Looking for help with adorable doggies in beautiful tropical island surroundings in Thailand



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 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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    We have 2 spots available from the 17.th of December, preferable for a couple, minimum stay 2 weeks!

    Hi, I am Tina, originally from Europe, living in Thailand for many years. I have dedicated my life to the wellbeing of strays on the island and founded our organisation in 2012. Besides of caring for our currently 29 shelter dogs and another 18 at our so called Foster house. I am feeding/treating countless strays on the streets and beaches every single day! We spay/neuter for free, also offer free treatments to locals who can't afford the vet! We rehome our rescues to the best forever homes possible, both locally and abroad to carefully screened dog loving families.
    In 2016 we started building a small emergency shelter/sanctuary to give a save place to those who won't be able to survive on the streets on their own: pups that lost their mom, injured dogs from accidents, abused, neglect, mistreated and abandoned pets left behind to fend for them selves all on their own.
    Spay/neuter is my main goal to end the suffering and reduce the island's stray population in an ethical & humane way.
    Our shelter is a small sanctuary where we care for currently 29 dogs. The shelter houses a small treatment room for visiting vets to treat /neuter/spay strays and to treat our own dogs in need.

    As accommodation for volunteers we offer a small Thai house with 2 simple fan rooms with a shared bathroom to two individual travelers and 2 small apartments with bathrooms that best fit for couples...all rooms are conveniently located a few steps away, opposite the shelter.

    From logistics, and since we are a non profit stray dog rescue, relying entirely on donations and by hosting 4 -6 volunteers at a time, we can't afford to provide meals, instead we offer free unlimited drinking water, coffee and tea in the rooms and during the 4 - 5 daily hours at the sanctuary, plus unliimited, fresh tropcal fruits daily in the shelter while you are on shifts taking care of the dogs.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Come and see by yourself, experience beautiful island life with adorable rescued animals in tropical & beautiful surroundings of a beautiful Thai island (marine) natural park. We are about 5 h away by bus from Bangkok and about 2h from Had Lek border to Cambodia.
    Work and interact with locals and travelers from all works of life.

  • Help



    Looking for dog loving people all year around, just not party people please and you guys should be at least 25 years of age.

    We are NOT a doggie kindergarden nor a doggie petting zoo!!! Our dogs are rescues, and although all of our furies are friendly there might be occasional minor fights that need to be broken up! Ability to read dogs and common sense is mandatory skills!
    Walking the dogs is an important part of the job, and done daily if we have enough staff and volunteers available to take care of the shelter and our furry friends while you are on walks with one or two doggies.

    We would love to host kind, easygoing and responsible, highly motivated people who have a true love for dogs and know how to take care of them in ALL aspects of their wellbeing and happiness!

    Socializing, walking, lead training... de-ticking, sometimes also dog food cooking, assist with vet visits, (beach) walks, playing with the dogs and taking care of them, cleaning the runs from pee and poop ... looking after the puppies, ill and injured (if any) which of course requires also cleaning up poop, pee and vomit.
    This has never ever happened in years of operation 2 people recently got snapped at, but out of stupidity and at own fault not listening when trained.
    Agnes my friend, assistant and long term volunteer is a trained nurse and is on site in case an incident such as this should happen again. No worries, all our dogs are of course fully vaccinated and up to date, and Koh Chang had no rabies case in decades.

    Besides above chores and tasks, daily general cleaning and keeping the entire place neat & nice is also one of the main tasks.

    Our dogs all are friendly with nice and friendly personalities, most came to us as puppies - but with currently 29 all in one place, there might be some minor fighting from time to time, so we expect that you are not scared to break up minor fights (we train you on this but you may do some web research also to educate yourself) and to manage noisy barking to avoid complains from the shelters Thai neighborhood.

    Please apply ONLY if you are a friendly, easy going, happy and confident team player, mature and minimum 25 y (I know there are exceptions) of age who has good common sence and who is able to work independently (and after short training) without supervision.
    You shouldn't mind to get your hands and sometimes clothes dirty ;-) and if you would not mind to spend an extra hour with our lovelies every now and then, shouldn’t there be enough volunteers at times, this would be a great asset and very much appreciated.

    Please understand that our shelter is run entirely by volunteers such as yourself and that we have to count on your punctuality, reliability and responsibility! I am a full time and highly dedicated dog rescuer and the shelter is just 20% of what our org is standing for, my ‘work’ includes 12-14 daily hours of street working with strays and owned dogs, I am the one called by the island community in case of road accidents, emergency cases and I am busy spay/neutering almost daily... I am also the only one available to deal with tons of office work, such as our book keeping for transparency. I am the volunteer coordinator, mass communicator, national and international adoption coordinator , social media and website updater, I’ll do fundraising tasks.. and the list goes on and on, so please understand that you won’t see me at the shelter much.

    Applying with us, you commit to stay for the duration we have agreed on; ideally a minimum of 3 weeks pls, if you are not, you'll put us in a very difficult situation, resulting in letting the dogs down that we are caring for.

    Volunteering with us is most certainly not a holiday, although you’ll work in beautiful, tropical surroundings, it's work, although a very easy and extremely rewarding and really a fun work.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, some Thai

  • Accommodation


    Located few steps from the Shelter.
    1. small house w 2 rooms each with a single bed and fan, locker, shared bathroom.
    Use of equipped kitchen /fridge at the shelter

    2. Simple room to suit a couple or 2 close friends, 1 minutes walk and opposite the shelter.
    Free use of shelter kitchen/fridge

    3. Simple room to suit 2 friends or a couple opposite the shelter. 1 min walk away. Free use of shelter kitchen/fridge.

    4. I room with bathroom on shelter grounds, suitable for a 1-2 individuals/a couple. Bathroom with shower/hot water.

    The 2 below are special offers with special requirements, happy to discuss individually if available for volunteers:

    6. Brand new Foster home, taking care of our other 18 dogs near the rural Thai village of Klong Son. Suits up to 6 people. Breathtaking mountain and forest views from the roof top.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Koh Chang is the second (some say third) largest island of Thailand after Phuket and as part of a (marine) national park, there is lots of things to do and see during your time off; jungle trekking, exploring numerous waterfalls, diving, snorkeling, enjoying some if the most beautiful beaches, visiting the neighboring islands, mangrove forest walks, thai cooking classes and the list goes on and on... pls note that during low season - not all activities are available.

    We have each a shared scooter in both places, and bicycles and scooters can be rented all over the island.
    Cheap pick up taxis stop and drop at every village/beach starting from 50 to 100 Baht.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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