We always need volunteers
“One day I’ll do something good, one day I’ll volunteer, one day I’ll go far away and experience something that will change my life.” Why wait? Whatever your job is back home, and whether you have experience with animals or not, we need you.
You’ll need a willingness to commit to hard work and a passion to help the cats and dogs on the beautiful island of Lanta, Thailand. A love of animals is essential but you’ll also need to be hard-working, motivated, friendly and mature, regardless of age (it’s all about your attitude). Working with us is an immensely rewarding and fulfilling experience but it’s no walk in the park, it requires commitment. This is a working holiday, and it is hard work including cleaning, gardening, maintenance and animal welfare duties. You’ll meet loads of great people and we know you’ll have lots of fun, but the animals come first. You’ll be expected to start your shift on time – this includes alternate 7.00am starts, so please think carefully about whether you’ll be able to commit to this – if the answer’s yes. Great.
Do you enjoy talking to people ? Have you got an outgoing and friendly personality? Are you ready to put those skills to the service of our charity?
You could be a host!
Hosting at LAW is about working in our reception. Hosts welcome visitors, keep tourists engaged by providing knowledgeable and fun stories about our animals, perform tours of the shelter, sell our merchandise and collect donations. Hosts are also the link between incoming patients and the vet staff.
Hosts have a key role at LAW as they have the role of first contact. Hosting is truly rewarding as every single donation you will collect will support us and will help us survive.
You need to be fluent in English for the hosting role, and be ready for a lot of chatting! ☺
Hosts need to be hands-on as well and willing to help by bringing dogs in and out for the tourists to walk.
If you’re a qualified vet and would like to contribute longer term to controlling the overpopulation of strays and relieving the pain of suffering animals, then this is for you. You will need to be ready to work in hard conditions and witness difficult situations. You will sterilise animals on a daily basis as well as examine and treat pets. You will be on call out of hours to deal with emergencies and will sometimes be out roaming the island for strays as well. Most or our experienced volunteer vets have come back again and again, both because of the atmosphere, but also the diverse cases they encounter daily-which they would never encounter at home.
We particularly welcome experienced vets and vet nurses. Vet students should contact us by email [email protected] to enquire about general volunteering.
All successful candidates will need to be mature, hard working, enthusiastic, ready to learn new things and proactive. Numbers are limited and we fill up very rapidly – please make sure you contact us with as much notice as possible.
Our local funding partner, Time for Lime offers all long-term volunteers (minimum 1 month stay) a free cooking class, staff prices at the bar and a 50% discount on food at the restaurant. That’s three more good reasons to come and help.
The contribution towards volunteering at Lanta Animal Welfare is:
9500 Baht for the first month
FREE for the second month
4000 Baht for the third month
This now includes two delicious and balanced homemade meals everyday Monday to Friday! (Further details in the information pack)
Served at our acclaimed restaurant on the beach - just 5 minutes from the shelter - everything is vegetarian / vegan friendly and we will always try to accommodate allergies.
Help yourself to breakfast anytime between 6.30am and 9am. Expect fresh tropical fruit, cereals & muesli, brown bread,boiled eggs, oatmeal, jam, and all the milk, soy, tea and coffee you can handle.
For lunch, choose from two of our favourite homecooked dishes, changing regularly (and just wait until you try the pasta pesto with Thai basil and cashew nuts - you’ll be damned!!)
Where possible, volunteers are welcome to stay in the onsite rooms neighbouring our animals (though these are first come, first served).
We ask for a refundable 4500 baht deposit that is returned to you at the end of your stay, provided that:
(a) you do not cancel your placement before arrival
(b) you remain with LAW for the duration of your agreed placement
(c) your placement is not terminated early by LAW
(d) you leave your room as clean and tidy as you found it (if using our free rooms)
The same payment applies even if we cannot offer you accommodation as it goes directly towards the vital upkeep of our animals, training and administration, supplies & much more.
Please note that the best way to refund your deposit is by:PayPal not cash (due to the fees we get charged for withdrawing cash).
Currently, the minimum stay is 1 month and the maximum 3 months – although this can be extended in certain cases.
All volunteers must be at least 20 years of age.
Our volunteer & vet information packs, as well as our application forms (see below), provide further information.
If you have questions or concerns, please check first that they are not already answered in the packs before emailing us. If you can’t find the answer there, then please contact [email protected]
We can’t wait to meet you!
Experience of a vet volunteer
Hi! I’m Maria, a portuguese LAW volunteer vet. I was volunteering with LAW only for three weeks, but it was totally worth it. I decided to volunteer at LAW after reading online about its mission and the relevant work they are doing for the community. At LAW, I had the opportunity to perform surgeries
and dealing with emergencies, sick animals, vaccinations and screening programs. It was really rewarding feeling that the work I’ve done there was meaningful and it made me remember all over again why I became a vet in the first place. Furthermore, the opportunity of interacting with a different culture and the other volunteers from all over the world was truly amazing. Definitely a life changing experience I recommend and would love to do it again in the future.