|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||Limited in May, spaces on 26th July (1-2 wks) and then from 23rd Aug onwards|
|Cost||From £549 / €650 / $875 - see fees table below|
|Discounts||Combined discount Elephant Care + Wildlife Rescue|
Each day will differ but general wildlife rescue volunteer tasks may include:
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 30-45 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.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Thailand Wildlife Rescue reviews.
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.
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
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.
|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 Volunteering Guide 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||€1005||$1350||$1450|
|1 week Wildlife + 2 weeks Elephant||£999||€1185||$1590||$1710|
|2 weeks Wildlife + 1 week Elephant||£949||€1125||$1510||$1625|
|2 weeks Wildlife + 2 weeks Elephant||£1149||€1365||$1830||$1965|
|3 weeks Wildlife + 1 week Elephant||£1099||€1305||$1750||$1880|
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
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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|Dog and Cat Rescue - Thailand||Children's Home Farming - Cambodia|
You can combine any of our projects to make the volunteering trip of a lifetime!
"I think what you do for people and communities is absolutely amazing..."
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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