You will be assisting the International fund of animal welfare (IFAW) and Coco's Animal Welfare staff with assistance of veterinary tasks and general community support.
The International Fund of Animal Welfare (IFAW) works with various local organisations all over the Yucatan Peninsula supporting animal welfare as well as contributing to public health. They work closely with communities to understand their needs and develop tailored solutions to problems with dogs and cats, particularly when the community’s perception is that the problem is simply that they have “too many”.
How this project makes a difference
In Mexico, cats and dogs face cruelty and are neglected for many reasons, mainly due to lack of knowledge. IFAW has conducted a survey to collect information on community attitudes and pet care practises, and found that residents agreed that one of their main problems is unwanted litters of puppies and kittens and not knowing what to do with the offspring once born.
As a result, IFAW and Coco's Animal Welfare have increased the number of sterilisations they perform, and they continue to have a spay and neuter service for the whole community in exchange for a donation fee of whatever people can afford. While some pet owners are able to donate, the majority simply can´t afford to give any money but still they receive the service and spread the word to their relatives and neighbours to help improve animal welfare in their community in other ways.
*During holiday periods participants may do alternative activities such as lesson planning, preparing teaching resources, preparing workshops, creating training materials, assisting with holiday programs and/or assisting with the vet project.
Playa del Carmen's short, mid, and long-term objectives
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Playa del Carmen:
- Improve the quality of education at the Ludoteca, Contando con un amigo and Corazones
- Raise awareness on animal welfare
- Increase in-country capacity by providing training to local members of the community
- Minimize the environmental impact on the Playa base and projects, and raise awareness of environmental issues amongst volunteers and children in the projects
- Increase the quality of the resources at the ludoteca, escuelita, Contando con un amigo, Corazones and Coco's
- Improve the volunteer's experience in the projects.