April 2019 (exact dates TBA)
This program can accommodate a maximum of 12 participants.
About The Program:
This two week animal welfare project is located in Ecuador and has a beachfront location right on the pacific coast. We start off by spending a leisurely day exploring the historic quarter of Quito, the capitol city of Ecuador, before transferring onto an overnight bus to the Pacific coast where the hard works begins. At the coast we are located in a beautiful, safe and super tiny surfing village for the duration of the project.
It is our goal during the program to provide spay/neuter and vaccinations (plus other as needed veterinary treatments) for up to 200 dogs and cats living on the streets in the surrounding communities.
Veterinary students will have ample opportunity to participate in all aspects of the project including being part of the prep team, the surgical team and the post surgical/recovery team. All students will work 2 to 1 alongside our skilled veterinarians and our veterinary nurses/techs, gain valuable clinical hours and most importantly help us to provide free veterinary care to the animals who need it the most.
Who’s it for?
Whether you are still studying or have several years of experience this program will provide you with a unique insight into what it’s like to work outside of Australia (and other western countries) where clinic luxuries are often sparse. Are you up for the challenge?
Applicants should be 18 years or older, comfortable handling animals, okay working in a hot and humid environment, and getting their hands (and everything else) dirty. Fluency in English is required. Ability to speak Spanish is a plus.
•14 days in Ecuador – optional activities include hiking, surfing, swimming, a visit to the jungle or horseback riding
•6 days working with our Ecuadorian partner on an animal welfare project. This project offers sterilization, vaccination and deworming (plus other veterinary treatments as needed).Their shelter provides free medical treatments to the poor communities and their pets as well as the many homeless animals living in the area.
•Students get to participate hands on in 150-200 surgical procedures
•Students receive special attention – not more than 2 students per senior staff member
•A full day to explore Quito – the beautiful capitol city of Ecuador
Day 1: Arrive in Quito
Day 2: Tour of Quito followed by a night bus to our location
Day 3: Arrive at location / Meet and Greet
Day 4, 5 and 6: Three full days of work
Day 7: Day of rest
Day 8, 9 and 10: Three full days of work
Day 11: Activity Day
Day 12: Activity Day
Day 13: Travel to Quito
Day 14: Departure from Quito airport
**Activities Include – Hiking, surfing, swimming, a visit to the jungle or horseback riding. All activities are at your own expense.**
•All meals – please note meals provided are simple vegetarian based Ecuadorian meals. When possible meals may be eaten at restaurants offering a selection catering to all tastes/dietary requests. Safe drinking water will be provided. For additional dietary requirements please speak with us.
•Accommodation – simple shared rooms with fans, usually 2 persons per room
•Transport to/from Airport*
•Work related transport
•24 hour support by your Pawesome team leader throughout the trip
•Pre-departure support by phone/email by a Pawesome team member
•Flight booking support
•Work book of logged hours and completed skills (if applicable)
What’s not Included:
•Personal spending money
•Optional activities during free time
•Insurance (proof of insurance will be required for participation)
•Snacks and beverages other than water