Just in case you haven’t had enough volunteer opportunities in Thailand to chew on, here are four more to consider!
Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
Located in Puhket, Thailand the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project focuses on rescue, rehabilitation and reintroduction of Gibbon monkeys; it also helps with community improvement and education conservation in the surrounding areas. This program is always in need of volunteers, so be prepared to work hard! A minimum month long stay here is recommend as the first two weeks are mostly training. Volunteers typically work 6 days a week, 8 hours a day, anytime between 6:30am and 4:30pm. The duties vary at different sites; you may be teaching at the education center, feeding, cleaning, making enrichment or doing health checks at the Quarantine or Rehabilitation sites. Perhaps even staying overnight at the reintroduction site; observing released families and surveying sites for new releases. Volunteers may also assist with office duties; updating gibbon reports and the handbook or translating languages if possible. Accommodation is provided in small bungalows (usually shared between two volunteers) that includes a bathroom with toilet and shower. Meals can be purchased at local restaurants or in the market.
Samui Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation
This center is based on the gorgeous island of Koh Samui. Their focus is caring for injured animals found on the streets of the island; they usually house approximately 350 dogs and 100 cats in two different shelters. There is no minimum or maximum stay for volunteers, any help you are able to offer will be appreciated. There is always plenty of work available for those willing to help out: painting and maintenance of the shelters, bathing and de-ticking dogs, looking after animals post-surgery and of course, simply giving the animals lots of love and affection. Although there is no accommodation available at the center for volunteers, they are always willing to help find something in town.
Care for Dogs Foundation
If you happen to be in the popular tourist area of Chang Mai, this is a great way to give back to the community and do something a little different in the city. Volunteers are asked to make a minimum four day commitment for training purposes. After training volunteers may choose their own schedule either half days or full days, Monday through Saturday. The days will be spent doing a bunch of different things; walking and socializing with the dogs, giving baths, cleaning the dog runs and the food and water bowls or any other random task like: cleaning doggie ears, brushing the dogs, and doing laundry. Food and accommodation is not provided, but Care for Dogs will help set you up with a home stay program or a hotel in the city if you wish.
Thai Society for the Conservation of Wild Animals
The TSCWA focuses on conservation of native animals and the welfare of captive wild animals. Volunteers can assist with this project by helping to survey forests, building new enclosures and enrichment for the captive animals, educating the local community and reintroducing animals to the wild when possible. This project welcomes all volunteers but are especially in need of biologists, zoologists and veterinarians. Volunteers stay for an average of three months, although this is not required. This is a free program that provides western-style accommodation and transport related to the project. However all personal expenses such as food, visas and transport to and from Bangkok are not provided.
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