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Mafia & Chole Island Sterilisation Project - Tanzania

This is a new WVS project supporting our African Projects Director Dr Dagmar Mayer. We are looking for 2 experienced vets and nurses to form a team for our first sterilisation trip to Mafia Island.

Working in pop up field clinics the team will be sterilising dogs and cats whilst based on Mafia Island and will also travel to Chole Island to sterilise cats during the 2 week period.

Sterilisations will be done in the North and Southern parts of the island before progressing to Chole Island. Feral cats on Chole island will be trapped, neutered, vaccinated and released.

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Arriving in Dar es Salaam on the 7th or 8th September, depending on flight availability to transfer on a domestic flight from Dar to Mafia Island

Work will commence at 9am on the 9th Sept

You will be working from dawn to dusk in field clinics, working under temporary structures without electricty, running water etc so vets and nurses who have experience working within these basic facilities would be beneficial.

During the 2 week period you will have the 2nd weekend off where an affordable and optional day trip snorkelling or diving will be on offer.




Shared accommodation will be provided

Country Tanzania, United Rep of

You will fly to Tanzania initally and get a domestic flight with the rest of the vet team to Mafia Island


Vets and nurses must have atleast 3 years post graduation experience and be competent in performing sterilisation surgeries unassisted.

Important Notes

What to pack

Volunteers should take practical / comfortable clothes to work in e.g (scrubs). If you would like to purchase a WVS scrub top please contact the office or visit our online shop.

  • Practical / comfortable clothes to work in (eg. scrubs)
  • Wet weather gear and warm clothing for the evenings
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Ear plugs and eye mask
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries
  • Prescriptions & over-the-counter medication (eg. Imodium, Paracetemol etc)

The project may be extremely short on certain supplies and would likely be very grateful for donations. Please get in touch with us to find out if there is anything in particular that would be helpful to bring with you. If you have any spare room in your bag on the outbound flight, it would be highly appreciated if you are able to bring some spare supplies to use during your trip. This is at your discretion and entirely optional.

Travel Insurance

It is essential that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance for this project which also covers you for veterinary work. We recommend Go Walkabout who offer tailor made travel insurance policies for WVS volunteers. Please note that fully paid members of WVS also receive a 10% discount on Go Walkabout policies.

Health & Vaccinations

This information should be used as a guide only. For up to date information on immunisations please consult your doctor. You will need to allow plenty of time before travelling for your immunisations to be effective. DO NOT LEAVE THIS UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. As you will be working with animals the Rabies and Tetanus vaccines are essential. We have provided links below to websites with useful information on immunisations and travel advice which we highly recommend that you visit.


​UK passport holders are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Please visit the Foreign Commonwealth Office website for further details: All WVS volunteers are required to organise their own visas.

Trip dates

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Sat 7th Sep 2019Sat 21st Sep 2019
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Benefits of volunteering with WVS

By volunteering with WVS you are making a huge difference to the lives of animals and communities around the world. 

  • Vet
  • Vet Nurse
Details 2 weeks
Spaces available
Cost Return Flights, Travel Insurance, Visa, Vaccinations
3 years post graduation experience
Details 2 weeks
Spaces available
Cost Return Flights, Travel Insurance, Visa, Vaccinations
Country Tanzania, United Rep of

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