Elephant refuge volunteering in Thailand

Description of Elephant refuge volunteering in Thailand

Help to provide a safe haven to rescued elephants in this beautiful sanctuary on the Malay Peninsula in Thailand. You will be working with previous dancing and performing elephants, liberated from former lives begging in the streets of Bangkok. Now rescued, these elephants need volunteers to help with their feeding, care and bathing.

Each day you will be enjoying spending time with these gentle giants, helping to care for them and ensure their welfare. A lot of emphasis is placed on ensuring that they have a good diet, and so you will be involved in harvesting and preparing their food - and then helping to feed them.

In addition to this, volunteers get stuck in and mucky bathing the elephants in the pools or with the hose pipe. The ellies love the attention, and playing in the water. Prepare to get soaked!

Other aspects that are involved can be helping with any maintenance tasks around the sanctuary and also helping to graze the elephants. Traditionally roaming creatures, moving from one food source to another, the sanctuary has tried to emulate life in the wild through elephant walks. Volunteers will take the elephants into the forest so that they can enjoy the freedom and grazing area provided here. This is a magical experience as you can witness the elephants enjoying the wilderness surrounding them.

All of this is set in the wonderful backdrop of the Malay Peninsula, close to the seaside resorts of Cha Am and Hua Hin. The area is beautiful and gets you off the beaten track.

Accommodation and food
You should expect to share a room with one other volunteer in the grounds of the sanctuary, with a basic en-suite bathroom. The project is also home to a wildlife sanctuary, and the main accommodation is located within these grounds. You will fall asleep to the sounds of the chattering monkeys and the singing gibbons.

Three meals per day are provided. Breakfast is a DIY affair with fruit, bread and eggs provided. Lunch and dinner are hot, including both Thai and western food.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Arrival day is a Sunday. Flights should arrive before 14.00.
Day 2:Time to get stuck into the project! Full project induction into life at the sanctuary provided.
Day 3+You will have one day off per week to relax and enjoy the local area.
Last day:You can take part in this project from 2 - 12 weeks. Your final day is a Sunday. Transfers back to Bangkok can be arranged.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Vouchers
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Elephant refuge volunteering in Thailand

Environment

Wildlife
We are commited to conserving, saving, protecting and, where possible, rehabilitating the animals brought under care at this rehailitation centre. The centre will rescue any animal that is being neglected or maltreated, providing it with a large and comfortable enclosure, constructed as closely as possible to reflect the natural conditions these animals would be living in. So far, over 400 animals have been rescued here, and many of the monkeys and baboons successfully rehabilitated.

Environment
Our company is an environmentally responsible one that operates recycling and reusing of waste products. We also offset carbon emissions in our office (gas,electricity, business mileage) and encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme run in conjunction with Tree Aid.

Participants are advised to use hand wash gel that does not require water. We also advise, during our pre departure course, to take care with water. In many of our destinations, water is precious and expensive.

Community

Meeting local needs
Volunteers live and work as a member of the local community. This is a small community, located off the traditionally trodden tourist trails, and so bringing volunteers to this area really benefits the local population. Food is bought from local markets and restaurants, trips are all sourced locally and local transport is used when needed.

Campaigning for change
This project works to change the future for animals who have been subjected to harm and mistreatment. The aim is simple: to provide a home for mistreated animals in an environment as close to nature as possible. A programme actively runs to rescue, rehabilitate and release captive wild animals with this hope to repopulate Thailand's forests and jungles. Campaigns are regularly launched against all forms of animal abuse and exploitation in Thailand. An education programme runs for locals, children and visiting tourists to make them aware of the importance of animal welfare.

Volunteering and charity
Whilst the majority of the costs go towards paying for the project, a generous donation is given towards the improving the conservation effort.

Cultural sensitivity
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in rural Thailand.

We send restricted numbers of people at any one time, which minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination. Our participants become fully immersed and integrated into the community.

All of our participants receive comprehensive pre-departure briefing. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation. They are also briefed on how to dispose of waste properly and where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles as these are not easy to dispose of environmentally.

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