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We (the Felsentor Foundation) offer special volunteering positions in the area of animal welfare.

The assignment includes assisting with the care for pigs, sheep, goats, chicken, geese, cats and dogs.

From May to September (Sömmerungszeit) our ox Nandi and some mother cows join in as well.

Important prerequisites for this commitment include:

  • sufficient German language skills
  • a huge appreciation and love for animals
  • good physical capacity, as the up and down on the Alp and the cleaning of the stables require to be in a good physical shape. In addition, all work with and for the animals takes place outdoors no matter what the weather conditions are.
  • physical resilience in order to handle caring for aging animals or those who need special care well, to work  strenuous over time and in a small team.
  • a minimum commitment of 4 weeks and a maximum stay of 3 months to live and work with us.
  • your willingness to focus on the animal`s welfare and not to see your time in the sanctuary as your personal downtime.

You will be warmly welcomed and in exchange you gain:

  • Accomodation at Felsentor in a twin-room together with another volunteer
  • Vegan/vegetarian meals freshly prepared every day – with produce mainly from our own farm.
  • A little pocket money
  • Introduction to Zen meditation and enough time to practice it if you wish
  • The trust of the animals and thereby a gate to experiences that provide joy and purpose in a very special way.


If you are interested to join us as a volunteer in our Animal Sanctuary, please fill out this APPLICATION FORM and send it back to us either by e-mail to or send the hard copy to 

Stiftung Felsentor
Cornelia Kunz
CH-6354 Vitznau