- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: Thailand
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: None
- Program Length: One Week, Two Weeks, Six Weeks, Four Weeks, Two Months, Quarter, Three Weeks, Five Weeks
- Start Month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
- Category: Environmental Conservation
- Selective: Yes
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Student Apartment
- Financial Aid: Not Available
Work closely with rescued Asian elephants in this inspiring elephant sanctuary in Thailand. Liberated from lives begging in the streets of Bangkok, these elephants have now found a home in this beautiful haven.
Volunteer at Thailand‘s first and only chain-free elephant sanctuary, currently home to 25 rescued elephants. In their new lives, they live in freedom in 20 hectares of land, at Cha-am Phetchaburi, enjoying a lifestyle as close to the wild as possible.
The aim of the sanctuary is to allow the elephants to live as well as possible for the rest of their lives. As elephants are big grazers, in the wild they would be eating and moving for about 18 hours per day – a far cry from what they were allowed to do in captivity. For many of the elephants, this is the first time that they can eat food that is natural for them, and their health has dramatically improved since arrival at the sanctuary. Volunteers are essential to continue this positive change.
What will I be doing?
As an elephant volunteer in Thailand, you will take part in many activities. Some of these may include but are not limited to:
• Elephant feeding: grass cutting, food preparation and feeding – the elephants need to eat about 5% of their bodyweight each day!
• Maintenance tasks: painting, building and making enrichments for the elephants.
• Manual jobs: Preparing, cleaning and maintaining the elephant bathing pools and harvesting food for the elephants.
• Hands-on elephant care: Hosing and scrubbing the elephants, making sure they have enough water, food and shade.
• Elephant enrichment: Creating mental stimulation for the elephants, or walking the elephants outside of the sanctuary, allowing them to graze and exercise.
Eligibility: General level of fitness required. Work can be quite physical and the temperature hot.