Firstly your efforts will make an immediate difference at Headrock Dogs Rescue. You can’t change the world in a couple of weeks but over time with the help of volunteers like you, we will have a positive impact on the dogs we care for.
Volunteers are desperately needed! We have a constant intake of dogs. Each one of our dogs need your love and care. Your help will never go unnoticed and you will never feel like you aren’t helping in some way. There will always be a dog to walk, to bathe, to love, to medicate. The most important volunteer job at Headrock Dogs Rescue is spending time with the dogs. Selfishly, we love volunteers because they lend a hand with our daily routines caring for all the dogs we look after. But did you know, volunteering can also help you?
Feel good about yourself
Many studies have demonstrated that helping others (including dogs) creates happiness. Putting in time and effort while not taking anything in return is a sure fire way to feel great about yourself. You’ll be contributing to the solution, which will make you feel good about the work you’ll be doing. Most of the dogs we have here, have been born on the streets or abandoned. By working with our dogs they will begin to trust humans, this helps them come out of their shell and stop them being so timid and may help them become adoptable in the future. There’s just something about volunteering that makes you feel good inside.
Spending time with animals can offer you so many health benefits; it has been scientifically proven that spending time with animals is great for your physical, emotional and mental health. Petting an animal relieves stress levels and lowers your blood pressure. Walking and playing is great exercise for you and our dogs and it can elevate your levels of serotonin and dopamine, which helps you feel calm and relaxed.
Volunteering boosts your self-confidence
While volunteering you’ll be using your skills and resources to do good things for the dogs, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride, and strengthen your sense of identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.
As you begin to get to know our dogs, you’ll see a change in their personality almost instantly. After spending time with the dogs, whether it’s taking them for a walk, giving them a bath or just showing them some love, their personalities come out and they start to shine. You’ll also see a change in their behaviour too. You can’t buy that feeling!
Learn Something New
Whether your a builder, a teacher, a musician or a stay at home mum, you’ll learn a lot about rehabilitating, grooming and feeding our dogs, all skills you can use at home when you care for your own pets.
Another key skill you’ll develop is teamwork. Working closely with a diverse range of people, both locals and other volunteers, many of whom you might otherwise never have met.
Learn a new language
Volunteering in Thailand is hands down the best way to learn the language. Hearing it spoken around you every day and using it yourself is the best language lesson you’ll have.
Learn Transferable skills
Even if you’re not planning on changing careers, volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice many important skills you’ll use in the workplace such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organization. You’ll probably feel a lot more comfortable in your workplace once you’ve honed these skills as a volunteer first!
Experience a different culture
While volunteering here at Headrock Dogs, we’ll help you learn about body language, gestures and conversational customs that may differ from your home country compared to Thailand, to avoid the risk of accidentally causing offense. Did you know that you should never show the soles of your feet to anyone, or use your feet to point to something in Thailand?
A sense of accomplishment
Volunteering at Headrock Dogs can offer a rare sense of accomplishment: unlike office jobs that so many people work day-to-day, you’ll know that your work is helping change our dog’s lives for the better. It’s common for volunteers to discover a new hobby, a passion for volunteering itself, or even to move into paid work in the charity sector.
Meeting other volunteers
Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet, and what better place to find friends than our shelter? You get to talk to other people who share an interest in dogs and share some great experiences.
Volunteering can improve your career options
Volunteering offers you the chance to try out a new career without making a long term commitment.
Experience for your future
The current job market is challenging, with lots of people applying for the same job. Volunteering will give you valuable and unusual experience to add to your CV or resume to help you stand out from the crowd. A recent study found that people who had volunteered had a 27% better chance of finding a job than those who didn’t.
It’s not all hard work! Volunteering at Headrock Dogs is important and rewarding, but it’s also about trying new experiences, meeting people, and just having fun!
Volunteering in Bang Sapan is a great way to get away from the tourist trail and see the real Thailand. Even though volunteering overseas is popular these days, chances are you’ll meet very few people who have done exactly the same volunteer work as yourself.
Thank you to John Journey for his stunning photographs