Volunteer Experience | Environmental & Wildlife

Thailand: Gibbon Rehabilitation Volunteer Project

Mae Sot, Thailand


Location: Mae Sot, Thailand

Duration: Minimum 1 week, maximum 3 months placement

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Cost: €650 Euros for the week – see Costs tab for further details

Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations


  • Gain practical animal care skills while experiencing life in Thailand, in a beautiful jungle environment
  • Helping provide a nurturing environment for previously neglected Gibbons and supporting local staff with caring for the animals
  • Keywords: wildlife, animal care, Thailand, Apes, Gibbons, wildlife sanctuary
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This project revolves around the daily care of gibbons living in a wildlife sanctuary in a jungle setting in Thailand. The project offers a unique chance to see these fascinating primates close up while tending to their needs of daily food, clean enclosures and affection.

These are mostly rescued gibbons that have been used in the tourism industry and have been badly treated and brought to the sanctuary for rehabilitation. They have often never lived in the wild so need a safe haven where they will be protected and cared for.

Working on this project will give you the opportunity to learn about and care for these beautiful creatures. The sanctuary is often called upon to look after other animals in the area that need help, so your duties may include looking after other wildlife as well as the gibbons.

The sanctuary aims to provide a habitat for the gibbons that is as close to their natural surrounding as possible. They are given large enclosures to give them space to feel as free as possible within a setting that promote their natural behaviour.

Daily Life

Your first day  will provide an introduction to the life of the gibbons and the project. You will meet the gibbons individually so they can get to know you. All direct contact with the gibbons will be supervised while the gibbons get acquainted with you.

Daily life in the sanctuary starts early, the gibbons are likely to wake you up with their unique and unmissable cries for breakfast. You will prepare their favourite food for them, take it around to the enclosures and feed them. The gibbons will also get fed in the afternoon so this routine will be repeated.

Gibbons can be messy creatures, so it is essential their cages and enclosures are kept clean. This is a daily task and although you won’t be able to go inside with the gibbons, it will be your role to clean underneath and around the area to keep it as hygienic as possible.

One of the most important roles you will have is to socialise with the gibbons. As they have come from neglected backgrounds they appreciate and benefit from the social interaction you can provide them. You can talk to them, hold hands and give them the love and care they deserve.

Other daily duties can include showing visitors around the sanctuary and if you have a relevant background you may be asked help out with any medical treatment the gibbons require.

As the gibbons get up early in the morning the good news is they tend to go to bed early so your day in the sanctuary will finish at 3.30pm. You are then free to explore the area and relax with a book, watch a film and join everyone for dinner.

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Travel & Accommodation

You will be living in beautiful wooden houses that meet typical Western standards. There are books in English available as well as a TV room with a varied selection of DVDs which you can enjoy during your spare time.

There are 2 people per room, all linen, fans and mosquito nets will be provided, and you will have access to a shared bathroom. Your room is also lockable so you can keep your valuables in your room. There is wifi available in the afternoons in the public areas.

Three homemade meals are provided per day in the house (Thai and Western style). However, at times, you might be taken out to a nearby local restaurant.

There is a mini kitchen with a refrigerator, so feel free to bring snacks. A good idea since there are no shops nearby, so make sure you bring anything you might need!

Upon arrival at the airport in Bangkok you will be met by a project representative and transferred to the volunteer centre. Please note you will need to arrive on the weekend before the start of your program.

This location is based in the jungle and so it is very rural. This is perfect however for those who enjoy trekking!

A 50 minute drive away is the town of Mae Sot, which shares a border with Myanmar and despite being quite small, it does have an airport, making it a good place to connect with the rest of Thailand via domestic airlines.

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  • Minimum age 18
  • Passion and enthusiasm for wildlife conservation
  • Not afraid to get your hands dirty and get close up to the animals
  •  Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 1 week commitment
  • CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
  • Good English skills
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
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€650 Euros per week

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.

Private rooms are available for an additional €100 per week.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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