Arrive at any time and experience the many delights of this frantic city. Some suggestions include honing your haggling skills at Ben Thanh Market, visiting the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace or architectural masterpieces such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Jade Emperor Pagoda and the Gustav Eiffel designed General Post Office.
On Day 2 you will be picked up at 8:00 am for your private transfer 80kms North West of Ho Chi Minh City, to the Wildlife Rescue Station. The drive should take roughly 1.5hrs. Today you will learn about the project and the work you will be doing over the course of the next week. A cooperative program between Wildlife At Risk (WAR) and the Ho Chi Minh City Forest Protection Department (FPD), the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station is dedicated to protecting Vietnam’s bio-diversity by combating the illegal wildlife trade and promoting the conservation of endangered species. It acts as a reserve for wildlife confiscated from illegal traders and hunters, releases rehabilitated animals back to the wild and educates visitors about wildlife conservation. From 2007 till the present, the station has rescued over 2000 individual animals and reptiles including many endangered species. Among those, over 1100 have been released back to the wild. Raising public awareness of the protection of wildlife is one important purpose of the station. The display center is equipped with visual images, objects, samples and information in a lively way to help the visitors understand about illegal wildlife trade and and hunting as well as what they can do to protect the biodiversity of Vietnam. Working alongside the project's staff you will be involved in the day-to-day care of Primates, Pangolins, Otters, Chinese Water Dragons, Bengal Water Monitor Lizards and turtles. Tasks include helping to prepare their meals, changing foliage and cleaning enclosures, painting, observing and general maintenance. Free Internet is available at the Rescue Station. Volunteers will work from 9:30-4pm with evenings off to explore the local area or socialise with the local keepers and other volunteers. Saturday is free to relax or visit the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels, remnants of the extensive network of tunnels that housed Viet Cong guerrillas during the war. Here you can see displays of how the soldiers lived, fought and survived underground during this tumultuous period. Your accommodation is provided in the the shared keepers house a short 5 minute walk from the Rescue Station which includes a fully equipped kitchen and living areas. The Volunteer bedroom is Air Conditioned and has 2 double beds, TV, DVD and mosquito nets. A 10 minute walk takes you to the town of An Nhon Tay where you can shop for fresh food and basic supplies at the local market or eat with the locals at a number of restaurants.
Trip ends today at any time. Volunteer staff will be able to assist you in organizing transportation back to Ho Chi Minh City or elsewhere in Vietnam. If you are departing Ho Chi Minh City today we recommend that you don't book a flight until after 3pm.
Founded in 2003, the Cu Chi Rescue Station is dedicated to protecting the biodiversity of Vietnam by combating the illegal wildlife trade and promoting the conservation of endangered species and their habitats. It acts as a reserve for wildlife confiscated from illegal traders and hunters, returning rehabilitated animals to the wild and educating visitors about wildlife conservation.
•Beginning at 9am, a volunteer’s typical day at the centre wraps up by 4:30pm •Care for primates, pangolins, otters, Chinese water dragons, monitor lizards and turtles. •Help to prepare meals, clean the animal’s enclosures and change foliage •Prepare playground equipment for some of the animals •Each day’s tasks will be determined by a schedule and the needs of each animal Evenings are free to relax and explore the area