Volunteer in Vietnam

Free the Bears is proud to bring you an exciting new concept of ethical travel at the new Cat Tien Bear Sanctuary! There are two trips in 2020 - May 2-13 OR September 26 - October 7 2020 with limited spots available. For application form and information pack, please contact volunteer@freethebears.org

Immerse yourself in local cultural experiences whilst volunteering with rescued bears in one of Vietnam’s most famous National Parks. Cat Tien is home to an extensive array of highly endangered native species, some of which you may be lucky enough to spot during your stay!

In addition to volunteering at the sanctuary, you'll enjoy the following experiences in Ho Chi Minh city and Cat Tien National Park:

  • HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR including a must do street food tour!

By becoming part of Free the Bears team you will be directly contributing to the ongoing development, construction and support of the new Cat Tien Bear Sanctuary, situated on 12 hectares of lush bamboo forest - a brand new home for rescued sun and moon bears and a future sanctuary for those yet to be rescued from the bile farms in Vietnam.

Onsite support will also be provided from our local Free the Bears team throughout your experience.

Volunteer tasks may include:

  • Assisting keepers in cleaning of forest enclosures and bear dens
  • Clearing bamboo
  • Constructing climbing structures for the bears
  • Food preparation & distribution (scatter feeding)
  • Providing sensory enrichment throughout forest enclosures
  • Creating new ‘bear proof’ enrichment (bring some ideas with you!)
  • Creating/repairing/installing bear hammocks
  • Recondition existing enclosures
  • General maintenance & improvement to the centre i.e. painting, sanding, repairs & gardening


    “Being a part of the Free the Bears volunteer program in Vietnam has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences I have ever been a part of!”  - Hannah G

    “The project was very hands on, which for me was great! The work would vary every day, from clearing up existing enclosures & building new platforms, to finding ways to keep the bears stimulated!”- Hannah R

    “To see the real difference our labours made in enhancing the quality of life for bears who have known so much suffering was incredible. We worked hard and played hard (until at least 8pm!). Loved it! Can we play again?!” - Krys

    Things to note:

    • We have a minimum volunteer age of 18 (exceptions considered for students or those with experience in wildlife/conservation)
    • You will undertake highly physical activities in a tropical climate - a moderate level of health is both recommended and required.
    • You will work closely with the bears however for your safety and their welfare there will be no direct contact
    • No experience in wild animal care is required - just be willing and enthusiastic with a strong interest in conservation and wildlife
    • A fee is charged to cover expedition costs and contribute to the ongoing development, support and construction of Cat Tien Bear Sanctuary

    For more information and an application form, please contact us at volunteer@freethebears.org