Volunteer role at the project:
Volunteers work alongside local staff to care for around 15 rescued Asian elephants. Each day will differ but elephant care volunteer tasks may include:
- Feeding and giving water to the elephants
- Help with the cleaning of the enclosures
- Hosing down and cleaning the elephants
- Harvesting and collecting food from local farms - pineapples, bananas etc.
- Creating enrichments for the elephants
You may also be involved in other activities around the centre such as maintenance of enclosures.
Each day will differ but general wildlife rescue volunteer tasks may include:
- Feeding the animals
- Providing water for the animals
- Assisting with cleaning the enclosures
- Creating enrichments for the animals
The Elephant Care and Wildlife Rescue projects can be combined.
How the project is making a difference:
The centre that we work with in Thailand operates as a sanctuary for abused, neglected or injured animals.
The centre also gives refuge to domesticated elephants that have been used in industry and many of the elephants arrive with severe health problems and bear the scars of previous abuse. The centres aim is to provide a refuge that is as close to nature as possible.
Educational tours are often organised for young school children at the centre as the project believe that the education of the next generation is critical to conservation in Thailand. The management team actively campaign for better animal treatment in Thailand including issues such as the illegal pet trade, poaching and the use of animals within the tourist industry.
Why volunteers are needed:
Whilst each elephant is cared for by a dedicated mahout and the centre employs full time local staff for the other animals, they are in need of assistance with their tasks. The local staff are often over-stretched with daily care tasks and so the extra man-power from volunteers allow them to focus on long term plans. Additionally volunteers can offer contribute creatively and help to design enrichments for the elephants.
We are an award winning non-profit organisation arranging ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world since 2001. Volunteers are needed from 2 - 12 weeks for animal, conservation, child care, education, teaching, building and community volunteering projects in Asia, Africa and Central & South America.
In this time of uncertainty during the current Coronavirus outbreak, we are monitoring the global situation closely in conjunction with the UK FCO and our local teams on the ground. The health and safety of our volunteers is our primary concern and we will only restart placements when it’s safe to do so. It’s not yet clear when this will be but we aren’t accepting new bookings for placements before 1 August 2020.
We want to reassure volunteers that you can feel confident booking an overseas volunteering placement with us and we have introduced extra flexibility to help with this.
Flexible payment terms
We are giving added flexibility on payments. Normally we ask for final payment by 8 weeks before start date, but we are reducing this to 1 month before start date for placements with start dates in 2020. This takes some pressure off volunteers and allows us to see how the situation evolves over the coming months.
Flexible date changes
If any of our volunteers want or need to reschedule (regardless of whether it is related to Coronavirus or not!), we are happy to reschedule for up to 18 months. You just need to let us know 1 month or more before your placement date and it can be open ended if you aren’t sure when you want to reschedule to. We are keeping this free of charge for maximum flexibility!
Booking flights – wait for now
We normally recommend that volunteers book flights as soon as possible after their placement is confirmed to secure the best deals, but with the current uncertainty, it’s best to wait until travel restrictions are lifted and the airlines can confirm their schedules before booking flights and making other arrangements.
We’d love to help organise your next volunteer adventure, ready for when the world has returned to some kind of normality!
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