In 2016 World Vets operated a pilot project* on the island of St.Vincent. This year we will return to provide a follow up visit. Similar to last year, our team will operate a field condition spay/neuter and animal health campaign to assist local efforts control the local animal population and contribute to overall animal health in the area.
*A pilot project is a new location where a World Vets team has not previously worked
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 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 St.Vincent & the Grenadines (i.e a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure, visa if applicable).
A few special notes:
- When booking your flight, it will be helpful for you to know that the major gateways to St. Vincent & the Grenadines from North America and Europe are Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad, St. Lucia, Martinique and Puerto Rico. That being said, you may need to book a round trip flight to one of these destinations and then book a round trip charter flight from there to get you to St.Vincent (unless direct flights are available from your home airport/departure location)
- 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.
- Please read and make sure you understand World Vets Terms & Conditions
Day 1 (Aug 16): Official Arrival Day
Arrive at E. T. Joshua Airport located one the island of St.Vincent. Airport Code: SVD. It is requested that volunteers schedule their flights so that they arrive no later than 7 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 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 numbers) to email@example.comPlease send your St.Vincent flight itinerary no later than July 16th, 2016.
Please note: The major gateways to St.Vincent are Barbados, Grenada, St.Lucia, Trinidad and Puerto Rico. Volunteers may need to book an international roundtrip flight to one of these locations and from there take a charter flight.
Day 2 (Aug 17): Group Activity | Free Time
Today the team will take part in a group activity – more information to follow!
Day 3 (Aug 18): 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 (Aug 19, 20 & 21): 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 by 8:00 AM to be taken to the clinic location.
Day 7 (Aug 22): Leisure | Free Time
Today is free for volunteers. World Vets does not have any activities planned for today, so volunteers will be responsible for making their own arrangements today.
Day 8 (Aug 23): 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, however, one transfer 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 hotel that is located a few minutes drive from downtown and other island sights. It features an outdoor pool, lounge areas and an on-site restaurant and gym. Rooms are air conditioned and have cable. Volunteers can expect to share a room with at least one if not two other volunteers.
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)