Recife, Brazil

Oct 2-9, 2018
  • Trip Type:
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Pilot Program

SJ2_4163Per a request for assistance from a group of local stakeholders, World Vets will operate a pilot project in Recife, Brazil. A pilot project is a location where World Vets has not previously worked and/or sent a veterinary team. This project will consist of surgical training and instruction being provided to local veterinarians as well as the execution of a high volume DSC_2811sterilization campaign to help control the street dog and cat population.

What is included: Volunteer kit, World Vets DSC_2708scrub top, pre – trip planning and coordination (as per the project itinerary), accommodations for 7 nights, breakfast included with/at accommodations, airport transfers on official days of arrival/departure and per established times, ground transportation related to clinic work, lunches on clinic work days, team permissions, 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, dinner and anything not specifically outlined as included. Volunteers are also responsible for ensuring that they have the appropriate documentation required for international travel as well as entry/exit to Brazil (i.e a passport that does not expire for at least 6 months from the date of departure, visa*), and any vaccinations per country requirements (if applicable).

A few special notes:
  • *There is a visa requirement for foreign nationals entering Brazil. This must be obtained prior to travel. Find out more information here: US Citizens, Canadian Citizens and Australian Citizens
  • 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.
  • Please read and make sure you understand World Vets Terms & Conditions


Day 1 (October 2): Official Arrival Day

Arrive at Recife/Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport located in Recife, Brazil. Airport Code: REC. Multiple airport transfers may be available and will be based on the arrival times of the majority. Upon arrival, the team will be transferred to accommodations and have the rest of the day/evening to relax and/or explore.

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 number) to info@worldvets.orgPlease send your flight information no later than September 2nd, 2018.

Day 2 (October 3): Group Activity AM | Clinic Set up PM

Following breakfast the team will take part in a group activity  – more information to follow!

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 to go over details and plans for the following clinic days.

Day 3 & 4 (October 4 & 5): Veterinary Work Days

The team will operate a high volume sterilization campaign, in addition to surgical training and instruction provided to local veterinarians.

Day 5 (October 6): Free Time | Leisure

Today is free for volunteers. World Vets does not have any activities planned for today. Volunteers will be responsible for making their own arrangements today.

Day 6 &7 (October 7 & 8 ): Veterinary Work Days

The team will operate a high volume sterilization campaign, in addition to surgical training and instruction provided to local veterinarians.

Day 8 (October 9 ): Official Departure Day

Today is the official end date of the project and signifies the departure of the team. There may be multiple return airport shuttle provided by World Vets depending on the departure times of the majority.

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 secure beachfront hotel that features an outdoor pool. The property also has WiFi, A/C in rooms, sauna/gym facilities as well as an on-site restaurant. Laundry service is available at an additional surcharge.  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)

The 10 Rules of Packing