Elephant Forest Refuge

Start and end in Chiang Rai! With the volunteer/community tour Thailand – Elephant Forest Refuge, you have a 7 day tour package taking you through Chiang Rai, Thailand. Thailand – Elephant Forest Refuge is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

This project takes place at a refuge in Thailand for rescued elephants. The refuge prides itself on its ethical values; there is no riding, bathing with, performing with or abusing of the elephants in any way, shape or form. This haven is unique in that the elephants have 40 acres of bamboo groves, forest, swamp and grasslands in which they roam and live as free animals. There are currently six elephants at the refuge.

Volunteers at this project will be looking after the elephants and providing them with care. Most of the volunteer work is done at a distance to allow the elephants as natural a habitat and lifestyle as possible. Volunteers will prepare and plant food, feed the elephants, as well as take part in observation duties and work to help maintain the refuge area itself.

As a volunteer on this project you will be volunteering at an ethical elephant refuge whose main goal is to allow rescued elephants the opportunity to live in their natural habitat and live as free animals. Work will consist of tasks that are solely for the benefit of the elephants and their home. Volunteers will be planting fruit trees, maintaining the refuge and feeding the elephants. Volunteers will only engage with the elephants in ethical ways.

Some of your tasks may include:

A typical day: A typical day begins at 7:00 AM with breakfast served in the group dining room. After breakfast, around 8:00 AM, volunteers will either observe the elephants or engage in some volunteer work. A delicious buffet lunch is served daily and the lunch breaks are long with plenty of time to relax. Following lunch, volunteers either go out to observe the elephants or partake in more hands-on work, depending on the schedule. The evenings are free for relaxation or personal travel. Dinner is always a highlight with delicious local dishes and beer & soda for sale.

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