Family elephant refuge volunteering in Thailand

Description of Family elephant refuge volunteering in Thailand

Take your family off the beaten holiday track and into the heart of an elephant lover's paradise. Volunteer with these gentle giants in a refuge dedicated to rescuing abused elephants from the streets of Bangkok.

The refuge provides a home to 15 elephants currently, with more in their sights that are in need of rescue. You and your family will be helping to prepare food for the ellies, as well as feeding them, bathing them and walking them through the forests. This is a hands on project and because of the nature of the work, it can be physically demanding. Because of this, and the size of these gentle giants, we ask that children are a minimum of 14.

You will live in the heart of a wildlife lovers' paradise, in the grounds of a larger wildlife sanctuary home to about 400 animals including sun bears, monkeys, gibbons, macaques and more. This sanctuary backs on to the elephant refuge so everything is on site. Accommodation is basic yet comfortable, with en-suite western toilets and showers warmed by the sun.

Three meals per day are provided, covering delicious Thai staples as well as western alternatives. All diets can be catered for, and much of the fare is vegetarian.

The sanctuary is within walking distance of a small local community, and there is a large national park nearby. The beach is just a 20 minute drive away, so you and your family can all enjoy a relaxing day by the sea during your days off.

This is an amazing opportunity for both adults and teenagers alike to get stuck into some conservation volunteering work and to really become part of a moving rescue mission. Not only will you make a genuine contribution, you will come home with memories for life.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Arrival day is a Sunday. You will be collected from Bangkok airport (BKK) and driven to the refuge, a 3 hour drive south.
Day 2:You will receive a full induction and tour- and get fully stuck in to the project! Expect to get mucky!
Day 7/14:Departure is a Sunday. Return to the airport or head on for further family travels

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

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family elephant refuge volunteering in Thailand


We are commited to conserving, saving, protecting and, where possible, rehabilitating the animals brought under care at this sanctuary. 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 to the sanctuary as a whole, with 15 elephants to date in the refuge.

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. This means that trees are planted in poor local communities to encourage local people's incomes, as well as to help sustain the environment.

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


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.

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.

All of our participants receive comprehensive pre-departure documentation. 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.

1 Reviews of Family elephant refuge volunteering in Thailand

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2017 by

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

Learning about elephant conservation efforts and being part of a uniquely pristine natural environment

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

Be ready to leave behind creature comforts from home and disconnect

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


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


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