Help us help wildlife!
Paying Volunteer Program
Why should I volunteer for SVW?
At Save Vietnam’s Wildlife you will play a part in the rescue and rehabilitation of confiscated carnivores and pangolins from the illegal hunting and wildlife trade.
What will I gain from my time as a volunteer?
- Get a rare opportunity to see and work with some of the rarest species in Asia.
- Take part in all aspects of life at SVW with a team of people who are making a difference for wildlife.
- Learn basic husbandry skills to care for pangolin and small carnivores
- Gain an insight into conservation issues faced in Vietnam, and what’s being done to save our wildlife.
- Have plenty of opportunities to get photos of many rescued wild species, especially the Owston’s civet and Sunda pangolin.
What will be my daily tasks?
- Collecting and preparing animals diets
- Making environmental enrichment
- Monitoring animal behaviour and success of enrichment
- Enclosure maintenance and cleaning. This includes assisting the keepers in general husbandry activities such as raking, maintaining gardens, keeping paths and gardens free of leaves and rubbish, painting enclosures and external walls when needed.
- As we’re a rescue centre new animals and situations are happening all the time, so it is hard to predict what opportunities may arise.
How much is working hours?
Daily working hours are from 7:30 AM to 11h30 AM in the morning and 1 PM to 5 PM in the afternoon. The volunteers are required to work five days per week (from Monday to Friday) and enjoy their free time to explore other places. Working on weekends are optional and needed to be organized with our staff.
We also offer night shift from 6 PM to 9 PM for the ones who want to help feeding animals or observe their activities (our animals are noctural).
Lunch time: 11h30 AM to 1 PM. Dinner time: 5 PM to 7 PM.
How much will it cost and where does that money go?
All volunteers are required to pay for their time here. The money covers your accommodation and food costs. All meals will be covered with nutritional food at local restaurants and accommodation – you will have a house to yourself at Cuc Phuong National Park. Any money left over from your stay is used for materials for enclosure upgrades, food for the animals and materials for the captive program. It is ensured that all volunteer donations go directly back into the wellbeing of the rescued animals.
All prices in are in US dollars and are per person per week
- 1 week: $450/week
- 2 - 4 weeks: $400/week
- 5 – 12 weeks: $350/week
- more than 12 weeks: $300/week
How can apply?
If you interested and would love to volunteer, please contact us. Please include relevant experience and your motivation for joining in our activities. We will get back to you about your request as soon as possible. Please be aware we can only take on a limited number of volunteers at any one time.
How to get here and away?
Our station is situated in Cuc Phuong National Park, about120 km south of Hanoi. It takes about 2 - 3 hours to get here from Hanoi and costs about US$ 5 - 75 depending on your choice of transportation (Bus: US$ 5, Taxi US$ 65-75). Choose your options here. We can arrange help arrange transport.
During your time volunteering at our station, there is plenty to do and our staff can help organize activities, including providing transport and paying for entry:
- Cuc Phuong National Park
- Endangered Primate Rescue Centre (EPRC) is right next door. Here you’ll get to see a range of primates including the critically endangered Cat Ba Langur and Delacour Langur.
- Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) is just across the road. It houses a wide range of Asian species (almost 1000 turtles of over 20 species).
From Cuc Phuong National Park, you can easily take a trip to Van Long Nature Reserve where you can see Delacour's Langurs in the wild, to Bai dinh Pagoda, the largest Pagoda in Southeast Asia, or to Tam Coc, Ngoc Son and Pu Luong Nature Reserves. If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to ask.
We have some limited opportunities for professional volunteers to come and help us out at SVW. The Professional program is for people who are willing to come to come to Vietnam for a longer time to undertake a projects which have specific, concrete and achievable outcomes. We are particularly looking for professional researchers with a track record in research whose work is aligned with our current activities in: the illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam: pangolin and small carnivore husbandry and welfare; Vietnamese conservation policy; social research data analysis.
If you are currently researching in these areas we would like to hear from you. Please contact us with your CV and outline your research plan.
We are also seeking at this time graphic designers who would like to assist us with developing our educational materials. Please contact Ut@savevietnamswildlife.org with your CV/Portfolio.