VOLUNTEER PROGRAM DATES NOW AVAILABLE FOR JANUARY–JULY 2017. 2016 FULL. 

OVERVIEW
The GDS Volunteer Program is intended for the benefit of our dogs. We have established rules for their emotional and physical safety. If you wish to volunteer with our program, we require an application to be submitted and once approved, a signed agreement that our rules are understood and will be followed. The safety of our dogs is paramount. Volunteer duties include: cleaning, feeding, walking the dogs, playing with the dogs, vet runs with staff and street rescues should they arise. You will be included in any local fundraisers and media creating if time allows. Additionally, we will film parts of your journey and make a short memorial video for you to keep as long as there are no emergencies that have priority. You will have fun! It is impossible to spend time with our wonderful dogs and not have a a Hanktabulous time!

PROGRAMME
Volunteering at the Centre is hard work and dirty — time is dedicated to cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning punctuated with lots of activities with the dogs for lead walks and socializing. Volunteers must be 18+. For those with health issues, please contact us regarding your request.

ACCOMODATIONS
GDS RESIDENCE:
Until our on-site accommodations are completed, we are offering a residence in San Cayatano, Murcia that sleeps up to six people (two on sofa bed, one room with twins, and one with a double bed) with a full kitchen, living area, bathroom, sun parlor and garden. Also included is wifi, television, clothes washer and hair dryer. NO SMOKING ALLOWED. The residence is a two minute walk from an urbanisation bar, swimming pool, paddle tennis and a five minute walk from an old Spanish village which includes several bars and cafes both English and Spanish, a Spanish panaderia (typical bakery), pharmacy and a small supermarket. It is a five minute drive from the local beach situated on the famous Mar Menor. Depending on the time of year there are beach bars with a lovely atmosphere to enjoy an evening meal. The residence is just a few minutes drive from the Centre. As much as we would love to host everyone and everything for free, sadly it’s just not possible as commensurate costs are incurred. (depending upon how many people in your group or if solo, accommodations will be shared) If you would like the chance to meet and volunteer with new people, let us know and we will coordinate your stay with others. 

CLEANING:
On occasion we have had unreported damages and the residence left dirty beyond what we consider fair.  Whilst we will continue to expect the apartment to be kept clean by those using it, we will be implementing a 10e per person per visit charge to ensure the apartment is deep cleaned and maintained on a regular basis.

ON SITE CARAVAN:
For an option to stay on site, please contact Aileen. Please understand that this may not be suitable for everyone.

ALTERNATIVE ACCOMODATIONS:
For those who prefer to stay at a hotel, volunteering will be possible during the hours set for local volunteers, 9.30–1.30 and
1.30– 2.30 for lunch if desired. A 5 euro donation for lunch is requested. Our priority is for those that are staying at the residence and want the full GDS experience. 

RATES
• 1 person = 225€  (32€ per day)
• 2 people = 225€  (32€ per day)
• 3 people = 180€ (26€ per day)
• 4 people = 150€ (21€ per day)
(cost increase after November 1, 2016)

Includes: 
• use of overalls and wellies at the Centre
• vegetarian lunch with the staff on-site
• as much one-on-one dog time as one desires!

Does not include:
• transportation/pickups/drop-offs to and from airports or train stations to residence and centre. Directions will be provided. Car rentals available at airports.
• off-site trips
• departure apartment cleaning
• specific food allergy requirements 

Promenade in the village of San Cayatano

Promenade in the village of San Cayatano

Town panaderia (typical Spanish bakery)

Town panaderia (typical Spanish bakery)

Village church

Village church

Mar Menor

WHY SHOULD YOU PAY TO VOLUNTEER?
Having a volunteer programme costs us time and money. Time in terms of the demands on us to oversee and supervise volunteers and the overall programme costs for utilities etc. You will be included in all the GDS activities from attending local fundraisers to creating media if time permits. Additionally, we will film parts of your journey and make a short memorial video for you to keep as long as there are no emergencies that have priority.  We will do our best to ensure that our volunteers experience the full spectrum of GDS life!

SCHEDULE
There is always plenty of the unexpected at GDS — we start out the day with good intentions to accomplish specific things but the next thing you know, we hear of a galgo sighting and everything changes! But first and foremost — it is always about what is best for the dogs!!!

• 8–9 am — Duties include: cleaning, feeding, walking the dogs, playing with the dogs, and vet runs with the staff.
• 2–3 pm — lunch on-site
• 3ish pm — back to work!
• 7 pm — back to the residence to plan your evening

LOCATION
GDS is located in southern Spain, Murcia

 

TRANSPORTATION
Options for getting to the GDS Centre:
• Fly from Madrid-Barajas Airport to San Javier Airport, approximately an hour's flight and rent a car. Approximately 15 minute drive from the residence.
• Train ride via Renfe to Balsicas-Mar Menor station, approximately 3.5 hours.
• Fly into Alicante-Elche Airport and rent a car. Approximately an hour  drive from the residence.


CALENDAR
PLEASE NOTE: For short term volunteering the only dates available are 21st to 27th December.  Applications for longer term volunteering is available subject is dependent on qualifications, referrals and availability.

2017:
31st January to 5th February – Two places free (6 days)
14th to 18th March – One place free (5 days)
28th to 30th April – One place free (3 days)
13th to 16th June – Two places free (4 days)
24th July onward – dates NOT released yet

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APPLICATION
Please fill out and submit the following form. We will email with our response and if approved, we will include information about what is useful to bring as well as a contract for signature outlining the rules. and our expectations for volunteers. 

Name *
Name
If coming with others, are you open to sharing the residence? *
(will do best to accommodate but first come first serve basis)
First choice for month and day to arrive *
First choice for month and day to arrive
Please refer to calendar above for open dates.
First choice month and day to depart *
First choice month and day to depart
Second choice month and day to arrive
Second choice month and day to arrive
Second choice month and day to depart
Second choice month and day to depart