VWB/VSF was founded in 2005 to facilitate volunteer work by Canadian veterinarians in developing countries around the world. Since that time volunteers have played an important role in VWB/VSF's work.
The Volunteers Engaged in Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS) program aims to mobilize more than 190 volunteers in Africa and Asia over a seven-year period. The program participants include veterinarians, veterinary technologists, animal and human nutritionists, professors of veterinary medicine, veterinary clinic managers, rural development specialists, business development advisors, monitoring and evaluation, gender specialists and others. Volunteer placements range from three weeks to two years, depending on the nature of the position.
RECRUITMENT IS NOW OPEN
VWB/VWF Canada is now recruiting for international volunteer positions based in Africa and Asia for 2022. Volunteer placements will be available on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Follow the links below to read the full placement descriptions. Please read the eligibility requirements carefully.
Current positions open for recruitment for the VETS Program:
Current Positions open for recruitment for Ukraine Animal Emergency Response (based in Romania):
There are many reasons to become a VWB volunteer. Volunteers support our partner organizations to make a positive difference in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. International volunteers contribute to this meaningful work and gain profound personal benefits through sharing skills and experience in complex and interesting contexts. Volunteers often return to their lives and jobs inspired and refreshed, with a renewed sense of passion for animal welfare and international cooperation. In stepping into another country and culture, volunteers experience tremendous personal growth while learning firsthand about the interconnected and ever-shrinking world we share.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD VOLUNTEER?
International volunteers often experience new and challenging circumstances. Few of us can predict how we will react until we face those challenges. However, there are certain personal and professional qualities that help to identify people who will be effective working and living in another country.
First, it is important to be flexible. Be willing to endure inconvenience and occasional discomfort and even hardship. International volunteers often need to adapt to unfamiliar circumstances.
Practice your problem-solving skills and think on your feet. Volunteers need the self-confidence to take action on their own. The most effective volunteers also thrive as collaborative team members, overcoming cultural and language barriers to share accomplishments as part of a team.
Not every effective volunteer arrives with all of these skills. Volunteering internationally is an opportunity to develop and strengthen skills and abilities that will last a lifetime. If you would like to contribute toward healthy animals, healthy people, healthy planet, then a volunteer assignment may be right for you.