Oyster Reviews: Volunteering with wildlife in Thailand

Find out what Oyster volunteers have said in these reviews of the wildlife sanctuary in Thailand:

wildlife“They were extremely helpful with any questions that I had. They also managed to find a very last minute place for my friend on elephants, even when they said they were full which was very kind of them. I had the time of my life and would highly recommend it to anyone.”

Megan, 2 weeks June 2018

A volunteer at the wildlife sanctuary in Thailand takes a rescued elephant for a walk

“Wow! That is all I can say. This place is a true animal sanctuary and I will definitely go back and continue to do similar trips related to animal welfare in other places too. The work here is no joke: it was all hard work, long days and not much free time but in the end all the work that is done is strictly for the animals. I have bumps, bruises, cuts and scrapes but it has all been worth it! I must say that I have never had such a fulfilling vacation.”

Tabitha Reese, 4 weeks December 2017

thailand“Never would of expected to of done anything like the project we did being able walk,feed and clean elephants was a fantastic experience it felt like we were actually doing something good instead of watching them from behind a fence and taking a few photos. Keep up the good work couldn’t recommend Oyster enough”

Adam Benefield, 1 week November 2017

Tiger at wildlife centre in Thailand“Volunteering in Thailand was one of my favorite things I’ve done in my whole life! The people I met were wonderful and getting the chance to work with all of the different animals was amazing. I am very happy with the experience – 10 out of 10!”

Erica Sedler, 2 weeks September 2017

Warthog at the wildlife sanctuary in Thailand“Everyone at Oyster that I spoke to were friendly and helpful in answering all my questions no matter how big or small they seemed. All the information I received in your welcome back was accurate and informative; there’s nothing I can think of that I needed but didn’t bring. I was very pleased with the communication aspect of booking through Oyster and I would not hesitate to book through them again!”

Holly Cushen, 3 weeks August 2017

thailand wildlife conservation iguana“I quickly got into a good routine and the people there are just awesome. From the staff to the other volunteers I feel very lucky to have shared my time there with some great people whom I had a lot of fun spending time with. I think next year I will probably do another volunteer trip so might be back in touch over another project!”

Stuart Moncrieff, 2 weeks June 2017



“My experience to Thailand and the sanctuary was more than I have expected it to be and all the people was friendly and very helpful. I would recommend oyster for friends and family”

Lexi Carnell, 3 weeks April 2017


volunteering at a sanctuary in Thailand“I am so grateful for this experience!! It was the best thing I have done yet and has opened my eyes to great opportunities – I would love to go back someday. I am missing Thailand very much, and am even considering going back next year if I could. I just wanted to say thank you for helping me out with the process, you and the Oyster team were extremely helpful!”

Karla Lara, 3 weeks April 2017

wildlife volunteering in Thailand“I had a wonderful time! Thank you Oyster 🙂 I’m not going to lie, it was VERY hard work and, in 30+ degree heat, I may not have totally appreciated just how challenging the time there would be, but it was such a humbling and grounding experience. I had no idea how much I could achieve in a day!! Being around animals and submerged in nature was absolutely incredible. Being so close to the animals was an absolute dream. Although there was a strict hands-off policy for the majority of the animals (which is absolutely right) it was just an incredible experience! I’ll never forget the first time I hand fed Dao Rueng the elephant, or fed the slow lorises… life changing 🙂 Thank you Oyster for a life changing trip!! :)”

Sarah Glovier, 4 weeks Feb 2017

Thailand wildlife volunteering“It was amazing! I am missing the project already and will definitely be going back 🙂 Thanks for helping me to have an amazing trip! Oyster were very helpful and it is good to know you have that support with you when travelling by yourself. In March and April, it is the hot season, so be prepared for very hot days! Enjoy every moment of it, and get stuck into everything, you will not regret it! It can be hard work, but it is very rewarding to see the elephants and other wildlife so happy.”

