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Volunteer opportunities at the elephant and Sloth bear Wildlife SOS Rescue Facilities in Mathura, India. 

Wildlife SOS was established in 1995 by a small group of individuals inspired to start a movement and make lasting change to protect and conserve India’s natural heritage, forest and wildlife wealth. Today, the organisation has evolved to actively work towards protecting Indian wildlife, conserving habitat, studying biodiversity, conducting research and creating alternative and sustainable livelihoods for erstwhile poacher communities or those communities that depend on wildlife for sustenance.

Volunteering with Wildlife SOS, your time will be split between their Elephant Conservation & Care Centre (ECCC) and their Sloth Bear Rescue Facility (ABRF) near to Agra.

Volunteering at the Wildlife SOS Rescue Facilities will provide you with a truly rewarding experience, allowing you to gain a real insight into the organisation’s work with bears and elephants, all rescued from lives of abuse. The Bears were rescued by WSOS from a cruel life as Dancing Bears, the elephants from providing tourist rides, begging, temple and festival use.

You will be making a major contribution to the welfare of these animals. The majority of the programme fees go directly to the centres, thus providing a critical source of funding for their ongoing work. Working alongside the local community and the inspiring people who run Wildlife SOS truly is an opportunity of a lifetime!

No previous experience is required, but you will need to be willing and enthusiastic! The work at the centres is physically demanding at times and can be very hard work in the heat and dust. It is possible to do lighter duties, please feel free to contact them if you have concerns as to the programme’s suitability for you.

Some of the jobs you can expect to do for the elephants include: unloading of fruit and vegetables from the truck; weighing, washing and cutting up of food and distribution into each elephants bucket; cleaning out their pools and enclosures; filling hanging baskets with fodder (this is exercise for the elephants, both mentally and physically); weighing and delivering of fodder by cart to the various enclosures; painting enclosures; evening walk with the elephants and their caregivers.

Some of the jobs you can expect to do for the bears include: preparation of food; delivering, by cart to each bear’s den, their freshly made porridge; building enrichment platforms and structures; scrubbing/cleaning out the pools; painting enclosures.

Charitable Travel can help you plan your next trip to India and can tailor your stay to allow time for you to get involved in this project, which you will need to arrange directly via the link below.

Volunteers needed at Happy Dogs sanctuary in Koh Chang, Thailand.

Happy Dogs is a dog sanctuary and safe house that is looking for volunteers from anywhere that will help care for walk and train the dogs. They require that any candidates have some experience with dogs at least within their own home if not more advanced experienced. 

The minimum commitment is 4 weeks and the maximum stay is 3 months. Depending on the number of volunteers on site, you will be expected to work from 8am to 6pm, with one or two days off a week.

Click the link below to find out more and learn how to get involved.

Charitable Travel will help you plan and book your next holiday to Thailand and can tailor your trip to allow time for you to get involved in this project, which you will need to arrange directly via the link below.

Volunteers needed to help at an animal sanctuary in Krabi, Thailand.

Lanta Animal Welfare in Thailand is looking for volunteers to help at their animal sanctuary to help provide care for the animals.

Volunteers will need to be minimum 25 years of age and have some experience with animals, mostly cats and dogs. A full list of their requirements can be found using the link below. If Thailand is on your bucket list this is the opportunity is for you.

Charitable Travel will help you plan and book your next holiday to Thailand and can tailor your trip to allow time for you to get involved in this project, which you will need to arrange directly via the link below.

Hurtigruten guests can get involved with conservation and education programs whilst on board a Hurtigruten Expedition.  

The Hurtigruten Expeditions Citizen Science Program has one goal: To increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.

Hurtigruten’s expedition ships serve as the perfect platform for scientific research; With access to remote regions of the world and on-board experts, they can provide invaluable data to the scientific community – with the help of the onboard guests!

Guests are invited to participate in science activities, developing a greater understanding of the region in which they travel, becoming true ambassadors, and returning home to champion the protection of our planet’s most fragile ecosystems. Some of the projects run onboard many of the ships, which guests can get involved in, include:

1. Seabird Distribution with the Antarctic Site Inventory — Surveys throughout the Antarctic Peninsula help scientists understand how seabirds are using different habitats and provide valuable information about their life cycles.

2. Cloud Observations with the Globe Program — By observing and recording cloud cover timed to NASA satellite fly-overs, guests can help scientists understand how surface and air temperature are affected by cloud cover, and how clouds will respond to a changing climate.

3. Happywhale — We assist in tracking individual whales throughout our world’s oceans by harnessing the power of whale watching enthusiasts – our guests – expanding our scientific knowledge of their behavior and distribution.

4. Sea Leopard Project — A non-profit study aimed at a better understanding of the behaviour, ecology, and population dynamics of Leopard Seals on the Antarctic Peninsula to promote their conservation and safe human-seal interactions.

5. Fjord Phyto — Study phytoplankton to better understand how they respond to water temperature changes in the polar regions, providing a key to help mitigate future environmental impacts.

These programs are continuously running and Hurtigruten try to run at least 2 projects on each departure.

The Mondo Foundation are looking for experienced teachers to work alongside our newly trained primary teachers in village schools in the beautiful Helambu region of Nepal in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Volunteers live with local families and teach for 4 weeks or longer, helping to introduce child centred methodology and share ideas with local staff. 

Mondo Foundation works in areas of the world where people face extraordinary challenges and there are no simple answers. The charity works with partner organisations to ensure that communities can access quality education and earn enough to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

Over 90% of the schools in the Helambu area were damaged or destroyed by the 2015 earthquakes. Mondo responded by providing emergency support to people in the worst hit area and then started rebuilding schools. The charity is now focused on improving the quality of education through teacher training and support, including international volunteering.

Charitable Travel will help you plan and book your next holiday to Nepal, and can tailor your trip to allow time for you to get involved in this project, which you will need to arrange directly via the link below.

Volunteer for programmes like cleaning coastal areas, waterfalls, and local towns, restoring local landmarks, and community outreach days at a day care facility for disabled children.

With many travellers now wanting to help combat climate crisis and participate in sustainability initiatives during their holidays, The Sarojin hotel in Khao Lak, Thailand decided in October 2019 to offer guests the chance to help give back to the local community and join the team on their regular ‘Sarojin Cares’ days outside of the resort.

The team at the Sarojin have been running ‘Sarojin Cares’ days since 2011, with staff participating once a month in a local environmental or community activity. These have included; cleaning a  nearby town, coastlines and a waterfall, restoring and painting the bridge at White Sand Beach and joining the local Camillian Centre – a day care facility for disabled children – for a day of arts and crafts.

One of the other regular activities the team contributes to is the Mangrove Forest Planting Project in Baan Nam Kem, which was set up by local fishermen following the 2004 tsunami. Here, guests can help plant new trees and restore the vital mangrove ecosystem which was damaged by the disaster.

Charitable Travel will help you plan and book your next holiday to Thailand, and can tailor your trip to allow time for you to get involved in this project, which you will need to arrange directly via the link below.