Volunteer at an Elephant Camp

Location: Thailand: Chiang Mai

Term: Throughout the year

Program Duration: 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks, 3-6 Months

Dates: Year Round


63/3 Old Chang Moi Road T. Chang Moi Chiang Mai, 50300 Thailand

Call Us

Phone: 053-240-570


Volunteer at an Elephant Camp in Thailand. You will work in a camp located about 40 miles from Chiang Mai. The area has a stream dividing it in the middle and is surrounded by mountains. Volunteers work alongside and assist elephant trainers and staff, working from Monday-Friday, 7:00am - 5:00 pm. The Camp has been open for 20 years, has over 70 elephants and roughly 250 workers. Many of the workers are of minority, ethnic, hill tribe decent. The camp has many day visitors. Once a volunteer has spent a decent amount of time at the Camp, the volunteer may be asked to help present the different safety precautions the Camp has for its day visitors.

Before working directly with the elephants, all volunteers will go through a three day safety course at the Camp. During those three days, volunteers may take part in some of the teaching and other roles that they may be involved with later. Elephants are gentle creatures, but are incredibly big and strong. Safety is of the utmost importance, to insure nobody gets hurt during their volunteer service.


1. Interact with the fascinating and gentle elephants.

2. Experience Chiang Mai, a pleasant city encircled by mountains and lush rice fields.

3. Get the chance to experience local attractions and/or take courses.

4. Engage in local cultural activities.

5. Learn more about the beautiful culture of Thailand.


Volunteers do not need any specific qualifications, but should be able-bodied, enjoy working outside and with animals. As in any cross-cultural context, those involved are asked to be flexible and be open to other customs and traditions.

Intern Types
  • Animal Sciences
  • English

Cost in US$:

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Cost Include Description:

Participation in the Elephant Camp Volunteer Project starts at USD 1349 for two weeks. Each additional week is USD 329.

Fee includes: Airport pick up, accommodation during orientation and every night spent at the Elephant Camp (Monday - Friday of each week), all meals while at the Elephant Camp, Transportation to and from Chiang Mai and the Elephant Camp, 2 day orientation, half day city tour, cultural dinner and show, onsite coordinator and 24 hour emergency assistance.

Fee does not include: Plane tickets, travel insurance, ride to the airport after service, meals on Saturdays and Sundays. Volunteers are welcomed to stay in the Friends For Asia Volunteer House on weekends if there is space available. If the Volunteer House does not have available space, volunteers will need to cover the cost of their accommodation on Saturdays and Sundays.

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Animal Welfare
  • Conservation
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Tourism
  • Veterinary Science
Typical Volunteer
An individual who loves to travel, wants to learn more about Thailand and assist Asia in it's development.
Age Range
18 and up
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Independent living

Participants Travel to Thailand

in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
2 days
Post Services Include
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
Year Founded