Want to leave the beaten track and have a very different travelling experience to remember? Bang Saphan is a well hidden secret and we want to keep it that way EXCEPT for volunteers who appreciate the natural beauty of Thailand and a peaceful harmonious place to stay that makes you think of paradise. We are always grateful for dog loving volunteers who are willing to give up their time, especially those who are travelling around Asia.
We don’t charge you for coming to volunteer, we just appreciate your help. Please read the thoughts of past volunteers.
We accept and need volunteers all year round because we don’t have staff just a husband and wife management team, so we’d be very grateful if you could download and print the poster below and put it on a notice board at a local college or university.
Sadly we cannot accept volunteers for less than 10 days. This is because we invest a lot of time in teaching our volunteers. There is a lot of hands on work with the dogs and the dogs must feel confident with our new volunteers: these things can’t be achieved in less than 10 days.
Bang Saphan is at the beginning of the South of Thailand. You can reach us easily from Bangkok or any town south of Bangkok . However it is not easy to reach us from towns in the South such as Phuket and Krabi.
From Bangkok the best form of transport is train. You can book a ticket at the Central train station in Bangkok called Hua Lomphong. The sprinter leaves about 9.00 a.m. and arrives in Bang Saphan Yai at about 2.30 p.m. Thai trains do not run on schedule but this train is never very late!
If you want to come by bus the journey is quite arduous and not advisable. The Southern bus terminal is far out of central Bangkok and taxis charge a lot. The arrival time in Bang Saphan is often very late and the bus does not take you into the town which is about 15ks from the dropping off point. If there are motorbike taxis still around at the time you arrive you will have difficulty finding a place to stay for the night.
We ask volunteers to wear suitable dog proof clothes which will protect you against scratches when they jump up for a cuddle. No skimpy shorts and tops please….. that attire is for the beach. Strong shoes and in the rainy season you will need a pair of boots. These can be bought in the local market. A must is a hat to protect you from the sun.
Please keep your nails shortish so you don’t scratch the dogs and only essential jewellery as it can also scratch.
We ask you to arrive between 9.00 – 9.30 a.m. and we finish about 1.00 – 1.30 p.m. You will hear the dogs before you arrive at the small entrance to the dogs’ compound. There you will see a large group wagging their tails waiting for you. Don’t be nervous they will all want to sniff you and make friends. Walk in and sit down on the nearest doggy bed and they will come and sniff you and jump up on the bed beside you.
The shy dogs may will take a day or 2 to feel confident enough to come up to you which is normal so please take it gently with them. During the first day we ask you to take time to get to know the dogs and them you. You will be doing a lot of ‘hands on’ work with them so bonding in important.
The first job we’ll ask you to do is eye cleaning for the dogs who need it. Then you’ll progress to help treat the dogs with bad skin conditions. Brushing and shampooing will also be a major activity.
We also give a lot of dogs vitamins in rice with fish. This task is quite time consuming so once you feel confident with the dogs we’ll ask you to help. Monthly de-tick treatment and de-worming are very important tasks which you’ll be asked to help with.
If there’s any time left you can take a few dogs down to the beach which they love. However that’s a job for long term volunteers who have got to know the dogs well as we don’t want to lose any!
There will be lots of cleaning to do each day. The dogs’ bed bowls need washing out regularly and if we have puppies their pens need cleaning every day. If we don’t have any, they still need to be cleaned once a week in preparation for new comers.
We can book cheap but very clean beach bungalows for our volunteers. Ploy Bungalows and Lola Bungalows are on the beach and are about a 30 minute leisurely walk from us. They both have Wifi, hot water and cost about 400 baht a night (2014) but might be more expensive in the high season. We will always try to get a discount for our volunteers.. They are also close to several beach bars and restaurants.
Look at Bang Saphan Guide which lists a range of accommodation, restaurants and describes Bang Saphan and the surrounding countryside. It also has a Forum which may be helpful in answering questions you have.
If you are interested please e-mail us at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +447906836702 (UK)