Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand

Support community efforts to rehabilitate elephants that have previously been put to work in the tourism industry.

Durations:  1 - 12 weeks

Program information

Travel to Thailand’s Chiang Mai Province and volunteer with elephants relieved from working in the tourism industry. Assist with monitoring the elephants’ behaviour as they are reintegrated into the forests and work alongside mahouts (traditional elephant keepers) and other locals to establish alternative livelihoods. Discover the unique culture of the Karen community, and the lush mountain forests of Northern Thailand in your free time.

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Program overview

Volunteer in the mountain forests of Northern Thailand and spend time in the fields with elephants relieved from working in tourism industry. Leaving behind their lives in the tourism industry, these gentle giants now live more natural lives as a semi wild herd in the Chiang Mai Province – an area famous for its traditional elephant keeping communities.

Volunteers can learn about elephant behaviour and contribute directly to the elephants’ wellbeing by providing working alternatives for their owners, mahouts and locals, allowing the elephants to live in the forest. You will observe elephants alongside mahouts who draw on generations of knowledge about elephants.


  • Learn about elephant history, behaviour, training, biology, social interactions and more.
  • Have the incredible opportunity to observe the elephants in their natural habitat;
  • Learn about elephants from the local Karen community, who have worked alongside elephants for centuries;
  • See the elephants in a more natural setting, interacting with the forest, the mahouts and each other as a semi wild herd.

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GVI Asia, Thailand, Chiang Mai
Wildlife Conservation
Animal Care

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