Otavalo, Ecuador

Aug 8-15, 2017
  • Trip Type:
  • Cats
  • Dogs


World Vets has been working in the Imbabura province of Ecuador since 2009. In these communities we have established formal agreements with their municipalities which prevents the poisoning of animals as a form population control. Similar to past campaigns, we will provide a large scale sterilization campaign for cats and dogs. All veterinary DSC05635services are provided free of charge in collaboration with a local animal welfare organization. This project consists of high volume sterilization surgery where 80 + surgeries may be performed in just one day.

What’s included: Volunteer kit, World Vets scrub top, pre – trip planning and coordination (as per the project itinerary), accommodations for 7 nights, breakfast with accommodations, airport transfers per established times on official DSC06115arrival/departure days, ground transportation related to clinic work, lunch on clinic work days, a group activity, full participation in project and all supplies.

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

A few special notes:
  • Veterinarians will need to provide World Vets with a copy of their veterinary license for this project. They should be sent either via fax to 1 877 688 8387 or scanned/emailed to trips@worldvets.org.
  • 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 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.
  • The general packing list is geared towards more tropical climates. The most frequent comment made by previous volunteers to Ecuador has been to bring more warmer clothes.
  • Please read and make sure you understand World Vets Terms & Conditions


Day 1 (March 11): Official Arrival Day

Arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport. Airport Code: UIO. It is requested that volunteers schedule their flights so that they arrive no later than 11:30 pm. Multiple airport transfers may be available and will be based on the arrival times of the majority (i.e one for arrivals in the late afternoon/early evening and another for late evening arrivals). Upon arrival, the team will be transferred to accommodations in Quito for the night.

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 flight information (i.e. arrival/departure time, airline carrier, flight numbers) to info@worldvets.org. Please send your flight itinerary no later than February 11th, 2017.

Day 2 (March 12): Transfer & Leisure

Around 9:00 AM, the team will be picked up from their Quito hotel and transferred ~ 2 hrs north. Upon arrival in Otavalo, the team will get settled into accommodations and have the rest of the day and evening to relax and/or explore.

Day 3 (March 13): Leisure & Clinic Set up

The morning is set aside for free time. In the afternoon the field service veterinarian and a few team members will go to the clinic site with local partners to get orientated and set up for clinic work.

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 (March 14, 15 & 16): Veterinary Clinic 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 will be picked up between 8:00 – 8:30 AM to be taken to the clinic location. It is recommended that volunteers bring snacks as you may work into the early evening.

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 at clinic site)


Day 7 (March 17): Leisure & Free Time

Today is free for volunteers. World Vets does not have any activities planned for today, however, local partners usually have sight seeing activities organized for the team. However, it is not mandatory for volunteers to take part in the activities planned by local partners.

Day 8 (March 18): Official Departure Day

Today is the official end date of the project and signifies the departure of the team. The return airport shuttle provided by World Vets will correspond to the field service veterinarian’s departure flight.

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 beautiful and cozy lodge located within the town of Otavalo and within walking distance to local markets, restaurants and shops. It is equipped with hot showers, WiFi internet access, gardens and an outdoor patio. The team will also enjoy breakfast (included with accommodations) each morning at its very own restaurant located on site. Rooms will be shared.


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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