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Northern Thailand Elephant Sanctuary

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Northern Thailand Elephant Sanctuary
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Project Information

Volunteer Type Volunteer

Cost of Project From $780 AUD

Duration Up to 2 weeks (volunteers) or up to 4 weeks (student vets)

Start Dates Every Monday, all Year Round

Work Roster 9am to 5pm

Age Requirement 18 years of age

The Northern Thailand Elephant Sanctuary enables volunteers to make a tangible difference amid a backdrop of beauty, wonder and exploration. By assisting the conservation team and fellow volunteers, this project enables displaced and abused elephants to integrate back into their natural habitat. This life changing experience will see you provide sanctuary for one of the world’s most endangered species alongside various buffalo, birds, cats and dogs that require rescuing. Here is a means of gaining a greater cultural appreciation within Asia whilst contributing to one of the great moral causes of our time.

  • Your Contribution

*Feed and bathe elephants
*Clearing elephant droppings
*General elephant care
*Cleaning and preparing elephant food
*Constructing and maintaining mud pits
*Helping local villages
*Caring for dogs and other pets
*Assisting staff with mahouts while undertaking various educational tasks with park staff

  • A Typical Day

After breakfast at 7am, you will prepare the elephants food before giving it to the animals. Volunteers can witness the herd bathe together in the river amid the surrounds of their natural habitat. You will participate in any number of activities, from assisting with the bathing site to cutting food and plantations to general maintenance tasks. No two days will be the same as volunteers gain an appreciation and a greater understanding of the animals and the challenges they face in Thailand. Dinner is served at 6pm as the day ends.

  • Skills Required

Volunteers must be fluent in English, be willing to work and must be able to take direction staff.

Ability to work well and integrate within a team environment

A University degree in English tourism, sales or design preferred, but a strong initiative, capacity to learn and dynamic personality is a non-negotiable

Social network skills is a major advantage

  • Challenges

There are numerous challenges facing the elephant conservation effort in Thailand. As the site operates to help orphaned, blind and disabled elephants who have been abused, there is a confronting reality to their plight. Each individual working on the site will have their own instinctive reaction to these tough and heartbreaking moments.

By working with the volunteers, you are making a tangible impact by removing them from gruelling and inhumane working conditions and off the streets to integrate back into their natural habitat.

  • Accommodation

You will be living on site in comfortable accommodation sharing with at least two other volunteers. Here you will fall asleep to the sounds of elephants calling. WiFi and phone service are also available with an operating laundry that charges a small fee per kg.

  • Meals

The food is excellent, with a large buffet style lunch and dinner with many different dishes to choose from. Vegan and vegetarian food is always available, and all dietary restrictions are catered to. There are three meals per day with a mix of delicious Thai cuisine.

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