There is an element to volunteering overseas that is all about experiencing new environments, and few of us know exactly how we will react until we face those challenges. However, there are certain personal characteristics that help to identify people who will rise to the challenge of working and living in the developing world. First, it is important to be flexible, willing to endure inconvenience and occasional discomfort and hardship. Closely linked to that is an ability to adapt to the unfamiliar. Good volunteers like to think on their feet and solve problems. They need the self-confidence to take action on their own, but must possess the ability to thrive on team work – overcoming the barriers of culture and language together. Not every successful volunteer arrives with all of these characteristics fully formed. The experience of volunteering is an opportunity to develop these qualities. If you can see some of these traits in yourself, and have a genuine interest in developing others, our volunteer programs may be right for you. Our programs are open to everyone from all walks of life and with all levels of experience – from zero animal experience to veterinary professionals. We only have two requirements to join this program – you must LOVE animals and be at least 18 years of age.