Volunteering in Thailand, wildlife rescue centre

Price
£645 excluding flights
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Duration
7 Days
Type
Small group
Group size
15 - 30 people
More info
This project is available for up to 12 weeks.
The project can easily be combined with the Elephant Care project as they are based in the same location.
Families can join this project with children from 10 years old.
Offers
There is still time to join our team in Thailand and care for animals in need. Flexible and free date changes – personal support from our friendly team!
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Description of Volunteering in Thailand, wildlife rescue centre

Price information

£645 excluding flights
Convert currency:
This project is available for up to 12 weeks.
The project can easily be combined with the Elephant Care project as they are based in the same location.
Families can join this project with children from 10 years old.
Make enquiry

Check dates

Placements last from 1-12 weeks and can start on any date throughout the year

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Holiday information

Diet:
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

By volunteering at the Wildlife Rescue Centre you will make a major contribution to the welfare of animals in Thailand. Your time and efforts will help to care for the animals, and the majority of the programme cost will go direct to the Centre providing a critical source of funding for their future work.

On a personal level you will have a unique opportunity to work alongside some incredible wildlife and gain the satisfaction of helping to make a difference to the lives of these animals.

In addition to this direct benefit, we try to ensure:

Social responsibility - before volunteers depart we provide them with a detailed information pack on the area they will be visiting. We try to educate and encourage our volunteers to understand and respect the local cultures and customs and get involved with local communities.

Economic responsibility – for over 10 years we have been providing volunteers to help at charitable projects around the world. A UK charity has now been launched to build on this success by providing financial assistance to overseas causes as well. The organisations we work with are often struggling to fund the work they are doing so every penny raised makes a real difference.

The majority of the fee that volunteers pay goes directly to the Wildlife Rescue Centre. The Centre provides employment for many local Thai staff. While volunteers are in-country, we encourage them to buy locally and support local businesses.

Environmental responsibility – While our volunteers and customers are overseas, we identify and encourage simple steps to minimise their impact on the local environment.

People

Educational tours are organised for young school children at the centre, the team believe that the education of the next generation is critical to the survival of the endangered species, and conservation of wildlife as a whole. They also educate the local community on poaching which is a commonplace in rural areas.

The centre actively campaigns for better animal treatment in Thailand including issues with illegal pet trading, hunting and poaching and the use of animals within the tourist industry. They distribute educational materials to travel agents in Thailand to ask them to stop endorsing places where animals are used for entertainment, and in particular they have led campaigns against ‘Tiger Temple’; a formerly popular tourist activity, which has been exposed for its cases of animal cruelty. The centre often works in collaboration with local authorities including the Royal Forestry Department to confiscate animals from markets or illegal traders.

The exploitation of animals in the tourist industry is common in Thailand however by offering full time employment to locals in the wildlife centre, teaching about conservation issues and showing that tourists will visit Thailand to simply see the animals and to help prevent wildlife from suffering, then gradually a change in mentality could possibly be achieved.

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