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Thailand Zoo Assistant

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Thailand Zoo Assistant

Gain practical, hands-on experience in caring for threatened wildlife in a Thai animal sanctuary.

Prices from $795

Thailand continues to be one of the most tempting destinations for those who are seeking a combination of enchanting natural surroundings, alluring culture, and incredible biodiversity. Breathtaking silvery beaches lapped by warm, crystal clear waters are complemented by friendly locals, mouth-watering local delicacies, and an ancient and fascinating historical heritage rooted in Buddhist origins.

Join this rewarding, once in a lifetime opportunity to get some practical, hands-on work experience supporting staff at this popular zoo. Get your hands dirty by joining in on daily tasks such as cleaning out animal enclosures, feeding times, maintenance work and creating enrichment tasks to keep the animals entertained and their minds active. Take the tiger and leopard cubs for their daily exercise, feed the animals or entertain the Phayre langur with new toys. Whatever you get involved with you can guarantee you will be creating memories that will last forever whilst gaining hands on experience working and caring for these endangered animals.

     

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain hands on experience of animal care
  • Immerse yourself in true Thai culture away from the tourist crowd
  • Make new friends and incredible memories

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Central Thailand
Activities Animal feeding and care
General park maintenance
Enclosure maintenance and cleaning
Care for the cubs
Teach locals about responsible tourism
Transport Pick-up from the train or bus station
Accommodation Shared dormitory in Volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Dedicated personal Travel Advisor
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food 
Accommodation
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The Frontier-Thailand Zoo Assistant project aims to support the work of the local staff that are committed to improving the welfare of the animals at the park whilst educating the local industry about responsible tourism. The park cares for animals which are unable to live in the wild and aims to improve their lives at the Safari park through maintaining safe and clean living conditions as well as introducing enrichment projects. 

The project aspires to a long term goal of bringing about lasting and sustainable changes to the lives of animals in the park through education. In Thailand there is a lack of knowledge about responsible tourism. There are still tigers on chains, poorly run animal shows and enclosures that are too small. The best way to permanently end these practices is to show the local industry that there is a financial incentive to responsible tourism.

The park is currently running eco-friendly tourist packages to demonstrate that responsible tourism is not only ethical, but also more profitable. Education is fundamental to the future success of the project, and so to aid this we provide free English classes for staff, their families and the local villagers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. By joining this project you will not only be helping to improve the animal’s lives but also helping to ensure a sustainable future for the villagers as well. 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Volunteers will need to have a good fitness level to get stuck in and help maintain the upkeep of the animal enclosures. You will need to bring bags of enthusiasm to repair, build and clear out enclosures in all weather conditions. Challenge your creative side by joining the enrichment team, thinking outside the box and creating mentally stimulating toys for the animals. 

Depending on the time of your visit you may even have the opportunity to take the leopard and tiger cubs for a playful walk in the mornings ensuring they are getting the exercise needed for them to grow into strong, healthy adults. In the afternoon you might take a ride in the bus to feed the friendly giraffes, deer, zebra, tigers and leopards where you will learn about each individual’s medical and dietary needs to ensure the animals are healthy and happy. 

You will utilise your skills to help improve and develop the park, whether that be in marketing, creative writing or website design, you will be encouraged to become a part of the team brain storming and putting together new ideas to ensure a sustainable future for the park. 

No two days are the same on this project, so if you are looking for an exciting, rewarding and hands on experience, whilst contributing towards helping the local tourism industry become more responsible then this is the project for you! 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will fly into Bangkok airport before making your own way to the meeting point in Kanchanaburi where you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative. You should arrive at the meeting point in Kanchanburi by midday (12pm) on the Monday before transferring to the safari park with the project field staff.

We recommend that you arrive into Kanchanaburi the night before the project start date. Your Frontier Volunteer Coordinator can help you with recommendations on how to make your own way to Kanchanaburi, which would be at your own cost. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

The project is located 75 miles west of Bangkok. Throughout the placement you will be staying in a shared room with other volunteers. The rooms are fully furnished with a bed, fan, mosquito net, desk, toilet and cold shower. There is a designated common room where you will have access to free WiFi, a microwave, kettle and fridge and laundry. The rooms are within the wildlife park and neighbour onto the giraffe, ostrich and zebra enclosures. There is a shared balcony that runs the length of all the rooms with a beautiful view of rice paddies and mountains – the perfect place to unwind after a hard days work.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals per day during your placement, which you will find to be typically Thai fare. Thai is one of the world's most exciting cuisines, and if you're willing to experiment, you'll be richly rewarded. Contrary to popular belief, not all Thai food is fiery hot and there are plenty of tasty dishes suited to the Western palate. This hybrid cuisine has been influenced by soups and noodle dishes from China, curries from India and satays from Indonesia. Most dishes incorporate four elements, sweet, sour, salty and hot flavours, and many of the dishes are rice or noodle based.

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One of the most enjoyable, fun, challenging and rewarding experiences of my life!  | 13 Aug 2018
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SO MANY INCREDIBLE ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCES...  | 11 Jul 2018
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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your spare time you can explore the local area and absorb Thailand's captivating culture. Explore golden temples, with their ancient Buddhist carvings and magical atmosphere. Try some more adventurous activities, such as mountain biking through the stunning landscape, white water rafting, diving, sailing or sea canoeing. Enjoy a Thai massage, which really will give you a new sense of serenity! As you can see, there will be no shortage of ways to occupy your time off.

COSTS

1 week $795

2 weeks $1,145

DEPARTURE DATES 

Weekly. It is recommended that you arrive in Kanchanaburi on the Sunday to make sure you're at the meeting point by 12pm noon on the Monday.

April – November: Low season

November – March: High season

**This is a busy project with plenty to do so volunteers should be aware that there is usually only one day off in the second week!

DURATION

From 1 week

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel advice
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

in-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Project orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Apt (BKK)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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