Volunteering El Hogar

Would you lend us a hand?

Welcome to El Hogar ProVegan’s volunteer site! Here you will find all the information you need to become a volunteer.
Thank you so much for your help!

There are several types of volunteers at El Hogar ProVegan:

1) RESIDENT VOLUNTEER

Resident volunteers work and sleep at the sanctuary.

2) OCCASIONAL VOLUNTEER OR EXTERNAL RESIDENT

Occasional volunteers or external residents come to the sanctuary on individual dates, or regularly, but stay in external housing such as camping sites or rural houses.

3) ONLINE VOLUNTEER, EVENTS, AWARENESS PROMOTER, MOBILIZATIONS

These types of volunteers help us online, for specific events, information stands, promote awareness on the street, etc.

1) RESIDENT VOLUNTEER

a)      Short-stay resident volunteer

This is, without a doubt, the hardest type of volunteering, but it is also the most rewarding. It means volunteering for 7 to 15 nights. We believe staying for that period of time will bring stability to the work carried out by each volunteer, and above all, will provide consistency for the animals. Work days are 8 hours long, with the possibility for extra hours (there’s always some emergency). Volunteers have one day off each week, starting on their second week. We always let people know that the day-to-day work at the sanctuary is very, very hard. We want to warn people about this so they are not disappointed if they had something more idyllic in mind. Working to make life better for the animals of the sanctuary is amazing, but it requires a lot of physical effort. Not everyone can endure this type of work. We work long hours and, sadly, the sanctuary doesn’t have the comforts of other types of housing: we have to share rooms with other volunteers and with animals that have nocturnal habits, such as cats, dogs, roosters… but if you’re in good shape, it’s worth the effort 🙂

We ask volunteers staying at the sanctuary for a contribution of 7 Euros per day, to cover food expenses and their share of the housing. This is paid on arrival. We must ask for this contribution even though we greatly appreciate the hard work carried out by our volunteers, because we have little resources and don’t have any subsidies.

This money is destined to cover expenses and can’t be refunded under any circumstance, since it’s considered a donation. If you decide to stay longer, you can ask the coordinator if it’s possible, and pay the total sum for the extra days in advance.

We beg you not to sign up for this type of volunteering if you’re not absolutely sure you can do it. It’s extremely hard, both physically and psychologically, and if you’re not sure you can stay for 15 or 10 days, please stay for only 7. We also ask that if you reserve a bed and are not able to make it, you let us know in advance, because we have very few beds available and having one less volunteer than planned is very difficult for us.

We will also conduct brief phone/Skype interviews to those who wish to be residents at the sanctuary, to clear any doubts and explain the work in detail.

b)     Medium-stay resident volunteer

If you’re interested in staying for a longer period of time, but still under 6 months, you must consider that there is a 15 day trial period, because we want volunteers to know what the work is like before making a long-term commitment. Write to us and tell us why you’d like to stay longer, your motivations, and what tasks you’d be most helpful with.

c)      Long-stay resident volunteer

Long-stay resident volunteers stay at the sanctuary for more than 6 months. To become this type of volunteer, you must meet the following basic requirements: be more than 26 years old (to be able to drive our van), have at least a B European driver’s license, and have knowledge in animal care, veterinary, construction, carpentry, electrical work, masonry, vegan permaculture or gardening. After a 1 month trial period, the 7 daily Euros destined for housing and food may be eliminated, and small financial aid may be awarded. It’s important that if someone decides to become a volunteer, they are clear that the work is hard and the main goal is the animals’ welfare. This is why it’s not a job position, because financial compensation is merely symbolic. El Hogar ProVegan’s main focus is animal well-being, and anyone who lives with us must keep that in mind.

Steps for all types of resident volunteers:

a)      First download, scan or take a picture (one for each page) of the volunteer contract on this page. You will be asked to upload it when filling in the form, together with an ID photo.

a)      Fill in the form on the same page: fill in every box.

IMPORTANT: Follow STEP by STEP instructions.

c)       Have a brief phone/Skype interview.

d)      After these three steps, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail (you can’t come to the sanctuary without it), and you’ll be registered as a resident volunteer.

e)      Once you’re registered as a resident, the next step is to specify the date and time of your arrival, and your method of transportation (it’s very important that you tell us, because we need to organize our day’s work to be able to collect you from the train station, and to train you when you arrive. Even if you arrive by car, we have to organize our tasks to be able to show you how the sanctuary works).

If you’re arriving by train, we can collect you from the Marçà-Falset train station if you need it. As soon as we know the date and time, we’ll enter you into the volunteer calendar and you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail with relevant information. Please let us know if you don’t receive it. Read it carefully and consider printing it out to have with you on the trip; it will help you if there’s a problem.

f)       When you arrive at the sanctuary you must give the coordinator a printed copy of the agreement (filled in and signed), and the contribution for food and housing, in advance.

For medium stay residents:

If you want to stay 2-6 months, there’s a 15 day trial period that will help us decide if you should stay the whole period of time. Rules are the same for short and medium stay volunteers.

For long-stay residents:

If you want to stay for more than 6 months and you have had an interview (phone/Skype), you’ll have a 1 month trial period, after which we’ll decide if you should stay, and if you need not pay the 7 Euros per day for food and housing.

2)      OCCASIONAL VOLUNTEER OR EXTERNAL RESIDENT

If you can’t come for a few days, we would appreciate if you came on sporadic dates, maybe only in the morning, afternoon, or the whole day. What we do ask for is a genuine long-term commitment, and for people not to come occasionally and then disappear. Training new volunteers is a great effort and it’s time we have to take away from our inhabitants, and it can be stressful for the animals to see too many different people. This is why we beg volunteers to come at least once every 15 days. If you stay over to eat, you can bring your own food (vegan, of course), or leave a 3 Euro contribution for one meal or 7Euros for more than one.

Those who can’t or don’t want to work so many hours have the possibility of staying in a camping site or a rural house and work part-time at the sanctuary, and spend the rest of the day resting. The same rules apply to on-site occasional volunteers. You’ll find a list of camping places here, and rural tourism facilities here. You should check the distance from there to the sanctuary, make sure they have vegan options and that they don’t exploit animals in any way.

Steps to follow to become this type of volunteer:

a)      First download, scan or take a picture (one for each page) of the volunteer contract on this page. You will be asked to upload it when filling in the form, together with an ID photo.

a)      Fill in the form on the same page: fill in every box.

IMPORTANT: Follow STEP by STEP instructions.

c)      You’ll receive a registration confirmation e-mail and instructions to go to the sanctuary on that day.

d)      When you arrive at the sanctuary you must give the coordinator a printed copy of the agreement (filled in and signed), and the contribution for food if you’re staying over for a meal.

3)      ONLINE VOLUNTEER, EVENTS, AWARENESS PROMOTER, MOBILIZATIONS

If you want to work online (translation, social media, promotion, audiovisual, press, design, etc), in events or information stands, or mobilizations, these are the steps to follow:

a)      First download, scan or take a picture (one for each page) of the volunteer contract on this page. You will be asked to upload it when filling in the form, together with an ID photo.

a)      Fill in the form on the same page: fill in every box.

IMPORTANT: Follow STEP by STEP instructions.

c)       You’ll receive a registration confirmation e-mail and we’ll connect you to the department you’ll be working with.

IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS, CHECK OUR FAQ PAGE.

Or you can write to us at voluntariado@elhogar-animalsanctuary.org