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Thailand Gibbon Sanctuary

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Thailand Gibbon Sanctuary

An unmissable chance to study the behaviour of these extraordinary primates, each with their own unique character, as you rehabilitate and care for these rare and threatened animals.

Prices from $1,195

Thailand – a magnificent country of idyllic beaches, tumbling forest landscapes, hospitable people and fantastic food. Experience this incredible destination whilst volunteering in a gibbon sanctuary where volunteers care for rescued gibbons. Whilst spending time here, explore Thailand's complex cultural heritage which is steeped in mystical Buddhist history and philosophy. Enjoy the breathtaking local temples, bustling village markets and sumptuous cuisine. Visit untouched rainforests alive with spectacular wildlife and head down to the coast to snorkel over pristine coral reefs watching rays, turtles and dazzling reef fish.  After this special adventure take a well deserved rest and chill on Thailand's spectacular white sand beaches.  You really will have a gap year or year out that you will never forget when you take up a place on this amazing project.




  • Immerse yourself in true Thai culture
  • Work closely with this extraordinary creature
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Book early to avoid disappointment.   


Location Thailand
Activities Cleaning & repairing living quarters
Caring for the babies
Transferring them between enclosures
Visiting the older gibbons
Research into behaviours
Transport Bus/flight to project site
Accommodation Shared volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Pick up from local airport or bus station
Project orientation
3 meals a day
Project equipment
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


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.


One of the sad consequences of population growth and industrial development in Thailand is that animals have increasingly been under threat by habitat destruction and hunting. As a result, many orphaned or injured animals can no longer live in the wild and need care and support. Habitat destruction and unsustainable over utilization of the wildlife resources in this part of the world has caused a decline in indigenous wildlife. Primates in particular are hunted for their meat, as pets and for medicine, and their habitats are being destroyed at an alarming rate.

Wildlife refuges are a crucial means of providing this support and giving injured or abused gibbons a safe place to live. They're also a vitally important as a means to educate the public about human wildlife conflicts.

You will be helping with all activities of the centre – maintaining the animal's living quarters, helping with routine maintenance, caring for the orphaned animals and helping maintain the centre in general. The work will be hard but extremely rewarding and being so close to some of the world's most fascinating primates is sure to be an experience that you'll never forget!


Working at this amazing, well established and outstandingly worthwhile sanctuary gives you an unmissable chance to study the behaviour of these extraordinary primates, each with their own unique character. You will work to build up a relationship with the gibbons, and as they learn to trust and accept you, you will help make their life at the sanctuary pleasant, safe and enjoyable. The daily routine will involve care of the gibbons including cleaning out their living quarters, caring for the babies (for example bottle feeding and even changing nappies), transferring them between enclosures, visiting older individuals (who have behavioural problems on account of abuse by humans) in their living quarters, and aiding them in their socialisation and recovery.

A typical day may be something like this:

7:30-8:00 Prepare breakfast for the animals feed them and clean feeding bowls

9:00-9:30 Volunteer breakfast

9:30-11:30 Sanctuary maintenance: clean enclosures, refresh enclosure water bottles, repair enclosures, paint signs

11:30-12:00 Gibbon snack preparation and feeding

12:00-13:00 Volunteer lunch

13:00-15:30 Research/study project time/private time/general maintenance around gibbon enclosures, refresh water and cleaning if required

15:30-17:30 Evening gibbon meal preparation and feeding, cleaning and collecting up food bowls

17:00-18:00 Rest

18:00 Volunteer dinner when you will get the chance to chat about the activities of the day

Volunteers participating for more than a month may be offered the opportunity to teach English or other subjects of their choice at a nearby village school.


Internal travel around Thailand is straight forward, we will provide you with detailed travel instructions on how to reach your project location, which is an easy seven hour bus journey north of Bangkok or if you're more impatient, you can book a reasonably priced internal flight which takes less than an hour. Your project hosts will collect you from the pre-arranged meeting point, the local bus station or local airport. This will be arranged prior to your departure for Thailand.  The gibbon sanctuary can also be reached from Chiang Mai, an overland journey of about 5 - 6 hours using the regular and safe local bus service.


Whilst participating on this project you will be staying in a clean and comfortable volunteer house, where you will be provided with clean bed linen and towels and you will have a kitchenette, simple comfortable furniture, flushing toilets and hot showers.  You will also have the use of 110v electrical outlets to charge your cameras, iPods and mobile phones. 


You will be provided with three delicious home cooked meals a day based on fresh produce that is purchased from the local area.  Enjoy fragrant Thai specialities, such as mild coconut curries, fragrant steamed rice, or dumplings.  Enjoy your meals alongside your fellow volunteers in the comfort of your peaceful surroundings.

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

A Thai highlight  | 19 Nov 2019
We thank you all for giving us the opportunity to have this amazing experience. In a world wi...

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Keep up the good work!  | 19 Nov 2019
Thank you very much for the last two weeks. It’s been a really great experience being able ...

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The staff were very friendly, always happy to help and teach you new ways of doing things  | 18 Nov 2019
The project made me become more myself with nature and really appreciate it. The ...

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No two gibbons are the same!  | 17 Nov 2019
Thank you for all the wonderful memories: George hopping across his 1960s black and white cag...

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Hard work to make your dream come true  | 14 Nov 2019
I have had an amazing time and from the moment I arrived I was treated with warmth and always gre...

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If you love animals, this is the place to go  | 13 Aug 2018
I volunteered at the Gibbon Sanctuary for 2 weeks in summer 2013 as part of my Animal Husbandry e...

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I wasn't entirely sure what to expect - but I wasn't disappointed!  | 25 Jul 2018
  In the summer of 2011, I spent my time volunteering at a Gibbon Sanctuary in Thailand....

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Definitely a bucket list adventure!  | 11 Jul 2018
Volunteering at the gibbon sanctuary was an outstanding experience. You jump into a completely di...

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Gibbon dissertations in Thailand  | 4 Jul 2018
Once again I have had an amazing time here; the time had passed so quickly! Following my trip two...

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Whilst spending time in Thailand, you will never be short of exciting activities to participate in your days off. Try out some extreme sports such as hang-gliding, windsurfing or rock climbing. Trek through the lush forests or explore its busy, bustling towns, where you will be welcomed by the friendly locals. Our staff can help you arrange reasonable prices for extra activities with the relevant local provider.


2 weeks $1,195

3 weeks $1,545

4 weeks $1,895

6 weeks $2,845

8 weeks $3,445

10 weeks $4,195

12 weeks $5,795


Weekly, please aim to arrive on a Monday.

This project is available throughout the Christmas period.


From 2 weeks


Before you go

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


  • Pick up from local airport or bus station
  • Project orientation
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Mae Sot (MAQ), Bangkok (BKK), Chiang Mai (CNX)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

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


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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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