Travel to Mexico, support Vet care efforts, and live in the resort town of Playa del Carmen. You will provide important assistance to local veterinarians in the neutering and spaying of cats and dogs, and raising awareness on pet care practices.
This program provides you with an opportunity to provide hands-on assistance in a range of different scenarios – in daily neutering and spaying surgeries, and assisting in the animals’ recovery; supporting animal welfare awareness and humanitarian treatment in hotels and local communities; helping out in different fundraising activities; or increasing awareness on population control in disadvantaged communities.
You will be provided all the necessary training prior to carrying out any activities on the program. Your activity on the program at any time is dependent on the need and requirements in the field. If you do have skills relevant to this program, please let us know on application so we can make the most of them on the ground. Also, while the ability to speak Spanish is not essential to join this project, a level of understanding will increase your involvement with the community and further your overall enjoyment. If you opt for staying more than 8 weeks, you have an option of doing an extra 80 or 120 hours of Spanish lesson. Speak to GVI about arranging 1-on-1 Spanish lessons.
What to Expect?
You will work on the project five days a week, spending the majority of this time fully immersed in project life. Tasks and activities on the project are wide-ranging and depend on the needs at any time and any specific skills you might be able to bring.
You should always be prepared for a certain degree of change in the field such is the dynamic nature of our projects, but roles could include: assisting veterinarians in surgeries; receiving and delivering dogs and cats; assisting in the refuge recovery area by playing and taking care of the animals, cutting their nails, cleaning their ears and removing ticks; doing surveys or implementing animal welfare workshops in the community; supporting animal welfare awareness and humanitarian treatment in hotels and local communities; helping out in different fundraising activities; or, increasing awareness on cat and dog population control in different areas focusing on disadvantaged communities. Working with animals can be physically and emotionally demanding, however it is a very rewarding role. The time schedule varies but there is a good balance between work and downtime, with opportunities to study Spanish and enjoy the surrounding area.
You will have two days off each week, which will vary according to activities on the ground, but these days are yours to spend as you wish. You could snorkel in hidden cenotes, visit some of the local unspoiled Mayan ruins or relax on Playa del Carmen’s white sand beaches. For more information on your time off project, see the Free Time section above.
Your accommodation will be in a house or apartment with your fellow volunteers, with shared rooms and living areas, all with access to hot running water and electricity. If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. Contact GVI for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.
- Program ID: # 2470
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 Months
- location: Yucatan Peninsula Playa del CarmenMexico20° 44' 8.0376" N, 87° 0' 2.6352" WMX
- Fitness level: Light ImpactModerately FitVery Fit
- Closest Airport: Cancun (CUN)
- Costs From: $1500 to $3000Over $3000
- Program Type: Community Development ProjectsEnvironmental & Wildlife Programs
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