Forest Elephant Sanctuary

opgericht in 2011
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Meet our resident, animals and see how your project fee helps Elephants
You’ll meet loads of great people and we know you’ll have lots of fun, but the animals come first.
Undertake activities caring Elephants
Enjoy a working holiday and contribute to these animals who need us.
Enjoy living in Thailand eating beautiful food and meeting the locals.
The Elephant Sanctuary enables volunteers to make a tangible difference amid a backdrop of beauty, wonder and exploration This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+
The Project

The Forest 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 are a means of gaining a greater cultural appreciation within Asia whilst contributing to one of the great moral causes of our time.

The Sanctuary is located 60km north of Chiang Mai. Complete with comfortable accommodation, fantastic local cuisine and friendly company, you will be situated in the heart of Thailand’s thriving wildlife.

The Location

Thailand is widely considered to be Southeast Asia’s ultimate tropical paradise. Mixing modern architecture with ancient cultural landscapes and traditions, this luxurious part of the world continues to be one of the true tourist hotspots all year round. 

Chiang Mai is the largest city in the North and offers a range of sites and activities for explorers young and old. Rich with fragrances, local delicacies, gardens, ruins and museums, the 14 million annual visitors are treated to an array of splendour amid the revitalised Mae Ping River. 

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
Volunteers will work parallel with our expert conservation team and fellow volunteers. From agricultural activities to community care and general maintenance and sustainability endeavours, your Chiang Mai experience will be a daily education through various hands-on tasks. Volunteers will be working closely with the elephants.

Conditions Onsite

Volunteers will work closely with elephants. 

Be wary that you will need rain gear between June to October and warm weather clothing between November and February. 

Please bring the following if you are able: Overnight bag with change of clothes for several days, hat, sunscreen, sandals/flip-flops, clothing for river bathing (not bikinis due to the Buddist culture, towel, shoes for walking, camera, bug repellent, flashlight, gardening gloves, short wellies or similar in wet season (Student Vets only - Coursework materials).

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“.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

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.


Free time is provided before and after lunch and dinner. This personal time can be spent socialising, getting a Thai massage, walking dogs, river tubing, etc. Or more simply, watching elephants wander freely on the property. A village with a small convenience store and a food market is located just outside the front gate. 

It is very simple to arrange your own activities and travel. If you are staying on after your placement, your only problem will be deciding how much you can fit into your time. We recommend waiting until you arrive before trying to arrange trips or activities as there is so much choice and everything will be cheaper than arranging it from home.



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 (vloeiend)
Vereiste documenten
Proof of travel Insurance docs en Proof of vaccinations
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
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.

Social network skills is a major advantage.
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag, vrijdag, zaterdag en zondag van 09:00 - 05:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

What's included in this project?

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • Project Orientation held 
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Training
  • Field coordinator
  • Return transport from Chiang Mai to the project
  • International phone calls in case of emergency
  • Certificate of Participation, if requested
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone
What's not included in this project?

  • Flights
  • Snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending
  • Visa/Passport
  • Bangkok transfer (additional cost)
Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Chiang Mai International Airport
Fly to Bangkok, Thailand. O2E can book your transfer to the project at an additional cost.
Or fly to Chiang Mai, Thailand. From there we can arrange your complimentary transfer from your Chiang Mai hotel to the sanctuary or you can come to our office in Chiang Mai on the morning of your placement.
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.
Eten & Drank
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.
Internet toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) in Chiang Mai. 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

You can start every Monday, all through the year. The program is available up to 2 weeks for volunteers and up to 4 weeks for student vets.

To get there, fly to Chiang Mai, Thailand. From there we can arrange transport to the sanctuary or you can come to our office in Thailand on the morning of your placement.

Anyone over 18 can volunteer for up to 2 weeks ( for studet vets) initially. If you are interested in staying longer, you can put in a request for a long stay and the project makes a decision after your first 2 weeks. This is to ensure only the highest calibre of hard working volunteers.

jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
1 - 15 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
1 week (min. verblijf)
2 weken
3 weken
4 weken
6 weken
8 weken
15 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$740 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers 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 Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

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Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
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Forest Elephant Sanctuary

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