Volunteers staying for one or two weeks are required to arrive at the elephant sanctuary on a Sunday. For a duration of three weeks or more, volunteers can start on any day of the week. An example of a typical day:
Start your day at 6.30am
Get breakfast from 8-9am
Lunch at noon
Workday ends approximately 5pm
Dinner at 6.30pm 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, depending on the schedule.
• 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, and harvesting banana trees, sugar cane, pineapple or corn for fodder.
• Learning all about these gentle giants, and performing basic daily health checks on the elephants.
• Sharing the responsibility of taking care of the domestic animals at the centre, including Sam, the rescued beach pony and the dogs.
These are only examples of what your daily activities may be. The elephant sanctuary is continually evolving and the needs of the elephants may change before or during your stay. Rest assured we are very flexible with volunteers’ personal needs, but we do require the same flexibility in return as the elephants are the top priority.
Please be aware that harvesting pineapple plants, banana trees and corn for fodder is essential and regular work for volunteers. This involves chopping and dragging plants and trees over rough ground. Some heavy lifting is involved, which can be quite tiring work in the heat. It is essential that you wear appropriate clothing (sun hat, gloves long sleeves and trousers) and sturdy footwear for this task, pace yourself, and drink plenty of water.
Got a question about volunteering with elephants in Thailand? Try our Thailand Elephant Sanctuary Frequently Asked Questions