Wildlife Rescue


Live in tropical Thailand working up close with monkeys, gibbons, otters, bears and other wild animals. Your work helps to educate others on conservation issues and protect endangered animals. You can also combine this role with Elephant Care which is based at the same sanctuary.


Key Info

key info
  • Location: 3 hours south of Bangkok
  • Start dates: Every Sunday
  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+ (but 16-17s can join the U18 Trip)
  • Availability: Spaces available, limited until Sep
  • Cost: From £599 / €720 / $810 - see fees table below

Project Information

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
  • Looking after other domesticated animals on site

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).

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

Working days and hours

Volunteers work six days a week on a rotation basis, volunteers usually work from 6am until 5pm however there are regular breaks through the day.

Other volunteers

There are generally between 15-25 volunteers on the Wildlife Rescue role, however you live alongside volunteers on the Elephant Care role and so there are usually 40-50 volunteers at the centre at one time.

Volunteer Reviews

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

Why are volunteers needed?

Whilst the sanctuary 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

How is the 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 nearly 20 Asian elephants (who are cared for by Elephant Care volunteers).

Educational tours are often organised for young school children at the sanctuary 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.

Where will I be living?

The sanctuary 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 sanctuary, bathrooms are shared with cold water showers and western bucket-flush toilets. The sanctuary has a communal area where volunteers can relax in the evenings as well as a communal kitchen where you can make snacks and drinks.

Volunteers have one day off per week and popular local destinations include Hua Hin beach, Kui Buri National Park or relaxation at a local spa resort with a swimming pool!

What's Included?

Before you go:

  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Sarah or Lucy 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

On your placement:

  • 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
  • Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

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 is run as a non-profit organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the Pod Charity.
Price table
1 week Wildlife Rescue £599 GB Pounds
2 weeks Wildlife Rescue £799 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £120 GB Pounds
2 week combination of Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue £849 GB Pounds
3 week combination of Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue £1009 GB Pounds
4 week combination of Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue £1169 GB Pounds
5 week combination of Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue £1329 GB Pounds
6 week combination of Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue £1489 GB Pounds
7 week combination of Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue £1649 GB Pounds
8 week combination of Elephant Care & Wildlife Rescue £1809 GB Pounds
Extra weeks on a combination placement £110 GB Pounds

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

Discounts for volunteers combining Wildlife Rescue and Elephant Care roles, see above for examples


years rescuing, caring and campaigning for animals in need in Thailand

"Pod is a no nonsense volunteer organisation looking to change lives"Cian

Sarah Lucy

Pod UK Specialist

Apply and you'll hear from Sarah or Lucy soon!

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



  • Thailand Wildlife Rescue volunteer - Holly

    “The centre is not only a place where I was given the incredible opportunity to observe, care for and learn about amazing animals but also a place where I made lifelong friends. One of the best experiences of my life!”

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  • Thailand Wildlife Rescue volunteer - Meg

    “Not only have I learned more about animals, Thailand, and volunteering, but I have also learnt a lot about myself. If you love animals, are ready to explore and meet new people, this program definitely offers you it.”

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  • Thailand Wildlife Rescue volunteer - Priyanka

    “I had such an amazing group of volunteers to work with. Everyone was so kind and friendly especially the Thai staff. I would absolutely recommend the experience. I fell in love with a few of the animals and miss them terribly!”

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