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Duration: 15 days (21 with extension)
Location: Thailand
Programme Target: 1,850
Registration Fee: 390

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PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

During your time in Thailand you’ll spend one week with our elephant sanctuary partner, helping increase awareness around animal welfare while also supporting the park’s daily activities with the elephants. We also collaborate with an animal shelter near Pattaya, this is an under-resourced shelter for rescued and confiscated animals and you will get to spend your second week here. By helping care for the animals and general up-keep of the park you can be part of the much-needed push towards increased animal welfare. On this programme you’ll be immersed in our community development projects aiming to improve animal welfare:

As a Veterinary Challenge participant, you could be working on projects that include the following:

  • Veterinary support at the elephant park - The Elephant park rescues elephants that have been mistreated in the tourist market. These elephants have been abused and beaten, their spirit completely broken so that obey human command out of fear. You will be supporting the veterinary team at the elephant park in treating the elephants, cats, dogs and other animals.
  • Humane neutering of stray dogs and cats – You will also have the opportunity to work alongside trained local vets to assist with the humane neutering of stray dogs and cats.
  • Animal shelter - Finally, you will work with local vets at an animal shelter near the beautiful beach town Pattaya, helping to care for the 1500 animals at the shelter. This shelter is run by the Thai government and houses several rescued and confiscated animals that people have attempted to smuggle into or out of Thailand. The facilities for the animals at the shelter are currently inadequate, and you should be prepared to see them in cramped cages. Through this program and our continued partnership with the shelter we aim to improve these facilities and raise greater awareness for animal welfare.

A typical volunteer day:

During your stay at the elephant park you will spend 2-3 hours of your mornings participating in activities and 2-3 more hours in the afternoon before returning to your accommodation around 4pm. Your days at the animal shelter will look very similar to at the elephant park, where the day will consist of approximately 6 hours of volunteer work, some evening activities and some much-needed down time as well.

Your time with us doesn't have to come to an end after your volunteering programme, join our extension trip and explore the beautiful island of Koh Samui. 

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CHALLENGE DATES

Programme Date: 5th June 2021 - 19th June 2021 (Lincoln Students)
Extension Trip: 19 Jun 2021 - 25 Jun 2021
Programme Date: 14th August 2021 - 28th August 2021 (All Students)
Extension Trip: 28 Aug 2021 - 03 Sep 2021

*Note: if you have other dates in mind or would like to travel as an individual, email us at [email protected]llengesabroad.co.uk and we’ll be more than happy to help!

What’s Included?

  • 24/7 in-country support
  • All accommodation
  • 3 meals a day (Monday – Friday)
  • In-country transport
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Volunteer t-shirt
  • Pre-departure support, including full program briefing
  • An incredible volunteer experience!

What’s NOT Included?

  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance

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