Volunteer in Thailand at a Stray Dog Rescue Project
Volunteer in an animal shelter in Hua Hin and improve the lives stray dogs living on the grounds of a famous Buddhist temple.
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.
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.
How You Will Make a Difference
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
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!
Start dates fill up fast due to the small nature of the program, so 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.
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- 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
- 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
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. Check out this video for a tour of the facilities.
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.
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.
This program is ideal for people that love dogs & experiencing different cultures. We would love to have trained vets, vets-in-training or individuals with kennel experience, but our doors are open to anyone as long as you love animals. Other skills we are looking for include:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Must have up-to-date rabies shots at the time of travel
- Consent to criminal background check (Greenheart Travel will process this for you)
- Be willing to engage in manual labor
- Have a genuine interest in animal well-being
- Good physical fitness for outdoor work in a tropical climate
Complete the Online Application
There are 4 short steps in the application process, which are outlined below. The whole process takes about 30 minutes and can be done in stages.
- Select the APPLY NOW button to the left. You will fill out the first portion of the application, which includes general information about you.
- Once you complete part 1, you will be emailed a link to fill out Greenheart Travel’s Terms and conditions. Follow the link and you will read through and sign our policies.
- In part three, you will pay a $250 deposit to hold your position in the programs. It is very rare that our volunteer applications are declined, but if you are rejected from the program, you will be refunded the $250. Otherwise, it is applied to your overall program fee.
- Now, you will complete a second application that includes more detailed information about yourself (such as education background, interests and experience) and why you would like to volunteer abroad. This is also where you will complete your background check if you are a US citizen. If you are not a US citizen and over the age of 18, you are required to submit your own background check, which is usually available at local police offices.
Review your Application
Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 business days to confirm your acceptance. If we find something in your application that we have concerns about, we will let you know immediately. 95% of applicants are accepted on the program they apply for.
You’re Accepted – now what?
Your program manager will be in touch with you directly about your acceptance. You should expect to receive an orientation packet via email, which talks more about your program, as well as supplemental information about dealing with culture shock and our insurance program. We will also schedule a pre-departure orientation to answer any lingering questions you may have.