Program Dates:
14th to 25th April 2019

Volunteer Placements Available: 10

About The Program:
This twelve day project is an unforgettable experience in companion animal welfare and shelter medicine. We are located in Ecuador, South America, right on the pacific coast and our closest international airport is in Quito. On arrival into Ecuador, we begin the trip 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 this project we partner with a local non profit shelter who provides invaluable no cost treatments and care to village dogs and cats and the communities living in the area.

Veterinary professionals and students alike will have ample opportunity to participate in all aspects of shelter medicine during our on location field days of our mobile clinic. Tasks will include medical procedures, pre and post-operative care, animal handling and health exams.

Our qualified volunteers will appreciate the challenging yet rewarding difference to daily clinic life and students will enjoy a hands on approach to learning side by side our veterinarians and gain valuable clinical hours and technical skills.

Who’s it for?
•Vets (including new grads)
•Vet Nurses/Techs
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 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.

Trip Highlights:
•Six full days of veterinary field work
•Enjoy the challenging but rewarding environment of a mobile clinic
•Participate in up to 200 different treatments and procedures
•Immerse yourself in local activities including; jungle treks, surfing, swimming and horseback riding on the beach
•Spend a full day exploring Quito – the beautiful capitol city of Ecuador

Sample Itinerary:
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: Clinic Work Day
Day 5: Clinic Work Day
Day 6: Clinic Work Day
Day 7: Activity Day
Day 8: Clinic Work Day
Day 9: Clinic Work Day
Day 10: Clinic Work Day
Day 11: Activity Day
Day 12: Day of departure / Journey back to Quito

What’s Included:
•All meals and safe drinking water. Meals provided are plant based and prepared using local produce. Additional dietary requirements may be accommodated upon request.
•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)
•Go Pawesome scrub top

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

Program Cost:
•Student Placement:
·Vet Students: $2,250 AUD (this includes all training)
·Nurse/Tech Students: $1,650 AUD (this includes all training)

•Qualified Professionals (vets/nurses/techs): $1,250 AUD
Please note: New grads requiring specific training maybe be subject to a higher program fee.

100% of your program fee goes towards covering the costs of making this project possible. This includes covering your expenses while on location with us and covering the medical expenses of every patient we see. We do not get any outside help. Without you we can not make budget. Thank you for your participation and help.


A typical day at our mobile clinics

Our patients waiting for their turn to see the vets

This male cat gets a full health exam