Arusha, Tanzania

Jun 6-14, 2020
  • Trip Type:
  • Dogs
  • Donkeys

DSC_3367This is a donkey welfare project. As part of this project, World Vets team will provide direct veterinary services and care to the working donkey population on a large scale.

To aid in the delivery of such assistance, we have volunteer opportunities DSC_3170that not only facilitate quality veterinary care but also enable individuals to be a part of the work that we do around the world.

For this field project, volunteer opportunities are open to vets, techs (both licensed and non-licensed), students and for general assistants (individuals with no previous vet experience).

How much will it cost?

The project fee associated with this veterinary field service project is $1350 USD. The full amount will be due at the time of registration. Before you register, please ensure you do not have any scheduling conflicts that may impact your participation as project fees are non-refundable and/or non-transferrable to other trips and/or persons.

What’s Included:

World Vets logo scrub top*, volunteer kit, pre – trip planning and coordination per the project itinerary, accommodations for 8 nights, breakfast provided at accommodations, lunch on veterinary work days, airport transfers per established meeting times on official arrival/departure days (see itinerary), ground transportation related to veterinary work, a group activity as well as all supplies, permits and permissions, and full participation on the project.

*Purchase additional World Vets logo gear for your trip, including extra scrub tops here 

What’s NOT included:

International airfare, optional excursions, travellers insurance, health insurance, World Vets membership fee, lunch on non-work days, dinner and snacks, required travel documentation to enter/exit Tanzania (i.e. a passport that does not expire for at least 6 months from your initial date of travel, Visa), incidentals and anything not specifically outlined as included.

What will I be doing?

World Vets veterinary team will operate four days of mobile field clinics to benefit the local working donkey population. General veterinary services will be provided and include hoof and dental work, vaccinations, de-worming and wound treatments. A canine rabies vaccination clinic will also be held for one day at the end of the project. All veterinary services are provided free of charge.


As a veterinarian, you will be primarily providing physical exams, health consultations, diagnoses and/or treatments. We do not anticipate any surgical procedures to be performed on this project. You will also have the opportunity to take part in teaching local and international volunteers.

The veterinarian volunteer category may be filled by a licensed DVM. Equine, large animal and/or mixed animal vets should register under the “Veterinarian (Equine) EQ” volunteer category. Small animal vets are also welcomed and should register under the Veterinarian (Small Animal) SA” volunteer category. PLEASE NOTE: We will require additional documentation for veterinarians volunteering on this project. See below under “A Few Special Notes” for more information.

Veterinary Technicians (Licensed and Non-Licensed) | Veterinary Nurses

As a veterinary technician, you will assist with providing physical exams and administering vaccinations, preventative health medications and any other treatments that may be needed. You will also have the opportunity to take part in teaching local and international volunteers.

The “Tech” (LVT/RVT/CVT) volunteer category may only be filled by a veterinary technician that is either certified, licensed and/or registered. For veterinary technicians who are not licensed, they should register under the “Tech/Student” category. Large animal experience is not required, though you should be comfortable handling donkeys. 


As a veterinary student, pre-veterinary student and/or veterinary technician student, you will assist with physical exams, administering vaccinations, preventative health medications and any other treatments that may be needed.

The student volunteer category may be filled by veterinary students, pre–veterinary students, and/or veterinary technology students. When registering, select the “Tech/Student” category and further classify your position on the registration form to reflect the student type that you are filling. 


As we know the love for animals and desire to assist is not limited to those in the profession, we created an assistant volunteer category open to everyone. Our assistant position requires no prior experience, just a willingness to learn! You will able to assist in many parts of veterinary service activities based off your knowledge and comfort with animal handling. The field service vet will work with you to find where you can best assist while having a fulfilling experience.

A few special notes:

  • Please note that there is a visa requirement for Tanzania: Read more. It is recommended that volunteers obtain this visa BEFORE traveling to Tanzania.  World Vets will provide volunteers with the necessary letter(s) to accompany visa applications concerning their volunteer service that will be carried out in the country. Volunteers are responsible for ensuring that they have all the required documentation to enter/exit Tanzania.
  • Veterinarians filling the “Vet” position on the team roster will need to provide World Vets with a copy of their active/current veterinary license. Your license should be scanned/emailed to or faxed to 1 877 688 8387.
  • 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. Please note: Volunteers taking part in the canine rabies vaccination activity (June 13) will be required to 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. Global Rescue provides medical evacuation & advisory services as well as general travellers/trip cancellation insurance. You must read the policy wording to ensure the policy is a fit for your needs. The policy must be purchased within 20 days of your initial registration in order to qualify for trip cancellation coverage.


Day 1 (June 6): Official Arrival Day

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Airport Code: JRO. 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. If you plan to arrive before June 6th, please plan to get yourself to team housing on this date.

Once you have booked your flight, please send your flight information (i.e. arrival/departure time, airline carrier, flight numbers) to no later than May 6th, 2020.

SPECIAL NOTE: Given the rapidly changing events related to COVID-19, we are extending the flight deadline until May 30, 2020

*Please note that you may need to start traveling on June 5th or earlier in order to arrive on June 6th (the official arrival day) depending on flight itineraries from your departure airport. 

Day 2 (June 7): Group Activity | Leisure

Today the team will take part in a group activity – more information to follow.

*Breakfast provided


Day 3 & 4 (June 8 & 9): Donkey Veterinary Work days

The team will leave around 8:00 AM and be taken to the field clinic site for veterinary work. Expected veterinary services include de-worming, vaccinations, wound treatments and counciling local donkey owners about proper care.

*Breakfast & lunch provided


Day 5 (June 10): Free Time | 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.

*Breakfast provided


Day 6 & 7 (June 11 & 12): Donkey Veterinary Work days

The team will leave around 8:00 AM and be taken to the field clinic site for veterinary work. Expected veterinary services include de-worming, vaccinations, wound treatments and counciling local donkey owners about proper care.

*Breakfast & lunch provided


Day 8 (June 13): Canine Rabies Vaccination Clinic

Today volunteers will set up a mobile clinic to provide free rabies vaccinations for the local dog population. Please note: Volunteers taking part in this activity are required to be vaccinated for rabies.

*Breakfast & lunch provided


Day 9 (June 14): Official Departure Day

Today is the official end date of the project and signifies departure. There will be two airport transfers provided and will be 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.


World Vets team will stay at a private villa located a few minutes from the center of Arusha. The property features multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen, and a variety of lounge areas both indoors and outdoors. There is also WiFi. Accommodations will be shared.

General Packing List

*NOTE:  This is a general packing list.
Please research your project's forecast information for weather permitting items.


  • Shoes (anything comfortable w/ covered toes for clinic days)
  • World Vets scrub top (required during clinic days)
  • Scrub pants (optional)
  • Pants
  • T-shirts (weather permitting)
  • Shorts (weather permitting - shorts are ok for surgery)
  • Bandana/hat
  • Swimsuit (weather permitting)
  • Sweatshirt (weather permitting)
  • Light jacket (weather permitting)
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle (highly recommended)
  • Headlamp (highly recommended)
  • Camera
  • Tote bag
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Prescription medications
  • Over the counter meds (Tylenol, Imodium, cold meds etc)
  • Personal bottle of hand sanitizer (highly recommended)
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen (highly recommended)
  • Bug spray (DEET) (highly recommended)
  • Brush
  • Band-Aids
  • Glasses/contact lenses
  • Beach Towel (if applicable)
  • 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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