Thailand Animal Welfare Volunteers
Help cats and dogs in need in Thailand
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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: TAWV
Duration: 2 weeks or longer
Make a real difference to the lives of stray animals, while exploring one of Asia's must-visit destinations, on our amazing animal rescue programme. The project offers unmatched, hands-on animal care experience, including walking dogs on the beach, bathing puppies, running health checks, feeding animals in our care, educating locals about animal welfare, and giving the resident dogs and cats lots of love! If you’re studying or considering a career with animals, it's an amazing opportunity to gain some invaluable practical experience. Stay from two weeks to three months (you decide), exploring the gorgeous surrounding area in your free time and making friends from all over the world in the volunteer house.
- Learn first-hand how to care for animals in need
- Build your CV by gaining valuable experience in animal care
- Stay in our volunteer house in Khao Tao, just 150 metres from beautiful Sai Noi beach
- Explore beaches, temples and authentic Thai towns during your free time
- Join weekend excursions including cooking classes, Kui Buri National Park, and Sam Rai Yot Cave Temple (stays over 28 days only)
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About the programme
Thailand faces a growing problem with stray animals living in terrible conditions on the streets. This amazing not-for-profit project aims to improve the well-being of street animals in the province, to reduce the overpopulation of dogs and cats and to create a healthy relationship between local human and animal communities.
Project facilities include 12 kennels, a clinic and a play area for dogs. All sterilisations, vaccinations, parasite treatment, veterinary care and rehabilitation are coordinated from here. The project also does outreach work in surrounding villages, delivering care to around 800 street dogs, and educating local people on animal care.
About the location
You’ll be based in our volunteer house in the authentic Thai village of Khao Tao near Hua Hin on the east coast of mainland Thailand. You're just 150m from the golden sands of beautiful Sai Noi, and close to a number of beach bars and eateries. The clinic and kennel facilities are just 5- 10 minutes away, on the grounds of Khao Tao Temple, a Buddhist site with beautiful views over the Gulf of Thailand.
What are the working hours?
Monday to Friday (830am – 430pm) with free time weekends and evenings. We ask for a minimum stay of 2 weeks. Many volunteers stay up to 3 months (with an option of further extension). To get the most out of the experience, we'd recommend you spend at least a month on the project.
What will you do on the programme?
This is a really hands-on project and you’ll have loads of opportunities to get involved with the amazing work we do in the area, both in the clinic and kennels, and as part of our outreach programme with up to 800 stray dogs around the area.
- Clinic and kennel work: Cleaning kennels, feeding, dog walks to the beach, grooming, rehabilitation of injured animals and giving lots of love!
- Outreach work: Befriending packs of dogs, administering vaccinations, providing wound care, recording new puppies and pregnant females, identifying dogs to be sterilised.
- Promoting awareness: Educating local communities about animal care, updating social media and promoting awareness of the project's work locally.
If you’re a qualified professional, studying animal care or veterinary science, or considering a career with animals, this is an amazing opportunity to gain some invaluable practical experience.
Weekend excursions & free time
If you’re staying for 28 days or more, we’ve included some awesome weekend excursions from a guided meditation with a local monk and a Thai cooking class to a visit to Sam Rai Yot Cave Temple and Kui Buri National Park (one of the best places in Thailand to see wild elephants).
With beautiful beaches, jungle hikes and golden temples within easy striking distance, you’re spoilt for choice during your free time.
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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Most expensive: £909 July, 2023
Arrive in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) before 2pm on the start date of your trip (which is usually a Monday). Airport pick up from Bangkok to Khao Tao (Hua Hin province) is included, in a taxi or a spacious airport bus. The journey time is around 3 hours.
A return airport transfer is also included. Please book your return flight no earlier than 1pm on your departure date, to allow plenty of time to arrive at the airport.
All accommodation is included on this trip. You’ll be staying in our volunteer house in Khao Tao in Hua Hin province, just 150 metres walk from beautiful Sai Noi Beach. One of the loveliest beaches in the area, Sai Noi has fine white sand and the backdrop of a large golden Buddha statue that looks out over the sea.
The house features hot showers (not a given in Thailand!), Western style toilets, fans, laundry facilities, a shared kitchen and outdoor gas cooker. Depending on the number of volunteers on the programme, you may be sharing your room with another person of the same sex.
Meals are not included with this programme but eating out in Thailand is cheap and delicious, and you can use the shared kitchen if you would prefer to prepare your own food.
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 at least 18 years of age
- Must provide be in good mental and physical health
- Must provide a clean criminal record check
- Must 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
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
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
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.