Volunteer – Gibbon Rehabilitation Project

GRP

HOW LONG CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR?

Absolute minimum volunteering time is 3 weeks, but longer term appointments are often preferable as it takes at least 2 weeks to train new volunteers in the essential animal care here.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS, IF ANY, DO I REQUIRE?

All volunteers must be over 18 years of age and physically fit.
No specific experience or qualifications are required, but good team working skills are necessary!

Volunteers are required to have vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B, Tuberculosis (TB), Diphtheria, Pertussis (or whooping cough) and Tetanus before arriving at the project. Vaccinations for Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis are also desirable, if not required.

WILL I NEED TO KNOW ANOTHER LANGUAGE?

A basic command of spoken English is essential

HOW DO I GET TO YOUR LOCATION?

Phuket has its own international airport, which is only 25min away from the project. Alternatively you can fly to Bangkok and take a bus down to Phuket. GRP will arrange pick-up from either the airport or the bus-stop.

ARE THERE ANY COSTS INVOLVED TO VOLUNTEER?

Click HERE to find out up to date costs and requirements for volunteering with GIBBON REHABILITATION PROJECT.

WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND FACILITIES CAN I EXPECT TO BE AVAILABLE TO ME?

Included in the price GRP provides all volunteers with accommodation, cooking facilities, tea and coffee, fridges for storing food, cold showers & free Wi-Fi access. The accommodation available is in the form of bungalows with 3 bedrooms and a shared bathroom in each. Each bedroom has 2 beds, so during busy times you might have to share room.
Food is not provided for by the project, but there are several local restaurants in the village where you can eat out cheaply, and if you prefer to cook your own food there are local shops and twice weekly local markets. The project also takes all volunteers on a shopping trip to a big supermarket once a week.

WHAT WILDLIFE SPECIES ARE THERE?

White-handed gibbons – Hylobates lar
Dusky langurs – Trachypitecus obscurus
Slow loris – Nycticebus sp.
Long tailed macaques – Macaca fascicularis
Snakes! For example the local Phuket pitviper – Trimeresurus phuketensis

WHAT ATTRACTIONS CAN I EXPERIENCE DURING FREE-TIME?

You will be working according to a weekly schedule and you will normally have one day off per week. On your days off the island of Phuket offers something for everyone; you may visit one of the many popular beaches on the island’s west coast or try snorkelling or kayaking tours right out of the mangrove’s behind the project.

IN CONCLUSION

GRP is a unique animal welfare and conservation organisation, working to rehabilitate unwanted or confiscated gibbons from the pet trade and tourist industry and to reintroduce suitable candidates back to the wild. The white handed gibbon – Hylobates lar was wiped out on Phuket island over 30 years ago and the continuing illegal trade is now decimating wild populations throughout Thailand. Since 2002 GRP has successfully re-established a small independent breeding wild population of reintroduced captive gibbons in Khao Phraw Thaew non-hunting area on Phuket.

Our mission:

• To prevent the mistreatment of gibbons and other wildlife.
• To re-home illegally kept captive gibbons and to provide a caring environment in which they can recover.
• To rehabilitate gibbons and to reintroduce suitable individuals back to the wild.
• To educate people about the need to preserve and protect the environment.
• To educate tourists and local communities about the illegal wildlife trade.

For more information on the GIBBON REHABILITATION PROJECT, please visit www.gibbonproject.org or read the blog HERE

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