Overseas Volunteers

Are you interesting in volunteering with street dogs? Street Dog Care welcomes volunteers who are able to carry out the following  tasks for at least 3 weeks (In case you are and staying several month in Kathmandu, you are welcome to contact us for individual agreements on your volunteer time.)

  • Veterinary services (only for certified vets and vet Nurses)
  • Veterinary students
  • Daily care for the animals, grooming and walking dogs
  • Cleaning kennels, bedding, house, dishes, etc
  • Bathe and Groom dogs
  • Transporting dogs to the veterinarian clinic
  • Participation at the weekly Saturday Camp
  • Assisting in the placement and adoption of dogs
  • Participation in events, such as annual rabies vaccination in March
  • Maintenance and perform repairs of house, kennels, etc
  • Garden and Painting works
  • Inventory / warehouse structure, manage, acquire supplies (medicines, dressings , equipment)
  • Fundraising

In order to be accepted please follow the following steps: 

1. Please send a short info about your age, experience in volunteering, in particular in developing countries and add the desired period of time, to volunteer@streetdogcare.org

2.Read me first: Volunteer Information FAQ

Do you feel comfortable with Street Dog Care’s concept? (for example our non-kill policy and the living conditions in Nepal as a developing nation?)

3. Once received your introduction, we will send you our Volunteer form. You will have to fill it out and return it to us.

4. Info about travel insurance and vaccinations are in our FAQ (we suggest that you are vaccinated for rabies and tetanus)

5. We can suggest you places to stay in Boudha, but you will have to book yourself (€ 5-10 per day) 

6. We can take care of the airport pick up and half day of introduction

How much does it cost?

You are expected to pay for your flight, lodging and food. We help you find a comfortable room for (€ 5-10) per night. We pick you up from the airport and offer you a short orientation.

Will I get a visa?

You will receive a tourist visa. The Nepal government offers 5 months tourist visa in a year. You can apply at the Nepal Embassy or Consulate in your home country or buy one upon arrival at the airport. Bring US dollars or Euros for this purpose.

What kind of support do you offer?

We provide you with a briefing before you start and a coordinator is always available to answer your questions. Although we are a small, busy team, we try our best to make you feel comfortable.

How should I prepare myself for volunteering in Nepal?

You need to take anti-rabies and other required vaccinations in your home country.

If I am a vet should I register with the government?

Yes, you need to register yourself with the Nepal Veterinary Council. Please bring your relevant qualifications and documents for registration. Please note that registration with Nepal Vet Council requires a considerable cost (currently about U.S. $150). Unfortunately, Street Dog Care at this time does not have the budget to cover this cost and ask that any volunteer vet interested in operating cover this cost himself.

What problems am I likely to face?

Helping animals in a country that needs volunteers such as yourself can be a very rewarding experience! Our staff are a motivated lot and the dogs and equines we treat are generally wonderful creatures.

At the same time, working here can be difficult. Kathmandu is highly polluted and suffers from a lack of water, electricity and fast internet connection. Animal suffering is abundant in Nepal; you may feel overburdened by the scale of the problems.

The facilities and care provided to the animals will not be up to Western standards. You might become attached to the animals which are returned to the street after recovery. The staff will lack skills (some are illiterate) and at times there will be communication problems.

Things you can do to make your volunteer experience a happy and fruitful one:

  • Act and dress according to Nepalese standards
  • Show commitment; inform the volunteer coordinator when you are unable to come
  • Learn Nepali; even a few basic sentences will help
  • Don’t think you know it all; working in a developing country is a different ball game!

Do you have any rules?