Cusco, Peru

Sep 5-12, 2018
  • Trip Type:
  • Cats
  • Dogs


World Vets has been providing veterinary assistance in the Cusco region since 2011. This small animal project is carried out in collaboration with local municipalities, Peruvian animal welfare groups and volunteers as well as local veterinarians.

DSC01046aWhat is included: Volunteer kit, World Vets scrub top, pre – trip planning and coordination (as per the project itinerary), accommodations for 7 nights, Cusco airport transfers per established meeting DSC00939atimes on official arrival and departure days, ground transportation related to clinic work and activities as outlined, lunches on clinic work days, breakfast included with accommodations, a group activity, full participation in project and all supplies.

What is not included:  Airfare, optional excursions, incidentals, travel and/or health insurance, World Vets membership fee ($40 USD), and anything not specifically outlined as included. Volunteers are also responsible for obtaining any travel documentation required of them to enter/exit Peru (i.e a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure, visa if applicable).

A few special notes:
  • The gloves provided on World Vets projects are made with latex. Volunteers who have a latex allergy will need to provide their own gloves for this project.
  • Pre veterinary students will not perform any surgical procedures, however they will be involved in all other clinical activities in the same capacity as veterinary students. Veterinary students can expect to assist with surgical procedures however they should not assume that this will be the main focus of their involvement during clinic.
  • Caps and masks are required to be worn by all surgeons as well as those assisting within the sterile field of the surgical patient. World Vets provides disposable caps and masks on field service projects, however, volunteers have the option of using their own surgical cap.
  • World Vets is not able to provide medical advice. Volunteers are encouraged to consult with their family physician, nearest travel clinic and/or center for disease control regarding recommended immunizations and/or health precautions prior to the trip. Although not a requirement to participate on a World Vets project, it is recommended that volunteers be vaccinated for rabies.
  • We understand that sometimes unexpected things can happen to stop a volunteer being able to participate in a project. For that reason, we highly recommend that you obtain some form of insurance for your trip.  Affordable travelers insurance can be found here, which can also cover trip cancellation in some circumstances and covered reasons. You must read the policy wording to ensure the policy is a fit for your needs. World Vets project fees are non-refundable and non-transferable (to another person or to another project).  We encourage volunteers to make sure the dates of our projects do not conflict with any prior engagements before signing up.
  • The general packing list is geared towards more tropical climates. During this time of year, Cusco can get pretty cold in the evening. It is recommended that volunteers dress in layers, bring a light weight wind breaker jacket and/or sweater (sweatshirt).
  • Please read and make sure you understand World Vets Terms & Conditions


Day 1 (September 5): Official Arrival Day

Arrive at Aeropuerto International Alejandro Velasco Astete de Cusco, in Cusco, Peru. Airport code: CUZ. Two to three airport transfers may be available and will be based on the arrival times of the majority. Upon arrival, the team will check into their accommodations and have the rest of the day to relax, acclimatize and explore. It is highly recommended that everyone aim to arrive in Cusco no later than 3 pm.

*Please be advised that volunteers may have to start traveling on Sept 4 in order to arrive in Cusco on Sept 5.

Once the flight for the field service veterinarian is booked, it will be shared with you via email. Once you have booked your flight, please send your Cusco flight information (i.e. arrival/departure time, airline carrier, flight numbers) to no later than August 5th, 2018

Day 2 (Sept 6): Group Activity/Free Time

This morning the team will take part in a group activity. Shortly after breakfast you will depart Cusco for a 45 minute scenic drive to the Pisac market. Along the way you will visit a local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center. After lunch, you will return to Cusco.

Day 3 (Sept 7): Free Time/Leisure

World Vets does not have anything planned today, so volunteers will be responsible for arranging their own activities today.

Tonight the team will meet up for a no host group dinner to go over details and plans for the following clinic days.

Day 4, 5 & 6 (Sept 8, 9 & 10): Clinic work days

Hopefully you are well rested and adjusted to the climate because for the next three days you will be operating a field condition sterilization campaign. The team should be picked up by 8:30 AM to be taken to the clinic location.

Bring your scrub top, headlamp and comfortable shoes and be ready to pitch in and help wherever needed to make the project a success.(Lunches provided onsite).

Day 7 (Sept 11): Free/Leisure

The morning and afternoon are set aside for free time. World Vets does not have anything planned today, so volunteers will be responsible for arranging their own activities today.

It is perfectly fine for volunteers to leave World Vets project today should they wish to do additional travel and/or other activities (i.e. visit Machu Picchu). If you will be leaving the project today, please notify us ahead of time. 

Day 8 (Sept 12): Official Departure Day

Today is the official end date of the project and signifies departure. For those departing today, multiple airport shuttles may be available, however, we expect to operate up to two based on the departure times of the majority.

For volunteers who wish to extend their stay and visit Machu Picchu and/or the surrounding area,this is something that is not included in the project fee. Also, please know that if you stay past the official end date of the project, you will then be responsible for your return transportation to the airport.


The World Vets team will stay at a cosy inn located within the center of Cusco – a block and a half from the Plaza de Armas. A few amenities include free WiFi, security safes in rooms, hot water showers and coca tea 24/7. A buffet breakfast is also provided with accommodations each morning. Accommodations will be shared.

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General Packing List

*This packing list is geared towards our regular field service opportunities to tropical destinations


  • Shoes (Keen, Teva, tennis shoes, anything comfortable, preferably washable and w/ covered toes)
  • T-shirts/Short sleeved shirts
  • Shorts (shorts are ok for surgery)
  • Scrub Pants (optional)
  • World Vets scrub top
  • Swimsuit
  • Light Jacket or sweatshirt
  • Bandana/hat
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Headlamp (Highly recommended for vets and students, optional but recommended for others)
  • Camera (w/ extra batteries and memory card)
  • Daypack or tote
  • Travel Alarm
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  •  Shampoo
  • Prescription medications
  • Over the counter meds (Tylenol, Imodium, cold meds etc)
  • Comb/brush
  • Soap
  • Band-Aids
  • Glasses/contact lenses
  • Beach Towel
  • Ear Plugs
  • Flip Flops/Shower shoes
  • Small travel flashlight
  • Laptop (most destinations have WiFi although not very reliable)

Air Mattress (If applicable)

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