Myanmar (Burma)

Program Dates:
March 2019: 9th-17th and 16th-24th

Volunteer Placements Available: 10

About The Program:
This nine day project is an unforgettable experience in companion animal welfare and shelter medicine. We are located in Northern Myanmar and our closest international airport is in Mandalay. During the program we team up with, and work alongside, a local animal shelter and their veterinarian. The shelter is home to 600+ dogs and cats who will be our main focal point and we will assist the team by providing care and medical treatments to these shelter residents.

Veterinary professionals and students alike will have ample opportunity to participate in all aspects of shelter medicine during our on location clinic days at the shelter. Tasks will include medical procedures, pre and post-operative care, animal handling, wound care management and health exams. In addition, students will enjoy a hands on approach to learning side by side our veterinarians, gain valuable clinical hours, technical skills and most importantly receive 2 to 1 instructor training with our qualified Pawesome staff.

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

Trip Highlights:
•Six days of mobile clinic work on location at the shelter
•Enjoy the challenge of a working environment far removed from daily clinic routines
•Participate in over 400 different treatments and procedures including; health exams to anesthesia to wound care
•Immerse yourself in local Burmese cuisine and culture
•Two days of sight seeing to explore Mandalay & surrounding areas
•Optional extra – 2 days / 1 night “Ancient City of Bagan” Trip

Sample Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive in Mandalay / Project Briefing
Day 2: Orientation and Clinic Work Day
Day 3: Clinic Work Day
Day 4: Clinic Work Day
Day 5: Activity Day
Day 6: Clinic Work Day
Day 7: Clinic work day
Day 8: Clinic work day
Day 9: Farewell and departure from Mandalay (this day you can also do the optional Bagan trip)

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:
•Airfare and visa
•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.

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Training the Myanmar staff on wound care management

The resident dogs of the Myanmar shelter

Taking care of one of the dogs with a neck wound