Overview

Started in 2013, the animal shelter aims to stabilize the stray dog population by providing necessary healthcare and vaccinations, adoptions, and public education about animal care. However, the demand for these services is ever growing, limiting the capabilities in the field. That’s why they need your help as a volunteer!

Get a sneak peek at what your life will be like as a volunteer in Thailand. 

What do alumni say about the program? 

This was my first experience volunteering abroad and I must say it is one of the best experiences of my life. I have learned so much about the Thai culture and the vast street dog problem Thailand is facing. It has been rewarding learning how to befriend and care for scared, sick and injured dogs and cats. I don’t remember a feeding run where I didn’t want to take all the dogs and cats home with me.” Eve, Thailand Volunteer Alumna from Canada

Awarded 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Project by the Global Youth Travel Awards!

GYTA presentation

Project Details

It is estimated that there are over 300,000 stray dogs in Thailand, a number that grows each year as these dogs continue to reproduce at alarming rates. With a 70% puppy mortality rate and 90% of dogs having ticks & fleas, these dogs are in need of care. As a Greenheart Travel volunteer, you will help these animals have a healthy life while working with the community to encourage humane treatment of dogs. You will work directly with trained veterinarians and staff to perform the following tasks:

  • Participate in daily feeding runs
  • Monitor the health of the different dog packs around Hua Hin
  • Assist in veterinarian services like sterilizations, vaccinations or minor surgeries
  • Befriend local dog packs to build trust with humans
  • Cleaning of the clinic and general maintenance
  • Upkeep social media to spread awareness of the project
  • Work with local community to educate and encourage for the safe, proper care of dogs

Here’s an example of what your schedule might look like while volunteering in Thailand:

Start Dates

Start dates fill up fast due to the small nature of the program, so please apply early to ensure there is sufficient space!

If your dates are not flexible, we recommend applying 4-6 weeks ahead of the deadlines below to guarantee your spot. It is ideal to stay for 4 weeks, due to the training & orientation required to handle the dogs. However, we can still accept participants interested in 1-3 week stays.

Program Start Date Deadline to Apply Date
August 7, 2017 May 7, 2017
August 14, 2017 May 14, 2017
August 21, 2017 May 21, 2017
August 28, 2017 May 28, 2017
September 4, 2017 June 4, 2017
September 11, 2017 June 11, 2017
September 18, 2017 June 18, 2017
September 25, 2017 June 25, 2017
October 2, 2017 July 2, 2017
October 9, 2017 July 9, 2017
October 16, 2017 July 16, 2017
October 23, 2017 July 23, 2017
October 30, 2017 July 30, 2017
November 6, 2017 August 6, 2017
November 13, 2017 August 13, 2017
November 20, 2017 August 20, 2017
November 27, 2017 August 27, 2017
December 4, 2017 September 3, 2017
December 11, 2017 September 10, 2017
December 18, 2017 September 17, 2017
December 25, 2017 September 24, 2017

Costs

Program Fees

  • 1 week: $1,590
  • 2 weeks: $1,740
  • 3 weeks: $1,820
  • 4 weeks: $2,000
  • 5 weeks: $2,150
  • 6 weeks: $2,300
  • 7 weeks: $2,470

Please note, all prices are listed in USD

What’s Included:

  • Full accommodation in gender-based shared room
  • Weekly meal stipend (approximately $40/week)
  • Shuttle pickup and drop off to/from Bangkok Airport
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • On-site orientation & training
  • 24/7 staff support on-site and distance
  • Culture & Etiquette guide book
  • Medical/Accident insurance

What’s Not Included:

  • Taxis to the shelter each day
  • Flight to Thailand
  • Visa to Thailand
  • Spending money for personal purchases, tourism or optional activities

Accommodation

Volunteers stay in a room at the volunteer guest residence. It is located about a 10 minute drive from the temple and volunteer program center, or a long walk. You may share a room with other participants, but you will be separated by gender. There are modern bathrooms, showers and sinks. There is only cold water.  Electric fans, pillows and clean bed sheets are provided, but students should plan to bring their own towel. There is no public kitchen in the building, and you should plan to eat most of your meals from local restaurants or street vendors.

Why Greenheart Travel

Greenheart Travel is a non-profit, mission based organization committed to making a positive, long-lasting impact in the communities where we work. We partner with a local, grassroots non-profit organizatios in Thailand to not only to create the most impactful program, but also to guarantee your volunteer work will make a difference.

Greenheart Travel has been operating volunteer abroad programs for many years. We are proud of our authentic, hands-on opportunities on 4 different continents, which allow you to provide service hours to communities around the world! There are lots of advantages to traveling with us:

Personalized & Consistent Support

  • Our staff is in Chicago – we are available to answer questions during US business hours
  • Friendly, responsive, and professional support from staff who have actually volunteered abroad themselves
  • Hands on support and personal attention every step of the way
  • An experienced program manager will personally review your application to make sure this is the right program for you

Global Community of Volunteers

Top-Notch Materials & Preparation

  • Extensive orientation handbook to prepare you for life abroad
  • Webinar pre-departure orientation with focus on cultural training
  • “Travel For A Change” T-shirt
  • Thailand Culture Smart! Guide Book

Don’t just take our word for it! Check out independent reviews from past participants of Greenheart Travel programs here.

FAQs

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.

Can I apply with my friend/spouse/significant other?

Yes, we welcome friends and couples to apply and we can place you together! Every applicant can note in their application who they are applying with.

How do I get a visa?

You will need a volunteer visa (Type O) for Thailand if you are staying 4 weeks or longer. If you are staying 2-3 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 so it’s nothing to worry about!

Are there any required vaccinations for Thailand?

While there are no required vaccinations for Thailand, we highly recommend that you see a doctor or travel clinic for advice on vaccinations. You can find more details about recommended vaccinations on the CDC website.

Will I have access to internet?

Broadband internet is easily accessible throughout Thailand. Many internet cafes are available throughout Thailand, and mobile internet SIM cards are available for about 800 THB per month.

Will I have access to a phone?

We’ll help you get set up with a plan during orientation. You can bring your own phone to use in Thailand, as long as it is unlocked and able to use a new SIM card. You can get your phone unlocked in Thailand if you are unable to before you arrive, for around $50 USD. If you aren’t bringing your own phone, you can purchase one in Thailand for about $20 USD. Plans are pre-paid and very inexpensive. Calls to the US costs about 30 cents per minute on the cell phone plans.

What if I don’t speak Thai?

No problem! It is not necessary to speak Thai to apply for this program. You will receive some introductory lessons to the language during orientation, and the volunteer staff would love to help you learn the language!

Can I use my credit card in Thailand?

Major credit cards are accepted by hotels and large shops, but cash is the ideal method of payment almost everywhere. Typically establishments will only accept credit cards for large purchases, so plan on paying for most things in cash.