Dog and Cat Outreach Program in Siargao MARCH

General Luna, Surigao del Norte, Philippines

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Kayla Nielsen
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7 reviews
Mar 11 - 18, 2019
Group size: 1 - 15
Dog and Cat Outreach Program in Siargao MARCH
General Luna, Surigao del Norte, Philippines

Kayla Nielsen
  • Mobile phone verified
7 reviews

$350
Deposit: $150
Mar 11 - 18, 2019
Group size: 1 - 15

About this trip

Are you an animal lover? Are you interested in traveling whilst participating in authentic acts of selfless service?

Then, join our Street Dog Outreach Program in Siargao today!

Together, we will uplift the quality of life for Siargao street dogs, by providing a free spay/neuter and vaccination clinic for mistreated canines on the island. 


100% of the proceeds from the Outreach Program are donated to support Kindred Connection's work in the Philippines. 

We will be partnering with local vet team,  PPBC Foundation to make this experience possible.

Not only will you be investing in a life-changing experience for yourself in a beautiful location; but you will also be giving back to animals in need, as well. 

Be a voice for the voiceless today. 

Outreach Program

Kindred Connection's Outreach Program is exactly what you make of it. 

For some of you, that may mean spending all day every day with the animals. And for others, that may mean volunteering for the minimum  requirement of 3 hours daily.

Please understand that this experience is intended to be flexible, as there are a variety of factors that may arise at the time, which were not planned for ahead of time.
If you are not comfortable with sudden changes of plan, this may not be the best volunteer experience for you.

It's important to note that there are typically only 3-4 days of clinics. The days before and after may not be as action packed as the clinics themselves, although the work is still equally as important.
Make sure to check out the itinerary before signing up. 

We are partnering with Lotus Shores Siargao to provide affordable and quality rooms at the only conscious, vegan lodging on the island. 

However, if you prefer to stay elsewhere, then you're more than welcome to! Simply opt for our STANDARD PACKAGE, instead.

All packages will provide 4 complimentary yoga classes with Kayla, and daily breakfast (vegan) at Lotus Shores Siargao

Yoga classes are NOT required. Nor will the Outreach Program be ran like a yoga retreat. We simply believe in providing mind-body support for those who are offering their energy to support our projects. 

Expectations and Requirements

Kindred Connection does not require any vet and/or medical experience in order to volunteer on our Outreach Program. 


By signing up for our Outreach Program, you are required to volunteer  a minimum of 3 hours daily. 


Expectations of Volunteers:


-General care for dogs after they are neutered/spayed

-Registration at clinic

-Check out at clinic

-Prep for clinic (paperwork, food, medication)

-Bathing dogs

-Feeding dogs

-Holding dogs to be vaccinated

-Administering mange and/or rabies vaccinations to dogs

-Muzzling dogs to be vaccinated

-Giving dogs oral mediation post-surgery

-Ensuring dogs' stitches are not infected nor torn post-surgery

-Cleaning wounds of dogs

-Cleaning up after dogs

-Transporting dogs to/from clinic


Room Information

Kindred Connection's Outreach Program only includes accommodation for those who book a Complete Package. 


We are partnering with Lotus Shores Siargao to provide you with a peaceful stay on the island.


Rooms at Lotus Shores Siargao:

-All rooms are SHARED. 

-Each room has THREE SINGLE BEDS available. 

-Bathrooms are shared (with hot showers)

-9 beds are available (3 rooms)


*All rooms are first come, first serve.

*If you're interested in a booking a private  or double room, please book a STANDARD PACKAGE, and book your private room directly with Lotus Shores.

Booking Dates

Please note that we would like all volunteers to arrive on the start date listed to ensure everyone experiences proper orientation prior to the clinic start date. 


- We have 5 night and 7 night options available for booking. 

- Regardless of which package you choose, please plan to start on March 11. 

- If you do not book for the full 7 nights, please indicate which day you will depart. 

- It is required for all volunteers to undergo orientation prior to starting in the clinic. If you skip the orientation, you cannot volunteer. If your flight and/or other travels are delayed, we will adjust your orientation accordingly. 

How Funds Are Used

We are so grateful for your support in this endeavor. Please know that whichever package you choose includes a volunteer donation, which makes this project possible. 


Funds Raised Will Cover:


-Flying PPBC Foundation vets from Manila (about $400 total to fly 3 vets round trip with bags)

-Spay/neuter for dog (PPBC Foundation charges us $10/dog, we hope to treat a minimum of 75 dogs daily)

-Rabies vaccinations (roughly $2/injection, we hope to buy enough to treat 200 dogs)

-Your accommodation at Lotus Shores if you book a COMPLETE PACKAGE (Lotus Shores is offering us discounted rooms rates for our volunteers to support our projects- shared rooms are roughly $25/night)

-Your cost of breakfast at Lotus Shores (cost is roughly $5-$6/person daily)

-Tools/devices for the animals (cages, leashes, muzzles, etc)

-Food for dogs (we provide a bag of food for every dog who undergoes the procedure, which works out to roughly $150 total)

-Lunch for vets (roughly $10/daily)

-Accommodation for vets (roughly $50/daily)

-Transport for vets and supplies (roughly $50/daily plus $50 fuel total)

-Vet bills for animals in severe need (emergency surgeries, boarding, medical care- these prices vary depending on the condition of the animal)

-Emergency needs (additional medical equipment, supplies, etc)

-Chemo treatments for dogs with rampant STDs on the island ($50/chemo round,  most dogs need 3 rounds)


When we have left over funds, we use this money to treat dogs and cats for various medical needs. 

We cover surgeries, medicine, boarding, food, immediate AND longterm care of these animals by partnering with the local vet on the island. 





What’s included

  • Clinic Volunteer
    3 hours required daily
  • Daily Yoga
    4 classes complimentary with Kayla
  • Accommodation
    All rooms are at Lotus Shores, and they are shared (three single beds in one room). Please note this is only included if you choose our COMPLETE PACKAGE
  • Breakfast at Lotus Shore
    All breakfasts (vegan)
  • Swimming Pool
    All volunteers have access to Lotus Shores swimming pool during their volunteer experience
  • Travel Support
    We're here to help you with questions and concerns you may have with your booking and throughout your stay
  • Airfare
    International and/or domestic
  • Accomodation
    Lodging is NOT included for our STANDARD PACKAGE
  • Lunch and Dinner
    Only breakfast is included
  • Activities and Excursion
    Surfing lessons, tours, travel, etc
  • Transport to/from Clinic
    We can arrange for bike rental, airport transfer, etc.
  • Souvenirs
    Personal Expense
  • Cost of Visa
    Available on arrival
  • Additional Yoga Classes
    Kayla offer 4 complimentary classes

Available Packages

Standard Package- 5 Night Volunteer
Available until Feb 7th10 left

-This package does NOT include accommodation. 


-This package is for those who are volunteering for 5 nights. 


-If you choose to stay beyond 5 nights, then you will do so as an 

independent traveler.


-Four complimentary yoga classes with Kayla listed. 

$350
Deposit: $150
Standard Package- 7 Night Volunteer
Available until Feb 7th10 left

-This package does NOT included accommodation.


-This package is for those who are volunteering for 7 nights. 


-If you choose to stay beyond 7 nights, then you will do so as an independent traveler.


-Four complimentary yoga classes with Kayla listed. 

$450
Deposit: $220
Complete Package- 5 Night Volunteer
Available until Feb 7th9 left

-This package is for those who are volunteering for 5 nights. 


-If you choose to stay beyond 5 nights, then you will do so as an independent traveler.


-This package includes accommodation at either Lotus Shores or the Private Home (choose upon check out).


-This package is intended for more hands on volunteers.


-Complimentary morning yoga with Kayla will also expire once you've finished volunteering. 


- Complimentary breakfast (vegan) at Lotus Shores Siargao is included daily for the duration of your volunteer experience.

$475
Deposit: $300
Complete Package- 7 Night Volunteer
Available until Feb 7th9 left

-This package is for those who are volunteering for 7 nights. 


-If you choose to stay beyond 7 nights, then you will do so as an independent traveler.


-This package includes accommodation at either Lotus Shores or the Private Home (choose upon check out).


-This package is intended for more hands on volunteers.


-Complimentary morning yoga with Kayla will also expire once you've finished volunteering. 


- Complimentary breakfast (vegan) at Lotus Shores Siargao is included daily for the duration of your volunteer experience.

$575
Deposit: $350
$350
Deposit: $150

Standard Package- 5 Night Volunteer

Itinerary

Day 1 (MONDAY)
Arrival and Acclimation

*If you arrive earlier than 2 pm, please contact Lotus Shores directly regarding early check in/storing bags.

*Please note that yoga classes are NOT required, simply an offering of thanks for all that you do. 


