Husbandry & Enrichment Experience

Non-profit
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gegründet 2018
LCTW (Wildlife Rescue Center)
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Koordinator | Chloe
Koordinator | Chloe
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High­lights

Be part of a team that takes care of rescued wildlife, some of which are on the brink of extinction.
Every volunteer that comes through here will leave their mark, be it a climbing structure for our langurs, a new gibbon enclosure, or a pool for our bears. Every volunteer has made a difference.
In the Husbandry & Enrichment department no two days will be the same, with each day comes new projects, animals and challenges.
Help our coordinators improve the lives of our long term residents by giving them enrichment using recycled materials through toys, obstacles, enclosure improvements or novel food items.
Our volunteer bungalows come equipped with outdoor hammocks that are perfect for relaxing after a hard day's work or on your day off and we have to say waking up to the gibbons singing never gets old.
From caring for, feeding, and enriching the lives of our animals, no day in our Animal Husbandry and Enrichment Program is ever the same! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+
Alleinreisend
Pärchen
Gruppen
50+

Lao Conservation Trust for Wildlife is Laos’ first ever non-profit wildlife rescue, conservation and education center is constantly evolving. Our site is on the old Lao Zoo premises and has undergone significant renovations. 

The Husbandry & Enrichment Program (H&E) is no different, with new days come new challenges.

Volunteers can expect to work with the different species and teams that make up our project every day!
Some days we are working with the construction team to build platforms or pools for the animals and other days we could be showing a local school group around the center to tell them about the work we do. Almost everyday we are able to take time to give new enrichment to some of our longer-term residents or work to repair enrichment that may have been broken. Some of the tasks we work on may be urgent and come unexpectedly while others are able to be planned out and implemented over the weeks to come. 

In H&E, our job is to ensure that our enclosures are as enriching as possible for the animals. Our aim is to encourage our animals to exhibit natural behaviors through play, foraging, hiding, hunting, interaction and more. We use enrichment to help our animals demonstrate these natural behaviors and keep them content. This, in turn, can reduce the likelihood of stereotypical behaviors such as: pacing, rocking, excessive grooming, etc. We can also reduce stress and increase the occurrence of natural behaviors through enrichment, enclosure design and introduction of the same species (sometimes different species) to their enclosure. 

What is enrichment? Enrichment is the process of making life in captivity more exciting and more nurturing for our animals. This leads them to be happier and healthier! Enrichment comes in many forms, sometimes through renovation of their enclosure (pool/shelter/planting trees), different feeding options, toys, novel food items and new smells. We encourage creativity in our enrichment and the use of mostly recycled materials means that we reduce our waste too! 

So what will volunteers do? Volunteers will assist their coordinators with cleaning enclosures in the morning and checking on our animals, before feeding them with their morning enrichment. After that, the day will be dedicated to projects and enrichment for different animal groups. Our coordinators work hard to give you a fun and memorable experience here at LCTW. If there is a particular species you would like are interested in learning more about or an idea you have for enrichment please let us know and we will try our best to make it happen!

Working in the tropics with wildlife, gives us plenty of practice in improvisation. Be prepared for plans to change! Tropical thunderstorms are common place in the wet season and this could lead to a day helping teams clear debris from paths or even assisting in enclosure repairs. Like the weather, our animals give us surprises from time-to-time and we appreciate the extra help and understanding when our plans change.

Tagesablauf

On a normal day, you’ll be kept busy! Our volunteers work from 8am to 5pm, with one day off per week. Although we run with a daily schedule, working in the tropics and with rescued animals means the seasons, weather and needs of the animals can change things unexpectedly! We’re a small team of wildlife professionals and we ask you to be patient with us if things don’t go to plan: the animals must of course always take priority. Here’s a general idea of what a day in your life could look like:

08:00 Morning rounds: You'll start the day with animal rounds, feeding, cleaning enclosures and making enrichment for newly-rescued                 animals as well as some of our long-term residents.

10:30 Special projects: We'll be outside building new enclosures or renovating older ones. If it's too hot or raining hard, we'll move inside the enrichment room to create new enrichment for our animals.

