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Outstanding 4.9rating (209)

Thai Elephant Sanctuary

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1 - 13 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Outstanding 4.9  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Very high response rate

Highlights

  • Volunteer to bring elephants back to their natural habitat, making a meaningful conservation impact
  • Observe elephants' natural behaviors in the forest, immersing yourself in their home environment
  • Experience the captivating Thai culture during your free time
  • Connect with like-minded volunteers from around the world, forming lifelong friendships while making a difference

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

About the program

Join us in Thailand, offering safety and care for rescued domesticated elephants, giving them a chance for a peaceful and natural life. 🐘

The Project

The elephant sanctuary gives refuge to domesticated elephants who have been rescued from a life of working on the streets or logging. Nearby forests give the elephants the opportunity to roam and forage in an (almost) natural environment.

The non-profit organisation provides care and ...

About the program

The Project

The elephant sanctuary gives refuge to domesticated elephants who have been rescued from a life of working on the streets or logging. Nearby forests give the elephants the opportunity to roam and forage in an (almost) natural environment.

The non-profit organisation provides care and assistance to Thailand’s rescued elephant population by providing the rescue and ongoing care of these gentle animals. 

The project has won numerous awards for its ethical contribution to the assistance of Thai Elephants and other animals and the project owner campaigns heavily for animal rights. The team have rescued dozens of elephants, including very old, blind, deaf and orphaned elephants, and given them sanctuary in beautiful, open spaces.

***This project starts and ends on a SUNDAY so please apply from a Sunday to Sunday***

The Location

The sanctuary is on temple grounds near Tha Yang, a district in the Southern part of Phetchaburi province in central Thailand, about 160 kms/100 miles South of Bangkok. Phetchaburi province is famous throughout Thailand for its Thai desserts - Khanom Thai - delicious candy-like finger food made from egg, palm sugar, coconut, and a binding agent, usually crushed beans or flour. 

O2E's elephant project is perfect for those looking for a culturally authentic experience in Thailand, as well as for those wanting to experience a largely social aspect to a project as there are as many as 30 volunteers at the project at any given time. 

Our Volunteers

Your responsibilities could include

  • feeding and watering the elephants 
  • cleaning and preparing food
  • construction and maintenance of mud pits 
  • cleaning enclosures (pick up lots of elephant poo
  • sourcing food from local farms (cutting corn and banana trees up for elephant food)
  • planting trees and looking after other wildlife and the resident dogs.

You will make a positive difference to the lives of the animals at the centre by caring for and enriching the lives of elephants that have been rescued or handed in by the local people. Special projects for long term volunteers include the care of orphaned baby primates, caring for animals in the quarantine area and taking part in animal rescues.

Conditions Onsite

It can be very emotional work treating and caring for sick and abused animals so you should try to be prepared for this. Be rest assured that you are amongst like-minded people who are experiencing the same feelings and emotions as you and will be there to support you. 

Many of the elephants in the area are used for other forms of elephant tourism in the area such as local elephant shows and elephant riding. This simply exploits animal which O2E and its partners do not support. 

The work at the centre is both demanding and physical, especially in the hot months. You will need to be in good physical condition due to the nature of the work undertaken in a hot and humid environment.

There is no maximum age, however, you will need to be able to stand for long periods of time, work in humid or wet conditions and perform basic manual labour tasks. 

Volunteers applying for this project must be over the age of 18.

Thailand has rich, biological diversity. However, sadly increasingly, human pressures such as overexploitation, habitat loss and habitat degradation, are pushing many of Thailand creatures to the brink of extinction. In Thailand, as in every country in the world, animals are abused and exploited for profit and human gratification. There are many examples of animal exploitation for the tourist industry, such as animals performing in degrading shows and elephant riding camps. There is also a thriving illegal trade in wild animals for pets.  O2E ask that volunteers do not engage in activities that involve animal exploitation. 

Please Note
The second instalment of your project fees is due within 1 week after you paid the deposit on Volunteer World. This is a total of $495 AUD and comes off your balance. The balance is due 90 days prior to travel. For all further information about the fees, please scroll down to the section "Program Fees“.



Typical day

You will be involved in the daily routine of caring for the resident elephants at the centre.

