Thailand Animal Welfare Volunteers
Help cats and dogs in need in Thailand
Book now for £49
Group Size: Varies
Trip code: TAWV
Duration: 2 weeks or longer
Experience a hands-on placement in which you conduct tasks involved with the day-to-day running of an animal shelter and learn about all aspects of operating an animal rescue organization. Spend your days doing beach walks, bathing our resident pups, conducting health checks, participating in feeding runs, educating locals about animal welfare and working towards the general cleanliness and upkeep of our facilities – in addition to all the dog and cat cuddles! To top it off, volunteers are immersed in the beauty and culture of Thailand through numerous guided excursions provided as part of their experience.
- Get hands on experience working with stray animals in need
- Gain insight and understanding into how an animal rescue organisation is run
- Provide much needed support to a small team dedicated to helping cats and dogs
- Explore the beaches, temples and towns in the local area during your free time
About the Programme
Thailand faces an increasing challenge with an ever-growing number of stray animals living in desperate conditions on the streets – most are in dismally poor health and reproducing at an alarming rate, causing associated public health problems.
This project works with a non-profit organization located in Khao Tao Pranburi which has 2 missions:
- First, to help stray dogs and cats in need across the Prachup Khiri Khan region of Thailand through regular feeding, medical aid and tender love and care.
- The second part of its mission is to reduce the stray population over time through sterilizations, education and local and international adoptions.
The project has achieved amazing results in managing to its mission for the Hua Hin and Prachuap Khirikan region over its more than five years of operation. They have:
- Sterilized more than 3,000 dogs and cats
- Found homes for more than 300 stray animals
- Educated more than 20,000 Thai youth on animal care/welfare
- Fed and provided medical care to more than 5,000 stray animals
The clinic and kennel facilities are located on the grounds of Khao Tao Temple, a Buddhist temple that borders a long stretch of beach near Hua Hin. The temple grounds and its surroundings are conducive to healing of animals and people alike, and the beach and ocean are perfect for rehabilitation through hydrotherapy and daily walks. Khao Tao is an authentic Thai village about 12 kilometers south of Hua Hin, away from the hustle and bustle of a big town, but close enough to enjoy the amenities that a city offers. There is a comfortable selection of local restaurants within walking distance of the clinic that offers both Thai and western food options. The volunteer house is a 5 to 10 minute walk around the corner from our clinic.
The project relies heavily on donations and paying volunteers to carry out their mission. Operated by a small team of full- time staff, the programme volunteers are absolutely critical to the existence of the project. They help meet the physical demands of day-to-day operations and ensure that every dog and cat is given sufficient medical care and love.
The volunteer program also serves as a supplementary source of revenue as a means of funding beyond donations. Simply put, volunteers are what keeps our doors open!
As a volunteer, you will participate in a host of activities and tasks including, but not limited to:
- Fieldwork – Consists of feeding runs in the local area to packs that we have befriended over time. During this time, you will learn about stray animal behavior, help us to maintain their health with necessary treatment supervised by one of our resident vets, and overall, help us on our mission to sterilize as many dogs as possible in the area.
- Daily Dog Care – Caring for animals includes many daily tasks. In the mornings, volunteers clean the kennels, feed the dogs and take them for beach or lake walks. Volunteers engage with our dogs in play and build relationships with them for a healthy well-being. All volunteers are expected to maintain high standards of cleaning and animal welfare. Afternoon activities change daily depending on the needs of the animals and can include feeding runs, parasite treatments for local packs, releasing dogs back to their packs, and dog training.
- Health Checks and Procedures – Sit in on veterinary procedures and help the vets with basic wound care. Perform weekly bathing and de-ticking sessions to maintain the health of the animals.
- Media – Help us promote our organization by taking photos and footage of your days as a volunteer. You will be provided with help and advice to create visually appealing content that will be used on our website and social media channels. We also encourage our volunteers to submit blog entries to our blog.
Through the volunteer program, animal lovers are offered an opportunity of experiencing first-hand the joys and challenges of working at an animal rescue organization, as well learning what it takes to run an organization like this.
This programme will provide you with unmatched hands-on experience. You will leave feeling accomplished, having experienced both the fun and testing parts of stray animal care in Thailand, having made friends from all over the world, and having become part of our close-knit family! This is an ideal opportunity to gain some international animal welfare experience and a range of new skills to enhance your resume.
For those staying for 28 days or more, some exciting excursions will be included to nearby attractions too! Download the trip notes for more information.
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Volunteers should purchase flights that arrive in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport before 2pm on their start date (usually a Monday). A taxi or spacious airport bus for transport from Bangkok to the accommodation in Hua Hin is included. The journey is approximately three hours.
On your end date (usally a Sunday), a return airport transfer is also included by bus. Flights out of Bangkok should be booked no earlier than 1pm on your end date.
A mere 150 meter walk down the road from the volunteer house brings you to one of the best kept secrets of Hua Hin - Sai Noi Beach! Those in the know consider it to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the Hua Hin area; with a backdrop of a large golden Buddha tipping the hill, one couldn’t want for a better place to start/finish the day! These accommodations include hot showers, western style toilets, fans and laundry facilities. Depending on the number of volunteers at the time, you may be sharing a room with one more person. Kitchen utilities, cutlery and appliances such as a refrigerator, microwave, kettle and toaster as well as an outdoor gas cooker are available too.
Meals are not included in the programme, however eating out in Thailand is cheap to do and you can take advantage of the varied local cuisines available to try.
This volunteer program is open to people from all walks of life, be it trained animal care specialists, those without any experience or anyone seeking a meaningful travel experience – our only prerequisite is an enthusiastic passion for animals! Eligibility requirements are:
- Must care about animals
- Must be 18 years of age
- Must provide be in good mental and physical health
- Must provide a clean criminal record check
- Most provide proof of rabies vaccination before arrival
British citizens can get a free 30 day entry stamp upon arrival. For those looking to stay longer, a 60 day tourist visa can be applied for in advance from your local Thai Embassy. All travellers may be required to show proof of onward travel out of Thailand in order to gain entry. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months after your trip ends. Visa rules are subject to change and you should check the latest information with the embassy before you travel.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
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Transport and accommodation choices
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Trained and knowledgeable staff
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Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
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