Give sanctuary to mistreated members of the animal kingdom
Nestled deep in the heart of the Thai jungle, over 400 animals rescued from neglect, abuse and the cruel tourist trade are cared for at this inspiring sanctuary. Here you are really opened up to the animal kingdom as you work with other volunteers to provide a home to bears, monkeys, gibbons, elephants, birds and macaques, to name but a few. You can become part of this extensive and important programme including feeding, observation, education, rescues and release.
Thailand is a stunning and culturally rich country, which tourists have flocked to in growing numbers over the years. Sadly with the increase of tourists has come an increase in animal welfare abuse in the tourist trade and a reduction in natural habitat. Each year, many animals are rescued from such fates and brought to the sanctuary, located in dense forestland close to Thailand's largest national park.
Receiving the love, care and attention that they need, these animals are either rehabilitated to the wild, or live out their days in an environment as close to the wild as possible. Volunteers play an intrinsic role in the continuation of the sanctuary, working closely alongside local workers and never far from the rescued animals. With each task that you help to complete, you will hear the sounds of the monkeys chattering, the bears growling and the birds calling- and to see the animals enjoying their new lives here is a real privillege.
What will I be doing?
Your time will be divided between two parts of the sanctuary- working hands on with the the elephants, and helping out with all of the other animals at the centre- bears, gibbons, monkeys, birds and much more. You can get involved in both parts to life there, and this means thorough immersion in contributing to the survival and welfare of all of these animals.
With so many animals, food preparation and feeding are a key part to the day, and provide a great deal of interaction and time with the animals. Other key tasks include monitoring behaviour, helping to develop enrichment programmes and even assisting in the large rehabilitation process for the monkeys and gibbons. It will not be rare to find yourself involved in walking with the ellies, helping out in veterinary procedures and gazing into the eyes of an intelligent monkey. No one day is the same, but you can expect to be getting involved in a variety of the following activities:
- Food preparation for the primates, bears and nocturnal creatures
- Cleaning of enclosures, eating stations and pools
- Routine enrichments for the primates and other animals
- Observation of the animals
- Educational promotion of the centre and animal welfare issues to visitors and local school groups
- Rehabilitation and release
- Building and maintenance of enclosures
- The water run- making sure that the animals are well watered
- Conservation projects around the sanctuary
This work is crucial, as it allows for the smooth running of the sanctuary and means that more mistreated animals in distress can be cared for. Without the help of the volunteers to ensure the day to day running of the sanctuary, the full time workers would not be able to build more enclosures, or rescue more animals in need of help.
You will fly in to Bangkok (BKK) where you will be collected and taken to the sanctuary. Please make sure that your flight arrives before 2pm on a Sunday for your airport pick up. The drive can take up to three hours travelling south of Bangkok onto the Malay Peninsula. Particularly the last section of the drive is beaiutiful, through small communities and green fields and forests.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodation is at the heart of the sanctuary, where you will fall asleep to the calls of the birds, the trumpeting of the elephants and the chattering of the monkeys. Here you will stay with other volunteers in this comfortable and basic accommodation. There are plenty of areas for you to relax with fellow volunteers in a sheltered and comfortable environment, never far from the animals. Your meals are provided on site with a delicious hot buffet for your lunch and dinner, and large continental breakfast selection. There is computer and internet access on site, as well as a television with dvd facilities.
Cost and what support is provided?
You may choose any date during the year. Arrival and departure day is a Sunday. The total cost of the placement starts at £839 for two weeks (£150 for each extra week)
What is Provided?
- Met personally at Bangkok airport and taken to the project.
- Clean, convenient accommodation on site.
- Three meals a day, which includes home-cooked hot Thai food twice a day
- Full induction on arrival.
- A practical and theoretical education on the challenges facing animal conservation.
- Help and advice 24/7 from our UK office.
- Full briefing on what to expect from the placements either face to face or by phone, as appropriate.
- Pre-departure advice covering medical and safety features.
- Visa advice (which will vary depending on length of stay).
- Free access to InterHealth's Travel Health Advice Service
- Free myTsafe secure document storage account - worth £25!
What do I need?
- A full passport valid for the duration of your stay.
- Flights to Bangkok (Oyster can help you to organise these)
- Insurance (covering your placement time and any planned independent travel).
- Cost of changing your return flight date if you need to.
- Independent travel costs and return to the airport.
- Any additional costs such as trips, snacks, entertainment (allow maybe £25 per week depending on lifestyle)
- No visa is necessary for under 30 days from UK and most western European countries. Advice given on longer stays.
- You must have your diptheria, tetanus, polio and Hep A and Hep B up to date- without these you will not be allowed to work on the project
One more thing....
There are estimated to be less than 250 tigers left in the wild in Thailand... and that number is decreasing fast