Solidarity trip with rescued elephants
Live with rescued elephants. Learn about their exploitation in Southeast Asia. Help by taking care of them and improving their home.
Did you know that in the last 100 years alone 90% of the world's elephant population has been lost, that for every 10 African elephants there is only 1 Asian elephant left? This NGO, one of the most renowned in Thailand, works to protect this endangered animal. On the one hand, they take in more than 80 elephants rescued from different situations: some are disabled, and others have been exploited in the street as a lure to beg for tips. On the other hand, they raise awareness in society about the terrible reality that tourist activities with these animals hide.
In this solidarity trip you will live with these large mammals, you will learn how they live, you will contribute to take care of them and, most importantly, you will become aware of their situation. It is a learning experience suitable for all kinds of people, groups or families with children from 6 years old.
This project works towards achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals
Project LocationChiang Mai
Volunteer hours4 h per day between 8:00 and 17:00 h
Volunteer activitiesCleaning the grounds where they live, walking with them, reforesting the area, preparing the elephants' food, feeding them, etc.
Minimal collaboration1 week
IncluidoTumaini accompanimentHot waterLunchAccommodationDinnerLocal CoordinatorTraining courseBreakfastAirport pick-upVolunteer liability insuranceWIFI
No incluidoTourist activitiesKitchenTravel insuranceFlight
- Participate in talks on the situation of the elephant in Thailand and learn more about its history.
- Prepare the elephants' food and feed them.
- Accompany the elephants during their baths and walk with them.
- Clean the park and facilities.
- Planting seeds and other reforestation work in the area.
- Collaborate with the construction and maintenance of the site.
- Level of English (intermediate level equivalent to B1, no diploma required).
- Be of legal age or, in the case of minors, be accompanied by an adult. The minimum age to participate is 6 years old.
- Be open-minded, tolerant, supportive and willing to learn.
- It’s important to be flexible with tasks as they may change depending on the needs of the NGO. Volunteering requires coordination with other people, so teamwork is also essential.
- People of all ages, including retired people.
- Groups, single travellers, couples.
- Families who want to educate children in values of solidarity and love of nature.
- Students of veterinary medicine, biology and similar subjects.
A day in the project
ProjectElephant sanctuary located about an hour's drive from Chiang Mai, one of the most beautiful cities in Thailand. The city is known for its rich culture and natural surroundings, where some of the highest mountains in the country can be found. In these incredible surroundings is a sanctuary that houses numerous rescued dogs, cats, buffaloes and other animals. The centre is 100% committed to Asian elephant conservation and provides a home for blind, disabled and orphaned elephants, most of which have been exploited and abused. The project helps to improve the living conditions of the mammals.
ClimateThe climate in Thailand is warm for most of the year. The average annual temperature is 20-25º.Although it varies from area to area, there are 3 seasons:
- November to March: The season is cool and dry. The landscape is radiant and the temperatures are pleasant.
- April to July: The climate is dry and hot. The average temperature is 35º.
- July to October: rainy season: it rains more in August and September. It rains almost every day, but hardly ever continuously. Storms are usually intense but of short duration. The average daytime temperature is 32°C and 23°C at night.
The cost varies according to the duration of your solidarity trip. The costs are approximate as they depend on the exchange rate at the time of payment.
- 1 week: 610 €
- 2 weeks: 930 €
- 3 weeks: 1252 €
What is included?
- Search for the solidarity trip that best fits your profile and interests to provide an enriching beneficial experience for both travellers and NGOs.
- A guide of the project with useful up-to-date information on the status and needs of the project.
- Support during the preparation of your trip: visas, vaccinations, tips for buying your flight, advice on what to visit, essentials to carry in your backpack, practical information (money exchange, transport, timetables, culture, etc.).
- Tumaini coordinator available by email or phone whenever you need to solve all your doubts. Sometimes, if possible, face-to-face meetings are also held.
- Online course on solidarity travel and responsible tourism, mandatory for volunteers to get the most out of their experience.
- Contact, if possible and on request, with volunteers who have already been in the project.
- Contact, if possible and on request, with people who are going to travel on similar dates to chat before the solidarity trip, resolve doubts or organize it together.
- Basic Tumaini Thai-English dictionary.
- Accident and liability insurance specialized in volunteering.
- Follow-up during the solidarity trip.
- Letter of reference or certificate of solidarity travel/volunteering on request.
- Evaluation of your solidarity trip to improve our services.
- Accommodation in a double or triple bedroom.
- Full vegan and delicious meals throughout your stay :).
- Internal road transport from your hotel in Chiang Mai to the project.
- Local Coordinator.
What is not included?
- International ticket
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
- Visa (free of charge for Spanish nationals for stays of less than 30 days).
- Extras such as personal excursions, shopping, etc.
- A contribution to Tumaini for the efforts and assistance of the volunteers.
- A contribution to the project for board and lodging.
- Chiang Mai
- 3 meals included
- Hot water
- Located in a natural environment
- Pick up from your hotel in the centre of Chiang Mai