Volunteer Opportunities

Support from volunteers is essential to Mudita Sanctuary as Ariane can’t take care of all the animals and the sanctuary tasks by herself. 

There are four different ways you can volunteer for us. If you come on-site it’s a great opportunity to get up close and personal with our resident guests and get a really rewarding experience. 

Before applying to be a volunteer please read all the information provided. The contact information is below.

Read some (Full-Time) volunteer reviews below.

Part-Time

If you live nearby and you want to get involved, commit a couple of hours per day or a few of days a week/month to help us, there’s always something to do. We ask part-time volunteers to come at least twice per month.

This is what you can expect when you volunteer part-time:

You can help out anytime between 10am and 7pm, 7 days a week. We ask that you come for a minimum of 3 hours.

It’s difficult to predict what we will need help with on any given day but the fields always need clearing, the stalls need to be cleaned and some fences need repairing. We are also open to any suggestions!

The work might be considered physically intensive to some. 

Wellies/boots and clothes that can get dirty are a must.

Working gloves

Weather appropriate clothing and accessories (sunglasses and hat to work in the sun, waterproof gear when it’s raining, …)

An open mind and a can-do attitude! 

If you help out for a full day you will enjoy an organic, plant based lunch

No accommodation is provided for part-time volunteers.

Although our residents are mostly calm, patient and happy to be around humans, they remain animals and can be unpredictable. Common sense and care is expected from our volunteers. If you feel like something isn’t safe, or if you’re not sure how to approach an animal, Ariane is always there to assist and help. We do not ask the volunteers to do things that are outright dangerous.  

If you are pregnant, severely ill or severely disabled, it might not be wise to volunteer. However, you are more than welcome to visit the sanctuary.

No experience needed. A love of animals is necessary. Minimum age is 18. Minors permitted only on approval. 

Full-Time

Volunteers who help full-time stay at the sanctuary. There is a maximum of 2 volunteers at the sanctuary at any time and we require any full-time volunteers to stay for a minimum of 1 month. 

This is what you can expect when you volunteer full-time:

Animals need to be fed and taken care of every day so you are expected to help out on the weekend as well.

The work day typically starts around 8 am and ends around 7 pm. However there are many hours in the day where you are free to relax or play with the animals as you please. Some days might be shorter and others might be longer, working with animals is often unpredictable so being flexible is an asset. 

The work includes, and is not limited to,  feeding the animals twice a day, cleaning the stalls, clearing the fields of poop, cleaning cat litters, bringing hay where needed, filling water tubs, helping to cook meals, fixing fences, garden work, raking, socialising with the animals, etc.

We work in all weather conditions, although in bad conditions the work might be limited to the essentials.

The work might be considered physically intensive to some. You will certainly leave here more toned and muscled if you’re not used to working out a lot!

Wellies/boots and clothes that can get dirty are a must.

Working gloves

Slippers or house shoes

Weather appropriate clothing and accessories (sunglasses and hat to work in the sun, waterproof gear when it’s raining, …)

An open mind and a can-do attitude! 

All meals are provided. They are plant-based and organic. Meals are prepared and cooked together. We have breakfast *after* the animals are being fed in the morning, so that’s around 9 am.

Since you’re staying at the sanctuary, you get your own unit which includes a room, bathroom and living area.

Although our residents are mostly calm, patient and happy to be around humans, they remain animals and can be unpredictable. Common sense and care is expected from our volunteers. If you feel like something isn’t safe, or if you’re not sure how to approach an animal, Ariane is always there to assist and help. We do not ask the volunteers to do things that are outright dangerous.  

If you are pregnant, severely ill or severely disabled, it might not be wise to volunteer. However, you are more than welcome to visit the sanctuary.

No experience needed. A love of animals is necessary. Minimum age is 18. Minors permitted only on approval.

Skills & Services

On-Site

If you’ve got some particular skills and would like to volunteer one or multiple times to share those skills, you are more than welcome. If you’ve got any ideas or suggestions to improve the confort, safety or enrichment of our guests, do let us know.

Things we need help with:

* Animal care if you are a vet, farrier, behaviourist or other animal care practitioner.

