Volunteer Thailand Wildlife Sanctuary
Volunteer with the amazing wildlife of Thailand! Assist in a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to the rescue and conservation of Thailand's native animals which have been previously been exploited as pets, used for profit within the tourist industry or rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Read on to get the low down on how you can help...
Duration: 2 to 12 weeks
Hours: 6 days per week
Activities: Feeding the animals, maintaining the sanctuary
City info: Located about 3 hours from the bustling city of Bangkok, Thailand
Accommodation: Shared rooms
Requirements: Aged 18+
Volunteer Placement Fee: From UK£665 / US$790
How you will spend your time at the project
Volunteers work a 6 day week between 6am & 5pm, with plenty of breaks throughout the day. The amount of hours worked depend upon the amount of volunteers and current needs at the sanctuary.Daily activities are rotated amongst volunteers and include:
- Preparing food for the bears, moving them inside and then scattering and hiding the treats in their enclosure to provide an environment close to natural as possible where they would need to forage for sustenance.
- Preparing food and feeding the primates.
- Creating the special diets for the other animals.
- Enrichment for the animals to provide stimulation, thought and fun. Including making puzzle feeders and watching as the primates work out how to get to the treats inside, freezing their food on hot days, or smearing honey in hard to reach areas in the bears enclosure.
- Cleaning the cages and enclosures, scrubbing pools.
- Providing the animals with water.
- Walking in the forest to collect the best leaves for the primates.
- Maintaining the wildlife sanctuary.
Why the project needs volunteers
Although Thailand has signed the “Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora” (CITES), the country is today an important source, consumer and transit country for the trade in endangered wild species and products from these species.
Asia has an incredible diversity of wildlife and wild places. Many species are endangered or under threat for many different reasons. Most of the animals are victims of the pet trade and have been abandoned by their owners when they became too big and aggressive. These animals would have been taken from the wild as infants, usually after their mother or even whole family has been killed. Others have previously been exploited and abused for the tourist trade, for example as photo animals. Others have been rescued from unsuitable living conditions at temples, zoos and other rescue centres.
At the centre the animals are rehabilitated as far as possible and sociable species are allowed to live in groups as they would in the wild. As far as possible animals are not kept behind bars; gibbons are housed on islands, bears and macaques have open-air enclosures and the lorises live in open tree enclosures. The “Jungle Island” where a group of gibbons live an almost completely wild existence in a large area of natural forest with very little human interference is the largest natural gibbon enclosure in Southeast Asia.
"A truly rewarding experience and one that I would recommend wholeheartedly..."
Amy, New Zealand
Read more about the Thailand Wildlife Sanctuary including accommodation, location, extra activities, climate
and what makes Globalteer different.
Volunteer Placement FeeThe volunteer placement fee includes:
- Pick up from Bangkok airport / hotel, Cha Am or Thyang.
- Accommodation for the duration of you stay at the sanctuary.
- All main meals (breakfast is DIY - basics provided!)
- Full in country support from the project co-ordinator.
- Comprehensive information brochure.
- Assistance and advice for traveling to Thailand.
The volunteer placement fee does not include flights, visas or insurance although we can provide information as required. Discounted rates
are available at this project for combinations with the Thailand Elephant Sanctuary
1 week with the Elephants and 1 week with the Wildlife project - GBP£865 / US$1,030
1 week with the Elephants and 2 weeks with the Wildlife project - GBP£965 / US$1,150
2 weeks with the Elephants and 1 week with the Wildlife project - GBP£965 / US$1,150
2 weeks with the Elephants and 2 weeks with the Wildlife project - GBP£1,070 / US$1,275
3 weeks with the Elephants and 3 weeks with the Wildlife project - GBP£1,340 / US$1,595
4 weeks with the Elephants and 4 weeks with the Wildlife project - GBP£1,605 / US$1,910 Click here to apply for the combined Thailand Projects Groups and families are welcome at this project. Returning volunteers and those doing multiple Globalteer projects will receive a discount of US$70 / GBP£50.
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Application process & requirements
The minimum age for volunteers is 18 years old. No previous experience or qualifications are necessary but we do require volunteers to be respectful and open minded to the cultural differences they will encounter in Thailand.
Volunteers must be reasonably fit as the work can be demanding in the tropical heat. You must be able to speak English. Volunteers must have a similar ideology to the mission of the project. Wildlife trainers and those who exploit wildlife for the benefit of people are not suitable for this project.
- Click on the link below to fill out an application form.
- Add "@globalteer.org" to your E-mail safe list to ensure that you receive a response.
- Your application will be reviewed and if accepted you will be notified via E-mail within one week.
- Pay your deposit to secure your placement within one week of acceptance.
- Research your destination, book your flight, inoculations and ask us any questions you may have.
- Full amount is to be paid 10 weeks before the start of your placement.
- A comprehensive information folder will be sent to you with all information including a packing list, Thailand cultural differences, Buddhist Monk etiquette, useful language phrases, wildlife sanctuary rules, useful phone contacts and full project information.