Elephant Sanctuary Volunteering in Thailand – Highly Affordable with IKPVA!

Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand, Surin with IKPVA. Experience Thailand from a local perspective & make lifelong friends. Check it out, it is a wonderful experience, and our fees are among the cheapest!

About Volunteering with Elephants in Thailand

Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand
Volunteering with elephants

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 wildlife 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.

Photos of the Elephant Project

  • Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand
    Elephant Volunteering in Thailand

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 elephant volunteer program in Thailand usually starts on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month.

Elephant experience available from 1 to 4 weeks.

Arrival airport: Bangkok international airport, Suvarnabhumi – BKK.




Please Note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the projects incur a registration fee of  U$ 149.00 on top of the program fee.

What is included in the program fee to volunteer in Thailand?

  • Airport Pickup
  • Orientation
  • Guided Bangkok tour
  • Accommodation for all projects
  • Daily transfer to and from the volunteer project location
  • Meals are included in some programs; while others are self-catering, please budget at least US$ 15 per day
  • 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 cheapest possible price. One of our goals is to offer cheap volunteer programs in Thailand so that more people can help to do really important work.

Participants in our cheap volunteer programs in Thailand 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.


Requirements for Elephant Volunteering in Thailand

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.

Language Requirements

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.


Voluntour in Thailand

Voluntour in Thailand
Voluntour in Thailand



More Volunteer Programs in Thailand

You can find more volunteer opportunities in Thailand here.

With the Voluntour, you can combine caring for the elephants with a construction volunteer project, and finally relax on the beautiful island of Koh Phangan.

In Surin, you can work as a medical volunteer  at a local clinic, or work as a childcare volunteer at a daycare.

Moreover, you can volunteer teaching English at a school.

Animal Conservation

Visit our page with all the Wildlife Volunteering programs.

Find out about all the opportunities for wildlife volunteering in South Africa here.

If you enjoy caring for animals, check out the project for rehabilitating wounded or orphaned wildlife in Port Elizabeth.

In Cape Town, you can also do a marine biology internship at the aquarium. There is another project in Kleinbaai to protect the Great White Shark in marine conservation.

Veterinary students can go for the veterinary science internship, with wildlife of the African Bush.

Volunteering Overseas

Find the complete overview of all volunteer overseas programs here.