Tranquil monasteries and busy shorelines, elephants roaming the pavement and full moon celebrations that last all evening, monks nurturing full grown tigers and travelers crowding together around Buddhist temples; welcome to Thailand. A land that, although greatly inhabited by tourism, still is able to to preserve its distinctive and gorgeous culture of hundreds of years back. And regardless of all the tourism (and the commercialization that occurs along with it) Thailand has a great variety of volunteer possibilities that continue to be earnest and non-profit organizations.
Lanta Animal Welfare
A superb animal shelter located in Thailand, Lanta Animal Welfare allows volunteers the fulfilling chance to work with rescue dogs and cats without the need of spending a fortune.Volunteers will be in charge of feeding the animals, walking the dogs, washing cages, and interacting with the cats. There are also possibilities to be a flight volunteer and take an animal to it’s adoptive home abroad at no charge to you! A minimum of one month of volunteering is expected to allow volunteers to get comfortable with the program, but volunteers may stay as long as they like. Housing is provided however volunteers will have to pay for their own food. A one time charge of 330 dollars is needed at the start of the program (no extra costs for extended stays!) one half of which is returned to the volunteer at the finish of their stay.
The Surin Project concentrates on strengthening the living conditions of elephants in captivity by growing grass, bamboo and sugar cane to develop housing for the elephants and providing for them the chance to walk free and socialize with each other. Volunteers are in charge of constructing shelters, digging irrigation pathways, growing food and most significantly; allowing the elephants off their chains to exercise and interact socially. The price of the Surin project includes food, housing, transportation to and from Bangkok or Chang Mai and insurance coverage against accidental injuries while working on the project. Volunteers spend 395 dollars for 6 days and 6 nights, the program generally lasts only one week at a time, although volunteers may inquire about extended stays.
Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand
Wildlife Friends Foundation provides a wide range of several projects for volunteers such as a bears program, and elephants program, a Gibbon Rehabilitation Center and a marine conservation research and rescue project. The job duties will differ within each distinct program but will generally consist of feeding animals, washing and building cages, developing unique enrichment, monitoring animal behavior and offering tours to visitors. The work day lasts from 6:30 am to 5pm with breaks for meals. Volunteers are likely to work 6 days a week but may possibly have more days away per inquiry. Food is supplied (3 meals daily) and accommodations at the facility are also provided. The projects charge about 395 dollars for one week of volunteering or 870 dollars for 4 weeks and reductions are offered of stays 12 weeks or greater.
The Tiger Temple is a one of a kind experience that enables volunteers to get up close and personal with the tigers, whilst getting the experience of residing in a Buddhist monastery. Volunteers will have the opportunity to study Buddhism and meditation methods as well as care for the tigers and develop community awareness. The work days are lengthy; from 7am to 5pm and volunteers are expected to work 6 days a week; but it is so worthwhile when the very first thing that begins your work day is a frolicking tiger cub. In the mornings volunteers will be allocated to a variety of jobs which include: walking the tiger cubs, filling up milk bottles, deboning chickens and cleaning cages. The afternoon will be used either helping tourists, performing office work, data collection or aiding the veterinarian. A minimum of a 30 day stay is required, and a maximum of six months. Volunteering is FREE and meals and housing are offered at the monastery. Men and women are housed in separate rooms that include a western style restroom and electricity.
Please note: Take into account this IS a monastery so there are quite a couple of extra regulations such as: no jewelry or perfume, no sexual misconduct, no intoxication etc. Volunteers breaking these rules will have t
Keep an eye out for even more chances to hang out with lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) in Animal Volunteer Work in Thailand Part 3!