Live onsite at a tropical wildlife centre based on temple grounds working with rescued elephants, monkeys, bears and a variety of other animals. Explore Thailand’s night markets, bat caves and visit a National Park as part of the trip. Join like-minded 16-17 year olds from around the world on this supported trip, accompanied by a Pod Team Leader.
You will be part of the Pod Under-18 Team spending two weeks volunteering at the Elephant Care and Wildlife Rescue project. There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ day but everyday jobs may include:
Other possible tasks could include:
The team will spend one week on the Elephant Care volunteer role and one week on the Wildlife Rescue role. Volunteers work roughly six-days per week from about 6.30am-5.00pm.
There will be 8-16 volunteers in the Under-18 Team accompanied by a dedicated Pod Team Leader. You will also be working alongside other volunteers at the centre (aged 18+) and in total there will be 40-50 volunteers on site at the centre working to care for the animals.
As part of the two week trip the team will also enjoy:
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Thailand Under 18 Volunteering reviews.
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 expand 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 that we work with in Thailand operates as a sanctuary to abused, neglected or injured animals. They currently provide a home for around 200 primates, 25 bears, 10 Asian elephants and a variety of other small mammals, birds and reptiles. Many of the animals arrive with severe health problems and bear the scars of previous abuse. The centres aim is to provide a refuge for the elephants that is as close to nature as possible, whilst rehabilitating and releasing as much of the wildlife animals as possible.
Domesticated elephants were traditionally used in the logging industry but after the ban on logging, many mahouts turned to making a living from using their elephants in the tourist industry. Many elephants were used for begging on the streets of big cities, within circuses, made to give rides or to perform. The centre campaigns to raise awareness of the abuse elephants (and many other animals) face in the tourist industry.
Educational tours are often organised for young school children from the local community, the project believe that the education of the next generation is critical to conservation in Thailand. In addition to this they 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 – particularly elephants, bears and primates.
The centre is based on temple grounds donated by a local abbot in a tropical region south of Bangkok. It is a peaceful and rural location and the centre is located beside a small lake which has a series of small ‘gibbon islands’ used to rehabilitate the gibbons. In total there are around 400 animals living on site at the centre.
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 as well as a communal kitchen where you can make snacks and drinks. After work you can relax at the centre and socialise with other volunteers. The local village has an internet café.
Not included: Flights and travel insurance. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply. We also provide advice and guidance on flights and travel insurance.
|2 weeks||£1295||GB Pounds|
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"In the future I know that I want to work with animals, this trip helped to confirm this. It was very hard work which was intensified by the heat and humidity; be prepared to get hot, sweaty and dirty but have a lot of fun doing it!"Read more volunteer reviews
“I was just one kid, but I went half way across the world to do something I was that passionate about; and in return found tons of other people coming together to do something amazing.”Read more volunteer reviews
"I can honestly that the Thailand Under 18’s Wildlife Rescue trip was the experience of a lifetime, providing me with incredible memories that I will never forget. I got more out of the trip than I ever expected."Read more volunteer reviews