Cultural Immersion & Elephant Conservation

Mahouts Elephant Foundation
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Experience deep cultural immersion
Enjoy hands off elephant interactions - observational interactions only
Spend time hiking in pristine untouched forest
Live with a local family and learn about their way of life
Create memories that will last you a lifetime
Join us for a unique culturally immersive community based experience, observing elephants living freely in their natural habitat and help with community based projects. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+

Turn your holiday into a rewarding, interesting and challenging volunteering experience.

Join us in the beautiful mountains of northern Thailand, for a unique opportunity of watching our elephants roam freely from a respectful distance in their forest home and immerse yourself in the rich and ancient culture of the Karen people that call these mountains home, by becoming a part of their household for the duration of your stay. 

Learn about the history of Karen people in Thailand, their traditions, their long history of living along side elephants and with the help of our English speaking staff learn how to communicate and connect with your host family.

Whilst you are with us, you will not only be spending time with and contributing towards keeping our beautiful elephants here, but you will be helping villagers in their daily lives and assisting with projects throughout the community. 

Help us to make a positive impact in this mountain community and we promise that your stay and hard work will make a memorable and lasting impact on you in return.

We operate under the system of community-based tourism; this means the whole village benefits from our presence and your stay.

Our Elephants; our elephants are living deep in the forest, which is our intention for the rest of their lives. They are safe here and are able to wander freely foraging in the forest, providing them with a rich and varied diet.

While our elephants are captive and somewhat used to people being around them, we encourage them to live as naturally as possible, exercising their freedom of choice and always being treated with respect – this philosophy is at the very core of our mission and project.

We do not feed or force the elephants to interact with us, instead we offer observation based experiences - allowing our guests to watch the elephants simply being elephants.

Community work; there are many projects that the villagers need assistance with throughout the year, these projects change with the seasons. You could be involved with helping with our reforestation program, assisting villagers to plant of harvest crops; such as mountain rice, coffee or other smaller household crops or any other task that the village requires assistance with.

These projects are likely to require physical labour and may mean spending long hours outdoors exposed to the elements. A medium to high level of fitness is advised.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

Your Schedule
Day prior;
- Arrive in Mae Sot

Day one;
- Be picked up from hotel in Mae Sot
- Arrive in the village and meet your host family
- Introduction to the village and Karen culture
- Welcome ceremony and dinner

Day two;
- Cultural immersion/ assist with village projects

Day three;
- Hike out to see the elephants
- Enjoy lunch in the forest

Day four;
- Cultural immersion/ assist with village projects

Day five;
- Hike out to see the elephants
- Enjoy lunch in the forest
- View sunset at the local temple, looking out over the mountains of Myanmar
- Farewell dinner

Day six;
- Return to Mae Sot

For a 2 week stay - volunteers can expect a repeat of week 1, with a rest day in the village to further bond with their host family or to simply take time to relax into village life and collect energy for a busy second week.

Please note: The schedule is subject to change depending on the season and needs of the villagers.


We are based in a very remote location. Free time activities are all village based.

We recommend volunteers take time to bond with their host families, walk around the village and enjoy the scenery or take time to simply relax and rejuvenate for the busy days ahead.



Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (basis niveau)
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 07:30 - 15:30

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Mahouts Elephant Foundation

589.00 USD /per person - is the discounted price when booking 2 or more people/week.

* Transportation is not included in overall fee.

** We are always happy to match solo travelers with each other to create a group volunteering trip - when possible.

Fees go towards; accommodation, meals, transport when on site, mahout salaries and community activities

Accommodation is with a home stay is basic, clean and comfortable. The rooms are private with clean bedding and a mosquito nets. There is limited electricity to charge devices, so be sure to travel with a fully charged powerbank/ spare batteries and a flashlight, as access to electricity is not guaranteed. The bathrooms are clean, with traditional cold water bucket showers and Asian style squat toilets.

Eten & Drank

Once volunteers arrive on site all meals are provided; breakfast, lunch and dinner.

All meals are served with rice and are usually a combination of vegetables with meat and/or eggs.
Volunteers with special dietary requirements can be catered for - we simply need to be aware in advance to inform your host family.
Free filtered water is provided.

Internet toegang
Onze excuses, geen toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten. Afhaling van de luchthaven is ook niet inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Mae Sot Airport (MAQ) in Mae Sot. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Thailand.
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Thailand biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Thailand dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Thailand.

Data & Kosten


Gegevens over jouw aankomst

We accept volunteers all year round.

jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
1 - 2 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
1 week (min. verblijf)
2 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$883 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. Mahouts Elephant Foundation zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Mahouts Elephant Foundation gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

Bijkomende zekerheid geboden door Volunteer World
Volunteer World is 's werelds leidende vergelijkingsplatform voor internationale vrijwilligerswerk projecten. Wij begeleiden jou door een betrouwbare aanmeldingsprocedure - inclusief de nodige betalingen. Plan jouw zinvolle reis met Volunteer World en krijg gratis toegang tot:
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als Mahouts Elephant Foundation jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
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