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 and mangroves, 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!
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:
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 joining the project for 6 weeks or more have the opportunity to enrol on a diploma in Dog Behaviour at a discounted rate. For any volunteers interested in this, the local team will provide more information whilst you are at the project.
“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
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.
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.
The local team will oversee your volunteering work and be there to support you throughout your placement.
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.
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 with hot water, and WIFI.
On weekdays (Monday to Friday), breakfast and lunch are provided at the volunteer accommodation. Here are typical examples of the food you will have:
For dinner and food at weekends, 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.
You will need to fly into Krabi Airport (KBV).
We can arrange for you to be met on arrival and have a private transfer from the airport to the project, which takes about 2.5 hours, or you can take a shared minivan from the airport.
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 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!
The island of Koh Lanta has a tropical climate and is hot throughout the year. Daytime temperatures average between 32-34˚C and nighttime temperatures typically fall to 24-26˚C. There can be tropical rainstorms at any time of year, but the two main seasons are hot and dry (November to April) and 'cool' and wet (May to October). Even in the 'cool' season it is still very hot!
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:
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!
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|4 - 8 weeks||£595||GB Pounds|
|9 - 12 weeks||£725||GB Pounds|
The prices in the table above are for a shared room onsite at the rescue centre. There is also an alternative option to stay at a nearby resort, which has the following fees:
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.
All monies paid to us are financially protected through The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT).
Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
“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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"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!"Read more volunteer reviews
"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."Read more volunteer reviews
"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!"Read more volunteer reviews