12:00 Lunch Served on site. Vegan/Vegetarian diets also catered for.

13:00 Enrichment rounds: We have around 400 animals on site! Some need enrichment every day and others less often. Our staff can help you develop ideas based on the materials we have available, safety to the animals and durability.

16:00 Finishing up: Here we finish up any projects for the day and feed any new rescues as well as some long term residents.

17:00 Finished! The rest of the day is your own. You can relax with the other volunteers, wander round the center to watch some of our nocturnal species, or take a stroll to the local market.


All of our projects and tasks are flexible, meaning, if you aren't up to it or would prefer to help us by doing something else, then we are happy to let you choose something that is more to your liking. We have had volunteers from their early twenties to 60+. Varying ability and skills are not a problem as there is always something that we would appreciate a hand with; from assisting us with our lesson preparation for the local school to cutting up fallen trees for use as perching for our primates. 


Freizeitaktivitäten

Close to the Center, there is a hotel pool which volunteers can use for $1.50. Staff can drive you to/from the hotel. 

In our village we have markets with food, basic clothing and amenities. 

We are situated close to Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area. Access is quite difficult without your own transport but it is possible to walk to the lower foothills after a short taxi ride. 

Vientiane (the capital city) can be accessed by regular public transport from our village. In the capital you can visit various cultural and tourism sites. There are also many bars and restaurants in Vientiane with western/local food and drink.

Lao PDR is a fast developing nation but travel around the country can be slow, but it is certainly worth the effort. Those who enjoy swimming, hiking and climbing in the outdoors will love spending time in Lao PDR!

Konzerte/
Musik
Wandern
Museum/
Oper
Safari/
Zoo
Shoppen/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Schwimmen

Voraus­setzungen

Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Sprachkenntnisse
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Grundkenntnisse)
Staatszugehörigkeit
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Andere Fähigkeiten
We do not require any specific skills from our volunteers. However, if you have a skill or talent such as: carpentry, photography, graphic design, teaching or other please do let us know!
Arbeitszeiten
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag und Samstag von 08:00 - 17:00

Leist­ungen

Dienstleistungen von LCTW (Wildlife Rescue Center)

The cost of coming to volunteer helps us to continue our work fighting the illegal wildlife trade. The fee covers your accommodation, wifi, meals, transport to and from Vientiane for pickup and dropoff, t-shirt, and 24 hr staff support. The remainder of your donation supports:

  • Rescues and releases - Our team travels all over Lao PDR in order to rescue and release animals. We must be ready to go at a moment's notice. 
  • Investment in conservation and education - Rescuing animals will not put an end to the illegal wildlife trade. We must campaign for change through education and workshops.
  • Enclosure construction - We have worked hard to give our animals the space they need but there is much more work to be done. The money helps us buy materials and labor costs for construction.
  • Feeding the animals - We have a lot of mouths to feed, with almost 400 animals across 59 different species including: crocodiles, bears, primates, turtles and an elephant. 
  • Animal healthcare - Our vet clinic relies on your donation for supplies and equipment. Animals can come to us in poor health and we must be ready to help them.
  • Renovation & Enrichment - The constant improvement of our center means buying new material for enrichment. We use recycled materials where possible. 
  • Staff support - We currently employ over 60 Lao people and are the biggest employer in the area. With seven expats on site, we strive to continue our education and training to international standards.
Abholung vom Flughafen Wattay International Airport

We pick up volunteers in Vientiane (the capital of Lao PDR), on Sunday mornings between 9:30am and 10:30am. If your flight does not arrive until the afternoon, then we encourage volunteers to arrive on Saturday and stay overnight in a hotel/hostel in Vientiane.

We will arrange pickup from your hotel or the airport in Vientiane before taking you to the center, we can stop at a western style supermarket before we leave the city for you to pick up some snacks/treats that you won't find in our village. 

We will also drop you off at the airport or in the city of Vientiane after your stay with us, we are happy to give travel advice should you continue your adventure!

