Elephant Compassion in Thailand

There is an elephant sanctuary located south west of Bangkok, on monastery grounds, that is part of a larger rescue centre. It’s the perfect place to volunteer abroad with elephants. Nearby forests give rescued elephants the chance to roam around in a more natural environment. They spend from late afternoon until early morning on their own in the forest enabling them to display natural behaviour and to forage for themselves for food.

Thailand is home to both wild and domesticated populations of the Asian elephants. A domestic elephant is one who has been captured in the wild and tamed to live and work with a mahout (elephant keeper).
Today, Thailand’s wild population of elephants are struggling for survival. The nearby mountain forests are primary forest and in the valleys and lowlands, secondary forest. The wild elephants of Thailand (of which is estimated, to be only around 2000 left) live in open grass fields and dense rainforests all over the country.

Historically, domestic elephants have been used mainly in the logging industry, ironically and unwillingly helping to destroy the very habitat they need to survive. After the ban on logging, most of these elephants have ended up being used for the tourism industry or have had to make a living begging on the streets of big cities.Walking day and night on these dirty and traffic congested streets is dangerous and unhealthy and very often, these elephants end up being involved in horrific traffic accidents. Regrettably, in Thailand, there are no laws to prevent this abuse and mistreatment, therefore there is an urgent need to help these animals.

This is where you can come in. When joining this program, you will be taught all you need to know about the caring for these magnificent animals over your time. You will work hands-on with the elephants, washing them, feeding them during the day, going out to collect food for them, taking them into our beautiful lake to swim and cleaning their enclosure. The financial contribution you make to the centre supports the costs of caring for the elephants and for your food and accommodation.

Costs cover bungalow accommodation (with en suite), training, most meals, and also a small contribution to the program. This is one of the most well-regarded conservations programs in Thailand.

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What to Expect?

The accommodation is in simple bungalows within the wildlife centre. Each bungalow has its own (European style) toilet and shower and are mainly either two or three bedded. There is a large kitchen within the main volunteer house for making breakfast and hot drinks. Lunch and dinner is cooked for you.

The volunteer house has a large seating area and TV and DVD player for the evenings. You must have a positive attitude towards group living and teamwork.  Your stay at the centre will be basic and you will be expected to help with housework duties and keeping the volunteer house clean and tidy.

  • Program ID: # 2502
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    Phetchaburi province Bangkok
    13° 30' 35.3736" N, 100° 22' 6.0492" E
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
  • Closest Airport:
    Bangkok (BKK)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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