Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand
Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand, Surin. Experience Thailand from a local perspective & make lifelong friends.
About Volunteering with Elephants in Thailand
Join the centuries old tradition of training ‘domestic’ elephants by mahouts in Thailand.
The volunteer program aims to offer a responsible and sustainable alternative to the fate often faced by elephants in Thailand. Because of the dissolution of the logging industry, many elephants are taken to urban areas to beg for money and are often mistreated. Therefore, our elephant volunteer program continues to lead the way in Surin in helping to change attitudes towards elephant care for the better.
Volunteer on Elephant Care and Support the Local Community
Since all the activities are about caring for the elephants and treating them with respect, we put our strict no riding policy. Therefore, on your work schedule you will walk the elephants through the river and bathe them. Moreover, you will plant and harvest food for the elephants and also feed them. Since we put the elephants in the first place, we base everything around a new approach to elephant care.
A New Approach on Elephant Care
A full on program in which you are up close and personal with these magnificent creatures on a daily basis is a truly unforgettable way to see the real Thailand. Living in a traditional long house with other volunteers, it’s rural Thai life at it’s very best!.
Start Dates & Arrival
Our Volunteer in Thailand programs usually start on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month.
Elephant experience available from 1 to 4 weeks.
Arrival airport: Bangkok international airport, Suvarnabhumi – BKK.
- The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
- All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee.
What is included in the volunteer program fee?
- Airport Pickup
- Guided Bangkok tour
- Accommodation for all projects
- Daily transfer to and from volunteer project location
- Meals are included in some programs; while others are self-catering, please budget at least US$ 15 per day and if you enjoy a beer or two and plan any activities / trips at weekends bring more
- Full ongoing support from local staff & Program supervision
- In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
- In-country administration costs
- Donation to support the local project
There are no hidden costs.Our programs to volunteer in Thailand are highly affordable and have the best cost x benefit than any other..
Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.
Participants in our volunteer in Thailand programs normally find US$100 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country, including meals but please bring more if you intend to travel at weekends, explore the country more.
The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.
Accomodation and meals
Accommodation is provided for all programs. Please check the specific of your program to verify how much you should budget for food.
Meals are included whilst at the village – please budget around $10-15 USD per day when you’re not at the village.
Surin, in the Northeast, is often called the heart of Thailand; well known for its beautiful scenery and friendly local community. Sanghklaburi, in the Northwest of Thailand – on the border with Burma, is surrounded by stunning lakes, rolling mountains and dense rainforest – provides ample opportunity for you outdoorsy types.
Local guides can also take you on fabulous treks through the jungle visiting beautiful waterfalls and awe-inspiring caves.
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your volunteer placement.
All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance and are required to provide a criminal background check to IKPVA prior to travelling.
Most projects do not have pre-requisites or specific requirements; however, we do ask that anyone wishing to participate in the medical programme has qualified, is studying towards or is serious about a career in healthcare.
Fluency in English is required in all the projects.
You will have a competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders. There will always be a member of the local team working with you at the projects. The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience.
This summer I had an unforgettable experience in South Africa. Thank you Iko Poran for this exceptional travel! Sure, I will do it again! – Camille Clauss Marietti