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. Maximum of three volunteers per week. Volunteer duties include: cleaning, feeding, walking the dogs, playing with the dogs, and vet runs with staff. You will have fun! It is impossible to spend time with our wonderful dogs and not have a a Hanktabulous time!

We offer a residence in San Cayetano, Murcia that sleeps three people (one room with twins and one with a double bed) that has a full kitchen, living area, bathroom, sun parlor and garden. 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. If you would like the chance to meet and volunteer with new people, let us know and we will coordinate your stay with others.

Seven day volunteer stay:
• 120 Euros per person
• 7 Euros per person per day for on-site vegan/vegetarian lunch*
• 10 Euro induction fee (one time)
• 10 Euro cleaning fee
Start days are Monday or Tuesday only — no exceptions
*sometimes pre-prepared, sometimes volunteer responsibility

Does not include:
• transportation/pickups/drop-offs to and from airports or train stations to residence and the Centre. Directions will be provided. Car rentals available at airports. Daily contract with local cab driver available.
• off-site trips
• specific food allergy requirements

Having a volunteer programme costs us time and money. Time in terms of the demands 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. We will do our best to ensure that our volunteers experience the full spectrum of GDS life!

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!!! A white board is updated daily with each volunteer's responsibilities.

• 11 am — Induction. 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

Promenade in the village of San Cayetano 

Promenade in the village of San Cayetano 

Town panaderia (typical Spanish bakery)

Town panaderia (typical Spanish bakery)

Village church

Village church

Mar Menor

GDS is located in southern Spain, Murcia


Options for getting to the GDS Centre:
• Fly from Madrid-Barajas Airport to San Javier Airport, approximately an hour's flight.
• Train ride via Renfe to Balsicas-Mar Menor station, approximately 3.5 hours.
•  Fly from Madrid-Barajas Airport into Alicante-Elche Airport. 

2017 Volunteer Calendar FULL. 2018 Calendar to be Announced. (We are not able to accept any applications until we have made the 2018 announcement on Facebook. Thank you!)

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, payments and our expectations for volunteers. The program is seven days but a longer stay will be considered upon application review.

Name *
Have you volunteered at the GDS Centre previously? If yes, please disregard sections A–G. *
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
Are you willing to transport dogs if flying direct from Madrid to a major USA airport?