COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization and is considered to be extremely contagious.  World Vets has put in place preventive measures to help reduce spread of COVID-19, however, we cannot guarantee that you will not become infected. Participation in international travel and activities organizated or associated with World Vets may increase your risk on contracting COVID-19.  

By registering for this trip you agree to the following:

I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that I  may be exposed to or infected by COVID- 19 by participation in events held by or associated with World Vets and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, World Vets, employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families.

I acknowledge that travel to a foregin country and/or a developing country may add increased risks to my health and safety, especially if I become sick or injured abroad. I am aware that if I test positive for COVID-19 while abroad, I will likely not be able to board a flight to my home country until I test negative and/or meet local or international criteria for travel. 

I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to myself (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I may experience or incur in connection with my participation in events held by or associated with World Vets. (“Claims”). On my behalf, I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless World Vets, its employees, directors, volunteers, contract workers, agents, and representatives (“Releasees”), of and from the Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of World Vets, its employees, volunteers, contract workers, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation held by or associated with World Vets.

I represent that I have adequate insurance to cover any injury or illness I may suffer or cause while participating in this activity, or else I agree to bear the costs of such injury or illness myself. I further represent that I  have no medical or physical condition which could interfere with the safe participation in this activity, and I am willing to assume – and bear the costs of – all risks that may be created, directly or indirectly, by any such condition.  I agree that if any portion of this agreement is found to be void or unenforceable, the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect.

I agree that I comply with all health and safety rules and guidelines imposed by World Vets or by any state, local, or federal or foreign governmental entity, and will practice safe social distancing and clean hygiene during my participation at events held by or associated with World Vets.

I knowingly and freely assume all such risks related to illness and infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, even if arising from the negligence or fault of the Released Parties; and

I hereby release, waive, and forever discharge any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind or nature against World Vets and its affiliated partners and sponsors, including in each case, without limitation, their directors, officers, employees, volunteers, and agents (the "released parties"), either in law or in equity, to the fullest extent permissible by law, including but not limited to damages or losses caused by the negligence, fault or conduct of any kind on the part of the released parties, including but not limited to death, bodily injury, illness, economic loss or out-of-pocket expenses, or loss or damage to property, which I, my heirs, assignees, next of kin and/or legally appointed or designated representatives, may have or which may hereinafter accrue on my behalf, which arise or may hereafter arise from my participation with the activity.

I understand and agree that World Vets may, at their sole discretion, cancel or postpone a trip due to lack of minimum enrollment or issues that compromise the safety of the group (e.g. war, terrorist acts, severe weather).  If a trip is canceled due to lack of minimum enrollment, your trip fee will be credited to a future trip or refunded.

I agree to pay due respect to the religious beliefs, customs and habits of the local population, and conduct myself accordingly.

I grant World Vets permission to copy, reproduce, exhibit, publish or distribute any likeness of myself, my belongings or my animals to be used for the purpose of creating stock, promotional material for World Vets.   Uses may include, but are not limited to, video recordings, photography displays, brochures, websites, multimedia programs, social media sites or any other type of promotional medium existing now or in the future.

I understand this is a non paid volunteer position and an international humanitarian team effort serving often remote locations and difficult circumstances. On occasion, you may encounter basic-needs-only housing, no hot water and travel over long distances, both land and water, in a manner that you may not be accustomed to at home.  You will be advised of accommodations prior to project.

I agree to observe the laws and regulations of the local country (and country of origin laws which apply to expatriates) including but not limited to those concerning security, traffic laws, drugs, sexual activities, financial and currency regulations.

If my conduct is deemed inappropriate or incompatible with the interests and standards of the group I may be asked to leave the project and/or find alternate accommodations.  A verbal warning will be provided prior to expulsion from the program.  Project fees will not be refunded and any additional expenses are at your own cost.

If I choose to stay in alternate accommodations besides those provided, or not to participate in certain activities, there will be no refund or discount of trip cost.

If you consume alcohol, you will do so in a responsible manner.  Underage drinking is not permitted. Drug use is strictly prohibited. I understand that I will be representing World Vets and agree to uphold individual and group standards set forth by World Vets personnel.
I understand that trip fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.  I acknowledge that it has been advised that I obtain travel and/or trip cancellation insurance to cover for any unforeseen illness, accident, canceled flight, extreme weather, trip cancellation, civil disturbance, war or other event that may interfere or prevent my participation in the project or cover accident, illness,or injury while I am participating on a World Vets project.

I will comply with all the required visas and international travel documents requested by authorities in destination and transit countries in which I travel, as well as their expiration dates.  It is my responsibility to insure that I have an appropriate passport, visa and/or other travel documents.
World Vets volunteers are required to have their own medical insurance coverage that would cover any accident, illness, or injury that may occur while participating in World Vets programs.  Medical evacuation insurance is highly recommended.

I understand the risks of malaria, zoonotic disease, rabies and other diseases in other countries and accept that it is my responsibility to consult my travel doctor regarding the need for appropriate medications or vaccinations prior to and/or during my visit.  If I become ill or injured during the project, World Vets personnel may seek & coordinate emergency medical care for me for which I am fully responsible for any and all costs that may be incurred.  Should World Vets incur direct or indirect costs for providing emergency care or evacuation, I acknowledge that I am financially responsible for said costs.

I agree to have all necessary vaccinations, as recommended by my travel doctor, prior to traveling to the volunteer position.

I do voluntarily and without reservation on behalf of myself, my heirs and my estate, release and discharge absolutely and forever, World Vets, and any of its agents or program partners, and waive all claims, demands, of whatever nature for any injury, loss, damage, accident, delay, actions or cause of action, known or unknown, which I now have or may acquire in the future, irregularity or expense arising out of or directly or indirectly relating to my participation in a World Vets program, and arising from the use of any vehicle or services, war, acts of terrorism, pandemic, zoonosis, weather, sickness, government, airline, transporting company, firm, individual, or agency. I also acknowledge that I am aware that working with animals is unpredictable and can be hazardous and can result in injury and in rare cases death caused by (but not limited to) bites, scratches, kicks, zoonotic disease etc. I understand the terms of this Release and the consequences of it and acknowledge that I have not executed it under duress.

I agree to hold World Vets indemnified, freed and harmless against any claim, loss or damage arising out of any act of negligence or omission during my volunteer time, in connection with any worked related to World Vets or their affiliates.

I authorize World Vets to charge the credit card indicated in this web form, for the noted amount.  I understand this payment is for a project fee and that all project fees and deposits are nonrefundable and nontransferable to other persons and/or other World Vets opportunities. I certify that I am an authorized user of this credit card and that I will not dispute the payment with my credit card company once it has been made.

I understand that all deposit fees and all project fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable to other persons and/or other World Vets opportunities. Volunteers are encouraged to purchase travelers insurance to cover for any unforeseen illness, injury, extreme weather causing flight delays and/or cancellations.

All volunteers participating in any projects or travel program of World Vets must read, abide by and agree to all statements herein.