After the success of our previous mass vaccination drives in South Africa, Vets for Change, in association with State Veterinary Services of Mpumalanga, are planning to run another campaign in May 2015.
At least 24,000 people die from rabies in Africa every year, this number is at the bottom end of the scale, the total number of deaths could be as high as 55,000! The truly shocking thing about rabies is that it’s completely preventable. As has been shown in Europe and North America, it’s possible to eliminate rabies by regular and comprehensive vaccinations of the dogs in a given area. This is why we want to return to South Africa to continue our work.
The project will run from 18th April to 16th May, and will focus on eliminating rabies from the Nsikazi area of Mpumalanga, South Africa. We will again be working with Dr Johann Kotzé who is the local State Veterinarian and Chairperson of the National Rabies Advisory Group. Dr Kotzé was an inspiration to the whole team during our last project and we’re very excited at the opportunity to work with him again!
We’d love to hear from qualified vets and vet nurses who have the drive, energy and determination to really make a difference!
It doesn’t matter if you’re a fully qualified vet with many years of experience, a vet student, a nurse or just someone who would like to make a difference, we have a place for you! Join us and our team of international volunteers and help change the lives of the animals and their human neighbours in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Volunteers are hugely important but money and supplies are also crucial. If you can donate even a small amount then Vets for Change along with the people of South Africa would be extremely grateful. If you can help in any other way, such as some fund raising, helping out with logistics, catering, transport or other supplies then please check out our Help page or get in touch by emailing us at [email protected] or download and print a copy of our project flyer for your office or staff notice board!
About the project
Dates: 18th April to 16th May (volunteers can either join for 2 or 4 weeks)
Costs: Flights (around £600/€750 from Europe) plus £300/€350 for transport, food and accommodation for two weeks. Volunteers who would like to stay for the whole month would need to pay another £250/€300 to cover further costs.
Volunteers: We are looking for vets, vet students, nurses and non veterinarian volunteers for the mass vaccination drive, sterilisations and the education part of the project.
Accommodation: We will organise your accommodation for the duration of your stay. Accommodation will not be luxurious, but will be clean and safe. We will either be staying in large tents on a campsite with washing and cooking facilities or in dormitory style accommodation. Whilst it can be very warm during the days (around 25 degrees) it can also cool down at night (to around 10 degrees). So please bring some warm clothes for the evenings and a warm sleeping bag.
Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided by a cook who will stay with us for the whole month. Tea, coffee, water and soft drinks will be included as well. Alcoholic drinks will need to be purchased at own costs.
Time off: We will arrange a day trip of some sort depending on what the volunteers would like to do (eg safari in the Kruger Park, situated next to the area we are working in).
Along with your application we need,
– Your full CV
– Copies of qualifications and registration certificates where appropriate.
– Proof of your vaccinations
– A copy of your travel insurance
– A copy of your passport