Educator at Hands-off Elephant Sanctuary

Somboon Legacy Foundation
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Coordinator | Manouk
Coordinator | Manouk
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Experience elephants simply be elephants in their natural habitat
Learn about the local culture
Meet international volunteers
Become a member of our team
Make a change in the elephant tourism industry
We are a completely hands-off elephant sanctuary that cares for old elephants. We aim to be an example of the ethical change in the elephant tourism industry. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 20+

Elephants have been exploited in the tourist industry for many generations.

This is your chance to be a part of the change.

Combine your love of animals with volunteer work.

Let's team up and speak for those who have no voice.

Discover Somboon Legacy Foundation & meet people from all over the world.

Not only will you learn about elephants, but also how to work as a team and about Thai culture.

What could be more rewarding than standing up for the rights of these gentle giants & helping to spread our message of animal friendly tourism.

This will be a great adventure you will never forget!


As a non profit organization, we rely on YOU to help.

One of the main tasks as a volunteer is to educate our visitors during the different programs.

Other tasks can be:

-Helping our mahouts with elephant food

-Taking photos

-Updating our social media channels

-Training new volunteers

-Museum and poo paper factory duties

-Any other tasks (if you have any special skills let us know!)

We are looking for individuals who are both independant & a teamplayer.

Typical day

A general day will start at 09:00AM and finish around 4.30PM. 


  • Guiding our visitors
  • Cut/clean fruit for the elephants
  • Cook sticky rice
  • Take pictures/videos
  • Help with social media
  • Work on the land
  • Help the mahouts (elephant caretakers)
  • Grass cutting
  • Unexpected tasks

Free-time activities

Within the resort you can use the swimming pool. 

Nearby there are other activities available. 
There are two coffee shops located in close proximity. 
A bit further away, accessible by a taxi ride is the city of Kanchanaburi with many restaurants, temples and coffeeshops. 
We also highly recommend to visit the Erawan Waterfalls. 



In order to join the program you need to be at least 20 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Be independent but also a teamplayer.
Can communicate in English, other languages are a plus.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by Somboon Legacy Foundation

The fees will cover the room and food (3 meals per day)

Meals will be local Thai meals such as fried rice, pad thai etc. 

Vegetarian or vegan food is available upon request. 

Drinking water is provided free of charge, bring your own reusable bottle. 

There will be a bicycle available for use, and you will receive two T-shirts. 


The room is located not far from our elephant area. 

It is a shared (2ppl) fan room with bathroom. 

Food & Beverages

3 local meals per day and water

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok. We assist you to find cheap flights to Thailand.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Thailand provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Thailand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Thailand.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

We need volunteer all troughout the year, and you can come on any day. 

Arrival time has to be between 08:00AM and 12:00PM. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$140 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Somboon Legacy Foundation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Somboon Legacy Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Educator at Hands-off Elephant Sanctuary

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