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Work hands-on with elephants, giving them lots of care, and also be helping to improve the living conditions of captive elephants in Thailand.
You'll work very hands-on with 12 elephants, but you'll be surrounded by up to 200 elephants. During your work, elephants will be allowed to freely interact socially and you'll participate in basic elephant care.
You'll feed the elephants and have lots of hands-on work with them. Elephants love people and social interaction. They can be very playful .
You'll normally help to take the elephants out on walks with the mahouts about twice a day across the local rice fields and forests.
Elephants love water so you'll take them down to the local reservoir for clean up. This is not only great fun, the elephants love it too !
You'll be helping to build a new Elephant Center. There is a lot of diverse work involved in this, including helping to restore the natural habitat that has been destroyed by over-logging. Thus, you'll also help by planting grass and other vegetation that helps to feed the elephants.
You'll be asked to take on some community development work, to help strengthen ties within the local community and to learn from them in the process.
Other duties could involve helping to cut the grass and preparing other elephant foods, as well as actually feeding the elephants.
During the project you will have plenty of opportunities to learn about the elephants and the local communities and how they are trying to become ever more sustainable.
Minimum Program duration is 1 week and up to 24 weeks, minimum age is 17 unless accompanied by an adult. No qualifications necessary.
Program price ranges from $1,050 for 1 week and includes:
Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance Accommodation
Full pre-departure support
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
"I'm gaining hands-on experience that I have never had before of looking after the elephants and their well being. I'm also learning on a daily basis about these wonderful animals." Charlotte Phillips