Thailand elephant conservation holiday

Description of Thailand elephant conservation holiday

Get up close and personal with rescued elephants living with over 30 elephants on a worthy conservation project in the heart of the Thai jungle. Spend your days working hands on with the friendly Asian elephant bathing them in the river and getting involved in their daily life of feeding and grazing. And the great news? All that you are doing there radically improves the lives of these elephants.

Elephants in Thailand have had a tough time of things, and this has really hit the headlines in the past few months. Taken out of the wild at a young age and forced into performances for tourists, including playing basketball, painting and dancing, these elephants have never known the freedom of the wild. This volunteer project was established to reverse this tragic trend.

The elephant conservation park was set up in 1996 to create a new home for these displaced and misused elephants. Here they now live roaming freely in this huge area, enjoying bathing in the river, rolling in the mud and recapturing their wild instincts.

This is a very moving and important project. Taking part in this project helps to get the elephants one step closer to a life that they deserve. Your help bathing the elephants, feeding them, learning about them and playing with them (they are very sociable animals- just watch out for the big feet!) gives a sense of purpose to both the mahouts and the elephants, taking them a step further away from a life in chains with each day that passes, and with each volunteer that helps out here.

Where will I be staying?
The accommodation is on site, in comfortable Thai style rooms. You should expect to share with at least one other volunteer. You will receive three delicious Thai meals each day, served from a large buffet.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Arrive in Chiang Mai on any Sunday of the year. First night in a guest house in Chiang Mai
Day 2:Bus transfer to the Elephant Conservation Park where your volunteering begins!
Day 3+:Your volunteering adventure continues between one and two weeks
Departure:Departure late Sunday afternoon for transfer back to Chiang Mai.

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Departure information

This project can be tailor made throughout the year
Vouchers
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Environment

Animal welfare
The project’s goal is to establish an alternative to both street begging, and to other forms of tourism, such as performing elephants and elephant rides. The project is run by an NGO, currently caring for 33 elephants that are in the main body of the park. As volunteer numbers increase, as well as funding and awareness, the NGO hopes to steadily increase the number of elephants that they can “adopt” in order to improve their standard of living and quality of life.

The project aims to have the elephants roaming freely in their natural habitat.

The set up is growing to help to provide the elephants with sustainable food- this involves planting to replace any food taken to feed the elephants, to reduce impact on the local wildlife. There is a vast importance placed on the replanting rainforest scheme.

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
Working closely with the mahouts, this project is aiming to give purpose and income back to their community, encouraging them away from street begging and other forms of circus entertainments for tourists. All volunteers live ion site, with members of the local community employed to feed them and clean the accommodation. An education centre has been built in conjunction with the local community, to help awareness for the plight of the Asian elephant, and why this project is so important. Having volunteers here directly benefits local shops and tourism concerns run by locals.

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.

Reviews of Thailand elephant conservation holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Being so close to the elephants and feeding them. The baby was particularly cute and mischievous.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Ignore the standards, this is the jungle, it doesn't come with air con and tv. Throw yourself into it and leave your inhibitions behind this is an adventure and will hopefully leave you with lots of good memories not "I wish I had...."

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes this holiday was highly environmentally orientated and supported by locals.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic, I have so many good memories

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing elephants up close and being so amazed at the high quality of the sanctuary

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pack old clothes you are prepared to throw away!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was wonderful. Very satisfying to see how much effort is going in to educating people about elephants and rehabilitating ones who have been in neglectful environments.

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