World Vets has been facilitating free veterinary services, for both horses and small animals, in Nicaragua since 2008. As part of this veterinary field project, you will help to make quality veterinary care accessible for the communities located around Laguna de Apoyo, which located a short distance from Granada.
What is included: Volunteer kit, World Vets scrub top, pre – trip planning and coordination (as per the project itinerary), accommodations for 7 nights, breakfast provided at accommodations, airport transfers per established times on official arrival/departure days, ground transportation related to veterinary work, lunches on clinic work days, a group activity, full participation in project and all supplies.
What is not included: Airfare, optional excursions and/or activities, incidentals, travel and/or health insurance, World Vets membership fee, and anything not specifically outlined as included. Volunteers are also responsible for obtaining any travel documentation required of them to enter/exit Nicaragua (i.e a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure, a $10 USD tourist visa issued upon arrival).
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.
- 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 travellers 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.
- World Vets is not liable for lost and/or stolen items at team housing and/or at the field clinic site.
- Please read and make sure you understand World Vets Terms & Conditions
Day 1 (Nov 4): Official Arrival Day
Arrive at Augusto C Sandino International Airport located in Managua. Airport Code: MGA. Multiple airport transfers may be provided (i.e. one for afternoon arrivals and another for evening arrivals), however we request that volunteers plan to arrive no later than 9:30 pm. Upon arrival, the team will check into their accommodations and have the rest of the day/evening to relax and/or explore.
Once you have booked your flight, please send your flight information (i.e. arrival/departure time, airline carrier, flight numbers) to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 4th, 2017.
Day 2 (Nov 5): Group Activity | Leisure
Today the team will take part in a group activity – more information to follow.
Day 3 (Nov 6): Free Time | Leisure | Clinic Set Up
Today is free for volunteers to explore the area, do some sightseeing and/or take part in a nearby excursion.
In the afternoon, the field service veterinarian, along with World Vets staff and some volunteers, will go to the field clinic site to set up. In the evening, the team will meet to go over details and plans for the following work days.
Day 4, 5 & 6 (Nov 7, 8 & 9): Veterinary Work days
The team will be picked up by 8:00 AM to be taken to the field clinic work site located in Laguna de Apoyo. Expected veterinary services include spay/neuter and other surgical procedures deemed necessary on a case by case basis, health consultations as well as preventative health treatments. (Lunch provided at the clinic site)
Day 7 (Nov 10): Free | Leisure
Today is free for volunteers to explore the area, do some sightseeing and/or take part in a nearby excursion. World Vets does not have any activities planned for today, so volunteers will be responsible for making their own arrangements.
Day 8 (Nov 11): Official Departure Day
Today is the official end date of the project and signifies departure. There will be two airport transfers provided (i.e. one for early morning departure* and another for late morning/mid afternoon departures).
*Please note that if you have a 6 am or 7 am departure, the airport transfer may be scheduled as early as 3:30 am.
For volunteers who wish to extend their stay, 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 team will stay at a colonial style home with beautiful gardens located in Granada just a few blocks from the center of town and within walking distance to restaurants, shops and others sights. The house has a fully equipped kitchen, cable, air conditioning in rooms, ceiling fans throughout and an outdoor pool. Accommodations and living quarters will be shared. Breakfast will be cooked and served each morning at the house.
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
- Light Jacket or sweatshirt
- 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
- Prescription medications
- Over the counter meds (Tylenol, Imodium, cold meds etc)
- 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)