Unterkunft

Our volunteers will stay in our bungalows (two volunteers in each bungalow), each with singles beds and storage for your belongings. 

Each bungalow has its own hammock and veranda, perfect for relaxing after a day's work or on your day off!

 

Behind the bungalows you will find toilets and hot/cold showers. Food is served at the staff accommodation only 50 meters away. 

Should you need a member of staff, we are around 24/7.

 

To make your accommodation as comfortable as possible for you, please state in your application if you would prefer to share a room with the same gender, or if you have no preference. When not fully booked, we endeavor to give each volunteer their own bungalow. 

 

Bungalow
Verpflegung

We will provide breakfast supplies, hot lunch and dinner. 

Food is vegetarian and Lao style. Please indicate if you have specific dietary requirements or allergies.  After picking you up in Vientiane, we will stop at a western-style grocery store if you would like to pick up snacks or items. 


There are also other local restaurants/bars that we will all go together and eat at, should you wish to join!

Internetzugriff
Limitierte Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Flugtickets
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Wattay International Airport (VTE) in Vientiane. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Laos zu finden.
Reiseversicherung
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Laos bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Impfungen
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Laos antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Laos überprüfen.

Termine & Preise

KEINE KREDITKARTENGEBÜHREN

Informationen zur Anreise

We accept volunteers all year round, but it is worth mentioning that some seasons are more welcoming than others. 

Hot season: February - May

Wet season: June - Sept 

Cool season: Oct - Jan

(These seasons fluctuate a bit so be prepared for the occasional rainfall during hot season)

To make your accommodation as comfortable as possible for you, please state in your application if you would prefer to share a room with the same gender, or if you have no preference.

We pick up and drop off on Sundays. On Sunday, we will arrange pickup from your hotel or the airport in Vientiane. Before taking you to the Center, we can stop at a western style supermarket for you to pick up some snacks/treats that you won't find in our village. 

We will then have an induction to our program which includes an in-depth tour of our center, an introduction to our Rescue Team and the animals you may be working with. You are then free to spend your Sunday afternoon relaxing at the bungalow, visiting our village, or perhaps going back to see more of the animals. 

On Monday morning, our coordinators will meet you for breakfast then we make our way to the quarantine center and get started with the day. 

In our village you will find a pharmacy, market for clothes/food and convenience stores. There are also ATMs in the nearby villages, one of our staff can drive you there if you need to withdraw cash. There is even a hotel pool nearby that volunteers can go to on their day off. 

(The currency in Lao is the KIP, some hotels/stores will accept US dollars if the notes are in good condition, but it is better to use the local currency. Lao KIP is also a closed currency so you will not be able to get it until you enter the country)

Verfügbarkeit
Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
Dauer
1 - 24 Wochen

Programmgebühren

Kosten: Preise in USD
1 Woche (Mindestaufenthalt)
$800
2 Wochen
$1.150
3 Wochen
$1.500
4 Wochen
$1.850
5 Wochen
$2.200
6 Wochen
$2.550
7 Wochen
$2.900
8 Wochen
$3.250
9 Wochen
$3.600
10 Wochen
$3.950
11 Wochen
$4.300
12 Wochen
$4.650
13 Wochen
$5.000
14 Wochen
$5.350
15 Wochen
$5.700
16 Wochen
$6.050
17 Wochen
$6.400
18 Wochen
$6.750
19 Wochen
$7.100
20 Wochen
$7.450
21 Wochen
$7.800
22 Wochen
$8.150
23 Wochen
$8.500
24 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
$8.850
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$584 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben angegebenen Gebühren geschätzt sind. LCTW (Wildlife Rescue Center) wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Zahlungen werden von PayPal abgewickelt, unserem vertrauenswürdigen globalen Zahlungsanbieter. Falls du keinen PayPal Account hast, kannst du die Anzahlung auch mit einer Kreditkarte bezahlen.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit LCTW (Wildlife Rescue Center) während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

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Husbandry & Enrichment Experience

From caring for, feeding, and enriching the lives of our animals, no day in our Animal Husbandry and Enrichment Program is ever the same!

$584/week

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