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Volunteer in Thailand: Working in Elephant Camp in Thailand

ELI Abroad

Street Address:
2828 N Speer Blvd. Suite 230, Denver, United States
United States

Working in Elephant Camp in Thailand

Thai-run elephant camp
Dates of Program
First and Third Mondays of the Month
Both (group and independent)
Age Restrictions
18 Years+
Project Review

The Asian Elephant is only thriving in Thailand due to the work of a few organizations, and this program gives volunteers a chance to help with this massive effort at a Thai-run elephant camp.  Volunteers live on-site in amazing treehouses that lean out over the river, and they assist the hill tribe staff with bathing and feeding schedules Monday through Friday.  The camp hosts day visitors from all over the world, and volunteers also work to educate visitors and make sure that they are interacting safely with the animals.  Later in the afternoon volunteers are broken up into different tasks.  The elephant camp is big and has a very large staff - it’s almost a community of its own.  Everyone living in the surrounding village is either staff or a family member of a staff person at the park.  Elephant Sanctuary, Chiang Mai, Thailand Volunteers help out and work with the families and children of the park’s workers.  Some volunteers teach an hour or two of English at the local hill tribe school.  Other volunteers will stay at the park and teach English to the elephant trainers and other staff.  Volunteers may be asked to help out with other areas of the elephant camp during their volunteer service. These additional tasks could be anything from cutting corn stalks for dinner, making elephant dung paper, or painting pictures with the elephants. 

Major Responsibilities

Major responsibilities of volunteers:

  • Assist local staff in bathing and feeding elephants
  • Teach English to local staff
  • Share information and cultural values with local people
Cost/Program Fee
USD 900 for 2 Weeks and USD 3400 for 12 Weeks
What program fee Includes

Program fee covers:

  • Pre-Departure Packet
  • Airport Pick-Up in Chiang Mai
  • Orientation
  • City Tour
  • Accommodation
  • Most meals
  • Access to a Travel Nurse and Activities Coordinator
  • 24/7 In-Country Support

Program fee does not cover:

  • Round-Trip Transportation to Chiang Mai
  • Return Trip to Airport
  • Required Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Visa Fees
Skills/ Qualifications

No specific skills or qualifications are required. We expect our volunteers to be kind, flexible, friendly and have good communication skills.

Arrangements for Room/Food

Arrangements of food and room for volunteers are managed by a host family. For detailed information on arrangements contact us at:

Any Missing Important Information

Travel insurance is not included in the program fee. We prefer to let participants decide what kind of coverage they need. Since you are about to volunteer in another country, we ask you to make necessary preparations before going there. It is best if volunteers arrive on a date below before 8pm, so orientation can take place over the weekend and volunteers can start their program bright and early on Monday. 
Arrival Dates for 2010: January 2, January 15, January 29, February 12, February 26, March 12, April 2, April 16, April 30, May 14, June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30, and August 13.For detail information on this project contact us at:

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