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.
Volunteers Engaged in Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS) will involve more than 190 volunteer placements in Africa and Asia over a seven year period. The program will be looking for 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. Placements may be as short as 3 weeks or as long as 2 years, depending on the position.
RECRUITMENT IS NOW OPEN FOR E-VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
As a response to the COVID 19 travel restrictions we are looking for dedicated volunteers interested in supporting our partners from here in Canada. As an e-volunteer you can make an impact from home. Follow the links below to read the full placement descriptions.
We will be adding new opportunties as they become available.
Perhaps the most compelling reason to volunteer for an overseas assignment is to make a positive difference in the lives of poor people. But international volunteers also reap profound personal benefits. There is a huge sense of accomplishment in mining your skills and experience to overcome unique and interesting professional challenges, and there is value in breaking from the routine. Volunteers return to their lives and jobs inspired and refreshed. And there is the personal growth that comes from experiencing a new culture and learning firsthand about the interconnected and ever-shrinking world we share.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD VOLUNTEER?
International volunteering is all about experiencing new and challenging circumstances, and few of us know exactly how we will react until we face those challenges. However, there are certain personal characteristics that help to identify people who will rise to the challenge of working and living in the developing world.
First, it is important to be flexible, willing to endure inconvenience and occasional discomfort and hardship. Closely linked to that is an ability to adapt to unfamiliar circumstances.
Good volunteers like to think on their feet and solve problems. They need the self-confidence to take action on their own, but the best volunteers also thrive on collaborate work, overcoming barriers of culture, language and experience to share accomplishments as part of a team.
Not every successful volunteer arrives with all of these characteristics fully formed. The experience of volunteering is an opportunity to develop these qualities. If you can see some of these traits in yourself, and have a genuine interest in developing others, a volunteer assignment may be right for you.