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Wildlife Rescue - Thailand

  • Work with rescued monkeys, gibbons, bears as well as many other exotic animals
  • Can be combined with the Elephant Care role at the same centre
  • Help the centre to protect endangered wildlife and educate on conservation issues
  • Live on site at a tropical wildlife centre based on temple grounds
Location 2.5 hours south of Bangkok
Start dates Every week on a Sunday (flexible)
Duration 1 - 12 weeks
Age requirement 18 + (16-17 year olds can join this project on the Under-18 Trip)
Availability Spaces available, limited until February 2016
Cost From £549 / €710 / $875 - see fees table below
Discounts Combined discount Elephant Care + Wildlife Rescue

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Each day will differ but general wildlife rescue volunteer tasks may include:

  • Feeding the animals
  • Providing water for the animals
  • Assisting with cleaning the enclosures
  • Creating enrichments for the animals
  • Maintenance work for enclosures and fences

There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ day and some volunteers may also find they are involved in tasks such as helping to clean the centre grounds, giving visitor tours or special occasion projects (such as building a new enclosure).

Volunteers work six days a week on a rotation basis. There are generally between 10-25 volunteers on the Wildlife Rescue role, however you live alongside volunteers on the Elephant Care role and there can be 35-50 volunteers at the centre at one time.

For volunteers staying longer than two weeks you could consider combining Wildlife Rescue with the Elephant Care role based at the same centre.

Hear from past Thailand Wildlife Rescue volunteers

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Thailand Wildlife Rescue reviews.



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How is the Thailand Wildlife Rescue project making a difference?

The centre that we work with in Thailand operates as a sanctuary for abused, neglected or injured animals. They currently provide a home for around 200 primates, 25 bears and a variety of other small mammals, birds and reptiles as well as 10 Asian elephants (who are cared for by Elephant Care volunteers).

Educational tours are often organised for young school children at the centre as the project believe that the education of the next generation is critical to conservation in Thailand.  The Wildlife Rescue management team actively campaign for better animal treatment in Thailand including issues such as the illegal pet trade, poaching and the use of animals within the tourist industry.

Why are volunteers needed?

Whilst the centre employs full time local staff they are always in need of assistance with their tasks. Local staff are often over-stretched with daily care tasks and so the extra man-power from volunteers allow them to focus on long term plans and extend their care to more animals.

“The passion and commitment shown by volunteers allows the centre to run smoothly. Their love for animals allows us to continue to rescue and rehabilitate animals that have been forced into the tourist industry or kept as pets.”
Becca, Volunteer Coordinator

Where will I be living?

The centre is based in a tropical region south of Bangkok, on temple grounds donated by a local monk. It is a peaceful and rural location and the centre is located beside a small lake which has a series of small 'gibbon islands'.

Volunteers live in basic shared rooms on site at the centre, bathrooms are shared with cold water showers and western bucket-flush toilets. The centre has a communal area where volunteers can relax in the evenings.




What's included

Before you go On your placement
  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Becky or Erin will be your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod
  • Animal care volunteering placement
  • Arrangement of airport pickup from Bangkok
  • Accommodation - a basic shared room
  • Food - all main meals
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Crisis management plans insurance
On your return
  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required), cost of pickup and transfers. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Pod volunteer fees

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

1 week £549 €710 $875 $1020
2 weeks £699 €900 $1110 $1300
3 weeks £849 €1095 $1350 $1580
Extra weeks £100 €130 $160 $185
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 Elephant + 1 week Wildlife £849 €1095 $1350 $1580
1 week Elephant + 2 weeks Wildlife £949 €1225 $1510 $1765
1 week Elephant + 3 weeks Wildlife £1099 €1420 $1750 $2045
2 weeks Elephant + 1 week Wildlife £999 €1290 $1590 $1860
2 weeks Elephant + 2 weeks Wildlife £1149 €1480 $1825 $2135

Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP.  For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com


We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information


Pod UK Manager



Becky and Erin in the Pod UK team have visited this project and are the placement managers so if you apply you will hear from one of them soon!

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