Welcome to LCTW!
Lao Conservation Trust for Wildlife is the first non-profit wildlife rescue, conservation and education center in Laos.
We run a multi-species wildlife center in Asia’s hotspot for trafficking, north of Laos’ capital Vientiane. We work with authorities to investigate wildlife crime and rescue animals of any species, with an aim to rehabilitate and release wherever possible. Any animals deemed unsuitable for release are offered lifetime care and refuge in our wildlife sanctuary.Read more about the center
None of our work would be possible without the help of volunteers like you! From caring for to feeding and enriching our animals, you will see for yourself the impact you’ll make on their lives during your time here. Everyone who volunteers with us leaves something behind, whether it’s digging a pool, making enrichment to keep the animals stimulated, or even building a new enclosure.
On behalf of our team and our animals, thank you for wanting to come and volunteer with us. We greatly need and appreciate your help, and look forward to you joining the team!
We aim to release as many of our rescued animals as we can back to the wild, and for an animal to survive, it must stay wild in instinct. This means being wary of humans, not approaching them for food or a scratch. Even our long-term residents, many of whom have permanent health issues meaning they can never be released, play a vital role by teaching natural behaviors to younger rescues.
For this reason, our volunteer work is focused on all the ways you can enrich the lives of these animals in non-contact roles, maximizing the long-term benefit to them.Learn more about our ethical approach
What volunteer programs do you have?
We offer a Husbandry and Enrichment program in which you focus on the daily care, feeding, and enrichment of the animals at the Center. This may include diet preparation, cleaning, digging, building enrichment or enclosure improvement items.Husbandry & Enrichment
For veterinary technicians, nurses, and veterinarians, we offer Veterinary volunteering in which you assist our veterinary team with their daily operations in running and caring for animals across multiple species in a developing country.Veterinary Volunteering
For veterinary students needing or wanting to obtain wildlife medicine experience, we offer Veterinary extern program.Veterinary Student Extern
What do I need to volunteer?
You don’t need any previous wildlife experience to volunteer with us. As we need dedicated volunteers all year round, we’re simply looking for people with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn who want to help wildlife!
We do however have a few basic requirements:
- Speak English at a moderate to high level
- Be generally fit and healthy. You’ll need to be able to tolerate a hot and humid climate and will often be working outside!
- Be a minimum of 18 years old. Volunteers under 18 years can join our project with a parent or guardian, but please inquire with our volunteer team before you book.
How much does it cost to volunteer?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for current pricing. The volunteer fee for your first week is greater than subsequent weeks as there is a front-end investment in your orientation, supervision, and settling into Center life and work. To make longer stays more affordable, subsequent weeks are reduced. We are a non-profit wildlife rescue and your amazing donations and hard work are what make our work possible.
We can accept volunteer fees in any currency, and payment information will be provided once your booking is confirmed.
Where does my money go?
We’re a registered charity in Laos and in the United States, and we cannot function without the ongoing support provided by our sponsors, fundraisers, and you! Here’s where your donation goes: