Video and Photography Volunteer – Dog and Cat RescueThailand

Volunteers are needed to capture the stories of injured and abused dogs and cats who have been rescued by the centre as they return to full health and given the care they need.

Use your media skills to take photos of the animals and produce short videos to help promote the vital work of the rescue centre, aiding the animals in finding their forever homes. You will work closely with the local team to raise awareness of animal welfare issues on the island and help make a difference to the animals’ lives. Many people are aware of the problems of stray dogs and poor veterinary treatment of animals in Thailand, but few take the opportunity to help to make a difference!

Explore the many beaches, mangroves and caves, learn to scuba dive or spend time in the beautiful national park in your free time.

Become part of the team and support the crucial work of the Dog and Cat Rescue centre!

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Krabi
  • Start dates: Any date
  • Duration: 4 – 12 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £595 / €695 / $760 - see fees table below
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Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers live and work on the stunning island of Koh Lanta at the Dog and Cat Rescue centre. The project aims to provide a high level of care to rescued animals, rehoming them where possible and also raising awareness of issues around animal welfare and stray animals. Volunteers joining the Video and Photography role capture vital high quality images and footage to help promote the project, tell the animal’s stories and ultimately lead to the dogs and cats finding their forever homes.

Whilst your main role is Video and Photography based, you will also assist the Dog and Cat Rescue volunteers when needed in activities such as preparing and distributing food and water, socialising the animals, walking the dogs and general care. Working hands on with the cats and dogs at the centre will help you to gain an understanding of how the centre works and to build stronger bonds with the animals so that you’re able to better capture their personalities.

Once you have settled into the day to day running of the rescue centre, you will start to get into the full swing of the Video and Photography role. As a Video and Photography volunteer, alongside assisting in the general volunteer role, your tasks may include:

  • Documenting new cat and dog arrivals
  • Capturing images of the animals, the centre, veterinary clinic and the team for social media, newsletters and web advertising
  • Creating 20-30 second videos on individual animals, telling their story and portraying their personalities
  • Following the progress of rescued animals throughout their recovery back to full health, integrating with other animals and socialising with humans
  • Updating and managing social media for the centre, including Instagram and Facebook

The Dog and Cat Rescue centre has limited resources and you should bring your own equipment, including any cameras, laptops and editing software. Video and Photography volunteers will work closely with the local team.  

“Volunteers help with the day to day running of the project; we literally couldn’t do it without them. Volunteers bring a lot of love and time to our animals and the fact that they are committed animals lovers willing to give time to this project is fantastic for the dogs and cats in our care.”
Tanya, Placement Manager

Typical Day

A typical day will include working alongside the general Dog and Cat Rescue volunteers in the dog, cat and quarantine roles as well as capturing images and video footage and editing. 

Volunteers work 6 days per week for an average of 6 hours per day. Day time shifts are split into 7am–1pm or 1pm–7pm. Depending on the numbers of volunteers at the centre, it may be necessary for volunteers to do split shifts which are 7-10am and then 4-7pm. This is to cover the busiest times of the day.

There is also 1 night shift per week at the centre, these run from 7pm–7am. When working a night shift, volunteers sleep at the centre so that they are on hand in case of an emergency and can monitor any sick or vulnerable animals already on site. They also help with the preparation of morning food.

Volunteers live on site, a short walk away from the animals. On your day off there are a variety of free time activities for you to get involved in.

Other volunteers

There is one Video and Photography Volunteer at the project who will work alongside Dog and Cat Rescue volunteers. There is usually a total of 12-16 volunteers at the project with a maximum of 22 but this varies considerably throughout the year.

Local support

The support staff are located at the project site which also houses volunteer accommodation.

Accommodation

Volunteers share a room at the centre with one other volunteer and bathroom facilities are shared. There are communal areas to relax, and there is WIFI available.

Volunteer accommodation in Thailand

Alternatively, volunteers can choose to stay at a nearby resort (at additional cost) which offers private rooms with double beds, air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and WIFI. 

Volunteer shop in Thailand

Meals

On weekdays (Monday to Friday), both breakfast and lunch will be prepared for you at the volunteer accommodation. During the weekends, lunch will not be provided and you will be responsible for this.

Here are typical examples of the food you will have: 

  • Breakfast – bread, cereals, eggs and fresh fruit
  • Lunch – pasta, stir fry, noodles, rice or curries. There will be a choice of two dishes, one of these will be a vegetarian and vegan option
  • Dinner and weekend lunches – you can either use the cooking facilities to prepare your own meal or eat out at one of the many nearby restaurants that offer both Thai and Western food

Vegetarians and vegans are welcomed and can be catered for.

Drinking water is provided at the volunteer accommodation.

Location and free time

Koh Lanta is popular tourist destination, the island is known for long, sandy beaches and scuba diving. There are actually two main islands, the larger, more populated Koh Lanta Yai (commonly known as simply Koh Lanta) and the smaller Koh Lanta Noi, as well as several minor islands. The geography of the island is made up of mangroves, coral rimmed beaches and rugged tree covered hills, and there are 9 sandy beaches to enjoy!

Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta has a natural and laid back feel to it. In your free time after work you can relax and enjoy the island. There is a lot to do on your day off, including exploring the many beaches, scuba diving, spending time in the national park, visiting a historic Chinese fishing village and enjoying the stunning mangroves and caves! These activities are best booked locally once you are at the project.

Koh Lanta is a cultural mix of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims and sea gypsies. They live alongside eachother peacefully and there is always some celebration whether it’s part of Thai Buddhist, Thai-Chinese or Thai-Islamic traditions! 

Travelling in Thailand before or after your placement

Thailand is often referred to as the ‘land of smiles’ and is a huge attraction for travellers from around the world due to its glorious beaches, tropical climate, great food and fascinating culture. Thailand has something to offer everyone and popular activities include:

  • Snorkelling in Phuket
  • Visiting the many colourful and ancient temples  
  • Visit the beautiful waterfalls, wildlife and limestone cliffs of Khao Sok National Park
  • Exploring the tranquil mountains in the North and meeting ethnic hill tribes

For more information on Thailand and some of the things we loved when we visited there please see our Thailand country page. This also features all our other Thailand volunteering projects as you might like to consider combining this project with one of the others we offer to make a trip of a lifetime!

Temple in Thailand

Climate 

The island of Koh Lanta has a tropical climate and throughout the year is hot with temperatures averaging between 28-32 degrees clesius. There can be tropical rainstorms at any time of year, but the two main seasons are hot and dry (November to May) and 'cool' and wet (June to October).

Dates

You can start on any day.

What's Included

Included

  • Dedicated Pod Volunteer Specialist to support you
  • Accommodation - a simple shared room
  • Breakfast every day and weekday lunches
  • Induction
  • T-shirt and vest
  • Support from the local team
  • Support from the Pod Volunteer UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Volunteering certificate and reference (on request)

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)
  • Vaccinations and medication
  • Transfers to / from the project
  • Living costs - evening meal, weekend lunches, snacks, drinks, laundry
  • Video and camera equipment
  • Any tourist trips / activities you choose to do in your free time
Price table
4 - 8 weeks £595 GB Pounds
9 - 12 weeks £725 GB Pounds

Accomodation

There is an additional cost for the resort accomodation option – please contact us for further details. 

Discounts

  • £75 discount for every additional project you book as part of the same trip
  • £75 discount if you have previously volunteered with Pod Volunteer 

Where the money goes - financial transparency

Your fee covers the overseas costs of volunteering and the costs of running our organisation in the UK, on a non-profit basis.  For more details and a breakdown of our costs please click here.

Book with confidence - financial protection

All monies paid to us are financially protected through The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT). 

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

Read volunteer reviews from the Dog and Cat Rescue project

Emma – 2019 

“It was an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience that I highly recommend.

My job consisted of taking photos and videos of all the rescued dogs and cats at the centre for use on the website and social media. But more importantly, the photos and videos had to tell their stories. 

The most rewarding part of the job was to document the progress of each animal from the moment he/she came to the centre - sick or injured - to the moment he/she completely recovered. For that reason, it’s very important to always be aware of new animals that come to the centre, and to get to know their daily routine. I would follow up with the animal by taking new pictures and videos of him/her every 2 weeks or anytime he/she made an improvement: eating, playing for the first time, going for a walk for the first time, integration walks, etc. That is why, as a media volunteer, you have to be organized and good with short deadlines.

You also have to be fairly savvy with photo and video editing. This is an important aspect of the role, as you will need to review all the photos and videos you took, select the best ones, edit them, and upload only the quality ones. For videos, you will also need to find the right music to accompany the video in order to create the emotional impact you want. You will be working closely with the local team.

Since this role requires you to take good pictures and videos by catching the right moments with the animals, it's very important to create a good bond with them. You end up spending a lot of time playing or just chilling with the animals in their daytime areas. That is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the role. I also loved to help the general volunteers with the morning and evening feedings as well as taking the dogs out for walks.”

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VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

  • Thailand Dog & Cat Rescue volunteer - Graham

    "The project was all I thought it would be and more. The Island itself was amazing and the social life is great - as long as you are not scared of hard work you will have a fantastic time!"

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  • Thailand Dog & Cat Rescue volunteer - Julia

    "The work is hard but it is so worth it. The centre does such great work with extremely limited resources. Not only are they saving animals' lives, but changing the attitudes to animals on the island."

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  • Thailand Dog & Cat Rescue volunteer - Luis

    "My time here was a dream. You are located by a breath-taking beach and the centre full of good-hearted people and dogs and cats that have been mistreated - who treat you like you have been the best friend in their lives!"

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AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Tourism Concern
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Right Tourism
  • DOFE
  • theguardian
  • the independent
  • Sunday Times
  • Year Out Group
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal