Wildlife Conservation Worker

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Coordinator | Steffen
Coordinator | Steffen


Experience the Thai way of life and live in 'the land of smiles'
Use your passion for animals to create a better life for rescued tourism animals
Gain valuable experience in your chosen field of wildlife
Make memories and new friends from around the world
Have the opportunity after your placement to discover one of the most popular countries to visit in the world
Help create a positive and safe environment for many endangered species, many of which have been part of the darker side of Thailand's tourism trade. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The wildlife sanctuary in Thailand was started back in 2001 and is spread across seven acres. As a sanctuary for mistreated animals, the facility mainly takes care of those that are sick or handicapped, which tends to include a lot which have been kept as pets or used within the tourism industry. For example, the project has a crocodile who became too big for his owner to keep at his home, whereas there are also two elephants who were used in the tourist industry for many years. Once the animals are nursed back up to full strength they are, where possible, released back into the wild.

Unfortunately, for numerous reasons, some are not able to be released so they will stay in the sanctuary. Some animals are born on site and spend their entire lives there. For these animals, living in the wild is just not possible due to becoming used to a certain way of life around their parents, which is why the educational side of the foundation is so important. They visit children in local schools, in the hope that by passing on knowledge, the future generations can take better care of wildlife.

Endangered species worldwide depend on the help and protection of animal rights activists. In Thailand, greed, corruption and above all, a low level of education are the causes for a decrease in specie numbers. Also, due to a lack of awareness across the country of the need to conserve plants and the environment due to the role they play for the habitats, our animal friends need as much help as we can give them!

You’ll have the chance to take an active role in protecting endangered species and also support the team in educating the local population. You'll find quite the mix of animals, from monkeys, bears and birds, through to elephants and wolves.

Typical day

There is a variety of different things you may be involved with on a daily basis. Your input is massively appreciated, as, without volunteers, there are a number of roles that would be hard to complete for the team on their own. Your hours are agreed on when you arrive, but you tend to work across 6 days, for about 6 or 7 hours, dependent on weather, number of volunteers and the season. Tasks include:

  • Feeding the Animals
  • Monitoring/Reporting
  • Helping with Care
  • Cleaning
  • Providing Support

Free-time activities

Thailand is known for its incredible scenery and things to do, which is why it's one of the most popular countries in the world with backpackers. Local to the project, you have a few small shops in the local town, but lots of natural beauty to explore nearby. The next town in 30 minutes by car and there you can have a walk through the night market and pick up a few souvenirs. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even swim in the nearby river. For the participants who prefer a more chilled time, you can relax in a local spa with pool near the project. There is something for everyone, from temples to snorkelling, you'll find loads of things to keep you active.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV, letter of motivation, criminal background check and visa document
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We do not require any formal education or background, but a passion for working with animals is essential.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Rainbow Garden Village

What's Included:

* Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

* Accommodation 

* Volunteer Placement 

* Extensive Orientation

* Personal Contact Person

* 24Hr Emergency Number

* Assistance with Travel Preparation

* Branded T Shirt

* Participation Certificate

* Extensive Travel Documentation


You'll live in a shared bungalow with, at most, one or two other participants. At the main house, there is a large terrace area, with a main table where you can eat and spend time with the other volunteers. It's a great place to chill out, or even catch a bit of sun! There's also a kitchen, where your lunch and dinner are cooked. Once a week, the cleaning staff will come to change your bedding and clean the bungalow. There are plenty of power outlets in the bedrooms and you can use the Wi-Fi in the kitchen. To make it easier for you to explore the beaches nearby, it is possible to rent a scooter near the location and get to know the area.

Dorm Room Bungalow
Food & Beverages

You'll eat in a similar way to the locals and the local cuisine, so expect to get to know new foods and delicacies! You're provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner in a buffet style throughout the work week, and there's also a communal kitchen available if you ever fancy a little nibble! If you do have any dietary requirements, please let us know about them as far in advance as possible, and we will do our best to accommodate them, or we will inform you if the local area can't.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok. We assist you to find cheap flights to Thailand.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Thailand provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Thailand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Thailand.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Before you even depart, our friendly UK team will take you through every step of the process, from answering your questions about the programme, through to advising you where to go for your visa. We are here to help you and to ensure that you feel totally comfortable (and prepared!) before departing.

You can fly into one of the two international airports in Bangkok. For the Wildlife Conservation Project or Elephant Animal Shelter Project, you can be picked up by a member of the team in Bangkok (for an additional fee). The project takes arrivals every Sunday. The taxi ride then takes about three hours to arrive at the accommodation (you are also more than welcome to travel there by yourself if you wish). In advance, you will receive a detailed handout, in which you will find all the details on how to get there by public transport.

As soon as you arrive at the project, you will be welcomed by the local team. They'll show you your new accommodation, as well as introduce you to the house rules, your tasks, local medical facilities and more. You will receive a comprehensive tour of the local area and get to know your fellow co-workers on site. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in GBP (USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
£1,049 ($1,290)
6 weeks
£1,409 ($1,733)
8 weeks
£1,769 ($2,176)
24 weeks (max. stay)
£4,649 ($5,718)
Average fees
£228 ($280) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Rainbow Garden Village will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Rainbow Garden Village during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Wildlife Conservation Worker

Help create a positive and safe environment for many endangered species, many of which have been part of the darker side of Thailand's tourism trade.


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