Experiences of Volunteering with Elephants in Thailand
"My Volunteer Work With Elephants"
I spent 5 weeks in the elephant conservation project in Thailand, from mid-October 2018, to mid-November 2018. The project has a total of 25 elephants, and had a support team on site who cares for several dozen people each day. This includes preparing food/ cutting fruits and cleaning enclosures, but also taking the elephants for a shower and going for a walk with them.
The daily work in the elephant project
The working day is from about 6:30 am to 5pm and includes breaks for breakfast and lunch. I was there at the end of the rainy season, so it had the occasional downpour, but overall it was very sunny and warm.
My tips for the wildlife project
Although I didn't get sunburnt whilst I was there, you should still be super careful about being exposed to sun, especially during the height of the day or during especially sunny periods. But my main recommendation is to use mosquito repellent, because mosquitos in Thailand are so much more stubborn than back home. The life there is very simple, but that's not a bad thing because you spend very little time in your room. Especially if you stay longer, you can learn a few words in Thai and get to know the Thai Staff better, which is one of the things I miss most.
For me, the experience of working with elephants is absolutely priceless. Anyone thinking about doing a project with animals, especially with such impressive animals, should definitely try it out. I can only recommend this work to everyone and it also spreads the word that you should be more responsible with your holiday time.
Experiences of Wildlife Volunteering in Thailand, by Melanie P., December 2018