Volunteer in a Karen hill tribe village, improving the welfare of captive elephants by allowing them to retire to the forest, creating sustainable alternative livelihoods, and contributing to community development and forest health.
“Enabling elephants to retire in their native habitat while providing alternative income to the elephant owners and the villagers. You can see how ethical tourism promotes the health and well-being of not just the elephants but also the native people who have cared for and depended on them for generations.” – Adrienne B
Thailand is a gem-filled country that offers beautiful landscapes, friendly people, delicious cuisine and an undeniable sense of adventure. When it comes to Thailand, the saying ‘Land of a Thousand Smiles’ is no exaggeration.
The elephants here are given autonomy and freedom of choice, spending their days foraging in their natural habitat, without having to please humans. You’ll learn about elephant behaviour and how to collect this data for critical research. Live with and learn about the culture of the Karen hill tribe, and teach English to the local community.
The project is located in Chiang Mai province which offers bustling markets, hidden temples and tranquil natural landscapes. This sanctuary is located within a Karen hill tribe community offering a genuine cultural experience for volunteers to learn about their culture and traditions.
There are numerous activities that volunteers can get involved within the community, including learning to weave the traditional Karen cloth, bamboo crafts, Karen cooking classes, learning the local language spoken only by the Karen people. Football matches with the locals or visits to the waterfalls are also options.