Come help care for wild, sick and abandoned animals whilst enjoying the the beauty of rural Italy.

NGO Provincia di Varese, Italy
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What you offer

Hours per day

Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.


Help to grow and cultivate plants.

Painting & Decorating

Help to maintain the appearance inside and outside the building.


Help with a wide range of repairs.

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What you get

Days off per week

Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.

Shared Dorm

Be ready to meet people while staying in a shared dorm.

Cook your own meal

Feel free to prepare your own meal here

Free Laundry

There's a special place where all the clothes get cleaned for free.

Pick Up

No worries! Get a free ride to get to our place.

Language lessons

Learn or improve your language skills.


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The Experience

We at Il rifugio degli animali felici (The sanctuary of happy animals) make a promise to every animal that enters; that they never have to be afraid and hurt by humans again, and that we will do everything we can to give them a long and happy life. Come help us fulfill that promise. We need volunteers that are truly passionate about animals to help not only care for all 450 of them, but also their surroundings and habitats.

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  • Beginner Italian or Beginner English

  • Between 18 and 60 years old

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
1 week
Stay up to
2 months

Talk to those who have lived the experience

2 Reviews

Host & Staff

Hours & Tasks


Learning & Fun


Fui voluntário por um mês e tive uma experiência ótima. Fui muito bem recebido pela Jassica e Andrea, dois jovens empenhados e bons de coração. Existe muito e todo tipo de trabalho para se fazer no dia a dia. Eu gostava de limpar os estábulos dos cavalos de manhã e era perfeito passar um tempo com eles. Todas as manhãs alguns vinham me pedir carinho e a depois os asinos e Poneis. O refugio tem diversos animais e cada um com uma história e personalidade, todos muito carinhosos. Fui hospedado pela Sra. Henrica, e já estou com saudades dela, dos cachorros e da excelente comida.

3 months ago


When you arrive at the Rifugio, you see dogs playing with sheeps, cats playing with dogs, and a lot of love and attention of the staff towards all the 450 animals that live there. It’s a peaceful place with a lot of work to be done which can be somewhat tiring, but it’s so, so worth it. The animals are sweet and the staff is patient and caring. If you want to get your hands a little dirty helping the amazing people do their beautiful work, I truly recommend the Rifugio. I’ll always cherish this incredible experience and I’ll always remember all the animals :)

5 months ago

About Il Rifugio degli animali Felici, Onlus.

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  • Response Time: 3 days

About the host

At RAF, happy animal sanctuary you will experience the real nature,the kindness of every animal. Some animals,more than others, had a bad past , they ve been abused and disrespected but all that is a bad old story with an happy ending. You will see dogs playing with lambs , cats cuddling baby dears , This animals will teach you kindness and respect, like no other can do. You will be part of a project that cures wild animals an...

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