Volunteer at an Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand

Surin, Thailand

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Love Volunteers

(55 Reviews)
  • From $918 USD for 1 Week

  • 1 - 4 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 And Older



This amazing program works hands-on with elephants who are at very real risk of abuse or neglect due to economic factors. By being part of this program, supplying help to care for them and providing the funds (through program fees), these elephants can be saved from a life of misery. Through their participation volunteers will experience ‘real’ Thai community life first-hand, helping with cooking the meals, farming the land, getting their hands dirty on small micro-development projects, make paper from elephant poo, help with farming tasks, go kayaking and Thai fishing on the local river. They’ll also have the ability to learn the Thai language and Thai cooking skills, interact with the community children and loads more. Volunteers will find this to be extremely rewarding and an unforgettable experience.

Arrival and Orientation

Volunteers are collected at Bangkok airport and spend the first two nights at the volunteer guesthouse located on amazing Khao San Road in the heart of Bangkok. Friday is free to settle in before commencing the orientation and city tour on Saturday. On Sunday volunteers are assisted to the coach terminal where they board a comfortable coach and make their way to Surin. What a fantastic way to begin a volunteering placement! Arrival Day: Friday 6AM TO 9PM Departure Day: Saturday


Volunteers arrive into Bangkok and spend their first two nights in a guesthouse complete with all amenities and located in central Bangkok. Breakfast is included as is a welcome meal on Saturday whilst the day is spent enjoying this vibrant city in the capable hands of our local team.

On Sunday volunteers travel to Surin by coach and are accommodated in comfortable volunteer houses. Each house has several bedrooms with 4 single beds per room and western style bathroom facilities. Full kitchen facilities are available for preparing meals and the houses are all within easy walking distance to restaurants, shops and markets - a chance to to catch up on laundry, connect with friends and family and have a hot shower!

Monday to Friday are spent on-site at the Elephant Village, accommodated in a traditional Thai homestay. Bedrooms are basic but comfortable and WiFi is available at set times. There are a few small shops in the village.

Three meals per day are provided whilst at the Elephant Village (included in the program fee). Meals are prepared by the local family and volunteers are encouraged to be involved; both as a help to the family and a wonderful opportunity to learn about Thai cooking.

The volunteer house accommodation in Surin is self-catered and volunteers can make use of the kitchen facilities to prepare meals by purchasing ingredients from local markets and shops or they may prefer to dine out at the many cafes and restaurants within easy reach.

Field Conditions

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on this program and can expect to undertake some of the following tasks:

- Provide day to day care to elephants

- Help out in the local village and spending time with local children

- Work on micro-development projects in the village

What to Expect


A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:30am Breakfast with the Host Family

8:15am Pre-start meeting with the program supervisor

8:30am Volunteering duties start

Lunch is taken on the project site from 11:30am to 2:00pm as per local custom

4:00pm Volunteering duties end

4:15pm De-brief with the program supervisor

Afternoon/Evening Free time to relax with fellow volunteers and explore the village

Dinner with the Host Family Volunteers are encouraged to help with preparing meals

Your Impact

Goals of this Project:

Provide essential care to at-risk elephants in Thailand.

Stop the abuse of elephants by halting their use as tourist attractions.

Create a safer society for native Asian elephants to live.

Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike.


Surin, Thailand
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Surin, Thailand

    Specific work locations will vary based on need

  • Where you'll be staying
    Surin, Thailand

    Volunteers will mainly be staying with a host family.

  • Nearest Airport
    Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand


<p>The cost includes your registration fee, meals, housing, and airport pickup.</p>

1 Week
4 Weeks
1 Week

$918 USD

What’s Included

  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!

  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership

  • Program supervision

  • 24/7 local support network

  • Food/Meals (as specified above)

  • Accommodation (as specified above)

  • Orientation and safety briefing on arrival

  • Airport pick-up on arrival

  • Access to the LV Dashboard

  • Dedicated pre-departure support

What’s Not Included

  • Return airport transfer

  • Excursions

  • Local transport

  • Spending money

  • Additional food/snack items

  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)

  • Flights, Visas & Vaccinations

Project Start Dates

This project is available year-round and programs on select Fridays. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.


A top volunteering organization recognized worldwide, Love Volunteers (LV) has been placing volunteers across several countries since 2009. At Love Volunteers, there is deep commitment towards making a lasting difference in developing communities and offering hope to both human and animal life.

Ever since launching this venture, Love Volunteers remains committed to providing transparent and cost-effective volunteering. LV has over 120 projects in 34 countries worldwide, placing over 20,000 volunteers since inception. Based in New Zealand, LV’s team has people who love and live for adventure. This team takes much pride and joy in working hard to deliver top-level assistance, as well as delivering life-altering volunteer experiences.

The name says it all, but the people ensure there’s much more behind that name. Love Volunteers ensure volunteers get top treatment from locals while making sure they get invaluable experiences that last a lifetime. Join LV’s cause, and you can have those moments you can tell your children and grandchildren about!

Reviews (55)


Jun 10, 2018

I am inclined to believe that these perfect 5 star reviews are fake. I recently returned from a trip organized by this agency and it was a mess. Not only was I taken advantage of financially but when I reached out to love volunteers they could care less and in ... +more

Mikela Kring

Apr 27, 2018

I was a medical volunteer in Fewa City Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal.
I am a pre-med graduate from Denmark meaning that I had no previous hands-on experience.
But I still got to observe, participate and help so many people. It was wonderful, challenging, educational and eye-opening. I learned so much ...

Lisa Sloan

Apr 05, 2018

This year was my third placement through Love Volunteers and they are just the best! All of the arrangements they have made have been perfect. They check in frequently to make sure their volunteers are safe and happy, and they take time to ask for feedback regarding the placement. I ... +more


Apr 01, 2018

I had a fantastic time volunteering for an NGO in Cambodia working to support rural communities in adopting sustainable farming practices. I felt like I was helping to make a genuine difference in the lives of disadvantaged families and had great opportunities to have some experiences I would never have ... +more

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