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Gibbon Encounter Volunteer Project

The Thailand Gibbons here have been rescued and are in desperate need of love and affection.

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That's where you come in!

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Halfway in-between a wildlife sanctuary and the jungle, the Gibbon project offers the chance to see these intriguing creatures up close and in the flesh. 

Additionally you will be located in one of the most elegant, sparse and relaxed areas of Thailand. Near to the boarder of Myanmar, the town of Mae Sot has a mixture of Burmese, Thai, Karen and Chinese natives, giving it a distinct flavour.

About the Gibbon Project

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The essential focus of this project is to rescue any Gibbons which have been badly treated, abused or injured. As a participant in this project, you will provide the Gibbons with the love and care they require.

When participating in this project, the main activities will be to feed the Gibbons, clean and tidy their enclosures, grooming the Gibbons and perhaps most importantly to give them love and attention and to “socialise” with these beautiful and charming creatures.

The project has a very laid-back and relaxed atmosphere. A large selection of movies is available for viewing in the evening. Participants will be taken to the town of Mae Sot for an evening meal on Wednesday afternoon’s.

Preparing Food

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This is done twice a day at 9am and 2pm. The food is prepared subjectively for each gibbon according to their nutritional requirements. Volunteers will be required to assist in preparing and distributing food for the Gibbons. They will also assist in the actual feeding of the food to the Gibbons.


Clean and Tidy Enclosures

It’s a dirty job…. But someone’s got to do it! This basic hygiene procedure is carried out daily. Volunteers will not be allowed inside the enclosures at the same time as the Gibbons for safety reasons
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Socialising the Gibbons

This may sound like a straight forward job, but the value of it cannot be under-estimated. Many of these Gibbons have developed a fear of human-kind due to abuse and negligent treatment. Making them comfortable around humans, through activities such as grooming their hair will make all the difference.
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Aims and Objectives

The gibbon sanctuary provides a safe and comfortable environment for Gibbons who need it. Their quality of life is of paramount importance to this project. At this project, the Gibbons will remain in the sanctuary for the duration of their lives, as they would be at extreme risk if returned to the wild.

A secondary aim, is to make the Gibbons comfortable with interaction around humans and to establish mutual trust between the two species.


Accommodation is provided in beautiful and traditional Thai-Style housing. Participants will share rooms, all of which come with a bathroom, kitchen and comfortable bed. Room are equipped with fans and Wi-Fi. A selection of DVD's are available in the TV room. Three meals are provided per day. These are typical Thai style meals, not too spicey (unless requested).

The accommodation is provided directly on the grounds of the project. No daily transport will be required.
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Participants coming from existing programs will be escorted to the project. Those arrivng can be collected from Bangkok airport. From here you will be taken firstly to our Singburi center and from here transported to Um Phang.

On Arrival

You'll attend a day training at the Gibbon Sanctuary to make sure you'll be safe and knowledgable during your time at the sanctuary volunteering. Typical daily duties include; cleaning the cages of the Gibbons, preparing the food for the Gibbons, washing and bathing the Gibbons. You may assist with medical procedures, as and when they occur. At the end of your project, you will be presented with a certificate to reflect your work at this project.

Costs and inclusions

1 week - $1495.00

2 weeks  - $1860.00

3 weeks  - $2220.00

4 weeks - $2581.00


Food & Accommodation, English speaking coordinator, Staff support, Transport

Extra costs to budget fro not included in this price

Airfares, Airport Drop, Malaria precautions, Sunglasses & Sun cream, Travel Insurance, Visa Arrangements


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