Elephant Volunteer Project, Thailand

Volunteer at the elephant sanctuary at Mae Chaem and help give the elephants a chance to live free as well as providing support to the local community.

Established in 2011, this elephant sanctuary was created with the aim of owners and locals on the elephant situation in Thailand as well as providing an alternative for owners to retire their elephants to a place they call home. Currently the project rents two old female elephants to provide an alternative for their owners, thus keeping them out of trekking camps or the tourism industry. This gives the elephants a natural home where they can behave like real elephants. 

As a volunteer you will be involved in a range of tasks such as:

  • Walking the elephants
  • Bathing the elephants
  • Preparing food and feeding the elephants
  • Cutting grass and corn for elephants

As well as elephants the project rescues and rehabilitates local wildlife such as owls. They also have a sanctuary to tortoises, dogs and cats. Volunteers may have the chance to get involved with tasks including building enclosures, making beds for animals and fixing fences. 

There is also the chance for volunteers to work together with the local community and can join in on projects such as:

  • Teaching English
  • Helping with educational programmes
  • Tree planting
  • Replacing water pipes and repairing houses
  • Providing soy milk to the elderly for nutrition

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What to Expect?

Applicants need to be aged 17 years plus, speak English and have a reasonable level of fitness. Previous experience working with animals is useful but not required. We just require you to have a strong motivation to help and contribute to the community, and to be able to cope with living in basic conditions. 


  • Program ID: # 2536
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
  • location:
    District of Mae Chaem
    United States
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Chiang Mai (CNX)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
  • Program Type:
    Community Development Projects
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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