The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand (WARF)
The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand (WARF) is in need of almost everything: equipment, personnel and finances. By being an ecovolunteer for any of WARF’s projects you will support the project and WARF’s work in two ways: with the rehabilitation and with your donation. You have to be available for at least three weeks. Depending on the duration of your stay, your education and experience, you may participate in the following activities:
Assist the Animal Keepers (preparing food, feeding)
Assist in the research (for instance behavioural research). The way the released gibbons spend their time is observed. Behavioural elements are registered, for instance: territorial behaviour, urinating, threatening behaviour towards the observers, coughing, sneezing, foraging, abnormal behaviour and singing. Special emphasis lies on dominant behaviour, the place of the individuals in the group, explorative behaviour and their behaviour towards people, e.g. the observers.
Building and maintaining the cages.
Daily cleaning of the cages.
Giving talks to tourists, telling them of your experiences and those of the animals at the project as well as enlightening them on the current situation of the wildlife protection in Thailand.
Teaching in your native language to local schools
You will work under the supervision of staff at the project and the management of WARF, learning most things while doing them. If you are only available for four weeks, most of your activities will consist of building or repairing cages, preparing food and showing visitors around. You will only have limited contact with the animals. If you are available for several months you can participate in activities in which you will have closer contact with the animals.
Volunteers who have nearly completed their studies for a degree in for instance biology, ecology, primatology or veterinary science, may be able to do research on behaviour and disease. All research takes place second to your duties at the project and under the supervision of the project manager; you have to be available for at least two months in order to do research. For volunteers with an education in the tourist education or public relations sector it is possible to participate in the further development of the visitors-centre and the “visitors-management”. Research condition
It is a six day working week, at variable working hours in a morning shift and an afternoon shift. On your days off (not necessarily on the weekends) you can go sightseeing or visit other parts of Thailand. You can’t claim a specific day off or specific activities you would like to do. The needs of the project will decide what has to be done and when. The atmosphere at the centre is informal and relaxed and by mutual agreement many things are possible. The project is developing quickly however and therefore the work that has to be done is changing all the time. You will be scheduled where you are most needed and where your skills can be used to the maximum advantage. Please understand it is sometimes not the idyllic and easy holiday that some people expect, the work can be quite draining, however the rewards of helping in the conservation of this country out weigh any of the momentary hardships.