Animals are fed several times a day therefore food preparation and feeding plays a large part in caring for each animal. 

Each day you will be provided entertainment by preparing food games and enrichments, ...

Typical day

You will be involved in the daily routine of caring for the resident elephants at the centre.

Animals are fed several times a day therefore food preparation and feeding plays a large part in caring for each animal. 

Each day you will be provided entertainment by preparing food games and enrichments, enclosures require cleaning and the collection of discarded food is required. 

Rotational tasks include keeping the volunteer house tidy, sweeping paths, kitchen duties and feeding, washing and grooming the resident dogs.


Free-time activities

After work you can relax at the centre and socialise with other volunteers. There is a variety of local activities available which are scheduled on a weekly basis. These include night market visits, dinner outings, trips to Cha Am and National Park wild elephant spotting. 

On days off, you may ...

Free-time activities

After work you can relax at the centre and socialise with other volunteers. There is a variety of local activities available which are scheduled on a weekly basis. These include night market visits, dinner outings, trips to Cha Am and National Park wild elephant spotting. 

On days off, you may choose to spend the day or an overnight stay in Cha Am or Hua Hin relaxing on the beach, shopping, tasting the local cuisine or getting pampered. There is a weekly night market in Cha-am which sells lots of cheap clothes and souvenirs. 

Spend the day at Phetchaburi, the capital city of Phetchaburi Province and one of the oldest settlements in Thailand. Mentioned in historical records dating to the 8th century, and having significant standing artifacts dating to the 12th century, there are numerous temples in and around the city center and market area, in addition to the Royal Palace known informally as Khao Wang that dominates the skyline. The city is situated on the River Phet ("diamond" in Thai), which originates in the Kaeng Krachan National Park and flows into the Gulf of Siam at Baan Laem.

Phetchaburi is a predominantly agricultural province. The city reflects this with a large and thriving traditional market which buzzes with activity from pre-dawn until mid-day and is filled with various aromas. It is very much a working city, with few tourists.

Visit the local spa resort for the day or evening and make use of the pool, spa facilities and restaurants. A massage is the best way to work out those aches and pains!

A few minutes away from the centre is the local village where you can stock up on snacks and personal items or visit the Buddist Temple and big Buddha. 

Please note:
Thailand offers many activities that include animals. Do not ride an elephant, have your picture taken with an animal or visit a zoo or animal entertainment venue. These activities exploit, abuse and overwork animals and many are considered illegal by the Thai Government. 

Any tour, activity or show that involves the use of animals in Thailand falls outside the O2E Policy for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. 


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

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 (fluently)

Required Documents

Proof of travel Insurance docs and Proof of vaccinations

Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Other Skills

No specific skills are required other than a love for animals, a genuine need to help them and a hard working ethic. You should be patient, caring, willing to accept new ideas and be prepared to be challenged by alternative cultural views on the treatment of animals.

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 06:30 - 18:00

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

What's included in this project?

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • Arrival orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • All necessary training by staff and/or volunteers
  • O2E T-Shirt
  • 24-hour in-country support 24-hour
  • O2E emergency phone
  • Certificate of Participation, if requested
What's not included in this project?
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Bangkok airport or hotel transfer to project (O2E can arrange)
  • Personal spending
  • Visas and entry permits

Airport Pickup at Suvarnabhumi Airport

O2E can organise your transport from Bangkok airport or your hotel to take you directly to the centre (2200 BAHT). Pick ups from Hua Hin are 700 BAHT and Cha Am is free.

Accommodation

Basic shared rooms for 2-4 people on site at the centre.

Food & Beverages

Breakfast, lunch and dinner with vegetarian and vegan options.

Fresh, filtered water is provided.

Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok. We assist you to find cheap flights to Thailand. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

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. GET A QUOTE

Vaccines

If you are intending to volunteer in Thailand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Thailand. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

Volunteers can start every Sunday, all year

To get there, fly to Bangkok, Thailand. The centre is located 4 hours south of Bangkok. O2E will organise your transport from Bangkok airport or your hotel to take you directly to the centre. or volunteers can take a bus to the local town where they will be picked up.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

1 week (min. stay) 842€
2 weeks 1,302€
3 weeks 1,708€
4 weeks 2,143€
5 weeks 2,574€
6 weeks 2,990€
13 weeks (max. stay) 6,069€
Average fees 653€/week

Program fees

653€ per week 1 - 13 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

Visa Master Card Maestro American Express PayPal

NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

1 - 13 weeks

Deposit

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

Your final payment will be agreed with Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

Outstanding 4.9 rating (209 reviews)

Non-profit - founded in 2011

Verified by Volunteer World

  Very high response rate

Coordinated by

Tracy

Spoken languages: English

About the project

Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers is a non-profit organisation that was founded for the purpose of providing resources and financial assistance to animal welfare and conservation

Meet your organization

The O2E Founders are animal lovers and committed volunteers. They founded and established the organisation in Melbourne, Australia, having seen firsthand that volunteer recruitment agencies were not always aware if the projects they supported had the best interests of animals and environment in mind. Instead, unethical and harmful behaviour including elephant riding, unsustainable tree nursery projects and the consumption of scarce community resources by the presence of volunteers were often the result. Local wildlife communities and the animals’ environments were also clearly disadvantaged. For this reason, we created our Oceans 2 Earth Ethical Standards and the Wildlife Code and measure all potential projects by these policies prior to partnering with them.

Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers offers volunteering and adventure travel experiences for ethically minded animal and conservation lovers looking for the trip of a lifetime.

In creating Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers, the O2E founders challenge and engage individuals to contribute to meaningful animal welfare and conservation projects. As wildlife carers and avid animal welfare and rights campaigners, they uphold a vision to promote ethical volunteering as an advisable travel alternative.

We believe the way to solve the issues of animal mistreatment and environmental destruction and degradation is to provide people with the opportunity to contribute and interact so that they may develop their own personal culture of responsibility and global conservation. People exposed first hand to challenging bio diverse environmental issues are more likely to draw on those experiences and continue to make a positive impact once they arrive home. 

Oceans 2 Earth recognise that individuals really can make a difference. However small the work effort is from one person, if you combine the actions of many people as a whole, the result can become quite significant. By bringing like-minded and ethically conscious animal lovers together, Oceans 2 Earth believe that there is no limit to what we can achieve. 

Our Mission

Promote environmental sustainability and to be accountable for our impact on the environment.

Take action and find solutions to improve the natural, bio-diverse way of life for all. Promote the ethical treatment and natural living ecology of all animals.

Expose and educate volunteers to the plight of animals ill-affected by conflict or interaction with man, encouraging them to take action and find solutions to these global issues. 

209 reviews · rating4.9

Kirsty Kay rating4.6

2018 at Thai Elephant Sanctuary

I volunteered on the elephant sanctuary for one week in May this year. I really enjoyed how hands on the work with the elephants was, and how involved we were with their every day care. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming, and extremely knowledgeable about the elephants, and their ...
Courtney rating5

2018 at Thai Elephant Sanctuary

Thank you to everyone who made this such a wonderful experience! I will miss all of the people here and the elephants dearly. I will never forget it! Thank you for ...
Oceans 2 Earth is a great organization for anyone looking to volunteer and have some fun while doing it. The program is very well organized and it is clear how you are making an impact. Helen, Amy, and Tim are all great group leaders. You are able to see all sorts of different marine life while ...
Charlotte Pierce rating5

2024 at Great Barrier Reef Marine Conservation

O2E has been great. O2E has been such a great experience, all the staff were so friendly and helpful. I loved learning about how we can observe and conserve the ...
Amylyn Mortimer rating5

2024 at Great Barrier Reef Marine Conservation

Helen, Amy and Timmy were awesome! I learned a lot and enjoyed meeting and becoming friends with the members of our group. Fitzroy and Green island are absolutely beautiful. There’s a lot of down time in the afternoon to freely snorkel or walk around the islands. They were very inclusive of my ...
Sienna Scouter rating5

2024 at Great Barrier Reef Marine Conservation

Helen, Amy, and Sam were wonderful project leaders. They always showed up with lots of enthusiasm and were excited to teach us throughout the day. Overall, the snorkeling activities were enjoyable and the surveys were ...

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Asia > South East Asia > Thailand > Bangkok

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