There are many ways you could work with animals on a voluntary basis. If you are a dog lover, you may want to consider unpaid work at a local animal shelter, alternatively you could get a volunteer job at a local aquarium. By taking advantage of even the smallest opportunities of this kind you could reap many benefits and put yourself on a possible career path.
Involve the community
Local organizations and citizens will have great respect for anyone willing to freely devote their time to a good cause. You could lead by example by working with abandoned or sick animals. Such work will give you a sense of inner pride and fulfillment, as well as give comfort and love to animals.
Enjoy the result
Instead of sitting in your free time, you may want to work with animals that have temperamental issues or need to be reintroduced into the wild. There are a number of volunteer programs, both in the UK and overseas, which will enable you to achieve these kinds of results. You could volunteer as part of the Duke of Edinburgh awards program or take a gap year break in Africa to work with wildlife.
Gain experience in the workplace
The best way to decide whether to pursue a career working with animals is to gain relevant experience in the field. You may be able to watch vets in action or help train guide dogs for the blind. There will also be an opportunity to demonstrate that you can work as part of a team and meet customer demands. Potential employers may ask you to provide evidence of acquiring these skills in the future.Portdoverpest.ca
Develop new friendships
You will have a chance to develop a bond with the animals you deal with when you volunteer. There will also be the opportunity to talk and make friends with people who share the same type of interests, especially in projects abroad.
Establish business contacts
You may be offered a job after successfully completing a voluntary internship. Even if that doesn’t happen, you may still be able to create a contact list that could be very useful in the future. Individuals and organizations are more likely to offer employment to individuals with whom they feel a certain affiliation.
Build lasting memories
Chances are you’ll look back on time spent volunteering at an animal shelter or local zoo with a little love. If you’re lucky enough to venture overseas, working with animals in Africa on your gap year, those memories will be even more precious.
Mark Bottell is the general manager of Gap Africa Projects, an online tour operator that deals with interests such as working with animals and offers other adventure vacations from Gap Africa Projects for adults.