Volunteer Thailand Elephant Sanctuary

Volunteer with the amazing Elephants of Thailand at one of our most popular wildlife conservation programmes. Volunteers are needed at this project that gives a safe sanctuary to Thailand's rescued elephants and to elephant orphans. Read on to get the lowdown on how you can become apart of this amazing project...

Duration: 1 to 12 weeks

Hours: 6 days per week

Activities: Walking, feeding and bathing the elephants

Location: Thailand

City info: Located about 3 hours from the bustling city of Bangkok, Thailand

Accommodation: Shared rooms

Requirements: Aged 18+

Volunteer Placement Fee: From UK£685 / US$815

How you will spend your time at the project

Volunteers work closely with the Mahouts who always accompany the elephants. The working day starts early and can be long but there are many breaks throughout the day to relax or hang out with the elephants. Volunteers work six days a week. Here is an example of some of the work you will carry out with the elephants:
  • Cleaning the elephants’ paddocks each morning and evening.
  • Washing the elephants in their paddocks with hoses and brushes.
  • Collecting the elephants’ dung and food waste for composting.
  • Walking the elephants to the lake or into the forest to forage.
  • Collecting fruits for their big appetites.
  • Harvesting banana trees, sugar cane, pineapple or corn for fodder.
  • Performing basic daily health checks on the elephants.
  • Taking care of the domestic animals at the centre, including Sam, the rescued beach pony and the dogs.
  • Learning all about these gentle giants.
 

Why the project needs volunteers

Volunteers provide hands on assistance to the professional Mahouts (elephant keepers) to ensure these beautiful animals live a life as close as possible to their wild relatives.
In Thailand, as in many countries in Asia, the Asian elephant has been domesticated and used by humans for many years to work in the logging industry. Following the ban on commercial logging in Thailand in 1988 these working elephants were no longer needed. Suddenly, hundreds of elephants and their owners were left with a very uncertain future, and their owners have been forced to seek alternative methods to use their elephants to make a living.

The sanctuary gives safe haven to approximately 10 elephants. The number of elephants at the sanctuary can vary based on space available and funds needed to rescue an elephant. These animals would otherwise be roaming the streets of big cities, be kept in bad conditions at working elephant camps or be otherwise exploited in the tourist industry.
 
Volunteers provide hands on assistance to the professional Mahouts (elephant keepers) to ensure these beautiful animals live a life as close as possible to their wild relatives.

“It is hard for me to put into words just how much I enjoyed my time at the sanctuary, and how much of an impact it had on me.”

Eva, Designer, USA

More Information

Read more about the Thailand Elephant Sanctuary including accommodation, location, extra activities, climate and what makes Globalteer different.

Read More about the Sanctuary

Weeks
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
£GBP
£685
£865
£1,030
£1,195
£1,360
£1,525
£1,710
£1,895
£2,080
£2,265
£2,450
£2,635



US$
$815
$1,030
$1,225
$1,420
$1,620
$1,815
$2,035
$2,255
$2,475
$2,695
$2,915
$3,135



Volunteer Placement Fee

The volunteer placement fee includes:
  • Pick up from Bangkok airport / hotel, Cha Am or Thyang.
  • Accommodation for the duration of you stay at the sanctuary.
  • All main meals (breakfast is DIY - basics provided!)
  • Full in country support from the project co-ordinator.
  • Comprehensive information brochure.
  • Assistance and advice for traveling to Thailand.


The volunteer placement fee does not include flights, visas or insurance although we can provide information as required.

Discounted rates are available at this project for combinations with the Thailand Wildlife Sanctuary as follows:


1 week with the Elephants and 1 week with the Wildlife project - GBP£865 / US$1,030
1 week with the Elephants and 2 weeks with the Wildlife project - GBP£965 / US$1,150
2 weeks with the Elephants and 1 week with the Wildlife project - GBP£965 / US$1,150
2 weeks with the Elephants and 2 weeks with the Wildlife project - GBP£1,070 / US$1,275
3 weeks with the Elephants and 3 weeks with the Wildlife project - GBP£1,340 / US$1,595
4 weeks with the Elephants and 4 weeks with the Wildlife project - GBP£1,605 / US$1,910

Click here to apply for the combined Thailand Projects

Groups and families are welcome at this project. Returning volunteers and those doing multiple Globalteer projects will receive a discount of US$70 / GBP£50.
 

Reserve Your Place

Application process & requirements

The minimum age for volunteering is 18 years old. No previous experience or qualifications are necessary but we do require volunteers to be respectful and open minded to the cultural differences they will encounter in Thailand. Volunteers must be reasonably fit as the work can be demanding in the tropical heat. You must be able to speak English.

Volunteers must have a similar ideology to the mission of the elephant sanctuary. Wildlife trainers and those who exploit wildlife for the benefit of people are not suitable for this sanctuary.

  1. Click on the link below to fill out an application form.
  2. Add "@globalteer.org" to your E-mail safe list to ensure that you receive a response.
  3. Your application will be reviewed and if accepted you will be notified via E-mail within one week.
  4. Pay your deposit to secure your placement within one week of acceptance.
  5. Research your destination, book your flight, inoculations and ask us any questions you may have.
  6. Full amount is to be paid 10 weeks before the start of your placement.
  7. A comprehensive information folder will be sent to you with all information including a packing list, Thailand cultural differences, Buddhist Monk etiquette, useful language phrases, rules at the elephant sanctuary, useful phone contacts and full project information.
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