Volunteers and students are an integral part of the day to day running
of the shelter and are most welcome. Experience with donkeys is
not necessary but a willingness to learn and ‘muck in’
is. Depending on each individual it takes about a week to learn
the job generally, therefore first time volunteers are required
to do a minimum of 2 weeks.
The work includes feeding, watering, cleaning stables and fields
and any other daily chores involving the donkeys, dogs and cats.
Once the morning’s routine work is done there is time for
extra jobs and then grooming and walking the donkeys. Tourists and
visitors are also welcomed and as such they need to be shown around
and the donkeys stories told, for longer term volunteers and students,
this is part of your work too.
Students will also be taught basic first aid, medical requirements
and any veterinary work that is done on a daily basis. Interested
volunteers are also welcome to learn.
The work is hard – what animals are easy? Tortoises maybe?.
During the summer the weather is very hot, anything from 30-40 degrees
C. In the Spring and Autumn there can be a lot of rain, but the
temperatures are mild. In the Winter, Jan – Mar, it can be
cold. In the daytime, that means lots of sunshine with temperatures
dropping about 4pm, but rarely below freezing.
Corfu has only one small airport just outside the main town. From
April/May to end of October there are direct flights to Corfu from
all the major airports in northern Europe. Off season you will need
to fly to Athens and get a connection to Corfu, an extra flight
of 40 minutes duration. Taxi’s are at the airport and should
not cost more than 40-45 euros to Doukades. Ask for price before
you get in the taxi and do not pay more than agreed at the start
of the journey. If they ask for more, mention Tourist Police at
Paleocastritsa – telephone number 0030 26630 22222 and they
won’t ask again?
You can arrange your own accommodation – the nearest resort
is Paleocastritsa – or we can arrange it for you at a local
pension, The Achilleas, Doukades. The pension is family run and
the two brothers, Tassos and Kostas offer a warm welcome and assistance.
Each basic room has a TV and private shower and WC. There is a communal
kitchen for your cooking needs. There is a swimming pool on site
open July, August and September. The Achilleas has a bar and pool
room. Internet is available at a small weekly charge. Nearly all
our volunteers and students use this accommodation and are very
happy with it. Vol/Stu’s get a cheap rate at this pension
because they are helping at CDR. The rate for 2011 is 75 euros for
a single, 110 for a double per week and payable in cash only at
the end of each week. To take advantage of these cheap rates you
must commit to working a minimum of 5 full days a week at the shelter.
The full price for those wishing to do less than 5 days a week is
280 euros a week for a double room!
walking distance of the pension are 2 supermarkets (not cheap),
3 tavernas, a petrol station and a pharmacy. 3km away is the famous
resort of Paleocastritsa and 15km to the south is Corfu Town and
the airport. In between are the cheaper supermarkets, Diellas and
For more comfort, there is the Hotel Nefeli at Kommeno on the East
coast, just north of Corfu Town. If you would like to stay here
and take advantage of cheaper rates for this hotel contact Dagmar
Lorenz direct at email@example.com stating that you are volunteering
at the donkey shelter.
Although the shelter is within walking distance, (20 mins) of The
Achilleas, most of our vols/stu’s rent scooters during their
stay. Again we can arrange this for you and get you cheaper rates.
The longer you stay, the cheaper it is. Be sure to bring your driving
license. We do have available 2 pedal bikes for those with no driving
license. We ask rental of 10 euros a week to maintain the bikes.
The ever popular scooters allow you to explore the Island on your
days off and get to the beaches and local resorts at the end of
the day. There are buses going to Paleocastritsa and back to Corfu
Town, but only 4 times a day.
If you are interested in being a volunteer or doing your internship
at CDR, please download an application form, fill it in and send
it to firstname.lastname@example.org
form – volunteer
form - student
from Judy, The Founder of CDR
am always amazed and thankful that people from Europe come to Corfu
to volunteer and most of them come back year after year, sometimes
twice in one year. But that proves that the work is satisfying,
the atmosphere is friendly and a good time is had by all. But I
am sure that it is the donkeys themselves that bring our volunteers
back, you can see when you visit that you are doing a very worth
while job in very basic conditions. Some nights we all meet up and
have a great night out together or a barbeque on site. Many people
comment on the peace and tranquillity that can be found here with
the donkeys. It is so good to slow down away from the rat race and
move at a donkeys pace, cuddle the cats and walk the donkeys and
dogs down to the lake. We meet the best people in the world here,
visitors, students, volunteers, all like minded caring people".
some of the comments from previous
you want to be a volunteer?
If so contact Judy at the donkey shelter
an accredited training place for students from Holland.
Anne Marie from Holland |
Alban from France |
Welcome to Work
- our first Greek volunteer
Volunteer Students from Holland
But its not all work.......
One of Spiros's infamous BBQ's
A night out
Gabrielle, Emily, Shelly, Ana