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Thailand Animal Rescue

Thailand Animal Rescue

Join this incredible project to help provide an enriching and secure environment for domesticated wild animals so they can be rehabilitated and released back into Thailand's jungles.

Prices from $795

Thailand is one of the world’s most beautiful destinations and is bustling with friendly people and exotic wildlife.  With its golden beaches, rich culture and tropical climate Thailand has become a popular tourist destination.  Many people visit Thailand each year to experience its vibrant culture and to view its exotic wildlife.  This increasing development has led to the growing popularity of the pet trade and exploitation of animals for tourism presents a problem which has become a real threat to many of Thailand’s native species.

This project works to provide a better life for many animals including Slow Loris, Gibbons, Macaques, Asiatic Black Bears, Sun Bears, small cats, birds and reptiles.  Join this incredible project to help provide a safe haven for domesticated wild animals that have been captured from the wild and greatly mistreated. The rescue centre aims to provide these animals an enriching and secure environment where they can be rehabilitated and released back into the wild in hopes repopulating Thailand’s jungles and restoring what was once a thriving ecosystem

    

   

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immerse yourself in true Thai culture
  • Help to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals
  • Work with a range of endangered species
  • Make lifelong friends

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 17 years (with parental consent)

FAST FACTS

Location Thailand
Activities

Prepare food & feed the animals
Clean, build & maintain enclosures
Environmental education work
Monitor and record progress of rehabilitation
Observe captive and wild animals
Build and implement animal enrichments

Transport Please make your own way to the project
Airport pick up can be arranged for THB2200 if arriving before 2pm
Accommodation

Shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Food
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

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?

In Thailand, as in many countries around the world, animals are exploited for their exotic nature and captured and sold as pets and used for tourism purposes. This project aims to rescue captive wild animals and rehabilitate them for release back into the wild, providing them the best possible care in environment as close to nature as possible. Whilst working to develop new animal welfare projects, the rescue centre also focuses on educating local communities and tourists about animal and rainforest protection and campaigns against all forms of animal abuse.

Your participation on this project will be a tremendous help and will greatly improve the efforts of the rescue center in reaching its goals of improving the lives of many animals and restoring Thailand’s habitat. You will work alongside local staff to provide appropriate and safe homes for animals whilst they are preparing for release back into the wild in addition to aiding in educational campaigns to limit future animal abuse.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Working alongside local staff, volunteers help to look after the animals and educate visitors. At the centre volunteers may have the opportunity to work with Gibbons, Slow Loris, Macaques and other wildlife.

You will be involved in every aspect of the day to day running of the centre, including feeding the animals and preparing the food, cleaning the enclosures, building and repairing the enclosures, enrichments and feeding platforms. Volunteer contact with wildlife is carefully monitored to ensure animals get the best chance of rehabilitation and speedy transfer back to wild habitats.

At the rescue centre everyone is expected to work hard and together as a team and to take responsibility for the daily duties looking after the animals. The time for your rest and relaxation is later in the day when high temperatures usually demand it.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Following your arrival at Bangkok Suvamabhumi airport you will have the option to either make your own way to the project site by bus or train or an airport pickup can be arranged for THB2200 if you arrive before 2pm. More details on how to make your own way will be available in your field brief four weeks before your project is due to commence.

 

 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be living on temple grounds in a basic, shared dormitory style accommodation with ensuite bathrooms (with a shower and western style toilet), volunteer common room and communal kitchen. All rooms have electricity and there will be a computer with internet, but no WIFI.  You will be provided with fresh bed sheets each week and a laundry service will be available at an added cost. Although simple, your accommodation will of course be clean and comfortable and will include a recreational area with TV and DVD player.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with all of your meals for the duration of the project.  Volunteers are invited to prepare their own breakfasts but all ingredients including bread, butter, jam, eggs and fresh fruit will be provided and toasters and cooking materials will be available for use.

Lunches and dinners will be cooked and prepared by the rescue centre staff and will include a buffet of traditional Thai fare, although on some occasions western food will be provided.  There will be meat, vegetarian and vegan options available. 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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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your spare time you can explore the local area and absorb Thailand's captivating culture. In the evenings you are free to use anything provided in the volunteer common area including the pool table, TV, and DVD player with a selection of movies. In the nearby village there is a restaurant open late and a night market on Sunday evenings. Often times volunteers will also take a taxi to the surrounding villages for a wider selection of markets, bar and restaurants.

On your days off you will be able to visit the nearby beaches, temples and national parks. There is also a hotel resort nearby with a full spa and swimming pool. Extra costs apply for these additional activities.

COSTS

1 week $795

2 weeks $995

3 weeks $1,195

4 weeks $1,395

5 weeks $1,595

6 weeks $1,745

7 weeks $1,945

8 weeks $2,145

9 weeks $2,345

10 weeks $2,545

11 weeks $2,745

12 weeks $2,945

Extra weeks = $170

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, project start day is a Sunday.

Available start dates:

2018

May-   20th, 27th

June  - 3rd, 10th, 17th

July -  fully booked

August  -  5th, 19th, 26th

September - 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

October- 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

November -  4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

December -  2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

2019

January - 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

February -  3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

DURATION

From 2 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Project orientation
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Bangkok (BKK)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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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