Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand

Company : GVI
Location : Chiang Mai
Duration: 1 week to 3 months
Approx Costs: 1500 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Travel to Thailand’s Chiang Mai Province and volunteer with elephants relieved from working in the tourism industry.

On this project, you'll trvael to the mountain forest of Northern Thailand and spend time elephants that have been releived from working in the 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.

You'll have the opportunity to learn about elephant behaviour and contribute directly to the elephants wellbeing by providing working alternatives for their owners, mahouts and ocals, allowing the elephants to live forest. You'll be able to observe elephants alongside mahouts who draw on genereations of knowlege 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.

Costs / Benefits

Since we opened our doors in 1998, we have spent over 65% of all funds directly on our projects. It is our mission to support field operations in the long term. Rather than abandon programs that recruit fewer volunteers we strategically invest from our fully staffed sites to help maintain our presence across the globe. The remaining 35% that is not directly invested in our programs covers the cost of volunteer recruitment, the operations of our head office.

Cost for the program by duration:
• 1 week £1,695
• 2 weeks £1,945
• 3 weeks £2,195
• 4 weeks £2,445
• 5 weeks £2,695
• 6 weeks £2,995
• 7 weeks £3,195
• 8 weeks £3,395
• 9 weeks £3,645
• 10 weeks £3,945
• 11 weeks £4,145
• 12 weeks £4,395

* Flights and medical insurance are not included in the program fees


• 18+
• English
• Criminal Background check
• Medical History
• Good physical fitness

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