This old elephant retirement volunteer project in Mae Chaem, Chiang Mai, Thailand was established in 2011, with the aim of educating both owners and mahouts, as well as local communities, on the elephant situation in Thailand and providing an alternative for owners to retire their elephants to an ethical place to call home.
I had the most amazing week at the Elephant Volunteer project! Amazing animals, amazing people and just an amazing place. I had so much fun and felt like I was actually doing something to help, as well as seeing the amazing care that the animals receive. Thank you! Chloe Studd, UK
Contribute to elephant welfare and learn about the plight of Elephants in Thailand. Experience Thai culture and spend time with the local community. See the beautiful countryside around Mae Chaem, Northern Thailand.
The project is located in the District of Mae Chaem situated just 2.5 hours drive South-West of Chiang Mai, amongst beautiful mountain scenery and lush countryside. Situated in a valley in Mae Tan, Thung Yaw Maechaem, the sanctuary has breathtaking views of Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand.
Volunteers can do some sightseeing of local temples, waterfalls and caves. Visit the local community and surrounding areas of Mae Chaem. Enjoy tasty Thai food cooked by our local staff. Spend time relaxing with a team of volunteers from around the world.