|Location||2.5 hours south of Bangkok, near Cha Am|
|Start dates||Every week on a Sunday (this is flexible)|
|Duration||1 - 12 weeks|
|Availability||Spaces available, limited in July and August 2014|
|Cost||From £549 / $865 - see pricing table below|
|Discounts||Combined discount Elephant Care + Wildlife Rescue|
By volunteering at the Wildlife Rescue centre you will make a major contribution to the welfare of animals in Thailand. There are currently over 300 rescued animals including rescued primates, bears, exotic birds reptiles and other small mammals.
The centre would not be able to run without the hard work of the volunteers and their financial support. On a personal level you will have a unique opportunity to work alongside some incredible wildlife and gain the satisfaction of helping to make a difference to their lives.
Read what past volunteers have said about this project in our Thailand Wildlife Rescue reviews.
The exact nature of the work you will be doing varies all the time and there is no such thing as a 'typical' day. However there are certain everyday jobs that will be your responsibility such as:
Other possible tasks include:
A rota system is followed for these jobs so that the duties are fairly distributed. Generally, due to the number of animals there are three main focus areas; primates, bears and other wildlife. Volunteers work a six-day working week from about 6.30am-5.00pm. The atmosphere at the centre is informal and relaxed. You will be scheduled where you are most needed and where your skills can be used to the maximum advantage.
The centre is home to a wide variety of animals. There are currently around 100 primates primarily species of macaques and gibbons as well as langurs and lorises. There are just over 20 bears, both Asiatic black bears and Malayan sun bears. Additionally there are civets, a leopard cat, an Asiatic golden jackal and a variety of exotic birds and reptiles. There is even a crocodile called Dundee!
Although you will work very closely with the animals, there is a strict ‘hands off’ policy, whereby no physical contact is allowed with the animals in order to help their rehabilitation and maintain a safe working environment.
There is generally 15-30 volunteers on Wildlife Rescue but, including the Elephant Care project (based at the same centre) there can be between 20-40 volunteers at the centre in total at one time (this can vary considerably).
The centre's aim is to save wildlife and their habitat from destruction, rescuing wild animals from places where they are maltreated and/or neglected. The focus is primarily on rehabilitating captive or domesticated animals and, if possible, preparing them for a reintroduction to their natural habitats. The centre also provides a permanent sanctuary for those animals that no-one else is prepared to care for e.g. the sick and disabled.
There is an Elephant Care project based at the same centre where volunteers are also needed, combining the two placements is a popular choice.
The wildlife rescue centre is based on temple grounds, about 100 miles South of Bangkok. It is approximately 25km from the beaches of Cha Am and Hua Hin.
It is a very natural, peaceful and beautiful rural location and the centre is located beside a small lake which has a series of small 'gibbon islands.' These are used to rehabilitate the gibbons at the Wildlife Rescue centre.
After work you can relax at the centre and socialise with other volunteers. The local village has an internet café and there are Buddhist temples that you can visit nearby. For a night out, volunteers regularly club together and organise a taxi to Hua Hin where there are many bars, restaurants and a night market. There is also a weekly night market in Cha-am selling lots of cheap clothes and souvenirs, which is always popular.
You will live in basic shared rooms on-site at the centre.
|Before you go||On your placement|
|On your return|
|Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required), cost of pickup and transfers. Budgeting guidance is provided in our information booklet which we will email you when you apply.|
PoD is run as a non-profit volunteer organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the PoD Charity - for more details click here.
Wildlife Rescue only
|Discount||Combined discount Elephant Care + Wildlife Rescue - see below|
Wildlife Rescue + Elephant Care
We have put our most popular combinations below (other combinations are possible - please contact us for prices):
|1 week Wildlife + 1 week Elephant||£849||€1050||$1340||$1305|
|1 week Wildlife + 2 weeks Elephant||£999||€1235||$1575||$1535|
|2 weeks Wildlife + 1 week Elephant||£949||€1175||$1495||$1455|
|2 weeks Wildlife + 2 weeks Elephant||£1199||€1485||$1890||$1840|
|3 weeks Wildlife + 1 week Elephant||£1099||€1360||$1735||$1690|
Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
Becky in the PoD UK team has visited this project and is the placement manager so if you apply you will hear from her soon!
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Population: approx 65 million
Currency: Baht (THB)
Life expectancy: 69.3 years
Percentage living on less than US $1.25 per day: 0.5%
Number of threatened animal species: 477
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