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Volunteer applications for Guatemala are now open!

We are looking for volunteers for our project in Todos Santos, Guatemala!

In Todos Santos, a remote village in the Cuchumatán mountains of Guatemala, the GAAP is working with international and local partners on a dog and cat health program that provides veterinary services and children’s education program.

Dogs are the primary reservoir of rabies in the community, and many live in daily fear of these free-roaming animals. This project has been in operation since 2008, and the community is very excited to have us back and work with their dogs again.

We are looking for a variety of individuals to help us implement this year’s project in this beautiful community. This is a unique and potentially life-changing opportunity to give back to those who are less privileged than most of us.

Description: Educational activities take place on20140213_135701-02 a Friday and Saturday, preparation and training for the veterinary clinics are on Sunday, and the clinics will take place for 5 days, starting the following Monday to Friday

Where: Todos Santos, Guatemala

Who: This is a collaborative project supported by Veterinarians International, Allandale Veterinary Hospital, the Humane Society International and Veterinarians Without borders Canada.

When: April 7-16, 2016

General Requirements:
  • We need veterinarians, technicians and all kinds of other general help and expertise
  • Everyone must have an adequate rabies vaccination titer
  • Willingness to stay in very modest conditions, share rooms, have cold showers, eat basic and locally available food, and be happy to work long hours for a good cause!
  • Good physical abilities (as there is a great deal of physical exertion in the field – hiking, cold conditions, long days, etc)
  • Excellent team skills
  • Flexibility, tolerance and patience are of paramount importance!!! Imagine having no running water, or no electricity while you are prepping a dog, or in the middle of surgery. What if you are in the middle of surgery and the mayor sends a message that you have to pack everything up and move to a new hall right now? Or you arrive and there are no tables to use for the campaign? These are all realities of working in Todos Santos, and one must be emotionally resilient, and creative in adverse, unexpected and sometimes bizarre circumstances. If you need a predictable and controlled setting to do your work, this may not be the job for you, but if you are adventurous, a strong leader with a willingness to share your knowledge with others, and have a great working team at your clinic….we’d like to hear from you!
  • Volunteers are responsible for their own costs
  • Willingness to fundraise for the project costs is an asset, and we can send you information packages

GAAP Support:
  • If you are accepted as a volunteer, the GAAP will provide ample detail about the trip
  • All reservations for lodging, food and transport in Guatemala are made for you
  • We provide on-the-ground training for the different roles you will fill during the campaign
  • GAAP will provide team members with cultural information documents, information on travel details, safety and health recommendations, advice about what supplies and equipment are recommended, and lists of personal items to bring

 

 

Application Deadline: Nov 10th, 2015

Application Process:
Please fill out the application found here:

APPLY TO BE A VOLUNTEER

Any additional questions can be directed to info@thegaap.org

 

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