Family volunteering in Thailand
A week of volunteering on a highly renowned wildlife sanctuary, working to help rehabilitate elephants, sun bears, monkeys and many more. Stay on site surrounded by nature. Recommended minimum age 12.
Thailand wildlife sanctuary conservation work Elephant rehabilitation (over 14ís only) Sun bears Monkeys All meals included Plenty of leisure time Beach 20 minutesí drive
£850 excluding flights
Description of Family volunteering in Thailand
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.
Our partners behind this vacation promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travelers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
There are challenges associated with volunteer travel, and these can make accessible travel difficult. However, we are very keen to chat with travelers with specific needs to see if we can make a trip possible.
1 Reviews of Family volunteering in Thailand
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 06 Feb 2019 by Joe Stern
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Spending time with my family and working for these magnificent animals was such a rewarding experience. Hand feeding these gentle giants is something I
will never forget. When you look into their eyes and connect with them it as if they can see who you are. You can tell these are intelligent and kind animals.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
If you can afford it, stay at the guest lodges. Going back to an air-conditioned room after a hard days work is wonderful. You also have hot water and a great
views of the animals. We woke up and were able to feed the elephants bananas before we headed off to meet all the other volunteers for the morning feeding
and then breakfast.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
The locals take preserving the elephants very seriously. I feel they appreciate the mission of the sanctuary and look forward to more jobs being created as the
center expands over the next few years.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
This is a wonderful experience. We highly recommend this trip for any family or individual who is over 18. My daughters met and made friends from all over
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We are commited to conserving, saving, protecting and, where possible, rehabilitating the animals brought under care at this sanctuary. The center will rescue any animal that is being neglected or maltreated, providing it with a large and comfortable enclosure, constructed as closely as possible to reflect the natural conditions these animals would be living in. So far, over 700 animals have been rescued here, and many of the primates successfully rehabilitated.
Protecting the world
We are passionate about encouraging our travelers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic, and electricity usage.
We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.
PeopleMeeting local needs
Volunteers live and work as a member of the local community. This is a small community, located off the traditionally trodden tourist trails, and so bringing volunteers to this area really benefits the local population. Food is bought from local markets and restaurants, trips are all sourced locally and local transport is used when needed.
Campaigning for change
This project works to change the future for animals who have been subjected to harm and mistreatment. The aim is simple: to provide a home for mistreated animals in an environment as close to nature as possible. A programme actively runs to rescue, rehabilitate and release captive wild animals with this hope to repopulate Thailand's forests and jungles. Campaigns are regularly launched against all forms of animal abuse and exploitation in Thailand. An education programme runs for locals, children and visiting tourists to make them aware of the importance of animal welfare.
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in rural Thailand.
All of our participants receive comprehensive pre-departure documentation. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation. They are also briefed on how to dispose of waste properly and where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles as these are not easy to dispose of environmentally.