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The Asian Turte Program is coordinating and providing volunteers to the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) at Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam. If you are seeking an opportunity to work as a volunteer with native, endangrered tortoise and freshwater turtle species of Vietnam, this is the right place for you.


The Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) is located at Cuc Phuong National Park, 120 km kilometers southwest from Hanoi, Vietnam. The TCC was established in 1998 as a rescue and holding centre for tortoises and freshwater turtles which were seen in the extensive illegal wildlife trade during the 1980’s and 1990’s. It was widely recognized that this trade, largely to China for consumption as food and for traditional medicines was entirely unsustainable and needed to be addressed.

The TCC rapidly developed into a conservation project supported by the Asian Turtle Program of Indo-Myanmar Conservation. Today, the TCC serves as a regional flagship for tortoise and freshwater turtle conservation efforts and for educating the public about the critical threat to the survival of turtles in Vietnam.

The centre encompasses an area of about 7,000 square metres comprised of enclosures, aquatic tanks, and specialized breeding and holding facilities for more than 1000 turtles representing 22 of Vietnam’s 25 native species. Most animals at the TCC have been confiscated by wildlife protection authorities from the illegal trade or were hatched at the centre.


  • TCC has no special requirements for the volunteers at the center, volunteers only need passion for animals, enthusiasm, the ability to work well within a team and are able to take responsibility for the work that they do
  • TCC encourages those who are studying or have graduated from related fields, such as biology, zoology, environment, forestry, animal health, wildlife management in captivity and conservation biology.


  • Help staff to prepare food for turtles
  • Clean the turtle enclosures
  • Help to create an enriching environment within the enclosures
  • Update turtle care records through data entry
  • Assist in updating news, articles, pictures on the website and Facebook of TCC
  • Support the tour for visitors
  • Support the treatment and medical care of the turtles if under the care of the veterinary department
  • Various other tasks as assigned by the TCC manager(s).


So if you think that volunteering at the TCC is for you, please be sure to read our terms and conditions (in the Volunteer Information Sheet attached below), complete the application form, and e-mail it along with your CV to

We will notify you as soon as possible of your acceptance into the volunteer program. Once we have confirmed, you can organize your flights and liaise with us for your health check and accommodation preference. We will organize your accommodation in Cuc Phuong, your business visa and a pick up from the airport to the TCC.

Please download Volunteer Information Sheet and Application Form at the following link:

Volunteer Information Sheetpdf

Volunteer Application Form doc


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