Volunteer Abroad FAQ Volunteering Thailand

Protecting Stray Dogs and Cats on Ko Lanta

Prior to departure to Thailand

Do I need specific requirements or abilities to apply for this project?

In order to apply for this project you need to be over 18 and have sufficient English skills to follow the course contents. We need a doctor’s certificate confirming your state of health and physical fitness. Furthermore, you might need a Visa for your volunteering work. Depending on the duration of your stay and your destination the requirements might vary. You might check out the foreign department’s website for the Visa standards or ask the NATUCATE team directly.

What services are included?

We will arrange and organize your spot in the project on Ko Lanta and help you with any kind of problems and questions during your preparation and during the project. You will be supported by an experienced supervisor on site in Thailand. Accommodation and beverages are included. Food is not included but can be purchased for little money in the village or market nearby. Flights are not included.

Do I need certain medical precautions or requirements?

You will need a travel insurance to start your volunteering work with NATUCATE. We can provide you with all the necessary information. In general you need to talk to your doctor and make sure you are vaccinated against Morbilli, Mumps and Rubella. In case of injuries it is also advised to be vaccinated against Tetanus. For current information and warnings regarding your destination you should check out the homepage of the foreign department and inform yourself beforehand about possible risks.

Furthermore you should know that tab water in Thailand is not drinkable. Raw fish or meat may lead to stomach problems.

What kind of equipment should I take with me?

You don’t need special clothing for the work, but you should pack outdoor clothing that is appropriate regarding the weather conditions. You can expect high temperatures; therefor it is advisable to pack light clothes for the day. For the nighttime longs sleeved shirts and long pants are necessary to protect you from the cold and mosquito bites. For the raining season you also need rainproof clothing.

Arrival in Thailand

How do I arrive at my destination, do I have to organize it myself?

We will support you during your organization and planning process. You will have to book your flight to Bangkok on your own. You should arrive early in Bangkok to get an early connection flight to Krabi. Calculate two hours for the transfer. You will take a taxi or bus in Krabi that will take you to the project. The trip will take you another two hours. The last bus or taxi leaves Krabi at around 5 p.m. During the project you won’t need to cover long distances, since you will be spending most of the time at the site.

What happens after my arrival?

We will help you organize your transport. The project team can arrange your pickup from Krabi airport if you want them to. After your arrival you will be greeted by the whole team and they will introduce you to your new home and surroundings. Furthermore you will be introduced to safety and health precautions.

During the project in Thailand

What is the project’s procedure?

During the project you will mainly be working with the animals. Additionally you will accompany tours to the island to care for animals in need. Since you will be working voluntarily there won’t be any kind of payment.

What is my main function? Can I choose my tasks and will I be working independently?

As a volunteer your task will include feeding the animals and providing them with medical attention. You will also clean the animal’s housing and the station. Sometimes you might go on nice long walks with the dogs and enjoy some play and cuddle time. You will be introduced to all of your tasks properly before executing them on your own.

How big is the group?

Usually the team consists of three up to twelve volunteers at the same time. Volunteers come from all around the world, but there are also local volunteers who visit the station occasionally.

Life on site in Thailand

What is the accommodation like?

Your housing will be simple. You will have one room and your own bathroom with a cold water shower. There will be a fan and two sets of bedding. You will need to bring your own towels. There will be Wi-Fi at the site and you can use the kitchen as well. You will share dormitories with another volunteer of the same gender.

Is it possible to get placed with a partner or friend?

It is possible to get placed with your friend. But it always depends on the current occupancy.

How is the food provided?

During the project you will buy your own food at the local market or the supermarkets nearby. You can prepare your food in the kitchen or enjoy a meal in the restaurants. There will be water, tea and coffee provided by the project at all times.

Is it possible to receive vegetarian meals?

Yes, since you decide what to cook it is possible to eat vegetarian. You can also purchase vegetarian dishes at the markets.

How are work time and free time divided?

You will be working six days a week. Every day has a different schedule and the volunteers take turn in working from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Once a week you have to work the night shift from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

How can I spend my free time?

The long beach invites you for a nice long sunbath or a relaxing nap. You can go for a swim or try out various water activities. There is also a nice historic village close by. You can discover the Mangrove forests by boat tour or go out for a drink in the small city. Ko Lanta is very well connected and you have the option to travel outside of Ko Lanta as well.

Do I have a contact person on site?

On site you will be working with a team of volunteers and project leaders. The supervisors will be responsible for you and may help you with your problems.

What kind of costs do I have to expect during the project? Can I withdraw cash on site and do I have to pay in local currency?

You will need money for your groceries and food expenses. Besides that you only need money for any kind of free time activities or private transfers. You can withdraw cash in most of the cities or at the airport.

How can I contact family and friends at home?

There will be internet at the volunteers’ house and you can also visit some internet café to make international phone calls.

What’s the weather like?

The weather is quite nice. Ko Lanta is located in the south of Thailand. There you will be confronted with hot, tropical climate with 30 ° C all year around. The months between April and October are the rainiest and also a little bit milder and drier than the hot and humid summer months.

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