© Baan Unrak Thai Animal Sanctuary

Updated July 4th, 2019

VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK

General Info for Volunteers

Our goal at the Thai Animal Sanctuary Volunteer Program is to ensure that all our volunteers have a fun time, as well as a fulfilling learning experience. Animal care and welfare is our passion, and we welcome anyone who already has an interest in this area or would like to learn more. We do not require specific skills from our volunteers, only that they be eager to learn, flexible, happy to work in a small team and of course willing to get dirty once in a while!

All volunteers at Thai Animal Sanctuary are expected to assist with looking after all the sanctuary residents. Daily tasks include dog walking, cleaning cages, socializing with the animals, cleaning bedding and helping in the clinic when required. In addition to these general tasks there are always plenty of other projects such as sanctuary repairs, maintenance, painting and lots of cleaning tasks! Not all tasks are glamorous and some can be hard work, but everything you do makes a difference and will help improve the lives of our resident animals as well as our inpatients. Remember, we would not be able to keep the sanctuary running and help the animals of Sangkhlaburi without people like you!

Work/Working Hours

We provide a highly detailed handbook to all prospective volunteers, with information about travelling, local culture, health & safety issues as well as the work you will be doing. To ensure safety, every volunteer is required to read this handbook and sign the disclaimer BEFORE arriving at the sanctuary.

Volunteers work on a weekly roster with 1 day off per week. We appreciate your time and hard work and will try to accommodate requests for additional time off where we can.

Morning Shift: 08:00am - 12:00pm

Afternoon Shift: 14:00pm - 17:00pm

Volunteers are expected to be flexible, as the hours may vary depending on how many volunteers are in the sanctuary and what happens during the day.

Accommodation

We have a Volunteer House just around the corner from the sanctuary, which currently holds up to 12 people. Rooms cost 150 thai baht per night, with both shared and private rooms depending on availability. Beds, bedding, fans and mosquito nets are provided, and we have a fully functioning outdoor kitchen which is available for all volunteers. All volunteers will receive a full list of items they need to bring with them once they have applied and been accepted.

Alternative accommodation is also available in town for reasonable prices, for those who prefer a bit more privacy or air conditioning (although we always recommend staying in the Volunteer House to get the full experience!). For more information on other accommodation, please email us at info@thaianimalsanctuary.com

Food

Vegan lunch is available to all of our volunteers, at the Baan Unrak School which is next door to the sanctuary. Meals are provided Monday to Friday during the school term.  For those who stay at the Volunteer House, many choose to us our communal kitchen to cook their own meals, and there is cheap food and fresh ingredients available at the local restaurants and markets just up the road.

Wifi

Although Sangkhlaburi is in quite an isolated area, internet connection is remarkably good here. We have free wifi both at the clinic as well as at the Volunteer House, and most bars and restaurants in town have free available as well if you ask the staff.

For everything you need to know about volunteering,  please download our volunteer handbook