Elephant Research Internship

This internship is an exciting opportunity for any current or recently graduated science university students who want more work experience or are interested in elephants

Elephant Research interns are expected to work Monday-Friday with the weekends free to explore. Every morning will be spent hiking to our elephants, collecting data on their natural behavior as well as assisting the staff with any visitors or volunteers. The afternoons will consist of data entry and completing project work such as creating a portfolio on our elephants and improving our research ideas, with some evenings being spent giving talks and presentations on elephant research or conservation to create awareness and educate our guests. Interns will work together with our staff and volunteers both in the forest and onsite.

WHO SHOULD APPLY? This internship is an exciting opportunity for any  current or recently graduated science university students who want more work experience or anyone with an interest in research or collecting data in the field. Applicants must have at least some previous data collection experience, but a small amount of training will be provided on arrival.

Suitable for


Typical day

Immerse yourself in hilltribe culture by joining our project and living with the local community in a rustic homestay. Your day will begin with breakfast at our communal base hut before leaving to hike out and find our elephants in the forest. You will then spend the day collecting data on their natural elephant behaviors before returning in the afternoon to input the data and carry out project work.

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Health Declaration
Required Documents
CV and Cover letter
Other Skills
Must have some previous data collection experience.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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Elephant Research Internship Keep track of the elephant's health Meet our wonderful elephant herd! Immerse yourself in hilltribe culture Live in a homestay with a local family Collect data on natural elephant behavior

Free-time activities

During freetime, interns have the opportunity to have a bamboo raft ride, Muay Thai lesson, Thai massage, learn to weave or explore the surrounding villages and towns. 

Water Sports


What's included?
The fee covers all of your food and accommodation whilst on project as well as your transport to and from project on arrival and departure. It does not include your flights, travel insurance and visa costs. 
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

We do not pick-up from the airport, but do meet and pick-up our interns and volunteers at our designated guest house in Chiang Mai at 6pm on your arrival date.


You will be living with a hilltribe family with your own private room. Rooms are basic with a mosquito net, mattress on the floor, bucket showers and squat toilets.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

We provide a basic western breakfast and basic Thai lunch and dinner. Vegetarians and vegans can be catered for.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
12 weeks (min. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Chiang Mai/Thailand between 12 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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The nearest airport is Chiang Mai International (CNX) in Chiang Mai. We assist you to find cheap flights to Thailand.
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Mae Chaem, 50000 Chiang Mai, Thailand