With 2015 coming to an end it is time to start to thinking about what adventures 2016 will bring. I currently have a trip planned for the start of the year but nothing else decided and I have so many places I still want to visit; from Costa Rica, the Philippines, to Canada, the list is endless! However after much consideration my dream holiday would be one I have been thinking about for a long time – A working holiday to Goa with Mission Rabies.
Who are Mission Rabies?
Across the world, 100 children die of rabies every day.
Over 99% of cases of human rabies are caused by an infected dog bite. Once symptoms of the disease develop, it is always fatal. Rabies was set up by Veterinarian Luke Gamble with aim to eliminate rabies in 2030. Mission Rabies was launched in India – the rabies hotspot of the world – where a third of all rabies related death occur. Since September 2013 Mission Rabies have vaccinated over 100,000 dogs against rabies, educated nearly 200,000 children in the key messages of rabies risk reduction and sterilised over 25,000 dogs to humanely control the population.
Mission Rabies Volunteer
As a Veterinary Nurse Volunteer my trip would include; vaccinating street dogs, monitoring the anaesthesia of neuters and most importantly educating children how to safely interact with dogs to prevent bites. This trip would take place over an intense two weeks in Goa. Mission Rabies has also recently started a drive in Malawi, but as India has always been my dream place to explore Goa is a must.
Situated on the Southwestern region of India; Goa is India’s smallest state. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 provides an India culture intertwined with Portuguese influences such as 16th century churches and spice plantations. Next to the Arabian Sea it boasts a hot and humid climate for most of the year, with May being the hottest time to visit. Rich in golden beaches as well as beautiful flora and fauna Goa is fast becoming a travel hotspot in India.
All photo credit goes to Mission Rabies
This post is part of the Travelex #dreamholiday competition which is open to anyone that lives in the UK.