I just finished my TEFL course in Thailand and moved to Vietnam to start looking for a job. However, the soi dogs in Thailand have been pulling at my heart strings, and I find myself wanting to move back to Thailand to do something to help them. My degree is in biology and I did a lot of volunteer work with wildlife rehab centers back in the states.
The problem is, I have been looking online for places to volunteer with wildlife or soi dogs, and they all want me to pay them to volunteer there (how does that make sense?), or to volunteer on a full time basis and still expect me to be able to pay for my living expenses. I am not rich, but I want to give some of my time to a good cause.
So, does anyone know of a volunteer organization (with animals) that would either cover my expenses, or allow me to volunteer while teaching so I can pay my bills? Or better yet, a paid position at an organization like this? I am willing to make a year commitment.
A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages.
I came across this:
Phuket's Soi Dog Foundation - Help us improve a street dog or cat's life. Volunteer
You wont be paid but they offer simple housing in the shelter free of charge. You should consider working part-time at a language school while volunteering.
I also found this:
Doesn't say if you have to pay or not.
"It's better to burn out than to fade away."
Don't forget that even volunteers need a Work Permit.
SCAD (soi cat and dog rescue) in Thong Lor need people and are a very worthy cause, we got our crazy puppy from there nearly a year ago and she is lovely, wonderful and a complete fuckin' fruit loop. Seriously, google SCAD Bangkok, great set up, sure you'll be welcome.
The reason most volunteer places want you to pay is that without money from volunteers, they would not be able to exist. Your time is valuable to them, but if the can't afford to buy dog food etc, then that's no use!
Volunteers don't need a work permit either, that's not true - an Non-Immigrant 'O' type visa can be used when volunteering, and mine was easy to get, I just had to provide a letter from the animal rescue centre where I work saying that I'm volunteering here.
I've heard of SCAD too, read a lot about them in the Bangkok Post, and they are doing a really good job. There's also a new soi dog and cat spaying initiative starting soon in Cha-Am / Hua Hin soon, called CHAWS (Cha Am Hua Hin Animal Welfare Society) run by wfft.org and I imagine they will be looking for volunteers/workers at some point.
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A mix here:
"We care":Make a difference in someone's life
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Equinox symmetry and the balance is right
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It's not how you play the game it's how you win it
I cheat and steal and sin and I'm a cynic
[QUOTE=thaivolly;1323343]The reason most volunteer places want you to pay is that without money from volunteers, they would not be able to exist. Your time is valuable to them, but if the can't afford to buy dog food etc, then that's no use!
If they don't have money why do they set up at all. Absolute crock of shit. Most volunteer places that make you pay are solely about profit making. don't make these money making schemes a penny.
^ I know the folks at SCAD and none of them are in it for the money ... they are hardly driving around in Toyota 4x4s and dancing with hookers in Q-bar every night.
As far as I can see they are trying to do a good job with a very tight budget.
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