Western Africa Ghana Sierra Leone Togo
Middle Africa Cameroon
Northern Africa Egypt Morocco
Southern Africa Botswana Namibia Cape Town / South Africa
Eastern Africa Kenya Madagascar Malawi Mozambique Seychelles South Sudan Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe
Middle East Israel Lebanon
Southern Asia India Maldives Nepal Sri Lanka
Eastern Asia China Mongolia
North America United States of America
Caribbean Bahamas Cuba Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica Saint Lucia Trinidad and Tobago
Central America Belize Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama
South America Argentina Bolivia Amazon Reinforest / Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Paraguay Peru Suriname Uruguay Venezuela
Europe Croatia Finland Greece Italy Portugal Spain Germany Hungary Romania
Made for Meaningful Travel
Your Extra Layer of Security
Oceans 2 Earth

Thai Wildlife Rehabilitation & Care

This strictly "hands off" centre rescues animals from places where they are maltreated and/or neglected.

The Rescue Centre

The centre provides a sanctuary as close to their natural environment as possible with the best possible care. Some animals are nursed back to health and are released back into the wild while others are unable to be rehabilitated and spend the rest of their lives at the centre. There are currently over 400 rescued animals including 5 different species of macaque, 6 species of gibbon, civets, leopard cats, a tiger, sun bears and Asiatic black bears, a crocodile, a binturong, exotic birds and over 250 primates.

The centre aims to educate Thai people, particularly children, to end cruelty to animals. This is achieved through education programs held in schools and at the centre. Staff campaign against the illegal wildlife trade and the use of animals for entertainment, for example the use of animals in live shows, elephant riding and the use of animals as photo props. They aim to put a stop to hunting. By educating local people, tourists and the international community to appreciate, understand and protect wild animals and their rainforest habitat, the centre hopes to promote the conversation of all natural resources, fauna and flora alike.

The location

The Centre is based on temple grounds near Tha Yang, a district in the Southern part of Phetchaburi province in central Thailand, about 160 kms/100 miles South of Bangkok.

The centre also lies approximately 25km from the beaches of Cha Am and Hua Hin, both popular holiday destinations for locals and tourists.

While Cha-Am successfully caters for foreign tourists, it remains favoured by the Thai people with a large majority of Thai tourists visiting this beach destination. So if you are looking for the real Thailand’, for an authentic experience, this is it!

Your contribution

You will be responsible for feeding and watering the animals, cleaning enclosures, providing enrichments, planting trees, assisting with tours for visitors, the  construction and maintenance work of cages and enclosures and keeping the Centre's grounds clean.

You will make a positive difference to the lives of the animals at the centre by caring for and enriching the lives of a variety of

wildlife.

Special projects for long term volunteers include the care of baby primates, working with animals in the quarantine area and animal rescues.

Please note

It can be very emotional work treating and caring for sick and abused animals so you should try to be prepared for this. Be rest assured that you are amongst like-minded people who are experiencing the same feelings and emotions as you and will be there to support you.

The work at the centre is both demanding and physical, especially in the hot months.

There is no maximum age, however you will need to be able to stand for long periods of time, work in humidity or wet conditions, travel to and from the project and perform basic manual labour tasks.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Typical day

You will be involved in the daily routine of caring for the resident wildlife at the centre.

Animals are fed several times a day therefore food preparation and feeding plays a large part in caring for each animal.

Each day you will be provided entertainment by preparing food games and enrichments for the animals. Enclosures require cleaning and the collection and cleaning of food bowls is required.

Rotational tasks include keeping the volunteer house tidy, sweeping paths, kitchen duties and feeding, washing and grooming the resident dogs.

Although you will work very closely with the animals, there is a strict "hands off" policy for most of the animals.

You will work 6 days a week from 6.30 am to 5 pm.

Details on Arrival

You can start on every day of the year.

Program Requirements

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Health Declaration
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No specific skills are required other than a love for animals, a genuine need to help them and a hard working ethic.

You will need to be in good physical condition due to the nature of the work undertaken in a hot and humid environment.

You should be patient, caring, willing to accept new ideas and be prepared to be challenged by alternative cultural views on the treatment of animals.
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with Oceans 2 Earth straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

Any questions? Just ask. We at Oceans 2 Earth are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

After work you can relax at the Centre and socialise with other volunteers. There is a variety of local activities available which are scheduled on a weekly basis. These include night market visits, dinner outings, trips to Cha Am and National Park wild elephant spotting.

