Elephant Conservation Worker

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Coordinator | Steffen
Coordinator | Steffen


Experience the Thai way of life and live in 'the land of smiles'
Contribute to the protection of an endangered species and play your part in their conservation
Further your career working with animals by making a difference in another country
Engage with elephants in an environment created to ensure they most comfortable life possible
Have the opportunity after your placement to discover one of the most popular countries to visit in the world
Help make a difference to elephants who had previously been kept in poor conditions around the country, by creating a safe and comfortable environment for them. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Of the 50,000 elephants once living in Thailand, there are only around 2,000 left today. Both free-living and domesticated elephants are threatened with extinction, which makes it so hard to believe that only sixty years ago, more than 50,000 roamed free. Wild elephants are hunted for their ivory and their habitats are cleared and converted into plantations, whilst other illegal trades also affect their numbers. Domesticated elephants are mainly used as tourist attractions, and the lack of adequate care and appropriate living conditions has caused them to become just as threatened as those in the wild.

Unfortunately, there is no law for the protection of these animals, which is why they urgently need the help and support of our volunteers!

The sanctuary for endangered elephants is in the southern part of central Thailand. The sanctuary is set across 7 acres of safe habitat, for them to roam freely and recover from the poor conditions they've lived in previously. The facility is actually the first chain-free elephant protection organisation in Asia! The elephants living here were rescued by the sanctuary after being captured or raised as livestock, mostly for use in the tourism or construction industry. Many of them are elderly, blind, or suffering from ill health. The oldest elephant onsite is 75 years old!

Typical day

Your exact working hours are discussed when you start at the project, but you will normally be able to contribute for 6 days a week with the wildlife, for between 6 and 7 hours. Your lunch break will vary but you'll be able to share it about midday with the other volunteers. There is a variety of different things you may be involved with on a daily basis. Your input is massively appreciated, as, without volunteers, there are a number of roles that would be hard to complete for the team on their own. This includes:

  • Monitoring/Reporting
  • Food Prep/Delivery
  • Maintenance
  • Cleaning and Prep
  • Assisting Existing Team

Free-time activities

Thailand is known for its incredible scenery and things to do, which is why it's one of the most popular countries in the world with backpackers. Local to the project, you have a few small shops in the local town, but lots of natural beauty to explore nearby. The next town in 30 minutes by car. There you can stroll through the night market and buy something for your family and friends. If you are adventurous, you can even swim in the nearby river. For the participants who prefer a quieter place, there is the possibility to relax in a spa with pool near the job site. There is something for everyone, from temples to snorkelling, you'll find loads of things to keep you active.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV, letter of motivation, criminal background check and visa document
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No relevant background or experience with animals is required, however it is essential that our applicants have a passion for working with animals.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Rainbow Garden Village

What's Included

* Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

* Accommodation 

* Volunteer Placement 

* Full Orientation

* Personal Contact Person

* 24Hr Emergency Number

* Assistance with Travel Preparation

* Branded T Shirt

* Participation Certificate

* Extensive Travel Documentation


You'll live in a bungalow with one or two other participants. At the main house, there is a large terrace with a table where you can eat and spend time with the other volunteers. It's also a great place to rest up, or even catch a bit of sun! In the main house there is also a kitchen, where your lunch and dinner are cooked. For your breakfast, there are various foods available. Once a week, the cleaning staff will come to change your bedding and clean the bungalow. There are plenty of power outlets in the bedrooms and you can use the Wi-Fi in the elephant kitchen. To make it easier for you to explore the dream beaches, it is possible to buy or rent a scooter near the location and get to know the area.

Dorm Room Bungalow
Food & Beverages

You'll eat in a similar way to the locals and the local cuisine, so expect to get to know new foods and delicacies! You're provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner in a buffet style throughout the work week, and there's also a communal kitchen available if you ever fancy a little nibble! If you do have any dietary requirements, please let us know about them as far in advance as possible, and we will do our best to accommodate them, or we will inform you if the local area can't.

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

Before you even depart, our friendly UK team will take you through every step of the process, from answering your questions about the programme, through to advising you where to go for your visa. We are here to help you and to ensure that you feel totally comfortable (and prepared!) before departing.

You can fly into one of the two international airports in Bangkok. For the Wildlife Conservation Project or Elephant Animal Shelter Project, you can be picked up by a member of the team in Bangkok (for an additional fee). The project takes arrivals every Sunday. The taxi ride then takes about three hours. You can also travel there independently if you wish. You will receive a detailed handout in which you will find helpful details on how to get there by bus.

As soon as you arrive at the centre, you will be welcomed by the local team. The team will show you your accommodation as well as introduce you to the house rules, your work, local health facilities and safety rules. You will receive a comprehensive tour of the area, an introduction to the tasks involved, and get to know your co-workers on site. You will receive background information about the site and find out how to get involved in animal welfare in Asia.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in GBP (USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
£1,099 ($1,385)
4 weeks
£1,589 ($2,002)
6 weeks
£2,079 ($2,620)
8 weeks
£2,569 ($3,237)
10 weeks
£3,059 ($3,854)
12 weeks
£3,549 ($4,472)
24 weeks (max. stay)
£6,489 ($8,176)
Average fees
£410 ($517) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Rainbow Garden Village 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 Rainbow Garden Village during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Elephant Conservation Worker

Help make a difference to elephants who had previously been kept in poor conditions around the country, by creating a safe and comfortable environment for them.


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