Join Pod Volunteer to care for retired elephants rescued from logging and tourism industries in a tropical wildlife sanctuary
How can I help?
You will join a dedicated local team in providing care for over 20 rescued elephants who reside at the sanctuary. Although each day varies, your volunteer role generally includes preparing and distributing food, creating enrichments, harvesting pineapple and banana trees and observing the behaviour of the elephants.
You may also be involved in the construction or maintenance of enclosures, cleaning or developing the centre grounds / farmland, assisting with visitor tours and education.
There are actually two volunteer roles available at the same sanctuary; Elephant Care and Wildlife Rescue. You are welcome to specialise in one role, or apply for both and spend time with the wildlife as well as the elephants on site.
When can I join?
Any Sunday throughout the year for 1-12 weeks
Where will I be living?
You will be living on-site at the centre, based in volunteer accommodation which is located a short walk from where you will be working. Accommodation is basic and being located on-site in an animal rescue centre within a tropical environment, it’s a challenging environment for maintenance and cleanliness.
In your free time, you can explore the nearby national parks, enjoy a day at the spa in the local village or visit the bigger towns of Hua Hin or Cha Am where you can enjoy the night markets, restaurants and bars. Alternatively, you can just relax with other volunteers in the open communal area where there is a bar, snacks and smoothies.
Volunteer placements start from £645 for 1 week. This includes accommodation and all main meals + planning your trip support from the Pod team.
To learn more about the Elephant Care project and the next steps on how to apply you can visit our website: https://www.podvolunteer.org/projects/elephant-care-thailand
Pod Volunteer has a range of opportunities from 1-12 weeks at animal, conservation, child care support, education and teaching, building and community volunteering projects in Africa, Asia, Central and South America. You can see the full range projects that are available for your Gold Residential Award here.
You can get in touch with the Pod Volunteer team by email [email protected] or give them call on 01242 241 181.