Elephant Welfare Project in Eastern Mahout Communities
Based in Thailand’s Eastern province of Surin, this project works with the communities that have lived and worked with elephants for hundreds of years. Since the country’s ban on logging and prevalence of machinery, work for elephants is limited and with no other opportunities, the people of these communities and their elephants often starve. The government has developed initiatives that aim to encourage communities to use elephants to help attract tourists to the area. This project works alongside these communities to encourage tourism development to be shaped by ethical and responsible eco-tourism approaches.
Work with Rescued Elephants, Reforestation and Rural Communities
Volunteer in northern Thailand on a project based in a rural community just outside Thailand’s second largest city, Chiang Mai. The project works with three elements of the local community: an elephant camp which is an eco-tourism project supporting sick and old elephants who are not able to work as well as unemployed Mahouts (elephant trainers) to provide both with better opportunities, homes and food. A reforestation project works to restore and maintain the local jungle damaged by local practices, and also to work with the community to change their behaviour to make better use of their resources. Finally, the project also works with local schools to provide the children of this rural community with an opportunity to develop English, environmental, and leadership skills.
Family Volunteering: Elephant Welfare Project in Chiang Mai
As volunteers in Chiang Mai, your family will gain a true insight into local Thai life, living in locally set up eco-accommodation and working with elephants and their owners (mahouts). The boom of tourism in Thailand has also lead to Elephants being mistreated as part of tourist attractions such as entertainment shows, which see the elephants learn tricks and stay tied up for a lot of the day. This project aims to tackle these issues, by working towards sustainable solutions for eco tourism and creating a better life for captive elephants that is free from abuse.
The project work has three main strands, in which the hands on work is supporting sick and old elephants who are not able to work as well as unemployed Mahouts. There is also a reforestation project to restore and maintain the local jungle damaged by local practices, and also working with local schools to provide children with an opportunity to develop English and environmental skills.
Island Marine Conservation with PADI Certification
Based on the Thai island of Koh Tao, this marine conservation project is perfect for divers or those wishing to learn to dive. The local community of Koh Tao, in association with the best dive schools, developed a project to help and protect the coral reefs within the Koh Tao national park from the damage caused by tourism and global warming. Building artificial reefs, culturing a giant clam nursery and undertaking regular monitoring activities in the waters surrounding the island, volunteers can spend every day diving and familiarising themselves with the marine life of Thailand. The success of this project to date has seen government environmental agencies use the data gathered to make policy decisions.
Family Volunteering: Marine Conservation on the Thai Island of Koh Tao
This project offers the chance to learn to dive as your family contributes to sustainable development for the sea and local communities on this specially designed project, Family Volunteering: Marine Conservation on the Thai Island of Koh Tao. An unprecedented boom in tourism to Thailand in recent years, the waters around Koh Tao have become a diving hotspot, and have suffered damage at the hands of tourism and global warming. The local community of Koh Tao, in association with the best dive schools, developed a project to help and protect the coral reefs within the Koh Tao national park.
As volunteers, your family will be directly involved in building artificial reefs, culturing a giant clam nursery, seahorse population studies and undertaking regular monitoring activities in the waters surrounding the island.
Additionally, the project works in local schools, training children aged 10-18 years old how to dive in order to create awareness of marine conservation issues and teach skills that they can use for future employment on Koh Tao.
The data you gather will go towards information the project provides to government environmental agencies, which is used to make policy decisions about the area; this is an opportunity to make a real difference to sustainable change in Thailand. This project includes diver SSI (Scuba Schools International) training from beginner advanced level, with options for children.