On days off, you may choose to spend the day or an overnight stay in Cha Am or Hua Hin relaxing on the beach, shopping, tasting the local cuisine or getting pampered. There is a weekly night market in Cha-am which sells lots of cheap clothes and souvenirs. Spend the day at Phetchaburi, the capital city of Phetchaburi Province and one of the oldest settlements in Thailand. Mentioned in historical records dating to the 8th century, and having significant standing artifacts dating to the 12th century, there are numerous temples in and around the city center and market area, in addition to the Royal Palace known informally as Khao Wang that dominates the skyline. The city is situated on the River Phet ("diamond" in Thai), which originates in the Kaeng Krachan National Park and flows into the Gulf of Siam at Baan Laem.

Phetchaburi is a predominantly agricultural province. The city reflects this with a large and thriving traditional market which buzzes with activity from pre-dawn until mid-day and is filled with various aromas. It is very much a working city, with few tourists.

Visit the local spa resort for the day or evening and make use of the pool, spa facilities and restaurants. A massage is the best way to work out those aches and pains!

A few minutes’ away from the centre is the local village where you can stock up on snacks and personal items or visit the Buddist Temple and big Buddha.

Please note: Thailand offers many activities that include animals. Do not ride an elephant, have your picture taken with an animal or visit a zoo or animal entertainment venue. These activities exploit, abuse and overwork animals and many are considered illegal by the Thai Government.

Any tour, activity or show that involves the use of animals in Thailand falls outside the O2E Policy for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Swimming
Hiking
Museum/Opera

Included Services

What's included?
  • Pre- departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • Transfers from the airport, bus or train station to the project
  • On the job training
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone
  • Certificate of Participation, if requested
  • O2E T-Shirt

Accommodation

Basic shared rooms for 2-4 people on site at the centre.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Breakfast, lunch and dinner with vegetarian and vegan options.

Fresh, filtered water is provided.

Internet Access
Good 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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$477.00
2 weeks
$750.00
3 weeks
$921.00
4 weeks
$1,475.00
8 weeks
$1,771.00
16 weeks
$3,060.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$8,842.00
Average fees
$327.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Tha Yang, Thailand/Thailand between 1 week and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Oceans 2 Earth 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 must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.

Get ready to volunteer in Thailand

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Thailand. Please check the visa regulations for Thailand.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Thailand and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Thailand.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Thailand.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Don Muang (DMK) 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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Thailand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Thailand.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Thailand while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
N/A, Tha Yang, Thailand, Thailand

You might be also interested in

Wallaby, Kangaroo and Possum Care
Brookfield, Australia Oceans 2 Earth-Logo by Oceans 2 Earth
$399/week
1 - 50 weeks
This project operates a licensed rescue, rehabilitation and release program for Australian wildlife, mainly kangaroos, wallabies, possums and sugar gliders.
Coastal Sea Turtle Conservation
Manabi, Ecuador Oceans 2 Earth-Logo by Oceans 2 Earth
$220/week
4 - 12 weeks
Help to protect this critically endangered species by doing beach patrols, helping in the hatchery and educating the community about the conservation projects.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Conservation
Cairns, Queensland, Australia Oceans 2 Earth-Logo by Oceans 2 Earth
$1146/week
2 - 2 weeks
Help to collect important data to protect and conserve the worlds biggest coral reef.
Amazon Animal Sanctuary
Pastaza, Ecuador Oceans 2 Earth-Logo by Oceans 2 Earth
$317/week
2 - 50 weeks
This project is an animal rescue and rehabilitation centre in the Amazon jungle working in partnership with the indigenous Quichuan community
Lion Sanctuary Assistant
Paarl, South Africa Oceans 2 Earth-Logo by Oceans 2 Earth
$398/week
1 - 50 weeks
The Lion Sanctuary has been caring for rescued and mistreated lions for nearly 20 years. It is one of only 7 official lion ‘sanctuaries’ in South Africa.
Elephant Community Conservation Assistant
Mombasa, Kenya Oceans 2 Earth-Logo by Oceans 2 Earth
$308/week
4 - 50 weeks
Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary is a conservation area for elephants. It was introduced to create a wildlife corridor for the movement of elephants.
© Volunteer World