This project is first and foremost a sanctuary for
old, sick, disabled, abused or illegal elephants. As
a volunteer here, the concept is very much that you
will work for the elephant's wellbeing and not the
other way round. The sanctuary offers a much needed
home and better quality of life to elephants who are
require a lot of hands on care and attention, and
that’s where your help is needed!
You will help with preparing food and feeding the
elephants, as well as swimming and cleaning them.
(With regular mud baths – what fun!) You’ll also
help to plant banana grass and cut trees – an
important food source for elephants – as well as
mucking in and cleaning out their enclosures.
The project is located on a stunning lake and offers
the unforgettable experience of being able to spend
time and bond with the elephants whilst they’re in
their natural habitat.
A lot of your time will be spent working alongside
experienced mahouts, who spend their entire lives
gaining an understanding of the elephants and how
best to care for them. You’ll learn more about these
fascinating mammals from the mahouts – their
knowledge is invaluable.
The elephants freely roam and explore the sanctuary
by day, and then are taken to the forest early in
the evening time. Each afternoon has a fun activity
which you can get stuck into – whether it’s visiting
the beautiful Lake Erawan Waterfalls or taking a
bamboo raft along a nature trail.
This project is a great way to get a true experience
of Thai culture and to work closely with elephants
in genuine need of help.
When you arrive, you
will spend the weekend in Singburi before being
transferred to Kanchanaburi early on Monday morning.
Each day is different, you’ll take an
important part in tasks which are needed to help
care for and nurture the rescued elephants.
Introduction to the project. Today you’ll
be preparing the elephants food and feeding them,
before walking them to the river and bathing with
them (mud bath!) A memorable experience! After this
you’ll take the elephants back into forest, before
experiencing a Thai welcome ceremony and dinner. To
finish off your first day, you’ll take part in a
Thai culture class and watch an elephant
You'll start the day by going to see the
elephants, and then it’s time to muck out and clean
their enclosures. Afterwards you’ll help prepare the
food for the elephants. This will include planting
banana grass or cutting trees and banana grass. Then
you’ll get to relax, floating on a raft on the river
Kwai. After dinner, a Thai elephant documentary will
A fun hike to the top of a nearby mountain
and a visit to the elephants will start your day,
all before breakfast! You’ll spend today preparing
fruit and cleaning the fruit shop before its mud
bath time. In the afternoon, you’ll get to
experience the beautiful Erawan waterfalls.
Explore the village by bike before
breakfast, and then it’s time to plant food for the
elephants. After lunch you’ll help clean the bathing
area, and take a bamboo raft and nature trail to a
setting in the forest where you’ll set up camp for a
fantastic evening with your fellow volunteers.
Today you’ll begin the day by making salt
lick for the wild animals, feeding the elephants at
the river and of course washing them! After lunch
you will cut grass or sugarcane for the elephants.
In the evening there will be a farewell party
followed by karaoke!
After breakfast, you will depart from the
elephant sanctuary. You will be taken to the bus
station in Kanchanaburi and from there you will make
your own way back to Bangkok, or your next
**Please note; This
schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on
weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen