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Ecuador

Join experienced trip leader, Dr. Matthew Stachmus, on this exciting trip to Ecuador! See below for more details.

Local Partner: Baptist Mid-Missions

Dates: March 11-19, 2023

Vet Work: There will be a vaccination, deworming, & spay/neuter clinic in the host's home as a large animal team will simultaneously be performing ambulatory medicine in surrounding villages.

Ministry Work: The clinics will be used as a means of evangelistic outreach to the community.

Number Needed: 1 large or mixed practice Veterinarian , Vet Techs, and up to 8 Veterinary Students.

Event Cost: $680 (does not include airfare)

Additional Details: The weather will vary from 70-80 degrees in the valley of Santa Isabel to the high 40’s and low 50’s in the evenings in the mountains surrounding Cuenca. Bedding/food will be provided at the camp outside of Cuenca. The hotel accommodations in Santa Isabel are quite nice (bring modest bathing suit if desired) & include bedding & breakfast. Dinner can be purchased at the hotel restaurant for a cost of $9/person/night (included in the trip cost).

Detailed Schedule: After arriving from Quito into the beautiful city of Cuenca on Sunday, you will travel via public bus to San Isabel. There, you will work with missionary Carlene Piper, whom has served the Lord in Ecuador for almost 30 years. The team will then return to Cuenca on Wednesday and stay at a camp run by Baptist Mid Missions from which you will travel to the surrounding area for small and large animal clinics. The team will plan to work with the local Ecuadoran veterinary community as much as their schedules will allow. There will be time to see some of the sights in Cuenca and purchase souvenirs before returning to Quito on Saturday and then stateside Sunday.

Trip Leader Details: Dr. Matt is a 2003 graduate of the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary college, he worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala from 1995-1998, where he met his wife Ana Luisa. They have 2 children, Sara and Luke. Dr. Matt has served short-term with CVM four times in Honduras and was a team leader twice to Nicaragua. He and his family have a heart for Latin America and also for Haiti where he has been volunteering short term since 2009. 

Dr. Matt and his daughter Sara (12 years) just returned from Ecuador where he served as an interpreter for the dedication of new church ground and to prepare for this coming Spring Break trip. This was Sara’s first mission trip and she hopes to return in June of 2023 with her brother for a youth camp outside of Cuenca.