Over the last few years World Vets has sent countless veterinary teams to Roatan, Honduras to provide free veterinary care for the island’s small animal population. As in years past, our team will operate a field condition sterilization campaign as well as provide medical consultations. The objective of this large scale campaign is to contribute to the overall well being of animals, in addition to the prevention of zoonotic disease on the island.
What is included: Volunteer kit, World Vets scrub top, pre – trip planning and coordination (as per the project itinerary), accommodations for 7 nights, airport transfers per established meeting times, ground transportation related to clinic work and veterinary activities, lunch and dinner on clinic work days, veterinary permits, a group sailboat cruise, full participation in project and all supplies.
What is not included: Airfare, optional excursions, 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 Honduras (i.e a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure, visa if applicable).
A few special notes:
- Upon registration, veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians will need to provide World Vets a copy of their license which is required to obtain a permit for the veterinary team to work in Honduras. This can either be faxed to 1 877 688 8387, scanned/emailed to email@example.com or mailed to 802 1st Ave N Fargo ND 58102.
- The house that the team will be staying at does not have enough individual beds for everyone. Students and/or those filling a “tech/student” or “assistant” positions should either plan to bring an air mattress or be prepared to sleep on a couch.
- 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.
- Should volunteers have and/or wish to bring donated veterinary supplies for this project, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org so that your donation can be properly recorded. Also, all supply donations must not be expired
- 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.
- Volunteers are encouraged to purchase travelers insurance to cover for any unforeseen illness, injury, extreme weather causing flight delays and/or cancellations. Affordable travelers insurance, that also covers World Vets project fee in the event of a last minute cancellation, can be obtained here
Day 1 (Mar 22): Arrive at Roatan International Airport. Airport code: RTB. It is requested that volunteers schedule their flights so that they arrive no later than 6 pm. Multiple 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 and 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 numbers) to email@example.com
Day 2 (Mar 23): Today is free for volunteers to take advantage and explore the area before work begins. World Vets does not have any activities planned for today, so volunteers will be responsible for making their own arrangements
Day 3 (Mar 24): Today is free for volunteers to take advantage and explore the area before work begins. World Vets does not have any activities planned for today, so volunteers will be responsible for making their own arrangements.
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 4, 5 & 6 (Mar 25, 26 & 27): 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 will be picked up between 8:00 – 8:30 AM to be taken to the clinic location.
Day 7 (Mar 28): A group activity has been planned today. The World Vets team will celebrate and enjoy a half day boat cruise.
If needed, a few team members may be involved in checking up on certain surgical patients today.
Day 8 (Mar 29): Today is the official end date of the project and signifies the departure of the team. Multiple airport shuttles may be available based 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 World Vets team will stay at the “house of dreams”, a beachfront vacation rental home. The spacious house is equipped with a pool, A/C, full kitchen, washer and dryer, internet and much more. Accommodations will be shared.
The house has 6 bedrooms and 4 baths. Please note that there are not enough individual beds for everyone on the team. Students and/or those filling a “tech/student” or “assistant” positions should be prepared to bring an air mattress or sleep on a couch. Veterinarians and the designated LVT/RVT will have a bed.
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)