Animal Rescue In Thailand

Dramatically improve the lives of animals in Thailand

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Overview

Our Animal Rescue Volunteer Program is a life-changing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of stray animals in need while soaking up authentic Thai culture in one of Thailand’s must-visit destinations. This is your chance to be part of a program that aims to dramatically improve the lives of animals in Thailand and tackle the issues at the root of the country’s stray animal problem.

Volunteers experience a hands-on placement in which they conduct tasks involved with the day-to-day running of our shelter and learn about all aspects of operating an NGO. Volunteers spend their days
  • Going on beach or lake walks with the dogs.
  • Conducting bathing and health checks.
  • Participating in feeding runs.
  • Medical treatments for local packs.
  • Working towards the general cleanliness and upkeep of our facilities.
  • PLUS lots of dog cuddles!
  • To top it off, volunteers are immersed in the beauty and culture of Thailand through numerous guided excursions provided as part of their experience.

Fee

1-2 Weeks: $1,899
2-4 Weeks: $2,429

Duration

A minimum of one week and a maximum of four weeks.

Visa

You will need a volunteer visa (Type O) for Thailand if you are staying for the 4 weeks. If you are staying 1-3 weeks, you can simply use the tourist visa that you will get upon arrival at the airport in Bangkok.

We will provide all the paperwork, directions, and help you through this whole process if you need the Type O visa!

Start Dates

Flexible. Because the program cannot handle large groups, we ask that you apply 3-months in advance to ensure there is a spot for you.

What Will I Do Each Day?

  • Fieldwork – Consists of feeding runs in the local area to packs that we have befriended over time. During this time, you will be given the opportunity to learn about stray animal behavior, help us to maintain their health with necessary treatment supervised by one of our resident vets, and overall, help us on our mission to sterilize as many dogs as possible in the area.

  • Daily Dog Care – Caring for animals includes many daily tasks. In the mornings, volunteers clean the kennels, feed the dogs and take them for beach or lake walks. Volunteers are encouraged to engage with our dogs in play and build relationships with them for healthy well-being. All volunteers are expected to maintain high standards of cleaning and animal welfare. Afternoon activities change daily depending on the needs of the animals and can include feeding runs, parasite treatments for local packs, releasing dogs back to their packs, and dog training.

    Health Checks and Procedures – Sit in on veterinary procedures and help the vets with basic wound care. Perform weekly bathing and de-ticking sessions to maintain the health of the animals.

    Media – Help us promote our organization by taking photos and footage of your days as a Rescue volunteer. You will be provided with help and advice to create visually appealing content that will be utilised on our website and social media channels. We also encourage our volunteers to submit blog entries to our blog.

Eligibility

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • If you are part of a group with adult chaperones, the minimum age is 14. This program is perfect for rescue groups and corporate groups incorporating volunteering for a team trip or retreat.
  • You must show proof of rabies vaccination.
  • Come prepared to work, learn, and wholeheartedly immerse yourself in the program.
  • Be able to speak English enough to allow for easy communication, which is vital to the well-being of our volunteers, staff, and animals.

Costs

$1,899 for one to two weeks.

$2,429 for three to four weeks.

The fee you pay to volunteer in Thailand goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. The program donation for this experience covers

  • our costs of placing you on the program in a safe place to live,
  • Kitchen facility for participants to prepare their own meals.
  • All of the equipment, food, and medicines you need for the animals.
  • The fee also helps our non-profit to provide pre-departure & in-country support. We provide 24/7 emergency service, manned by real people. You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return … and beyond, through our active Alumni Community.
  • Transportation to and from the airport, as well as the training you will receive during your volunteer placement.
  • The money we receive from volunteers feeds into the necessary operating costs of the project and providing care to the stray dogs.

Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation.

What's Included

  • Airport pickup and return.
  • Accommodation in volunteer housing. If you prefer 4 or 5-star accommodation, that can be provided (also close to the project) for an additional fee.
  • 24/7 support from here and in-country.
  • Onsite arrival orientation and training.
  • Thai cooking class.
  • Monk-led meditation session.
  • Visit a temple cave.

What's Not Included

  • Flights.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Meals.
  • International health insurance.
  • Optional travel.
  • "O" visa if you are in Thailand for 4 weeks or longer.

FAQ

Please call us on +1 (203) 453-5838 if you have questions.

We are asked the same questions each day, so we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to you. Anyone in our office can answer your questions anytime you call. We want you to make informed decisions and we will be happy to talk to you anytime.

What’s the weather like?

Thailand is tropical, and the weather is hot and humid for most of the year. They do have a rainy season, but the time of the year varies by area. In the south and west, the rainy season is from April to October. In the west and north, the rain falls between September and December.

What is the volunteer housing like?

Accommodation and associated utilities are included in the program price. The volunteer house comes equipped with Wi-Fi, kitchen, and washing machine.

Volunteers also participate in a range of amazing cultural activities including visits to Pranburi Forest Park, a Thai cooking class, and temple meditation with the head monk of the monastery that hosts our project.

If you prefer 4 or 5-star accommodation, there is a Beach Club one block from the volunteer housing. For an additional fee, you can have deluxe accommodation on the beach. The club also has a great bar and restaurant.

Is Thailand safe?

Thailand is a very safe and frequented destination. Through program materials, and on-site orientations and training, volunteers on this program are given adequate preparation for expectations during the program, including health and safety.

Is the water safe to drink?

The volunteer accommodation will provide you with safe and filtered drinking water. The actual project also has bottled water for all volunteers.

WHAT CAN I DO OUTSIDE OF WORK AND ON THE WEEKENDS?

Some must-do activities while in the area include:

– Cicada Market
– Temple visits
– Visiting local beaches
– Walk along Khao Tao lake
– Meditation workshops
– Muay Thai classes
– Artist Village
– Kitesurfing
– Shopping
– Exploring the local fishing village, the temple lookout and seeing the Golden Buddha.
– Organize a workshop or fun activity day with a nearby orphanage
– Mangrove Forest
– National Parks
– Visiting the water park
– Visit Waterfalls

Gallery

Here are a handful of photos to give you a sense of this program.

You can also find more photos, stories, and video through our Facebook Page, Instagram and YouTube channels and our Blog.

As you view more photos and video, consider the program benefits. A second home with new friends and becoming more independent and confident. Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience as an au pair to a family in Switzerland and you're ahead of the game.

What Our Volunteers Say

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A great organization working towards stopping the overpopulation of stray dogs in Thailand! I hope to see them in even more locations around the world one day!

Carly Campbell

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A very special place with such warm and caring people running it. Volunteering here has been an awesome experience for my family and I and I can not recommend it highly enough. Food for the soul and all the feels. We will miss all the pups, our volunteer housemates and the RP staff. Wish we could have stayed longer!

Emma Howard

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They do such great work for the stray animals, vaccinations, adoptions etc What a great idea to allow Volunteers to work with the animals too....

Caroline Flintham Mclean

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Happiest, most well-cared-for dogs I've seen in Thailand. The love for these animals just shines through each employee and volunteer's face. They're doing such good work and it's worth visiting to help out for even an hour. (You can get some cool merch too.) Filled with both lovely animals and people. I definitely recommend it.

Erin Ash Smith

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The work they do is fantastic ❤️🐾❤️🐾

Joanne McMurray

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Great people doing amazing work for the furry friends of Thailand ❤️

Meggan McInroy