Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand
Assist with the elephants' rehabilitation and help mahouts (traditional elephant keepers) and other villagers with establishing alternative livelihoods. Discover the fascinating culture and lush mountain forests of Northern Thailand in your free time.
Volunteer in the lush mountain forests of Northern Thailand and spend each day in the field with elephants rescued from working in tourist camps. Leaving their tragic pasts behind, these gentle giants now live natural lives in the Chiang Mai Province of Northern Thailand, an area famous for its traditional elephant keeping communities.
Volunteers can learn about elephant behaviour and contribute directly to the elephants’ lives by providing working alternatives for the owners, mahouts (elephant keepers) and villagers, that allow the elephants to live in the forest. You will observe elephants alongside mahouts who draw on generations of tribal knowledge about elephants.
During your stay in Northern Thailand, you will learn about elephant history, behaviour, training, biology, social skills, and more. You will have the incredible opportunity to observe our elephants in their natural habitat. While learning about elephants from a Karen community, who have worked with them for centuries, we know that you will be able to see the happiness you can bring to these incredibly intelligent animals
“I have had the opportunity to observe and work closely with these social and complex animals, which would be impossible with elephants in the wild. Staying in a traditional Karen community has been a million miles away from life in England. I have been made to feel really welcome here and I feel privileged to be part of a project that is helping both the elephants and the community in which they live.”
- Claire Wigham, (United Kingdom)
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