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Caring For Animals

Animal caretakers are needed in every country around the world. Just like people, animals also need love and care. Hovos connects hosts that are looking for extra hands with travelers who share their love for animals.

Would you like to help out with animals in exchange for room and board? Or are you interested in hosting travelers and teaching people how to take care of animals?

No problem. Hovos can help you.

Animal Care in exchange for meals and accommodation!


As a host you gain additional hands to help care for your animals in exchange for offering our travelers accommodation and meals. This keeps the costs down because you do not have to hire external personnel.

At Hovos, you can sign up as a host. During the sign up process you can specify what type of help you need and what you offer in exchange. This allows our travelers to find you based on those details.

As a host, you are able to search for your volunteer(s) based on the information they have in their profiles. This way, you don’t have to wait for a traveler to find you - instead you can actively search for the people who can meet your needs.

Wins from this experience

As a host needing animal care, you will learn to cooperate with and take care of your volunteer(s). You’ll be able to get more work done without any huge increases in costs. Furthermore, a host will learn more about the country, background, culture and lifestyle of their travelers – it’s a great experience and exchange.

Travelers interested in animal care

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As a Hovos Traveler you will take care of animals during work hours and, in return, your host will offer you accommodation, meals and time off to explore. Animal care can consist of a variety of different tasks. It might be general care of cats, dogs, sheep, goats, rabbits, pigs, elephants etc., but it might be even be something like going on a trip with huskies! Experience with animals is beneficial, but it is not mandatory.

Volunteering in animal care is the perfect solution if you want to travel more and enjoy working with animals, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money. At Hovos you can sign in as a traveler interested in animal care and find the right host. The host will offer accommodation and food in return for your help, which in turn, helps you keep your travel costs down! We recommend defining your work preferences while signing up with Hovos – this way a host searching for someone to help with animal care can easily find you.

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Wins from this experience

As a traveler helping out with animals, you will of course learn how to take care of animals, but you will also learn how to live abroad with another family far away from your familiar surroundings. You will gain insight into their lifestyle and traditions. It's a win-win situation for both sides. Hovos brings hosts and travelers together.

Hosts that need help with animal care

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What is the cost to sign up as a Host or Traveler?

Traveler Membership: $10/Year This gives them full access to all hosts as well as a FREE Travel SIM. However, they can create an account for free so they can start ‘favoriting hosts’ and build their profile - but advanced features such as contacting hosts will be unavailable until they become members.

Host Membership: $0/Year It is free for hosts to sign up and they can begin contacting travelers immediately.

An additional advantage of being a member is that you become more trustworthy and therefore members will be shown first on the website. Members can build up more trust by verifying their mobile phone and passport as well.

Are you interested in different types of work?

If you’re not interested in working with animals or you need help with a different type of project, there are many other categories available. Once you sign up, you can select as many different categories as you like.

Hovos offers language practice, help with art projects, gardening, internet support, tourist support and many other options!