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Volunteer · VO-30

Elephant Rescue & Rehabilitation

2 to 4 weeks
4.6(72 reviews)

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  • Be between 18-85 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years
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Trip overview

Embark on an unforgettable volunteer trip and experience Thailand’s traditional lifestyle whilst making a real difference to elephants who have been rescued from illegal trade and poachers. On this amazing adventure, you’ll volunteer in a combination of mountains and jungles, learning about conservation efforts for the local elephants. Picture yourself rehabilitating and feeding abused and mistreated elephants, improving living conditions, walking alongside the world’s largest land animals and falling in love with the local Thai cuisine while contributing to an important, real-world animal conservation project.   

We offer the complete package for those looking to volunteer abroad and, best of all, we’ve joined with local project partners to secure you a guaranteed volunteering placement overseas. You’ll be contributing to elephant conservation with both confidence and purpose. Our team will help you with all the essentials, from airport pickup and on-site training to volunteer accommodation and provided meals, plus so much more.

Make a sustainable impact on injured and mistreated elephants, make new friends from all corners of the world and break away from your routine back home as you embark on this incredible volunteer travel opportunity. This trip is perfect for anyone ready to make a difference and lasting impact on elephant protection whilst channelling the laidback Thai way of living at the same time.


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Volunteer project placement

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

Pre-Departure Guide

Trip visa guidance

Personal Travel Concierge

Comfortable accommodation

Covid-19 Medical Insurance


Return airport transfer


‘Welcome to Thailand’ orientation

$200 Global Tour Voucher


Certificate of completion

Ongoing support from our local team

24/7 Global Emergency Line

gWorld access

Marketplace deals


$250 off your next trip

Trip details

Our Elephant Rescue & Rehabilitation Volunteer trip in Thailand is designed to get you volunteering overseas in a safe and fun environment and with a genuine and rewarding purpose. Our expert team and local partners take care of everything you need to start making a positive impact, from volunteer placement and accommodation to meals and ongoing support throughout your entire journey.

Whether you’re doing gap year volunteering or taking a volunteering holiday from work, you’ll arrive in Thailand with the confidence that absolutely everything has been pre-arranged for you. You’ll be able to jump straight into your volunteer duties, relax into the Thai lifestyle and start making new friends with all the logistical details sorted, from airport transfers to accommodation.

Channel all your energy into immersing yourself in your volunteer placement, as well as taking time to get to know the local area. Spend your weekends exploring Thailand’s lush jungles, visiting the powerful waterfalls, shopping at Chiang Mai’s night markets and trying local cuisines instead of sweating the logistical stuff - that’s exactly why we’re here. Feel confident and proud you are contributing much-needed help to a meaningful cause and save yourself the time, money and even the risk of being stranded in a foreign country by having us on your side. Make your time count on this life-changing opportunity to volunteer in Thailand and arrive home knowing you've made a lasting and positive impact on elephant rescue and rehabilitation.


To qualify for this trip, you must be able to undertake laborious duties. You may also be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter this destination at the time of your travel.

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, travel insurance, visa, vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.

Trip itinerary

The beauty of this trip is that your days will be filled with structured volunteer duties. You’ll then have the evenings and weekends to explore however you please. As a rough idea, this is the daily schedule you can expect:

Week 1

Once you have touched down at Chiang Mai International Airport, your pre-arranged transfer will take you to your initial hotel accommodation in the heart of Chiang Mai.

After your night’s stay in the hotel, you’ll head straight to your comfortable volunteer accommodation in Chiang Mai. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll have an orientation where you’ll get to meet the on-site project coordinators and other volunteers, plus learn about your volunteer duties. You’ll also be introduced to the elephants and learn about their history and characteristics.

In your first week, you’ll volunteer at Chiang Mai Rescue Centre, where you’ll be responsible for preparing and cleaning the elephants’ food, cutting food from the plantations, helping with general maintenance tasks around the park, as well as construction, maintaining mud pits and helping out in the local villages.

Trip location

You'll spend most of your time volunteering in Chiang Mai.

Frequently asked questions

How it works

Make your decision

Choose your trip style and destination, and confirm your spot with a deposit. Then, open your gWorld account and celebrate, the hardest part is over and the fun is about to begin.

We become friends

You’ll be matched with a personal Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs. They’ll guide you through everything we need to do together, so you can leave your worries behind.

Time to go

We’ll get your tickets in-hand and your transfers ready. Then, our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared for your arrival. It’s now time for the real adventure to start.

24/7 support

Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.


Rebecca J
Booked in Oct, 2019

Friendly service and a real pleasure to speak to over the phone I'm so excited to now be apart of the family and can't wait to help make a difference

Jesse B
Booked in Sep, 2019

Dealing with Sam so far has been a very positive experience. He has been very helpful, mindful and professional in my opinion. He has given me more than answers to my questions. Thank you!

Sophie S
Booked in Jun, 2019

I had Katie set up my trip. Really helpful, honest and genuine. Made everything seem super easy and exciting!

Halle M
Booked in Jun, 2019

Amazing, Amazing, Amazing service!!!!!

Georgia B
Booked in Apr, 2019

I loved how they keep in touch with you and give you all the information you need

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