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Thailand – a magnificent country of idyllic beaches, tumbling forest landscapes, hospitable people and fantastic food. Experience this incredible destination whilst volunteering in a gibbon sanctuary where volunteers care for rescued gibbons. Whilst spending time here, explore Thailand's complex cultural heritage which is steeped in mystical Buddhist history and philosophy. Enjoy the breathtaking local temples, bustling village markets and sumptuous cuisine. Visit untouched rainforests alive with spectacular wildlife and head down to the coast to snorkel over pristine coral reefs watching rays, turtles and dazzling reef fish.  After this special adventure take a well deserved rest and chill on Thailand's spectacular white sand beaches.  You really will have a gap year or year out that you will never forget when you take up a place on this amazing project.




  • Immerse yourself in true Thai culture
  • Work closely with this extraordinary creature
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Book early to avoid disappointment.   
Emergency Hotel Meals Terrestrial Wildlife Wildlife Encounter Family
Location Thailand
Activities Cleaning & repairing living quarters
Caring for the babies
Transferring them between enclosures
Visiting the older gibbons
Research into behaviours
Transport Bus/flight to project site
Accommodation Shared volunteer house

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Pick up from local airport or bus station
Project orientation
3 meals a day
Project equipment
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


One of the sad consequences of population growth and industrial development in Thailand is that animals have increasingly been under threat by habitat destruction and hunting. As a result, many orphaned or injured animals can no longer live in the wild and need care and support. Habitat destruction and unsustainable over utilization of the wildlife resources in this part of the world has caused a decline in indigenous wildlife. Primates in particular are hunted for their meat, as pets and for medicine, and their habitats are being destroyed at an alarming rate.

Wildlife refuges are a crucial means of providing this support and giving injured or abused gibbons a safe place to live. They're also a vitally important as a means to educate the public about human wildlife conflicts.

You will be helping with all activities of the centre – maintaining the animal's living quarters, helping with routine maintenance, caring for the orphaned animals and helping maintain the centre in general. The work will be hard but extremely rewarding and being so close to some of the world's most fascinating primates is sure to be an experience that you'll never forget!


Working at this amazing, well established and outstandingly worthwhile sanctuary gives you an unmissable chance to study the behaviour of these extraordinary primates, each with their own unique character. You will work to build up a relationship with the gibbons, and as they learn to trust and accept you, you will help make their life at the sanctuary pleasant, safe and enjoyable. The daily routine will involve care of the gibbons including cleaning out their living quarters, caring for the babies (for example bottle feeding and even changing nappies), transferring them between enclosures, visiting older individuals (who have behavioural problems on account of abuse by humans) in their living quarters, and aiding them in their socialisation and recovery.

A typical day may be something like this:

7:30-8:00 Prepare breakfast for the animals feed them and clean feeding bowls

9:00-9:30 Volunteer breakfast

9:30-11:30 Sanctuary maintenance: clean enclosures, refresh enclosure water bottles, repair enclosures, paint signs

11:30-12:00 Gibbon snack preparation and feeding

12:00-13:00 Volunteer lunch

13:00-15:30 Research/study project time/private time/general maintenance around gibbon enclosures, refresh water and cleaning if required

15:30-17:30 Evening gibbon meal preparation and feeding, cleaning and collecting up food bowls

17:00-18:00 Rest

18:00 Volunteer dinner when you will get the chance to chat about the activities of the day

Volunteers participating for more than a month may be offered the opportunity to teach English or other subjects of their choice at a nearby village school.


Internal travel around Thailand is straight forward, we will provide you with detailed travel instructions on how to reach your project location, which is an easy seven hour bus journey north of Bangkok or if you're more impatient, you can book a reasonably priced internal flight which takes less than an hour. Your project hosts will collect you from the pre-arranged meeting point, the local bus station or local airport. This will be arranged prior to your departure for Thailand.  The gibbon sanctuary can also be reached from Chiang Mai, an overland journey of about 5 - 6 hours using the regular and safe local bus service.


Whilst participating on this project you will be staying in a clean and comfortable volunteer house, where you will be provided with clean bed linen and towels and you will have a kitchenette, simple comfortable furniture, flushing toilets and hot showers.  You will also have the use of 110v electrical outlets to charge your cameras, iPods and mobile phones. 


You will be provided with three delicious home cooked meals a day based on fresh produce that is purchased from the local area.  Enjoy fragrant Thai specialities, such as mild coconut curries, fragrant steamed rice, or dumplings.  Enjoy your meals alongside your fellow volunteers in the comfort of your peaceful surroundings.

If you love animals, this is the place to go  | 13 Aug 2018
I volunteered at the Gibbon Sanctuary for 2 weeks in summer 2013 as part of my Animal Husbandry e...

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I wasn't entirely sure what to expect - but I wasn't disappointed!  | 25 Jul 2018
  In the summer of 2011, I spent my time volunteering at a Gibbon Sanctuary in Thailand....

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Definitely a bucket list adventure!  | 11 Jul 2018
Volunteering at the gibbon sanctuary was an outstanding experience. You jump into a completely di...

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Gibbon dissertations in Thailand  | 4 Jul 2018
Once again I have had an amazing time here; the time had passed so quickly! Following my trip two...

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No two gibbons are the same!  | 17 Jun 2018
Thank you for all the wonderful memories: George hopping across his 1960s black and white cag...

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Hard work to make your dream come true  | 3 Jun 2018
I have had an amazing time and from the moment I arrived I was treated with warmth and always gre...

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A Thai highlight  | 15 May 2018
We thank you all for giving us the opportunity to have this amazing experience. In a world wi...

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Keep up the good work!  | 29 Apr 2018
Thank you very much for the last two weeks. It’s been a really great experience being able ...

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The staff were very friendly, always happy to help and teach you new ways of doing things  | 1 Apr 2018
The project made me become more myself with nature and really appreciate it. The ...

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Whilst spending time in Thailand, you will never be short of exciting activities to participate in your days off. Try out some extreme sports such as hang-gliding, windsurfing or rock climbing. Trek through the lush forests or explore its busy, bustling towns, where you will be welcomed by the friendly locals. Our staff can help you arrange reasonable prices for extra activities with the relevant local provider.


2 weeks US$ 1,195

3 weeks US$ 1,545

4 weeks US$ 1,895

6 weeks US$ 2,845

8 weeks US$ 3,445

10 weeks US$ 4,195

12 weeks US$ 5,795


Weekly, please aim to arrive on a Monday.

This project is available throughout the Christmas period.


From 2 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Pick up from local airport or bus station
  • Project orientation
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Mae Sot (MAQ), Bangkok (BKK), Chiang Mai (CNX)



Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisers will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.