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Situated in the northern part of Thailand, approximately 4 hours from Chiang Mai is where our volunteers spend their time working with elephants who once worked in tourist camps.
In Thailand it is almost impossible for elephants to get away from elephant keeping communities. These elephants now live in a more natural environment and being on this program, volunteers learn about the history, behavior, social interactions and also observe elephants alongside mahouts and in their natural habitat.
This program is a hands-off, ethical elephant project aimed at reintroducing Asian elephants to a natural living environment. The project was started by the village to find sustainable ways to keep their elephants in the forest
You will partake in hikes each day with the elephants – they can be anything from 6-8 hours over rough terrain and can be quite physically demanding!
During hikes we collect data on elephant behaviors – specifically their interactions with each other and their mahouts and how they spend their time etc.
- Twice per week you will do health checks on the elephants during hikes to look for physical signs of ill-health
- You also have the option to participate in biodiversity hikes instead of the elephant hike, where you will be gathering data on bird, butterfly and frog species.
- There are also options to get involved with community work twice per week either: teaching English at a local primary school or after school club at nursery as well as mahout and homestay english. It is up to you to get involved.
- Presentations about work and elephant tourism will be conducted throughout orientation week.
- Other village/cultural activities may include basket weaving, rice picking, tree planting, bamboo cup making, language lessons, etc.
- Social activities may include quiz nights, movies and games at communal base hut.
- There may also be optional night hikes.
There is a strong community focus in this program, other than the focus on elephant conservation. Elephant conservation hikes, bio-diversity hikes & research are done in the mornings. During afternoons and evenings volunteers & staff are either doing base projects (gardening, construction etc.), conservation/GVI/language presentations and/or teaching English. Therefore, it is important that volunteers are interested and willing to spend time working in the local community. Essentially it is not just about the elephants – it is also about the mahouts and their families that our program supports.