Volunteer With Elephants

Volunteer to Help Elephants at Ethical Sanctuaries in Thailand or Cambodia!

Want an Elephant Experience that doesn't cause harm or suffering to these gentle giants? Well we have great news for you. You can still meet elephants without riding them or seeing them perform. Instead volunteer to help care for elephants that have been rescued from a life of hard work & suffering!

Volunteer to Help Elephants Abroad

Travelling to Asia can conjure up dreams of getting up close to some beautiful Elephants. However, you don't want to support Elephant Riding or performances; so what can you do if you still want fulfill your dream of getting up close to some beautiful Elephants? Well we have good news for you! You can still have an elephant encounter without riding them or seeing them perform! Instead you can volunteer to help care for elephants that have been rescued from a life of hard work and suffering.

With Globalteer you can volunteer with Elephants at Ethical Sanctuaries in Thailand or Cambodia. The sanctuaries are home to rescued Elephants that come from hard lives (in the entertainment & tourism industry, logging or elephant camps). The sanctuaries now provide them with a life as close as possible to their wild relatives. Additionally, they focus on education, conservation an how to protect elephants remaining in the wild.

An Ethical & Responsible Elephant Encounter

As a UK Charity, Globalteer does not support elephant riding or elephant performances which are common in Asia. So you won't find these at the sanctuaries; but you will still get up close to these gentle giants when volunteering with them! The sanctuaries Globalteer work with put the elephants first! Volunteers are there to help them have a carefree life free from the burden of work.

Your elephant experience will have you working alongside elephant keepers! You will assist with tasks such as  walking the elephants into the forest to forage and bathe. Volunteers also feed the elephants and help carry out health checks to ensure they remain healthy and happy. In additional to this you will also help plant and harvest food for the elephants and carry out general maintenance tasks around the sanctuaries so the elephants can have the best life possible!

See our available elephant sanctuaries below for more information! Or fill in the contact form and we'll send you everything you need to know about how to have your own amazing Elephant Experience!

Volunteer to Help Elephants Abroad
  • The whole experience was fantastic from start to finish. All the Globalteer staff made me feel really welcome. I spent a couple of weeks volunteering at the Helping... read more

    Holly Bygrave Avatar Holly Bygrave
    7/26/2018
  • All the Globalteer staff I have worked with have become friends and I value their support and encouragement. I have volunteered with the Globalteer Cambodia Community Project in... read more

    Sally Bateman Avatar Sally Bateman
    1/17/2018
  • I would most definitely recommend Globalteer to anyone who is interested in volunteering. My experience with Globalteer was amazing and I've volunteered with... read more

    A.N. Barry Avatar A.N. Barry
    1/14/2018
  • It was a life-changing experience for me, one that I will never forget. I absolutely loved my time volunteering in Cambodia with Globalteer!... read more

    Ann Quinlivan Avatar Ann Quinlivan
    5/31/2018
  • Wish others would also be as lucky as I am to have such an amazing experience! I can’t stop talking & thinking about this amazing experience... read more

    burcu eren Avatar burcu eren
    1/10/2019
  • All the staff and volunteers I worked with were very friendly and supportive. My time spent volunteering in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with Globalteer... read more

    Colin Elkington Avatar Colin Elkington
    1/13/2018
  • Could not fault the hard work these people put in to support people less fortunate than myself. Great experience in Peru, couldn't fault the hard work these... read more

    Mark Catling Avatar Mark Catling
    6/30/2017
  • If you’re considering getting involved, just do it! I guarantee you won’t regret it. I had an AMAZING experience volunteering on two different projects... read more

    Jessica Robinson Avatar Jessica Robinson
    1/12/2018
  • I think it speaks volumes for the quality and impact of the experience, that I returned for a second trip! I first volunteered at Picaflor House Children's Community Project in... read more

    Katharine Hughes Avatar Katharine Hughes
    2/28/2018
  • The staff really made me feel welcome. I had a great experience with Globalteer in Peru. The... read more

    AJ Rodney Avatar AJ Rodney
    11/05/2017

If you would like to to have an ethical elephant encounter abroad, then choose to volunteer to help elephants!

The Thailand Elephant Sanctuary gives safe haven to rescued elephants so they can live a life as close as possible to their wild relatives. Without the sanctuary these lovely animals would otherwise be roaming the streets, suffering terrible conditions at working elephant camps or being exploited by the tourism industry.

The Cambodia Elephant Sanctuary is based at the head of a beautiful jungle valley in Eastern Cambodia. The sanctuary provides rescued elephants with the most natural living environment possible. The project also works tirelessly in elephant conservation to protect Cambodia's remaining wild elephant population.

The Northern Thailand Elephant Sanctuary is dedicated to providing a safe, natural habitat to Asian elephants who are being rehabilitated from years of exploitation in logging, elephant rides and shows. Volunteers work alongside local staff & professional mahouts to help gives these beautiful creatures a better life, in a safe and natural environment.