if overseas volunteering is the right option for you ?

Fequently Asked Questions

What are the costs involved ?

There is no fee payable to Dogstar to volunteer but there are costs involved 

Dogstar will provide an airport pick up and drop off. Accommodation with wifi ,  Visa costs excluding entry permit, transport to and from work. 

You will be responsible for your flights, Entry permit ( approx $50 ) food and drink and all other in costs you incur in the country. We require that you have suitable travel insurance evidence of which must be provided. 

What experance do I need ?

It takes an entire team to run Dogstar, and we are keen to welcome people with the skills and experience to help our charity thrive 

Fundraising, social media management, photographer/videographer, marketing and PR, project management, website design ( WordPress / beaver builder) and copywriting are just a few of the areas our in-country team would love help with  

Due to the complex nature of Sri Lanka immigration and work permit regulations, the minimum volunteering period we can offer is 8 weeks. Hands-on roles working with animals are currently limited to Registered Veterinary Nurses or equivalent.  Veterinary surgeons although welcome will not be able to practise due to restrictions in licensing by the Sri Lanka Veterinary Council.

If you have a skill not listed that you think we need, get in touch we would love to hear from you 

Whats an average working day ?

There is no such thing as an average day here at Dogstar, we are running Sri Lanka's largest charity spay neuter program with the field team working nearly every day. 

You can take 2 days off per week and we encourage you to travel and explore our beautiful island 

We are adaptable and flexible and we ask you are too 

Will I need vaccinations ?

All volunteers are required to have received a course of 3 pre-exposure Rabies vaccinations or boosters in the last 3 years or hold a valid Rabies titre certificate evidence of which must be provided prior to your arrival.  

Other vaccinations may be required dependant on your previous travel history and your doctor or a travel clinic can advise 

I have not heard back re my application ?

Please allow us 7 days to reply, if you do not hear back from us within 14 days please send us a message 

We are normally oversubscribed for volunteering positions and we cannot accept everyone, please do not book any flights until we have spoken to you and confirmed your placement.

 

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  • Please note that due to visa and work permit regulations the minimum placement we can offer is 8 weeks hands-on roles working with animals are limited to Veterinary nurses. Veterinary surgeons although welcome will not be able to practise due to restrictions in licensing by the Sri Lanka Veterinary Council.
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