Pacific Partnership is a 4-month long humanitarian aid mission providing medical, dental, veterinary and engineering aid to partner nations. The 2010 mission, aboard the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship, will travel to SouthEast Asia including Cambodia, Vietnam, Timor Leste, Jakarta and other Indonesian islands. World Vets is the veterinary organization represented on the ship, working under the direction of US Army veterinarians. Veterinarians, technicians and veterinary students can apply to participate.
Volunteer assignments from 2 weeks to 4 months in duration may be a available. Volunteers will live onboard the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship and work ashore in each country. Each country visit lasts approximately 2 weeks. Veterinary work may encompass small animal, large animal, education or public health. Volunteers should have flexibility in their schedule as mission dates are only tentative at this time and subject to change. Vaccinations, a negative TB test and health exam are required for participation. There is a registration fee.
The Pacific Partnership campaign evolved from the unprecedented international disaster response for countries devastated during the 2004 Asia tsunami. Follow up missions recognized the benefits derived from cooperation between national governments, militaries, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations during disaster relief operations, as well as in civic assistance projects. In an effort to capitalize on the experiences and relationships formed during that tragic disaster, the concept of a recurring mission was established to:
Strengthen relationships with host, partner nations, and other partner organizations.
Build partner capacity to conduct peace, stability, and consequence management operations.
Improve U.S. and Partner Humanitarian Assistance/ Disaster Relief capacity.
Improve security cooperation among partner nations.
Now in its fourth year, Pacific Partnership continues its mission to improve the lives of people in the Pacific region, as well as improve the capacities of nations and organizations to respond to disasters through recurring opportunities for cooperation and training.