Thailand – Asian Wildlife Rescue Center

Join a renown Wildlife Rescue Centre in Southern Thailand that provides shelter, care and rehabilitation for threatened animals. This program is one of the top places in Thailand to work with wildlife and needs dedicated volunteers throughout the year.


Program Highlights: 

  • Volunteer for wildlife on an ethical program
  • Help to feed and care for around 800 animals on-site.
  • Learn practical wildlife welfare and conservation skills
  • Live and work with volunteers from around the world
  • Visit Thailand’s largest national park and the beaches of Cha-Am and Hua-Hin on your time off


Your Schedule at a Glance: 

Arrival Day, Sunday: Arrival at Bangkok Airport (BKK) or Don Mueang Airport (DMK). A private or shared volunteer taxi will transfer you to the program (around 3 hours from BKK Airport). The volunteer coordinators will greet you upon arrival, show you to your room and provide you with an on-site orientation.

Wildlife volunteer week (Sun – Sun): Meaningful volunteer work with the animals. Scroll down to “Volunteer Work” for more details.

Departure day is on a Sunday morning: Farewells and transfer to Hua Hin or Bangkok (extra fee) to continue your trip or depart for home.

Recommended: Combine one week at the Wildlife Rescue Center with one week at the Elephant Refuge for an ultimate volunteer experience. Both programs are in the same location.


Location icon Location of the Project: Phetchaburi

Project length Project length: 2 – 12 weeks

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Bangkok Airport (BKK) or Don Mueang Airport (DMK)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work: Preparing food and feeding, creating animal enrichments and maintenance

Age Age: Min age of 18

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 60 international volunteers. Please note that this sanctuary has many employees and long-term volunteers whom you will be assisting.


What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: shared rooms in a dorm-style accommodation

Food Food: Three meals per day

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers: Airport pickup and transfer to program in shared or private taxi.

Orientation Orientation: Orientation and training upon arrival to the volunteer program

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.


What’s not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, personal expenses, return airport transfer (around 2,200 Baht)

The Wildlife Rescue Center is located 1 hour north of Hua Hin, 160 km southwest of Bangkok in Phetchaburi. The location is rural and near Thailand’s largest national park and the beaches of Cha-Am.

As a volunteer, you will assist the Wildlife Rescue Center to provide food and care for over 1000 wild animals. On-site you will find various species such as gibbons, macaques, lorises, langurs, bears, large and small wild cats, various civet species, reptiles, otters, birds and more. A dedicated team constantly rescues animals from poor living conditions as pets, the illegal wildlife trade, the tourism and entertainment industry. Other patients arrive at the center because of road traffic accidents, dog attacks or other human related accidents.

The Wildlife Rescue Center strives to create a natural environment for the animals and the ultimate aim is to rehabilitate and release them back into the wild. Unfortunately, for most of the animals, this is a complicated process and sometimes impossible.

The Rescue Center is one of the best places in Thailand to work with wildlife and needs dedicated volunteers throughout the year.


Expected volunteer tasks:

  • Preparing and distributing food to the animals
  • Creating behavioral enrichments to stimulate the animals on-site.
  • Assisting with environmental enrichment projects
  • Cleaning enclosures, including scrubbing the animal pools
  • General maintenance of the center and forest area
  • Caring for the dogs that live on site

Please be aware the Rescue Center is strictly hands off. Volunteers will have no physical interaction with animals but will provide the essential daily and long-term needs of the animals.


Work Schedule:
Your day starts at 6:30 at the Wildlife Food House and ends around 17:00 with several breaks, including breakfast and lunch. Volunteers work 6 days a week with one day off. The work can be physically demanding, yet is well worth it. The volunteer co-coordinators will assign you each day to work-groups and tasks. Each participant can work at their own pace, according to their strengths and abilities. Volunteer coordinators will be around to answer questions, and monitor and support each group throughout the day.

Care for the animals is required 365 days a year. However, there is time off during and after work, and volunteers also get a day off each week (subject to change). We encourage you to get out and experience local sites!


Internet icon Internet: Wi-Fi is available in a communal area

Laundry icon Laundry: Laundry service is available for 7 BHT per item

Accommodations icon Accommodations: During the volunteer week, you will stay in European style, concrete and brick bungalows. Rooms are single gender with 2-5 volunteers per room. All rooms have either en-suite or shared bathrooms with a western style toilet and a cold shower. A few Hot showers are available in the communal area. You will also get a pillow, blanket and bedsheets during your stay. They do not provide towels.

Food icon Food: The Thai staff prepares 3 meals a day. Breakfast includes various items such as bread, jams and butter, eggs, seasonal fruit, pancakes, milk, tea, coffee. Lunch and dinner are usually local Thai cuisine. Vegan and vegetarian options are available as well.


Entry requirements for Thailand:

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Program requirements

  • Basic level of English
  • Motivation to work with animals
  • Able to do physical work under tropical heat
  • Must be up to date on the DTP routine vaccinations (Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio)

After volunteer hours, there are many locations at the centre for you to relax, hang out with other volunteers, or get in touch with home. There is a temple close by that you are welcome to visit, and even a river to swim in. Most weeks we have a group activity night for volunteers and staff,including educational talks, soccer matches or trivia nights!

In the local village, there are markets, restaurants and small shops for you to explore. There is also a night market mid-week in the nearby town of Cha-am (30 minute by taxi, around 400 Baht each way). A wider choice of shopping, larger night markets and restaurants are in the city of Hua-Hin (45 minute taxi ride, around 700 baht each way). When available, the volunteer coordinators can help organize taxis upon request.

On days off, you can visit the beaches of Cha-am or Hua-Hin and explore the cities. Some volunteers visit the temples in Phetchaburi or go nature trekking in one of the nearby national parks. When possible, we can help organise trips to Kaeng Krachan National Park and Kui Buri National Park.


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