Thailand Zoo Assistant

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1. In Brief

Thailand continues to be one of the most tempting destinations for those who are seeking a combination of enchanting natural surroundings, alluring culture, and incredible biodiversity. Breathtaking silvery beaches lapped by warm, crystal clear waters are complemented by friendly locals, mouth-watering local delicacies, and an ancient and fascinating historical heritage rooted in Buddhist origins.

Join this rewarding, once in a lifetime opportunity to get some practical, hands-on work experience supporting staff at this popular zoo. Get your hands dirty by joining in on daily tasks such as cleaning out animal enclosures, feeding times, maintenance work and creating enrichment tasks to keep the animals entertained and their minds active. Take the tiger and leopard cubs for their daily exercise, ride bareback on an elephant through the jungle or entertain the Phayre langur with new toys. Whatever you get involved with you can guarantee you will be creating memories that will last forever whilst gaining hands on experience working and caring for these endangered animals.

  

  

    

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain hands on experience of animal care
  • Immerse yourself in true Thai culture away from the tourist crowd
  • Make new friends and incredible memories

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Volunteers must be over 18 years of age

FAST FACTS

Location Central Thailand
Activities Animal feeding and care
General park maintenance
Enclosure maintenance and cleaning
Care for the cubs
Teach locals about responsible tourism
Transport Pick-up from the train or bus station
Accommodation Shared dormitory in Volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Dedicated personal Travel Advisor
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food 
Accommodation
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The Frontier-Thailand Zoo Assistant project aims to support the work of the local staff that are committed to improving the welfare of the animals at the park whilst educating the local industry about responsible tourism. The park cares for animals which are unable to live in the wild and aims to improve their lives at the Safari park through maintaining safe and clean living conditions as well as introducing enrichment projects. 

The project aspires to a long term goal of bringing about lasting and sustainable changes to the lives of animals in the park through education. In Thailand there is a lack of knowledge about responsible tourism. There are still tigers on chains, poorly run animal shows and enclosures that are too small. The best way to permanently end these practices is to show the local industry that there is a financial incentive to responsible tourism.

The park is currently running eco-friendly tourist packages to demonstrate that responsible tourism is not only ethical, but also more profitable. Education is fundamental to the future success of the project, and so to aid this we provide free English classes for staff, their families and the local villagers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. By joining this project you will not only be helping to improve the animal’s lives but also helping to ensure a sustainable future for the villagers as well. 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Volunteers will need to have a good fitness level to get stuck in and help maintain the upkeep of the animal enclosures. You will need to bring bags of enthusiasm to repair, build and clear out enclosures in all weather conditions. Challenge your creative side by joining the enrichment team, thinking outside the box and creating mentally stimulating toys for the animals. 

Depending on the time of your visit you may even have the opportunity to take the leopard and tiger cubs for a playful walk in the mornings ensuring they are getting the exercise needed for them to grow into strong, healthy adults. In the afternoon you might take a ride in the bus to feed the friendly giraffes, deer, zebra, tigers and leopards where you will learn about each individual’s medical and dietary needs to ensure the animals are healthy and happy. 

You will utilise your skills to help improve and develop the park, whether that be in marketing, creative writing or website design, you will be encouraged to become a part of the team brain storming and putting together new ideas to ensure a sustainable future for the park. 

No two days are the same on this project, so if you are looking for an exciting, rewarding and hands on experience, whilst contributing towards helping the local tourism industry become more responsible then this is the project for you! 

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will fly into Bangkok airport before making your own way to the meeting point in Kanchanaburi where you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative. You should arrive at the meeting point in Kanchanburi by midday on the Monday before transferring to the safari park with the project field staff.

We recommend that you arrive into Kanchanaburi the night before the project start date. Your Frontier Volunteer Coordinator can help you with recommendations on how to make your own way to Kanchanaburi, which would be at your own cost. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

The project is located 75 miles west of Bangkok. Throughout the placement you will be staying in a shared room with other volunteers. The rooms are fully furnished with a bed, fan, mosquito net, desk, toilet and cold shower. There is a designated common room where you will have access to free WiFi, a microwave, kettle and fridge and laundry. The rooms are within the wildlife park and neighbour onto the giraffe, ostrich and zebra enclosures. There is a shared balcony that runs the length of all the rooms with a beautiful view of rice paddies and mountains – the perfect place to unwind after a hard days work.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals per day during your placement, which you will find to be typically Thai fare. Thai is one of the world's most exciting cuisines, and if you're willing to experiment, you'll be richly rewarded. Contrary to popular belief, not all Thai food is fiery hot and there are plenty of tasty dishes suited to the Western palate. This hybrid cuisine has been influenced by soups and noodle dishes from China, curries from India and satays from Indonesia. Most dishes incorporate four elements, sweet, sour, salty and hot flavours, and many of the dishes are rice or noodle based.

4. The reviews

SO MANY INCREDIBLE ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCES...  | 21 Oct 2013
The Frontier-Thailand Zoo Assistant project is a unique opportunity for volunteers from all ...

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I'M COUNTING THE DAYS UNTIL I CAN GO BACK!  | 6 Oct 2013
My first time in Kanchanaburi, I was met at the bus station by Tat and Ned the volunteer coo...

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One of the most enjoyable, fun, challenging and rewarding experiences of my life!  | 4 Sep 2013
All the volunteers I worked with were lovely and welcoming. Never before have I worked with ...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your spare time you can explore the local area and absorb Thailand's captivating culture. Explore golden temples, with their ancient Buddhist carvings and magical atmosphere. Try some more adventurous activities, such as mountain biking through the stunning landscape, white water rafting, diving, sailing or sea canoeing. Enjoy a Thai massage, which really will give you a new sense of serenity! As you can see, there will be no shortage of ways to occupy your time off.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

1 week US$845

2 weeks US$1,045

DEPARTURE DATES 

Weekly. It is recommended that you arrive in Kanchanaburi on the Sunday to make sure you're at the meeting point by 12pm noon on the Monday.

This project is fully booked from 4th July - 8th August 2016.

April – November: Low season

November – March: High season

**This is a busy project with plenty to do so volunteers should be aware that there is usually only one day off in the second week!

DURATION

From 1 week

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel advice
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

in-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Project orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Apt (BKK)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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