Caring for Elephants in Thailand

Caring for Elephants in Thailand

Caring for Elephants in Thailand

Trip Details:

Operator:   GVI - Global Vision International
Price From: $1840
Ideal Age Range:  19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs:  Moderately Fit
Program duration: 1 week

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About this program

Travel to Thailand’s Chiang Mai Province and volunteer with elephants rescued from working in tourist camps. Assist with the elephants’ rehabilitation and help mahouts (traditional elephant keepers) with working alternatives. Discover the fascinating culture and lush mountain forests of Northern Thailand in your free time.


You will live in a communal environment with villagers and English-speaking staff providing guidance throughout your time on the project. Early mornings and long days spent in the field and on community projects are rewarded by a feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day, and the noticeable positive impact that you will make on the lives of the elephants and the local community where you will live. The members of the village own more than 60 elephants distributed around tourist camps in the area. The project works with villagers giving them incentive to return their elephants to the natural habitat where they belong, and to forage in Huay Pakoot’s forest. The population of Asian elephants and their habitat is rapidly declining. With less than 1,000 left in the wild in Thailand, but around 3,000 in captivity, we are one of the few viable alternatives to the reality of their domesticated future within detrimental tourist camps. Please note, this is an ethical volunteer program and participants will not partake in riding elephants or demonstrating unnatural skills.

Country Fast Facts


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Continent: Asia
Official Language(s) Thai
Capital: Bangkok
Population 67,959,000 (2015 estimate)
Climate(s) Tropical Savanna, Monsoon, Equatorial
Major Airport(s): Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), Phuket International Airport (HKT), Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
Economic Driver(s): Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Manufacturing, Energy, Tourism, Banking/Finance

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