Volunteer Stories

I just returned from the recent project in Ecuador and wow, am I glad I got to be a part of it! Seeing Sarah in action is so inspiring, she puts her heart and soul into it and does it all with a smile. Getting to work with a bunch of like-minded people, helping animals, in a beautiful and interesting part of the world, you can’t beat that experience. If you’re thinking about joining Sarah on her next project, don’t hesitate, you will not regret it.
Melissa Heilbrunn, Ecuador 2019

This project changed my outlook on life and I would definitely do it again. I would recommend this to be an important part of any nurse, or vets journey to experience + Sarah is amazing. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

Simon Dean Johnson, Ecuador 2019

Working with Sarah and Go Pawesome on two projects (Philippines and Myanmar) has been such a rewarding experience. Sarah has great knowledge of the countries we visit and puts a lot of effort into project organization.

Emma Louise, Myanmar 2019

My time volunteering in Myanmar with Go Pawesome was one of the best experiences I’ve had as a vet. Sarah’s dedication to those animals that would otherwise be forgotten is an inspiration. Everything from airport pick up to accommodation to setting up a clinic with limited resources to a bit of exploring on days off was extremely well thought of. For anyone who is willing to work hard and have fun at the same time, I highly recommend volunteering with Go Pawesome for a rewarding experience. I would be very happy to join a project again.

Dilly Abeyawardane , Myanmar 2019

I had an amazing time volunteering with Go Pawesome! The memories and experience I gained are invaluable. Sarah was a great leader & mentor throughout the whole trip, from the clinic spey & neuter days to the leisure days we were able to enjoy. I definitely hope to volunteer with Sarah & Go Pawesome again in the future!

Chevon Daumann , Thailand 2018

Everything organized for this project was done so amazingly. Food, accommodation, travel, leisure and work schedule. The experience is above and beyond. I couldn’t recommend this high enough, loved absolutely every part of it and would definitely do this again. Thanks Sarah for being awesome.

Latasha Wells-Harrison , Thailand 2018

I joined Go Pawesome during November 2017 in Thailand. My experience was great and I learned a lot. Sarah is a very good professional and everything was very organized in order to get as much done as we could on each day. Although food was vegetarian, Thai food is really good and has lots of vegetables, so it’s easy to be vegetarian for a while. The overall experience was amazing and people were very grateful to have us there to help. I would not only recommend anyone that is interesting in volunteering to join Go Pawesome, but I will definitely join Sarah again.

Ana Sofia Serrano Arcanjo , Thailand 2017

Thailand was my first volunteer experience and it was amazing. I have worked with Sarah in Australia in GP practice and was looking for a good volunteer program when I met her. One year later I joined the Go Pawesome team in Chiang Mai and was the most beautiful experience. Sarah is a working bee and very knowledgeable. She made me feel comfortable with every situation and allowed me to practice some skills which I really appreciate. I will be joining her in future projects and keep helping with this amazing project that she runs and loves it.

Mariana Beraldin , Thailand 2017

I had the trip of a life time working with Go Pawesome! The work we did there was amazing! I’d do it all over again with Sarah. It was the best experience you could have as a trainee vet nurse. Really appreciate the hard yards Sarah does to put this all together.

Aimee Chin-Nam , Thailand 2017

The Go Pawesome trip to the Philippines was my first volunteer experience. By the end of the trip I wasn’t ready to leave. I had a great team to work with and Sarah was an amazing leader and mentor throughout my trip. She made us all feel comfortable from the time we met at the airport. We had lovely hospitality from the owners of the dogs mountain sanctuary. I had a wonderful time and learned so much. This will definitely not be my last volunteer trip! The work that Sarah is doing is fantastic and I am so happy I could be a part of what she is achieving! Can’t wait to work with you again soon!

Sharmaine de Silva , Philippines 2017

My experience with Go Pawesome made me see veterinary medicine as more than just a degree to get a job. My experiences made me see it as a profession, a calling and a life-long commitment. Getting to interact with domestic and international organizations showed me what the standard should be when it comes to animal welfare and ethics. It was an honor for me to have the opportunity to work with Go Pawesome. I would like to thank Sarah Wexler who made all of this possible. It’s been such a pleasure working with all of you. All your help and efforts brought these animals back to life (literally) and forever changed their lives and the sanctuary. I will forever cherish and remember all the lessons and skills that I gained from this project. On behalf of my country and fellow animal lovers, thank you very much. I look forward to working with the organization again.

Calvin Chingkiat , Philippines 2017

During my 2016 trip to the Philippines I really wanted to experience something different so I decided to join the Go Pawesome veterinary project and volunteered with Sarah at the dog sanctuary. Working with Sarah was easy because she made sure that we were comfortable with the dogs and more importantly that they were comfortable with us. She taught me useful dog handling techniques. Often we shadowed Sarah and I learned about different conditions the dogs had and the medication necessary to treat each one. As I grew more comfortable with the dogs I was given my own tasks. It was incredible to see how calmly Sarah treated these dogs; even the ones with an open wound! It was astonishing to watch and was even more amazing to see how much these dogs trusted her and truly felt safe. For those less adventurous (like me), there are plenty of young dogs to play with! If you’re an animal lover I would definitely recommend joining the Go Pawesome’s volunteer program! The experience was so rewarding!

Photo of Inna Sidorova Volunteer Go PawesomeInna Sidorova , Philippines 2016

I wanted to do some volunteer work after talking to a mutual friend who put me in touch with Sarah and her Go Pawesome projects. The project I volunteered with was based in the Philippines and we had the pleasure of helping out in so many ways. As an animal lover without professional veterinary skills Sarah and the staff made me feel very safe and completely welcome and taught me some really valuable skills that actually translate into day to day life. I would totally recommend the Go Pawesome volunteer projects to anyone! The professionalism displayed towards the volunteers and the love and care shown to the animals can only be achieved with a dedicated and passionate team. A big thank you to all who made this trip so rewarding!

Django Atkinson , Philippines 2016