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Thai Elephant Sanctuary

Animals and Wildlife Wildlife Conservation

This elephant sanctuary gives refuge to domesticated elephants who have been rescued from a life of working on the streets or logging.

The Sanctuary

The elephant sanctuaries give 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 organisations use a multi-faceted approach to providing care and assistance to Thailand’s rescued elephant population. This includes rescue and rehabilitation programs, community outreach and educational and eco-tourism operations. 

The projects have won numerous awards for its ethical contribution to the assistance of Thai Elephants and other animals. The team have rescued dozens of elephants, including blind, deaf and orphaned elephants, and given them sanctuary in beautiful, open spaces

The Location

You have three centres to choose from. The first centre is based 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. 

Another of the centres is located in northern Thailand, in the Chiang Mai province.  It is located about 60kms from the city centre in the Mae Taeng District. The district is full of lush, green jungles and beautiful scenery. 

The third location is in Surin, a northeastern province in Thailand. The centre is located in the remote village of Ban Tha Klang where volunteers will be immersed in the local Gwi culture.  

Both of these options are perfect for those looking for a more culturally authentic experience in Thailand, as both locations are off the beaten-track. 

Our volunteers

Your responsibilities could include

  • feeding and watering the elephants 
  • cleaning and preparing food
  • construction and maintenance of mud pits 
  • helping in local villages 
  • sourcing food from local farms and cleaning enclosures.
  • keeping the centre's grounds clean 
  • planting trees and looking after other wildlife.

You will make a positive difference to the lives of the animals at the centre by caring for and enriching the lives of a variety of wildlife 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 on site

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 humidity or wet conditions, travel to and from the project and perform basic manual labour tasks. 

Volunteers applying for this project must be over the age of 18 unless they are accompanied by an adult in which case the project will accept volunteers as young as 12. The accompanying adult must be held responsible for the minor at all times. 

Please note

The first installment 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“.

Suitable for

Singles
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Groups
50+

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.

Details on Arrival

Start dates are Sundays, all year

Program Requirements

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Health Declaration
required
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, Saturday and Sunday from 07:00 - 18:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Oceans 2 Earth are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

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. 

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Please note that the first installment of your program fees ($495 AUD) is due within one week after having paid the deposit on Volunteer World.

Accommodation

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

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Breakfast, lunch and dinner with vegetarian and vegan options.

Fresh, filtered water is provided.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
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Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$595.00
2 weeks
$875.00
3 weeks
$1,215.00
4 weeks
$1,515.00
5 weeks
$1,820.00
6 weeks
$2,125.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,895.00
Average fees
$460.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Chiang Mai/Thailand between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Oceans 2 Earth will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.

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