As we travel throughout Southeast Asia, we plan on volunteering in each country we visit. If you know of any short-term volunteering opportunities in the areas we’re visiting, send us note at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Instagram and we’ll check it out!
Below are the organizations where we’ve volunteered. Check out them out and please support all the amazing things they are doing!
Lanta Animal Welfare was founded by Junie Kovacs in 2005. Her mission was to end the suffering of the hundreds of homeless, abused and injured animals on Koh Lanta. To date, they have sterilised and treated over 15,000 animals, and hope to continue to grow to help more and more animals each year. Visit lantaanimalwelfare.com for more information on how you can help.
The Elephant Freedom Project is a small and family run project which offers refuge, freedom from work and hardship to the elephant. At the project, the elephants are free from working in the riding industry and the wood logging. Visit elephantfreedomproject.com to schedule a visit or to volunteer for longer than a day.
Langkawi Animal Shelter and Sanctuary Foundation (LASSie) currently houses neglected, abused and needy animals. Visit www.langkawilassie.org.my for more information on how you can help by being a shelter volunteer.
The Trash Hero mission is to bring communities together to clean and reduce waste. Through their local chapters, they raise awareness, educate local communities, create sustainable projects and inspire everyone to be a trash hero in their everyday lives. Their network is concentrated in Southeast Asia, in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore, but also extends into Europe, Australia and the USA. Visit www.trashhero.org for more information on how you can help!
Lucky Dog Rescue Shelter located in Berawa/Canggu rescues local street dogs that have been neglected, abused or abandoned. After some love and care, Lucky Dog does its best to find these doggos permanent homes. Visit their Instagram @LuckyDogRescueBali or visit their website at www.luckydogrescuebali.com to get more information on how you can help!
Elephant Nature Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand where you can volunteer and visit to help. We have been involved in dozens of rescues which have created our thriving elephant herd. The park provides a natural environment for elephants, dogs, cats, buffaloes and many other animals under our care. Volunteers and visitors contribute to the healing while learning about their lives past and present. You can arrange a visit to all our projects in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. Visit their Instagram @ElephantNaturePark or visit their website at www.elephantnaturepark.org to get more information on how you can help!
Below are organizations we did not get a chance to volunteer at or have yet to volunteer with but we highly recommend reaching out to them and supporting all the amazing things they are doing in their communities.
Using generous donations, Paws of Lembongan vaccinates and sterilizes the lovely dogs and cats of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Visit their Instagram page @pawsoflembongan or their website at www.pawsoflembongan.com for more information on how you can help.
BAWA is a non-profit organization based in Bali and works to save, protect, and improve the lives all animals in Bali and beyond. BAWA is one of the larger animal rescue organizations and does amazing work all over Bali. If you are interested in volunteering with BAWA, it would be best to contact them directly and see what type of help they need. From our understanding, volunteers are required to commit a minimum of 2 weeks, you must have proof of a recent rabies shot, and you will have to fill out a formal application. If you don’t fit those requirements and would still like to help, they are always looking for people to adopt their animals or donate funds to be able to continue their work. Visit bawabali.com for more information on how you can help.
Rescuing and caring for homeless, neglected and abused dogs and cats of Asia since 2003. Soi Dog is located in Phuket, Thailand. Visit their Instagram page @soidogfoundation or www.soidog.org for more information on how you can help.
Project Why Not currently works on a number of projects including providing supplies to schools, creating a learning centre in Klui Village and providing emergency relief for the recent earthquakes in Lombok. Visit their Instagram page @project.why.not or their website at www.projectwhynot.com for more information on how you can help.
During your travels through Southeast Asia, you will encounter the most beautiful sights, eat delicious food and of course, you’ll most likely want to see and interact with elephants. There is something so majestic and peaceful about these gentle giants