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:
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.
It is quite daunting going on a trip with all the people you haven’t met to a foreign country. But at the same time, it’s just amazing that you get to connect with them and make new friends. You’ll learn so much, especially regarding to your social skills, which you learn both from teaching the kids and working with your mates. It’s also wonderful how you could use your own knowledge and capabilities to help a community in needVolunteer - Long Hoang - Thailand
While at Mae La hill tribe the first thing I remember noticing was a sign on a tree saying ‘where there is a will there is a way’ I instantly thought that was a brilliant phrase to sum up my Thailand experience.Volunteer - Hannah - Thailand
*Note: if you have other dates in mind or would like to travel as an individual, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to help!