Emma Graves, 6 weeks March 2017

web“I really enjoyed my stay and work! Even though it was pretty exhausting sometimes, I really liked all the different tasks, working in nature the whole day, and being so close to such interesting animals. The people, especially the staff, were really nice and open to every question 🙂 Thank you very much for organising and supporting me before and during my trip! I had a great time :)”

Maria Eberlein, 4 weeks October 2016

web“The experience has been fantastic so far. A lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun, and I’ve met some great people. Working with elephants is just amazing, I love them to pieces. They are such an intelligent animals. I am very happy that I decided to volunteer and am taking part in this project.”

Ania Wojtowicz, 2 weeks September 2016

web“My trip was actually amazing! It was probably one of the best experiences of my life. I definitely want to go back next year or some other time.”

Nicholas Hamilton, 5 weeks March 2016

highlights“Working with the elephants was most rewarding, especially when taking them for walks with a bucket of chopped fruit treats to ensure they follow the volunteers and don’t wander off into the forest. They are such lovely animals and we got to know them individually. The baby elephant called Pin was quite a character and quite mischievous.

The wildlife part was very varied with so many wild animals (circa 450) and different species to look after.

It was also great to meet so many interesting volunteers from many countries, and there was a good social atmosphere around the centre. The meals provided by the centre were very tasty and plentiful. The centre is a large and well organised operation, with around 100 local staff and 65 volunteers. Volunteers are divided up daily into many small groups and assigned their specific animals to look after. Although the working days start early and are quite long, there are plenty of breaks during the day. Volunteers get one free day each week, and the staff organise various trips to beaches, spas and parks in the region.”

Colin Harvey, 2 weeks February 2016

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“Everything about the project was amazing. Ultimately the animals we were involved with, but the volunteers/workers actually made the project that bit more special, as everyone was so good and motivated with a real interest in helping animals. Seeing the rescued elephants every morning on rising, and knowing that you’re playing a vital part in sustaining their welfare and a life far removed from the industries they were previously subjected to, was an extremely rewarding experience. Everybody has a keen and genuine interest in animal welfare, and they want to make a difference as well. Meeting others from all over the world, of various ages, with a real passion for animals and helping, is such an eyeopener, and a great change from the attitudes at home.”

Shelley Clare, 2 weeks February 2016


FB_IMG_1450779097311“The five weeks at the wildlife sanctuary in Thailand were one of the highlights of my trip! It’s such a fantastic place. I absolutely enjoyed my stay there. Working with other people from all over the world with the same passion, and taking care of all the animals was just an unbelievable experience and I learned so much.”

Marcel Furrer, 5 weeks August 2015


Wildlife volunteering“My time was amazing – it was both what I expected and not, at the same time. I was a lot more worried about the cultural side of things than I needed to be. I was a little scared of everything being really strict, but I found it was a lot more relaxed than I thought and, as long as you had respect and were sensible, which everybody I met did/was, everything was fine. It was such a good experience – the work was hard and tiring, but it was nice to meet so many people you can relate to in terms of having a passion for travelling and animals. I loved doing the work with the animals – I learned a lot whilst being there. I can’t wait to do something like it again.”

Cara Yates, 2 weeks August 2015

“Thank youThailand Wildlife so much to you and the Oyster team. I never would have done something like this so soon (or so smoothly I imagine!) without your help. I’ve actually been looking into your other programmes with excitement as well – I will most definitely be using you guys again.”

Ellie Martin, 3 weeks June 2015

Volunteer with wildlife in Thailand“The time we had on the sanctuary was brilliant. All the staff were really friendly and helped out wherever they could. It was so good how interactive you were with the elephants, and you really got to know their personalities. Everything went so well and smoothly, and I’m definitely planning on coming back whenever I can.”

Sarah Rogers, 2 weeks June 2015

Explore the stunning beaches near the wildlife sanctuary in Thailand during your time off“The trip was absolutely fantastic and I had the best time. The staff and volunteers really made it for me, and working with the animals was amazing. It really was a great experience and I’ll treasure the memories for my lifetime. Thank you so much for your help and support in organising this. I’d definitely consider doing it again!!”