2:00 pm: Check in available at Lotus Shores Siargao


4:30 pm: Gentle Yoga with Kayla (complimentary class)


Evening: Rest and restore for orientation


***A minimum of 3 hours volunteering is required daily***


Who’s interested

Your Organizer


KN
Kayla Nielsen
7 reviews
My name is Kayla Nielsen. I am the founder of Go Light Our World (GLOW), which is a non-profit organization that diminishes poverty with solar solutions. I am also the founder of Kindred Connections, a charitable organization serving mistreated animals around the world. I am currently implementing projects across Africa, Asia, and India. In addition to running GLOW and KC, I am also a traveling yoga teacher. My teaching styles & specialties are: dynamic vinyasa flows, arm balance & inversion workshops, back bending workshops, partner yoga therapeutics, yin, meditation & visualization. I am a dedicated Karma Yogi, in that the majority of my global retreats are fundraisers for GLOW's solar projects within impoverished communities . I am often found upside down, adventuring, or mermaiding somewhere around the world. Instagram: @kaylala88, @go_light_our_world, @glowyogaretreats Facebook: Kayla Nielsen Yoga Websites: GLOWyogaretreats.com, kaylala-yoga.com & golightourworld.net

Reviews

I had an amazing time volunteering! It was a bit unorganized at times with pick ups and getting to the clinic, but that’s understandable for it being the first project. I loved staying at lotus shores. The yoga was fantastic, the food was amazing, and it was so peaceful. Everyone I met was so wonderful and made the whole experience even better. The volunteering aspect was so rewarding and I loved being able to be a part of such an amazing cause. Overall it was an amazing experience and I’m very greateful to have been a part of it! Thank you :)
Extremely grateful to have found this trip via Kayla and Kindred Connection, but this particular week was extremely unorganized...this was the feedback felt by other folks during the week as well. Mix-up with the volunteer dates: most people anticipated the project ending on October 31 (not the actual October 30) this can alter flights, accomodation, your deposit and balance due. Kindred Connection Street Dog (& Cat) majorly lacks monetary transparency. From volunteer sign up costs, money raised online, to local donations at registration desks - none of it is calculated and posted for transparency: this really confused me as I was chased and shamed for money after thoroughly communicating in advance my change in volunteering dates - there needs to be 100% transparency when running an NGO as this is the major issue with all of them globally. There wasn't much work to do when there wasn't a clinic day which can be frustrating for folks who show up really wanting to contribute. It wasn't specified in the description that there would be specific clinic days (the dates and village locations are organized on posters and advertised online and in the towns, so look out for them on instagram (@puppypuddlesiargao) and be sure to show up on and around the surgery clinic days) It seemed like more work could have been organized beforehand for volunteers during the days when the pop-up spay/neuter clinics were not active. There also isn't any mention on WeTravel of the two major animal foundations that Kindred Connection is partnering with locally - Philippine Pet Birth Control Center Foundation (the veterinarians from Manila) and Puppy Puddle Siargao. There isn't any wish list posted and if you ask via email in advance you're asked just to bring cash donation. If you are traveling from a developed country, it is very easy and cheap to bring crucial materials like; an animal specific shaving razor, surgery instruments, gauze, medical tape, surgery drapes and the like....even collars and leashes would really be useful to bring and donate as many locals do not have the money for leash and collar for their pets and it's MUCH safer to have these on the animals while they are waiting for surgery and when waking up after surgery. I spent most of my time with the doctors and was told they desperately need certain items as their tools rust & burn out quickly and are all usually donated second hand as they are expensive on these islands. Cash is spent for vaccines, syringes, veterinary flights, food etc. This was extremely frustrating to learn - i could have brought a lot of these items from NYC, if only a wish list was researched & prepared in advance! Lastly, although we sign a waiver with the risks involved, it should be reiterated in the WeTravel description and in email to have at minimum, your anti-rabies and tetanus shot vaccination up to date. The work is super risky even if you are comfortable working with animals in stressful situations. Much love, DZ
Cc
This trip was magical! Before this retreat I had practiced yoga maybe 4 hours my entire life. Kayla and Cait made me feel welcomed and confident. Through their empowering sessions I was able to push my body in ways I never thought possible. All of the women at the retreat were incredible. The atmosphere was one filled with love happiness and trust. I felt free to come as I was, shed parts of me that I no longer needed, and grow. This is a truly life changing experience that I have not stopped recommending to anyone who will listen. Kayla created a sanctuary where all were welcomed and no one left the same. I am already counting down until next year!
It was an amazing experience that is still impacting my life. I thought it was going to be hard for me because I had never before practiced yoga but Kayla and Cait were awesome. I didn't feel uncomfortable or that I wasn't doing what I was supposed to do, I felt free, doing my best on my own pace. I felt in peace, able to silent my thoughts for seconds for me was a huge accomplished. Connected with myself and with the girls in a way I never ever thought I could. I feel lighter, my heart does, my expectations of myself. Im so grateful with Kayla and Cait for this extraordinary experience, zero regrets! Thanks so much for be dedicated to help so many women to heal, to love themselves.
BS
We had a great time! Such a solid group of inspirational women. and Kayla, Sarah and Rivka were amazing leaders and hosts. I will never forget this retreat or these people!
By Britteny Salvador for Algarve, Portugal on Aug. 15, 2018
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