Volunteers are needed and welcomed to work at the Elephant Conservation in Thailand. Work in the forest collecting research, check the health of elephants and educate the community by teaching English.
With opportunities for unique experiences, hiking in the forest to find the elephants and observing their natural behaviours. This is the experience of a lifetime. All Volunteers need to be physically fit to hike in the mountains. The sanctuary is the evidence of where donations received are used, which provide for our elephants and our community.
Elephants that are rescued from the tourism industry are given a home to live out their lives in the forest, in semi-wild conditions. Volunteers are needed to help us keep the elephants happy and healthy in an environment which is close to the animal’s natural habitat. Volunteers support and the donations received, allows the return of more elephants to the forest.
The Sanctuary for Elephant Conservation in Thailand is in a Karen village in rolling hills of the Northern region. Surrounded by deep forest which is the ideal habitat for the elephants that live here to roam.
Originating from Myanmar, but through migration in to Thailand, The Karen people searched an escape from the years of wars. Due to this they have their own language and culture. Which, volunteers have the opportunity to experience. The Karen are keen weavers and their reputation precedes them across the whole of Thailand for their elephant keeping. With their main income coming from their elephants and working the fields, predominantly growing rice and corn. They use traditional slash and burn farming techniques. Volunteers have the opportunity to learn about the culture and become a part of the community..
The days begin early in the morning with hikes deep into the forest to locate the elephants. Volunteers stay close to them while observing and collecting valuable research data on their behaviours. After enjoying lunch with the elephants in the forest, which is a very unique experience all by itself, you will return to the village.
There are many opportunities to teach English at the local school, to the homestays and to the mahouts. You will also learn a huge amount about the elephants in Asia and the local language and culture.
Volunteers have an open mind and desire to work with and experience the culture.
You will have the chance to experience a diversity of tasks. Please be aware that tasks may vary depending on the time of your arrival and your own preferences.
- health checks
- behaviours research
- teaching English at the school and to locals
- cutting grass
- planting and harvesting crops
- educating on captive elephants to combat illegal trade
Volunteers help us take care of visitors and educate them on the real elephant situation in Thailand.
Volunteers and visitors wake up early in the morning and prepare for a long hike into the forest. Hikes will usually return to the village around early afternoon but the day doesn’t end there. Also, Volunteers and visitors will have the opportunity to participate in teaching English at the school, to the homestays and to the mahouts. This is in addition to learning about elephants in Asia and the local language and culture.
There are many activities in the village. All volunteers can take part in these on their free days. These include basket and head band weaving, river tubing, Thai massage, night hikes, bamboo rafting, cooking classes and forest camping.