Volunteer Abroad

Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand

Experience a New World

Located in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a vibrant city rich with history, culture and youthful energy. Chiang Mai is also famous for its traditional elephant keeping communities, which is where you will be located. Volunteers will spend every day in the lush mountain forests with elephants rescued from working in tourist camps. Volunteers can also learn how to read elephant's behaviours and will have a chance to observe along-side Mahouts or elephant keepers during the program.

Volunteering abroad is a fantastic way to experience a new culture, learn something new and broaden your skills and knowledge. It can be a very rewarding and memorable experience, so why not help out today!

Have fun volunteering! Here are a few of the program highlights:

  • Program duration can be anywhere from 1-16 weeks
  • Many departure date options
  • Accommodations are included
  • Side trip opportunities and optional travel opportunities are available
  • International volunteer experience
  • Orientation when you arrive

Your Typical Day

Imagine waking up early in the morning, sharing a team breakfast, then attending a quick meeting before heading out to start your day's work: your first task - finding the elephants in the jungle. Some days you will be assisting with health inspections and others you will observe the herd closely, following their path through the forest.

Volunteers typically work Monday to Friday with Saturday and Sunday being travel or optional days off. This is definitely not your typical 9-5 job!


To be eligible for the program:

  • You must be 18+ years old
  • You must be fluent in English
  • You must be a Canadian citizen and resident with a Canadian Passport (valid for at least the entire duration of your stay)
  • Must have a clean criminal background history
  • You will need to apply for a tourist visa - cost will vary depending on how long you are staying in the country (let us know if you have any questions)
  • It is recommended that you purchase medical insurance for the entire duration that you are in Thailand (if you would like to purchase through us - we offer a great insurance policy at a low premium)
  • Must have full time availability throughout the volunteer contract

After you are accepted into the program, we will send you a Welcome Letter which will outline everything you need before you go.


What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone number
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in country support
  • Required transportation for the duration of your stay
  • Comprehensive training program that encompasses theory lectures, group study and field practice

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal expenses
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Extra local excursions


Thailand has some of the most amazing scenery and lots of history. Here are some places to consider visiting while you are there.

Chiang Mai

Vibrant, laid-back, youthful and modern; Thailand's second city is anything but ordinary. This university city has hundreds of sacred temples and is surrounded by legendary mountains. There is plenty to eat such as Burmese curries and delicious street food. After, you can dance all night at one of the cities many nightclubs and discos. 

Mae Hong Son

Located in Northern Thailand, this city is off in a remote setting and surrounded by mountains. The best times to visit is between November and March. During the rainy season (June to October) it's harder to travel to because there are few paved roads.

Ko Samui

This beautiful island has everything you want - from gorgeous beaches and private pools to 2am parties and backpacker shanties all along a quiet stretch of sand. Other activities and places to visit are the Ang Thong Marine National Park, Tamarind Retreat and the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts.

Ko Tao

Dive in and check out all that Ko Tao has to offer. This tiny island (only 21 sq km!) has something for everyone: diving with sharks and rays, hiking through the coastal jungles and drinking til the sun comes up at one of the local bars.

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Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand Program Prices:

  2016/2017 Prices
1 week  CAD 1748 
 2 weeks CAD 1986 
4 weeks  CAD 2461 
6 weeks  CAD 2936 
8 weeks   CAD 3411
10 weeks   CAD 3886
12 weeks  CAD 4361 
16 weeks  CAD 5311

Dates available in 2016 and 2017:

  • 09 & 23 January 2016
  • 06 & 20 February
  • 05 & 19 March
  • 02, 16 &30 April
  • 14 & 28 May
  • 11 & 25 June
  • 09 & 23 July
  • 06 & 20 August
  • 03 & 17 September
  • 01, 15 & 29 October
  • 12 November
  • 10 & 24 December

  • 07 & 21 January 2017
  • 04 & 18 February
  • 04 & 18 March
  • 01, 15 & 29 April
  • 13 & 27 May
  • 10 & 24 June
  • 08 & 22 July
  • 05 & 19 August
  • 02, 16 & 30 September
  • 14 & 28 October
  • 11 & 25 November
  • 09 & 23 December

Important Note: You must apply for the program 8 weeks prior to departure. The BC sales' tax of 5% will be added to all prices indicated above. Before applying for a GO INTERNATIONAL program, you must read and understand GO INTERNATIONAL’s Terms and Conditions and GO INTERNATIONAL’s Cancellation, Refund, and Program Change Policy.