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Thailand: Elephant Health & Welfare Project™

Thailand: Elephant Health & Welfare Project™

Take your compassion for animals a step further as you work on elephant conservation efforts on a permanent care reserve.


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  • Volunteer with organizations that support injured, aging or retired elephants
  • Help organizations that provide humane care for rescued or rehabilitating animals
  • Study elephant behavior and biology in a natural environment
  • Work on projects to conserve the natural habitat of elephants
  • Learn the art of Thai cooking
  • Explore intricate Buddhist temples

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Take your compassion for animals to the next level and volunteer with organizations that support humane care of all elephants, whether healthy, rescued or retired. You’ll help care for elephants that have been relieved from working in the traditional tourist industry, as you learn about responsible alternatives that can replace unethical elephant tourism and trekking. Observe the inherent, wild behaviors of these gentle giants, stimulated by their improved living conditions in a natural habitat. Away from service, discover the fascinating culture and lush mountain forests of Thailand.

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Community Service

Thailand is home to both wild and domesticated populations of Asian elephants. Capture of wild elephants for domestic use has seriously threatened wild populations, and domestic elephants face chronic abuse as they are broken to work in tourism and logging. Thailand has no laws to prevent mistreatment; therefore, there is an urgent need to help these animals. You’ll volunteer with an ethical rehabilitation organization, doing hands-on work with the elephants: Wash them, feed them, collect food and clean their enclosures. Along with direct care, help with community-based initiatives or wildlife protection campaigns.

Hands-On Learning

Rescuing elephants from harsh city environments is already a big step to improving their welfare and general well-being. Changing archaic mentalities toward animal welfare is the next step, and a long-term goal. Learn about historic motivations for domesticating elephants in the tourism industry and how you can join the movement to achieve long-term change. Observe how responsible, alternative ways of interacting with elephants benefits the animals, their mahouts and the environment. Learn how industries like logging and palm oil plantations are devastating the habitats of countless wildlife.

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Thailand exudes both rustic beauty and serene elegance. The people possess vibrant character that is reflected in the landscape, culture and their reverent attitude, a refreshing comparison to the frenetic pace of the West. Feel a special connection to the culture as you explore open air markets, learn to cook tasty local dishes from a gracious local host, visit the sacred and beautiful Buddhist temples and hike towards vistas of mountain ranges and rustic farmland. Experience a deep appreciation for this remote corner of the globe.


Home Base is located in rural Thailand, offering natural surroundings and unique, authentic experiences. Accommodations are basic, but clean and safe. Students sleep in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and have access to shared bathrooms with cold-water showers.

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Dates & Tuition

Thailand: Elephant Health & Welfare Project™ 21-Day Flagship Program Flagship
2018 Dates
Jun 18 - Jul 8, 2018
Jul 12 - Aug 1, 2018
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,199
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 45
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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