* Fixing various things 

* Building fences/sheds

* Building and crafting goat/cat playgrounds 

* Permaculture/vegetable gardening

* Photography/videography

Off-Site

You don’t have to come to France to help us! There are many things which can help us tremendously that can be done remotely. Such as:

* Video Editing

* Graphic Design

* Website Design

* Online Marketing

* Writing

* Illustrating/Drawing/painting

* Fundraising (creating a fundraiser on Facebook, ask your business if they’re willing to give, …)

If you’ve got other ideas and you’d like to help, contact us.

Want to volunteer or help us out? Contact us !

Call Ariane: +33 6 88 02 06 59

When emailing us please include your phone number (including country code) and what times/days we can call you and let us know which period you’d like to come for and for how long.  

Thank you!

Volunteer reviews

We loved our stay at the sanctuary. It really is a sanctuary – it feels safe and peaceful. The animals are beautiful and each has a unique personality. You will get really fit working here; lots of heavy lifting and running around. Ariane provides great fuel though which is lovely organic food. Being at the sanctuary and in an environment that has such love and respect for the animals helped to solidify my conviction as a vegan and helped me aspire to a more minimal, zero waste lifestyle too.
Staying with Ariane for a month was a very unique experience and one that I would highly recommend to anyone who would like to connect with animals and escape city/modern life. I certainly feel as though I have seen a unique and rewarding way of approaching life and truly believe that an experience such as this would be valuable for anybody, especially those around my age unsure of what to pursue in life. It is a beautiful place, and despite the hard work there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy your surroundings.
I had a brilliant time with Ariane and her animals. The animals are all wonderful, I loved working with and getting to know them, there are so many different characters, and Ariane has created a wonderful home for them all. They need looking after every day though, you need to be ready to work hard. Ariane is such a lovely person, kind, considerate, intelligent, and she cares deeply about all her animals, they always come first. The house and grounds and surrounding countryside are beautiful. It was a truly wonderful place to stay. I miss it.
Ariane has devoted her life to rescuing animals. It is a lot of work for one person and she needs people who can really commit to all aspects of the work, some pleasant, some not so pleasant. I especially loved her two magnificent bulls, Chronos and Hermes. I feel so privileged to have been able to brush them and sit with them and feed them. I l love cows. She fed them from a bottle as babies, and now they are immense - and marvelous!
It has been only a few hours since I've left Ariane's place, and I cannot wait to share my experience here. I've arrived here almost two months ago. And now it feels like I'm leaving home. If you want to get back into a simpler way of life (more sustainable, less distracting) if you're not afraid spending time with yourself, if you want to get to know a very interesting and dedicated person (as Ariane is), if you want to see what it REALLY takes to run a sanctuary - a safe, caring, work-free place for the animals - you'll be right at home.
This was without a doubt the best experience of my life. I was there for roughly 1 month and it flew by. Ariane's property and the surrounding area is beautiful, but more importantly the animals are truly incredible. Working around them throughout the day, you are able to build connections and understand each of their personalities. I was extremely sad to leave them and will go back at the drop of a hat. This is not a holiday as Ariane needs genuine help, and I think this is fair for what you can get out of it.
I was very impressed by Arianes love towards animals and how devoting and passionately she cares for former abandoned and mistreated animals - truly impressing and inspiring. I loved helping her with this huge project of creating a place where people can actually connect with "farm animals". I truly loved her amazing animals, here you learn to give them all conditions for a great life without exploiting them or demanding anything for them, they can just be ... And you see magic things happening ... you see them evolving and flourishing.... - they give you so much back for what you do for them.
The days at the sanctuary were very busy, but Ariane always made sure that we got to enjoy tasty and relaxing meals as a nice break between jobs. The main skill I learnt over the three months is the importance of taking initiative and always looking for something else to help with, as there is always something else. Animals need a lot of looking after, and you can't take days off because you're tired or unmotivated. I arrived as a very lazy and under-confident person, but left with a lot more self belief and a genuine desire to keep busy. I was always very impressed with how hard Ariane worked to make sure the animals were happy, no matter how stressful the situation.
I really enjoyed my stay at Ariane's marvellous home and looking after those animals. I am grateful for the experience to live with a vegan lady who actually showed a great example of how to live life in a very economical way with a high standard. The animals are all friendly and easy to work with. This is a place where you find it hard to separate working hours of the hours of pleasure being with the animals if you love them.I fell in love with all the animals equally as they were all so special with great personalities in their own way and I still miss them all. Thank you for the experience, Ariane!