EVERYTHING ELEPHANTS  

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.

 

THE SCHEDULE

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.

 

PROGRAM DETAILS

DAY 1 Arrive

  • Arrival in afternoon

  • Introduction presentation and orientation walk

  • Private relaxation

  • Dinner
     

DAYS 2 - 5

  • Elephant interaction and elephant work activity

  • Daily - Three meals provided
     

DAY 6​

  • Breakfast

  • Departure 

PRICE

17800 THB/person 

15000 THB 2 person and above

For exchange rate see: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations in room with 4 beds/ per room, hot water, A/C, shared western style bathroom. Upgrade available.

WiFi available in lobby and cafe

Planting Elephant Food
Creating elephant enrichment
Studying Elephants
Interacting with Experts
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 Volunteer program room.

ITEMS TO BRING

  • Closed-toe shoes

  • 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

 

Please note: all guests are covered by insurance

 

 MAILING ADDRESS

Sappraiwan Elephant Resort & Sanctuary

1/79 Moo 2 Kaengsopha, Wangthong 

Phitsanulok, Thailand 65220

GOOGLE MAPS ADDRESS

Sappraiwan Elephant Resort, Tambon Kaeng Sopha, Amphoe Wang Thong, Phitsanulok 65220


CONTACT

TEL:  +6681 533 7288 or +6655 293 293

E-MAIL: contact@sappraiwan.com

INSTAGRAM: Sappraiwanelephantresort

LINE: Sappraiwan

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