Project: Asiatic elephants in Thailand


www.globalspirit.nlThe Asiatic elephants, by many still known as the Indian elephants, have smaller ears than their African relatives, and have just one finger at the top of their trunk in stead of two. The tusks of these animals are small and by females sometimes totally absent.

These species is threatened with extinction, foremost by struggle against humans for land, but also poaching for ivory and unbelievably, by killing these creatures in the name of sport. Also many of these elephants are abused. An owner often buys the elephant purely to obtain begging money. Most owners don’t have experience with riding and taking care of an elephant, which leads to the elephant being badly mistreated and beaten.

The project also takes care of dogs and cats.

The project

www.globalspirit.nlVolunteer work with elephants in Thailand; The elephant project was set up in 1996. Their aim is to rescue the Asian elephants and provide a better home for them. Here the elephants receive the proper diet and lots of attention. Shortly after the opening of this project three elephants were born which was very encouraging. The project also collects money for the elephants’ welfare and development. They organise for example different kinds of instructive excursions in order to educate tourists and schools etc. Another project programme is tree planting in the surrounding area. This aims to restore the ecological balance of plants and animals by gradual reintroduction of the rainforest. For the next 5 years some 25 acres of the mountainside will be planted every year.


  • Volunteers are welcome all year around.
  • Start every first Monday.


  • Minimum age for participation is 18 years old, unless accompanied by a parent or adult taking responsibility of the participant.
  • You must be able to work in a team.
  • Be flexible and able to work long hours.
  • There are no required vaccines for this project, but recommended vaccines are DTP, hepatitis A, typhoid (for the additional vaccines and other vaccines and/or information about this subject, we advise you to contact or visit your local clinic).

PeriodPrice per person
1 week € 469,00
2 weeks € 806,00
prices are valid for the said periods in the year 2017 (untill 31 October, for prices after 31 October contact )

Costs include:
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Donation to the project
  • Training and supervision
  • Transport during the fieldtrips in the jungle
  • Administration costs


You will stay in a bamboo hut in the jungle. The bedrooms are normally shared by two volunteers. There are other facilities such as toilets and showers which will be shared by other volunteers.

The work

Before you start at the project you will get an introduction on the local conditions and the sanctuary. After that your tasks may consist of:

  • Assisting of the elephant providers (mahout) with bathing and feeding the elephants and also with some other tasks in and outside the park.
  • Often you may venture to the rainforest (where you also will stay the night), so you are able to learn the secret life of the elephants in their natural habitat.
  • You will learn about elephant diseases and how to treat them, also about elephant communication and you may visit some other elephant projects and hospitals.
  • The programme often includes visiting a Karen Hill tribe family. The Tribal family traditionally cares for elephants and other animals. It is also possibly to help them with some of their tasks.
  • Replanting in the rainforest.
  • In some cases volunteers may be required to take part in rescue operations in different areas

You will work 6 days a week (about 9 hours a day) and have 1 day off each week.

Project location

www.globalspirit.nlThe project is situated in the of North-west of Thailand about 60 km from the city Chiang Mai. It’s a green and alpine environment. Chiang Mai is one of the most important cities in Thailand. It is surrounded by an ancient wall and there are countless beautiful watts (temples) to be found within the city. There are also shopping facilities like the famous evening market. There are plenty excursions possibilities, such as a visit to the Padaung-women (also called the longnecks) in Mae Hong Son or the National Park Mae Surin.

Travel information

You will be responsible for arranging your own transport to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Detailed information will be provided after booking.

The project staff

www.globalspirit.nlThe project is managed by the founder of this elephant centre. The rest of the staff consists of a group of full-time Thai employees/mahouts. They are friendly people who will supervise you during your stay. The languages spoken at this project are Thai and.

Extensive information

Extensive information Project Asian Elephants in Thailand (PDF)


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