6 Days/5 Nights Volunteer Program
WHAT TO EXPECT
Thousands of tourists travel to Thailand every year to see elephants, but few will ever appreciate the amount of work that goes into providing elephants with the physical and emotional benefits of sanctuary life. As a week-long volunteer at Sappraiwan Elephant Resort & Sanctuary, you will be deeply involved in the operations of the sanctuary.
NATURAL OBSERVATION OVER FORCED INTERACTION
Sappraiwan Elephant Resort & Sanctuary is currently transforming its ethos and programs to prioritize elephant welfare. By developing new principles that encourage natural observation over forced interaction, the facility is trying to give its herd of elephants the respect and freedom it deserves.
Volunteers are an integral part of this journey because taking part in a program at Sappraiwan Elephant Resort & Sanctuary helps make such programs sustainable while setting a good example for other elephant facilities to create humane environments for elephants.
LEARNING FROM A MAHOUT
Just as the elephants at Sappraiwan are a family, their carers - mahouts - are too. You will immediately feel part of the family as you will begin your program by working with a mahout and his elephant. From then on the work begins!
Though you will spend time with all the elephants at Sappraiwan, you will gain an intimate understanding of your designated elephant’s behavior, personality, closest companions, place in the family tree, identifying features and so much more.
Your mornings will begin by venturing deep into the forest with your mahout, and then observing the herd grazing, swimming, socializing and roaming within the sanctuary’s 360 acres of lush forest. After a tranquil morning with the elephants, you’ll enjoy a vegetarian lunch, and set out on one of many afternoon activities offered by the sanctuary that benefits the elephants, mahouts, and our local community.
See just how big your elephant’s appetite is by collecting supplementary food like grass or pineapple leaves with your mahout, make elephant dung fertilizer to share with local farmers, or create enrichment in the sanctuary’s Elephant Playground by stashing tasty treats that will stimulate the elephants to use problem-solving and teamwork to get to the goodies.
At the end of the day, take advantage of the resort's amenities by going for a refreshing swim or enjoying a local Thai meal. Enjoy the comfort of a resort in the depths of the jungle while creating a more compassionate world for elephants.
DAY 1 Arrive
Arrival in afternoon
Introduction presentation and orientation walk
DAYS 2 - 5
Elephant interaction and elephant work activity
Daily - Three meals provided
15000 THB 2 person and above
For exchange rate see:
Accommodations in room with 4 beds/ per room, hot water, A/C, shared western style bathroom. Upgrade available.
Volunteer program room.
ITEMS TO BRING
Insect repellent (recommend chemical-free)
Sunscreen (recommend chemical-free)
Long pants & long sleeve shirts, above the ankle socks
Hat or sun visor
Reusable water bottle, to avoid the use of plastic bottles
WHAT IS PROVIDED
Three meals per day. The first day begins with dinner and last day ends with breakfast. If you have a special dietary need please let us know when registering.
Drinking water when on excursions
Thai/English speaking group coordinator
Pick up/drop off at Phitsanulok airport/city
The experience of a lifetime and the making of new friends