Elephant Volunteer Project, Thailand

Country: Thailand,
Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation, Humanitarian & Community Development ,
Organisation: WorkingAbroad Projects

Volunteer at an Elephant Sanctuary and home for old elephants in Mae Chaem, situated in the lush countryside of Northern Thailand. Help to give elephants a chance to live free.

This elephant volunteer project provides an alternative for elephants and their owners to move away from the busy city life and hardships of trekking by providing a retirement home for elderly elephants, as well as engaging the local community in environmental and education projects.

You can join for 1 week up to 4 weeks all year round.

Individuals, groups, families and students all welcome.

The project relies on assistance from volunteers to help care for the elephants of the sanctuary and to support its community development programmes. Volunteers are involved in a range of tasks in the sanctuary such as;

  • walking with the elephants,
  • bathing the elephants,
  • preparing fruit for the elephants (cleaning, cutting),
  • feeding the elephants,
  • going to cut grass and corn for elephants,
  • helping with projects around the property for the elephants or in the local village.

Another main focus for this project is small animals rescue and release work.  Volunteers have rescued tortoises and different species of owls which have been rehabilitated back to health and released back into the wild.  So you may also be involved in any ongoing small animals rescue and release programmes, including building animal enclosures, making beds for animals, fixing fences, and so on.

In addition, Eco-tourism and environmental conservation  is promoted through planting trees, local education and community development. Volunteers have the opportunity to work together with the community and can join in on community projects, including:

  • teaching English,
  • helping with educational programmes,
  • tree planting and clean up days,
  • providing soy milk for the elderly for nutrition,
  • replacing water pipes,
  • placing sand bags along the river banks to protect from flooding,
  • helping to repair local houses and so on.


Contact Details


The Coombe, Spring Barn Farm

Kingston Road

Lewes BN7 3ND

United Kingdom

Telephone 1: +44 1273 479 047

Website: http://www.workingabroad.com/projects/elephant-volunteer-project-thailand

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