Volunteers staying for one or two weeks are required to arrive at the elephant sanctuary on a Sunday. For a duration of three weeks or more, volunteers can start on any day of the week.
A typical day includes:
• Cleaning the elephants’ paddocks each morning and evening.
• Bathing and swimming with the elephants in the lake, or washing them in their paddocks with hoses and brushes, depending on the schedule.
• Collecting the elephants’ dung and food waste for composting.
• Walking the elephants to the lake or into the forest to forage.
• Collecting fruits for their big appetites, and harvesting banana trees, sugar cane, pineapple or corn for fodder.
• Learning all about these gentle giants, and performing basic daily health checks on the elephants.
• Sharing the responsibility of taking care of the domestic animals at the centre, including Sam, the rescued beach pony and the dogs.
These are only examples of what your daily activities may be. The elephant sanctuary is continually evolving and their requirements may change before your arrival. Rest assured we are very flexible with volunteers’ personal needs, but we do require the same flexibility in return.
Please be aware that harvesting trees and corn for fodder is an essential and regular work for volunteers, and involves chopping and dragging plants and trees over rough ground. Some heavy lifting is involved, which can be quite tiring work in the heat. It is essential that you wear appropriate clothing (sun hat, long sleeves and trousers) and sturdy footwear for this task, pace yourself, and drink plenty of water.
Got a question about volunteering with elephants in Thailand? Try our Thailand Elephant Sanctuary Frequently Asked Questions