Karen Hedges, 3 weeks April 2015

Enjoy seeing some unusual animals at the wildlife sanctuary in Thailand“Working with the animals, especially the elephants, was amazing. Being so close to such a big creature was fantastic. Working with the bears and the monkeys was also quite remarkable. Meeting all the other travellers was really great, too. Don’t expect to know everything from the start. You slowly get into all the routines and tasks that you have to do during the day. The coordinators are very helpful if you go to them and ask for help. And have fun! Enjoy every moment of it. Thanks for everything. It has truly been amazing.”

Emma Andersen, 2 weeks January 2015

Volunteer with wildlife in Thailand“I have had an amazing trip. Thank you so much for helping me organise it. I absolutely loved it! I would have extended my trip if I was able to. It was rewarding work in an amazing place. Extremely rewarding and eye-opening. I loved every second.”

Zoe Macintyre-Cockett 8 weeks September 2014

“My time at theWildlife volunteering in Thailand centre was fantastic! The animals were incredible, time really flew by… ”

Ollie Counter, 4 weeks May 2014



Volunteer with wildlife in Thailand“I’m definitely going through adventure withdrawal. It’s so quiet back home with no gibbons or dogs, but I actually kind of miss it. My time in Thailand was wonderful. Getting to wash an elephant was a real highlight. It’s so much more exciting and fulfilling than just going on holiday.”

Brooke Raney, 4 weeks January 2014

Volunteer with wildlife in Thailand“3 months is going to be tough but worth it! So far I’ve cared for (lots of) langur monkeys, cassowary bird, tortoises, dogs, cats, and multiple types of monkeys in quarantine (^_^) I’m looking forward to working with the sun bears and leopard cats!”

Phil Bates, 12 weeks September 2013

Volunteer with wildlife in Thailand“It was difficult to adjust at first as I had to think on my feet, but this forced me to develop quick thinking skills which are absolutely invaluable in life. Highlights included meeting people from all over the world and learning about different cultures. Also being able to work in such close proximity to exotic animals. Thank you for giving me this awesome opportunity – you’ve been so reliable and consistent.”

Tessa Glinoer, 3 weeks July 2013

Volunteer with wildlife in Thailand“My first days here have been really good. On Monday and Tuesday I worked with the bears, and yesterday with the monkeys – but I prefer bears!! Today I’m the leader of the team of the bears – I am so happy here.”

Stellio Million, 3 weeks June 2013

Volunteering with wildlife in Thailand“I wanted to let you know that my first week in Thailand is almost over, and I really wanted to take the time to thank you for helping organize this amazing trip! It is such an incredible experience and opportunity. I am very grateful! Thank you!”

Maxine Bouchard, 4 weeks June 2013

Volunteering with wildlife in Thailand“Today I am working with the bears and cleaning out the turtles. Sarah is working with the primates and cleaning out the awesome otter! The people here are all legends and made us both feel so welcome! It’s awesome here!”

Joe Cooke and Sarah Tristram, 3 weeks April 2013

Volunteering with wildlife in Thailand“It was an amazing experience working with the animals and meeting great people from around the world. I loved working with the gibbons the most. Other people should do this to learn about these creatures and help them rehabilitate.”

Melanie Seneviratne, 2 weeks January 2013

For more information on volunteering with wildlife in Thailand, have a look at our wildlife sanctuary volunteering page.

2 Responses to “Oyster Reviews: Volunteering with wildlife in Thailand”

  1. patto E;tpm

    Is the elephant sanctuary i Thailand the one with Lek – the elephant whisperer?

    • Anne Smellie

      Hi Patti, thanks for your message. No this is a wildlife sanctuary home to about 400 rescued animals such as sun bears, gibbons, macaques, elephants, monkeys etc 🙂 I hope that helps!


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