Join this wonderful volunteer project to make an active contribution to animal welfare by caring for stray dogs and cats on the island district of Ko Lanta in Southern Thailand. 


The project to protect the strays on the Thai island of Ko Lanta was founded when reconstruction work began, after the tsunami in the previous year. Their population rapidly grew and aggravated the situation. The project tries to improve the situation for stray dogs and cats through an extensive sterilization programme.

Doing voluntary service in the animal protection project on Ko Lanta is an exciting experience: no two days are the same and the international participants fulfil a wide range of duties. You will take the dogs for walks on the beach, play with kittens and wash the animals. You will soon have a good relationship with them as you will also feed them and administer medication. Other typical tasks involve cleaning the centre and scouring the island for more animals in need. Doing voluntary service in this rescue base for stray dogs and cats, you will be making an important contribution to the wellbeing of animals in Thailand. The dogs and cats will benefit from your commitment and you will learn much that is new. You will be able to discuss things with other volunteers, as there are usually six to twelve animal rights’ activists working on the programme at any one time.

With the program, uncontrolled breeding can be prevented and the animals are no longer exposed to hunger, injury, disease and violent death. This animal welfare project also deals with sick and injured animals. A mobile clinic visits the neighbouring islands to sterilize and inoculate the animals there. At the same time, the initiative endeavours to make the locals aware of the strays’ predicament and respect them. To do this, the situation is explained to children in schools in order to create a better relationship between man and animal.

Please note: In order to apply for this project, you need to be 25 or older.


During the project you will live in a very simple shared accommodation. The room has a bathroom with a cold water shower. A fan provides additional cooling. The very simple accommodation is located directly on the project site and has WLAN. All participants will be provided with breakfast and lunch in a nearby restaurant five days a week (Monday through Friday). At the weekend and in the evening they need to take care of their meals themselves.


“The time I spent in the project has affected me in a positive way and I will never forget my volunteer adventure on Ko Lanta.” (Anneliese, 25 years) 


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About us

NATUCATE is a German agency, specialized in voluntary work, field guide training, nature-oriented educational courses and internships with a focus on nature and species conservation as well as animal protection. Moreover, we create and organize individual sabbaticals; commitment for nature conservation and personal development being in the centre. Sustainable and responsible traveling, so-called ecotourism, as well as nature and adventure travel are further areas of expertise.

Our projects, courses and tours, fulfilling high sustainability standards, enable people – from graduates to best agers – to make an active contribution to protecting and conserving endangered species and ecosystems and, at the same time, to broaden their personal horizon. 

Dates, Services, Cost


The programme runs throughout the year and you can start at any time.


  • Placement in the project
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Risk coverage certificate
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Accommodation during the project incl. off days
  • Monday through Friday: breakfast and lunch
  • A Thai cookery course and diverse discounts in restaurants
  • English-speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • 24/7-support throughout the project


  • 4 weeks: 550 EUR
  • 8 weeks: 600 EUR

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