If you have a passion for working with animals, either in the field of Veterinary Medicine or in a more general animal care-oriented role, then our voluntary projects are a perfect way for you to gain some knowledge or put your skills into practice with some work experience in the developing world. Attitudes to animals in the developing world are different from those that exist in the developed world, for a variety of reasons.
Attitudes to other types of animals are also often very different. A dog might be ‘man’s best friend’, and considered another member of the family by a family in the first world, but it is hard to feel affection and empathy for such an animal when you live below the poverty line and struggle to feed your children. In many developing countries, there is a much higher incident rate of animal neglect, and therefore also a great need for volunteer help.
Working as a volunteer on a Veterinary Medicine or Animal care project with VMG, you will gain fantastic work experience which would simply not be possible in your own country.
To start with, you are likely to see many exciting types of animals, such as snakes, big cats or even elephants! Volunteers will also get to see cases that have been virtually eliminated in the developed world, such as rabies, and you will develop a better understanding of the problems that people are faced with in both urban and rural areas of the third world.
Whether you work as a Veterinary Medicine or an Animal Care volunteer, you will be given a placement supervisor who is responsible for giving you a full and varied flavor of the kind of work done by the people in this field.
You will shadow local professionals and will gain hands-on experience which benefits your level of experience. You will be able to ask questions and learn from your local colleagues.
Visit VolunteerMatch Ghana Reviews page to get experiences of our past volunteers.