Join our campaign to make Goa the first rabies-free state in India!
This year we are again offering the chance for volunteers to join our incredible teams out in Goa, who are working tirelessly to make Goa the first rabies-free state in India. This project is an amazing opportunity to get fully involved in the challenge of mass vaccination; providing lifesaving protection for both the dogs and human communities living within this incredible part of India. Working alongside an experienced local team, you'll see beyond the tourist beaches and put your skills to use at the heart of communities that need it the most!
You'll be based in the coastal district of Salcete, in South Goa, working in teams across assigned wards to achieve the 70% vaccination coverage needed to create herd immunity. You will be trained to use our state-of the art epidemiological Mission Rabies App, used to collect vital vaccination and dog population data and to ensure that our work is scientifically robust.
We welcome all types of volunteers to join our teams, whether a vet, vet nurse, student or non-vet, you can play a crucial role in making a difference!
|Suitability:||Vets, Vet Nurses, Vet Students, Vet Nurse Students, Non-Vets|
£650 for two weeks campaign participation + £350 fundraising contribution
Please contact us for rates should you wish to stay for the full four weeks on the programme.
There will be the opportunity for optional overnight Goa Experience trips*
*please note the trips are paid directly to the in-county operator and include transport, accommodation, food and some activities. More information closer to the project date.
The campaign participation fee covers the cost of accommodation, soft drinks and meals, project related travel and your airport transfers. On application you will be asked for a deposit of £300 to secure your place, this is deducted from the overall campaign participation fee and is non-refundable. We ask all of our volunteers to raise a minimum of £350 to support the work of Mission Rabies. This fundraising contribution supports the operations and sustainability of our programmes. Please read our Fundraising Guidelines, Volunteer Information Pack, and Terms and Conditions in the resources section to get more information about fundraising and volunteering for Mission Rabies.
You will be responsible for covering the costs of your visa, flights, insurance and travel vaccinations.
Select the project block you wish to apply for
Upon arrival in India, you will be picked up from Goa Airport by a Mission Rabies representative and brought to your accommodation in Salcete. Here you will be welcomed by our core staff and meet the rest of the volunteers- spend the evening recuperating and getting to know your fellow members of team Goa 2019!
The following day you will get a full briefing on what to expect from the next 2 weeks, alongside training on how to use our data collection app. Using the App, you will help to collect data on every dog vaccinated to ensure we reach our target coverage, and to obtain further data about the dog population that will help Mission Rabies have a sustainable impact in the area.
Throughout our time in Goa, we will be working hard to ensure we reach 70% of the local dog population- the working days are therefore long and the climate can make them tiring. However, though the work can be physically demanding it is very rewarding, you will end each day knowing you contributed to eliminating this deadly disease!
In the afternoons and evenings, you will have time to catch up with the rest of the group and exchange stories about the people and dogs you have met that day- all whilst enjoying delicious local, vegetarian dishes.
By coordinating ahead of time and building contingency plans we strive to make the potentially challenging job of vaccinating hundreds of dogs a day, go as smoothly as possible. However, the nature of field work means that each day can be difficult to predict, and being able to ‘go with the flow’ is therefore essential!
Of course, we do want you to be as prepared as possible, so we would like to highlight some of the more challenging parts of volunteering here:
Transport and Accommodation
The standard of the roads, vehicles and driving in India may be less than you are used to. We conduct vehicle safety and driver checks for all the vehicles we use but this is something you should be aware of. The accommodation, although not luxurious, is clean, comfortable and safe and our previous volunteers have been very happy there.
Physical work and early starts
It is worth mentioning again that in order to reach 70% coverage of a dog population, we have to work very hard! Our Mission Rabies teams work from dawn to dusk to protect as many people as possible from this deadly disease, with a typically day starting at 5 or 6 am to get into the field to start work at 7am. This being said, as it can get very hot in Goa, all the teams will return to the accommodation for lunch and to have a break away from the midday sun.
You must be comfortable walking at least 15 km a day over rough hilly terrain and in hot sunny weather. You should make sure you come prepared for walking over such terrain so sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended.
There is a chance that you will witness suffering, be it human or animal, while on this project. You cannot know how you will react to seeing a dog suffering from a terrible case of mange or with a fractured leg, seeing people in need or finding a personal bond had been shattered by illness. It may simply be alarming to see dogs who lived chained outside, or are handled roughly. It is perfectly normal to feel a range of emotions in response to this. We can help support you and ensure that all the hard work you put into this project makes a long and lasting change to the lives of people and animals you meet.
To ensure we can get as many volunteers in the field as possible and keep the in-country costs low for you, you will be sharing a room with another volunteer of the same sex. If you specifically request to have a single room this may be arranged, however it will be at an extra cost. In addition if you are volunteering with a friend we can accommodate this, so please mention this upon application.
The local food available in Goa offers a delicious array of flavours and spices and trying the local dishes is part of the fun! As an animal welfare project, the food provided whilst working with us will be vegetarian meals. Specific allergies can be discussed with our team - please do mention them upon your application.
Climate – There is no other way to put it: Goa can get very hot and sweaty. October is technically in the dry season, with temperatures usually between 25-31°C. However, it isn’t rare to be caught in the occasional monsoon down-pour! We will make sure that you have plenty of fresh, clean, safe water throughout the day. Remember to pack high factor sun cream and a hat.
Like at home, the majority of people you meet are friendly and not a danger, however it is always good to use your common sense. Never go anywhere unaccompanied and keep your belongings safe, out of sight and locked away. We advise you not go out at night and always make sure you carry a copy of your passport with you. Follow the advice of the Mission Rabies staff and our local team and you will have a safe and enjoyable experience.
We will have a two day break in the middle of the vaccination campaign, giving you some well-deserved time off to relax and explore what Goa has to offer. For these days, there will be an optional trip. More information to follow!
You are not alone!
Mission Rabies is well aware of the fact that travelling to India can be an overwhelming experience even for seasoned travellers and we want your volunteer experience here to be as rewarding and comfortable as possible. Our staff are more than happy to answer any questions that you have before you travel and there will always be members from the Mission Rabies Leadership Team to be your point of communication in-country. They will be on the ground working with your team, helping you get to grips with the tasks and activities of the project and will always be available if you have any questions, concerns, or particular needs throughout your time in India.
BS8848 Cooperate Compliance
Mission Rabies is a certified BS 8848 volunteering organisation. We have adapted our projects to a set framework, which evaluates risks in the countries of action. To be able to claim the status of ‘BS 8848 compliance’ an organisation has to implement all measures within the framework. Therefore, Mission Rabies evaluates the situation on the ground before sending international volunteers on projects. We conduct a strong risk assessment and have health and safety procedures in place which include:
If you have any questions with regards to our health and safety accreditation please contact: email@example.com
Volunteer safety is our priority.
September - October 2019
This campaign is now fully booked!
Please keep an eye on this page for more amazing volunteer opportunities coming soon!
This year we are offering the chance once again for volunteers to join our incredible teams out in Goa, who are working tirelessly to make Goa the first rabies-free state in India!
Join us as we head through the back streets of beautiful Goa delivering life-saving vaccines, to protect both the dogs and human communities they live alongside!
|Suitability:||Vets, Vet Nurses, Vet Students, Vet Nurse Students, Non-Vets|