Volunteer Opportunity

Thailand Elephant Sanctuary Volunteer

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Globalteer | Phetchaburi, Thailand
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Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)

Duration

Short-Term (few weeks/months)


The Thailand Elephant Sanctuary Project provides a safe refuge to domesticated elephants who would otherwise be roaming the streets of big cities, living in bad conditions at working elephant camps, or being exploited by the tourism industry. In Thailand, there are no laws to prevent this abuse and mistreatment, so the need for a sustainable rescue centre like the Thailand Elephant Sanctuary is vital to the welfare of elephants in the whole of Thailand.

As a volunteer at the sanctuary, you will be taught everything you need to know about the care of these magnificent animals. Volunteers provide hands-on assistance to the professional mahouts (elephant keepers) to ensure the elephants live a life as close as possible to their wild relatives.

Volunteers bathe and wash the elephants daily, walk them through the forest to forage, clean their enclosure, and learn all about elephants. You will work around six hours a day six days a week to ensure the elephants are happy and well cared for, which will give you the chance to fully immerse yourself in the lives of these gentle giants.

A typical day includes:

  • Early morning walk to collect the elephants from their night location in the forest
  • Bathing and swimming with the elephants in the lake or river
  • Walk the elephants into the forest to forage
  • Collecting fruits for their big appetites
  • Cleaning their enclosure at the centre
  • Washing the elephants with hose pipes

To volunteer at the sanctuary you must have enthusiasm, compassion for animals, a team spirit, and above all an interest in elephants.

The elephant sanctuary is situated three hours south of Bangkok. It is located next to an idyllic lake and surrounded by dense forest and national parks, which are important to give the elephants an environment as close to their natural habitat as possible.

Why Globalteer?

As a UK registered charity, Globalteer is different than many other organisations who connect volunteers with delete projects around the world, as we are 100% not-for-profit, so the more money we raise, the more we can invest in helping the delete projects we work with.

By volunteering with us you will be helping established projects with long-term goals to bring practical and achievable solutions. All the projects we work with have been chosen by Globalteer because they are answering a genuine need, and are working towards making asustainable difference in their local community.

Because our projects have clear objectives and a demand for volunteers to help achieve these objectives, there will always be work for you to do - every volunteer has a vital role to play during their placement.

Where your money goes

The placement fee that we ask for not only covers the costs of organising your placement, but unlike most other organisations, a donation is always made directly to the project on behalf of each volunteer – no matter how short the placement. So not only will you be helping the elephants while volunteering, but your donation will support the welfare of the elephants and the sanctuary's long-term objectives in the years to come!

We don't charge a registration or application fee, and you are required to pay nothing until you are accepted and ready to commit to your placement. More than that, we clearly list everything that is included in your placement on our website, which as a minimum includes accommodation, transfer on arrival, in-country support, letter of reference (if requested) and orientation.

As a charity, we are legally required to ensure that all money we receive is used to achieve our charitable objectives, so you can be sure that every dollar donated by you will go towards a good cause!

The Thailand Elephant Sanctuary Project provides a safe refuge to domesticated elephants who would otherwise be roaming the streets of big cities, living in bad conditions at working elephant camps, or being exploited by the tourism…

Details at a glance

  • Fee Required
  • On-site Location
  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Language / Cultural Support Available
  • Groups Welcome
  • Families Welcome
  • International Volunteers Welcome

How To Apply

To apply or learn more, go to our Thailand Elephant Sanctuary page. This page has everything you need to know about this exciting volunteering opportunity!

To apply or learn more, go to our Thailand Elephant Sanctuary page. This page has everything you need to know about this exciting volunteering opportunity!

Location

Phetchaburi, TH
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