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Otra Cosa Network

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Otra Cosa Network

Are you a true animal lover, ready to rescue abandoned dogs and take good care of them? Would you like to experience new places while committing your time to a good cause? Then join us in Peru as part of the Otra Cosa Network team!

About Otra Cosa Network

Otra Cosa Network is a well-established UK Registered Charity and Peruvian registered not for profit (NGO),addressing the educational needs of children and vulnerable adults in an extremely impoverished area of Northern Peru. We work in informal settlements where many community members have been displaced by climate change, disaster and political instability. They live in precarious circumstances, few have running water, sewage provision and there is only sporadic electricity. Additionally, many children are forced to work instead of continuing their education, in order to boost family finances and there are no community-based facilities for learning and developing new skills in a safe environment.

Our dynamic range of activities address language skills, environmental awareness, women’s entrepreneurship, youth, employability and gender empowerment. we are seeking volunteers to work in project implementation in our new Recreation and Education Centre as well as our field office. Projects will restart as soon as the community is safely able to come out of isolation, post coronavirus. Our range of activities are implemented by national and international volunteers, allowing them to express solidarity whilst boosting their field experience. We also partner with several institutions like a local animal rescue centre in Huanchaco.

About the Animal Rescue Volunteer position:

This opportunity is perfect for you if you enjoy spending time with animals and aim to have a positive impact on whatever community you are a part of.

The refuge centre is in an informal settlement outside of Huanchaco and can accommodate up to 60 dogs. The owner and local volunteers are always in need of motivated assistance from genuinely interested volunteers/ interns with a passion for animal welfare. They would also be interested in receiving support from qualified veterinary staff, as many of their rescue dogs have disabilities or injuries.

It should be noted that looking after the animals is physically and emotionally hard work and therefore not to everyone’s taste. However, if you have the passion to be involved in animal welfare in a hands-on capacity, then this may well be the role for you.

Please note that all volunteer positions are also available as Internships. With this add-on you will receive an extra level of mentorship and where necessary all appropriate liaison with your academic institution to ensure compliance with internship placement requirements. Please see our separate internships listing for further in-depth information or check out our website at www.otracosa.org.

This role can be undertaken on a part time basis, alongside any of our other roles.

This position includes tasks such as:
  • Assisting with rescues of dogs, some of whom may be in distress.
  • Undertake daily care activities of the dogs in the rescue centre, e.g. feeding and grooming.
  • Daily cleaning of the centre is involved, it should be noted that this is hard physical work.
  • Taking the dogs out for walks along the beach.
  • Helping administer over the counter medicines, such as flea and worm treatments.
  • Taking dogs to visit the vets and assisting in specialized care for injured or disabled dogs.
  • Trying to find new homes for the dogs.
What you can expect from us:
  • Personal pick-up upon arriving and walking tour through Huanchaco
  • Thorough introduction to the organization
  • Certified training in First Aid and Child Safeguarding.
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Organized activities & trips (barbeques, game nights, volunteer-lunch, team building trips) with like-minded people from all over the world
  • Working in a friendly beach & surf town right next to many historical sites
  • The satisfying feeling of committing your work to a good cause whilst gaining insight into a new culture.
  • Certificate of completion detailing your role, the project(s) you participated in and the dates you volunteered in.
  • Current background check from your home country.
  • Spanish Level: no/minimal*
  • Time Commitment: Minimum 4 weeks.

* We can arrange Spanish classes for you in advance (by Skype) or during your stay, if you have no/minimum Spanish or want to improve your language skills.

Volunteering Hours:
  • Generally, 20-25 per week, Mon-Fri
Disred Skills & Competencies:
  • Relevant academic & professional background (veterinarian, etc) would be an advantage, but not essential.
  • A strong willingness to help
  • Physical capability to walk multiple dogs at once
  • Knowledge on how to effectively interact with dogs
Related Fields of Study:
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Animal Behavioural Sciences
  • Zoology
  • Biology
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Rescue Management
Typical day:

Whilst there is a lot of variety in this role, you will arrive at the Rescue Centre for 9am and meet the local volunteer who is on duty for that day and they will open up with you. Together you will check on the dogs and begin the process of cleaning, feeding and grooming.

There will then be tasks relating to specialized care of injured or disabled dogs, as well as exercising the animals and spending some time with them. Finally, there may be vets appointments to attend or rescues to undertake, as well as helping advertise the animals in order to find them new forever homes.

After work there is plenty of time to catch one of Huanchaco’s world famous sunsets from the tranquillity of the beach, or indeed from a surfboard. Then there are various options to fill your evening, socializing with local and other volunteers, sampling the famous Peruvian cuisine, attending talks and cultural events, music, dance, theatre, movies- the list is endless.

Huanchaco and free-time activities

Huanchaco is a beautiful coastal town where the waves are perfect all year long, which makes this place popular among surfers. The long beaches and relaxed atmosphere attract both Peruvians from nearby cities and backpackers traveling through Peru. This gives the small town an extremely welcoming and friendly vibe where the locals, volunteers and travellers interact and getting to know each other on a daily basis. The city has adapted to this mix and hosts many caf├ęs, restaurants, yoga studios, surf schools, gyms and other activities and sports that are available for everyone. However, the town still remains a quiet, easy-going place that retains its fishing-village ambience. Over the last three millennia, locals have stuck to traditional ways of fishing, going out on their caballitos de totora (traditional reed fishing boats), and using their nets to gather their catch for the day. Furthermore, Huanchaco is surrounded by mountains where it is possible to go hiking (tours are arranged by local guides, at reasonable prices). If you prefer cultural activities, the district is home to Chan Chan, the largest pre-Columbian city in South America and is only a few minutes away from Huaca del sol y de la luna, which are among the most well-preserved temple ruins of the old Incan empire that can be found in Peru. Trujillo, Peru’s third biggest city, is only a 30 minutes bus ride far away. The colonial city of Trujillo offers many shopping and sight-seeing opportunities accompanied by a lively big city feeling.

Enquiries and Applications

To make an application, please visit our website at www.otracosa.org or contact us on info@otracosa.org for further information.

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About Otra Cosa Network


Las Camelias 431, Huanchaco, Non-US 130000, PE

Mission Statement

Promote education and social development in our local communities.


Otra Cosa Network is a registered Peruvian non-profit NGO (no. 11126841) and a UK Registered Charity (no. 1133680) based in Huanchaco, Trujillo on the coast of Northern Peru.

Otra Cosa Network runs five of our own projects, which are all part of the Huanchaco Education and Learning Programme (HELP). HELP is dedicated to advancing the education possibilities and resources for those living in lower-income communities in Huanchaco and the surrounding shanty towns. Alongside this, we support several partner organisations in the area, as well as in two remote locations in northern Peru.



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Las Camelias 431HuanchacoHuanchaco, Non-US Peru



  • Hospice Care
  • First Aid / CPR
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • Veteran Care




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Minimum 4 weeks
  • Please visit our website for more details http://otracosa.org/about-us/

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