Project Status: Past Project
Project Date: February 10-16, 2019
Localisation : Mexico, Baja California Sur
Population : 750000
Spoken Languages : Spanish
Local Partner : K-9 Rancho del perro
Baja California is also known as the “little Galapagos of the north” due to its biodiversity. Majestic frigate birds, blue-footed boobies and sea lions that just want to play with you await! The illustrious Captain Jacques Cousteau named the Sea of Cortez “the aquarium of the world” due to the abundance of fish in its waters, and National Geographic called it “the prettiest place in the world for warm water sea kayaking”.
However, all is not perfect in Baja. The villages surrounding La Paz do not have access to basic veterinary care and the cat and dog population has exploded. The Foundation for Veterinary Aid International (FVAI), continuing in its mission to help underprivileged populations, will be operating a MASH (Mobile Animal Surgical Hospital) type clinic with the approval of the community. It is heart warming to see large numbers of people arriving to the clinic site with their favourite pets. The response of the population has been extraordinary. Did you know that FVAI did a record number of sterilizations in one day the last time it was in Baja? The villagers of Baja clearly want to improve the quality of life of their animals and FVAI is proud to offer free basic veterinary services to them.
Baja California is an exceptional place. Do you dream of visiting the Galapagos Islands? You don’t have to spend 20 hours on a plane; there is another option! Espiritu Santos Island situated less than an hours boat ride form La Paz allows you to meet certain animal species found in the Galapagos but for a fraction of the price. The scenery is breathtaking and far from the hordes of tourists found elsewhere. Peace and quiet! Prolong your trip with us and discover this amazing ecosystem. On the menu: kayaking in turquoise waters, hiking in the desert, snorkelling and swimming with sea lions, luxury camping on a deserted beach with memorable happy hours and delectable dishes consisting of your catch of the day. You deserve it!
Cost of participation
$950 or $1865 including a memorable 4 day excursion to Espiritu Santos Island
- Transfers from La Paz Airport (LAP) to the lodgings.
- Lodging for 6 nights in La Paz.
- Lunches and transport on clinic days.
**FVAI cannot furnish meals to participants with dietary restrictions: allergies, gluten free diets, vegans and others.
- Surgical scrub top.
- Accompanied by French and English speaking veterinarians.
- All clinic materials in order to offer free care to the animals in need.
- In order to outfit himself or herself for the trip, each participant is eligible for a rebate at SAIL in Beloeil.
- For those who chose the option of the humanitarian project with excursion: 4 days on Espiritu Santos Island, kayaking, snorkelling and swimming with sea lions! Meals included.
**FVAI only uses monofilament absorbable sutures (Monocryl* or PDS* type): veterinarians with other preferences must furnish their own suture materials.
**All of the gloves supplied to the participants are latex. Participants who are allergic to latex are responsible for supplying their own gloves.
**Participating veterinarians must use FVAI’s anesthetic protocols exclusively.
- Air transportation from Montreal (YUL) to La Paz (LAP.)
- Travel and medical insurance.
- Tips at the hotel
- For those who choose the extraordinary experience at Espiritu Santos Island ($1865 instead of $950): gratuities for the guides, supplement for a single tent, sleeping bag, snorkeling equipment and wetsuit.
**And everything else not appearing in the “Included” section noted previously.
The local currency is the Peso but USD is accepted also.
$14.27 Pesos=$1.00 CAN as of July 28, 2018.
There are several ATM machines in La Paz and credit cards are accepted in many businesses.
February 10: Arrival in La Paz
February 11: Rest and orientation for the clinic
February 12-15: Clinic days
February 16: Return to Montreal, end of the FVAI project.
February 17-20: Magnificent trip to Espiritu Santos Island (sea kayaking, snorkelling, swimming with sea lions, etc.). Choose the excursion to Espiritu Santos Island for only $1865!
*This itinerary is subject to modification.