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Animal Rescue Project

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    8

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

And now for something completely different

I initially contacted ELI about the animal rescue program, but given my interest in veterinary medicine, ELI took the initiative to create a new experience for me with the Universidad Central de Ecuador veterinary school. I volunteered in the teaching hospital and was fortunate enough to get to scrub in on teaching surgeries in addition to seeing client owned patients every day. This experience was everything I wanted it to be- I got the veterinary experience I wanted and got to live in a near by homestay that was walking distance to the clinic. The ELI staff were amazing in every way - supportive, and willing to get creative to design a program that fit exactly what I was looking for. I highly recommend them to everyone I know who is looking to volunteer abroad.