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Testimonial from Laura Karnite

I returned from the GVI Mexico Yucatan volunteer trip two weeks ago, but I’m still full of emotions from the experience I got there, from beautiful people I met, to everything that happened to me during this unforgettable month. One part of my heart has remained in Mexico forever and this was a first time in my life when I didn’t want to go back home...

I returned from the GVI Mexico Yucatan volunteer trip two weeks ago, but I’m still full of emotions from the experience I got there, from beautiful people I met, to everything that happened to me during this unforgettable month. One part of my heart has remained in Mexico forever and this was a first time in my life when I didn’t want to go back home... My month there consisted of helping at the animal protection organisation "Coco’s Animal Welfare Playa del Carmen” which is a low cost spay & neuter clinic for cats and dogs. They have programmes available for feral cats and dogs known as TNR (trap-neuter-release), rescued kitten programme, rescued dog and puppy programme, the cat café programme and also a wildlife programme. Coco’s works not only with animals but also with their owners, visiting poor communities and creating awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering and giving them advice about how to best care for their pets and bring their pets in for free sterilization. Coco’s gives help not only for animals but also for poor people, organising events, during which free medical consultations are provided to children and adults, as well as donated clothes and toys for children are handed out. Everywhere I met beautiful, warm-hearted people – knowledgeable and highly professional GVI staff, passionate Coco’s team, other volunteers and many others, who became my friends. This is important, amazing, awesome and incredibly work which they are doing with passion, determination and perseverance, and I was proud to be part of this team

- Laura Karnite

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