Animal health and well-being

Volunteers and interns in our animal health and well-being program are involved in projects to protect the pet population, promote human health and preserve wildlife. 

Please read the information below before applying to be a volunteer or intern. The link to the application form is at the bottom of this page.

Job description
Each volunteer/internship placement is designed to respond to specific and timely needs within the community, while making the most of each volunteers' unique skills and experience. These are examples of the work you could be doing.
  • Plan and develop disease control and spay and neuter clinics.
  • Design and implement an animal medical control program.
  • Develop an education campaign aimed towards children and adults within the community to promote proper animal care and well-being.
  • Perform a stray animal census.

Skills needed
We're looking for someone who:
  • has experience in program management, preferably in a related field.
  • feels passion for ensuring the well-being of domestic and stray animals.
  • is able to work with limited resources.
  • enjoys new experiences and is inspired by the challenges of working in a rural environment.
  • is eager to meet new people and be a vocal advocate for Misión Gaia's work, both while volunteering and at home.
  • has a basic knowledge of Spanish. Don't speak any Spanish? Take advantage of our Spanish classes.
Practical experience in animal health is not necessary but could be very useful during spay and neuter or disease control clinics. Volunteers or interns that do have experience in animal health will be able to create a more specialized program through which they can further develop these skills.

Minca and Taganga

Flexible. Specific participation dates could depend on pre-established dates for spay and neuter campaigns.

Period and hours of participation
  • From 2 weeks up to 6 months
  • 25 to 40 hours per week, depending on the activities. 
  • One-time, non refundable $US 70 contribution from all volunteers. This fee goes directly to support organizational costs associated with recruiting volunteers, paying rent and utilities, staff and other administrative costs. 
  • All other costs may vary depending on the work you will be doing, how long you are staying, how many volunteers we are hosting, your work location, accomodation and other needs.

What is included (besides a once-in-a-lifetime experience)
  • Orientation, technical/professional training in massive spaying and neutering of cats and dogs.
  • Practice in tropical diseases for cats and dogs.
  • Accommodation. 
  • Transportation from the airport.
  • Certificate of participation.
  • Food is not included.

Application process
  1. Read the participation requirements below.
  2. Complete and submit the volunteer application form.
  3. Send your resume to voluntarios@misiongaia.org.
  4. Set-up a virtual or personal interview, depending on your location.
  5. Choose location and participation dates.
  6. Sign the volunteer/intern agreement.
  7. Apply for and receive a valid Visa for volunteer work in Colombia (we can help you with this process). 
  8. Pay program fees 45 days prior to participation.
  9. Complete a pre-departure information session.

Participation requirements
  • Be of legal age (over 18 years old for Colombia). Participants under the age of 18 must travel with their parents or a responsible adult (with approval from their legal guardian).
  • Accessing some work sites requires being in a good physical condition.
  • Do not abuse of any illegal substances or drugs. 
  • Be in possesion of valid travel and medical insurance during program participation.
  • Be in possesion of a valid volunteer Visa and have a clean legal record in Colombia and any other country.
  • Commit to starting and participating during the agreed dates.
  • Present all other required documents.
  • Receive all required vaccinations.
  • Confirm participation at least 6 weeks prior to start date.

Contact us if you have questions about our programs or the application process.