Elephant Conservation & Community Volunteering

Video and Photos

Camping in the forest
Camping in the forest
Learn about an ancient culture
Learn about an ancient culture
Happy in their forest home
Happy in their forest home
Elephants roaming freely in the forest
Elephants roaming freely in the forest
Growing up in the forest
Growing up in the forest
Observing from a respectful distance
Observing from a respectful distance
Mountain views
Mountain views
Elephants enjoying their freedom
Elephants enjoying their freedom

About

Turn your holiday into a rewarding, interesting and challenging volunteering experience.

Open yourself up to the opportunity to be welcomed into the heart of a Karen Hill tribe community in the beautiful mountains of northern Thailand.

Here you will find yourself fully immersed in their rich and ancient culture, learning about their traditions and their long history of living along side elephants.

You will assist villagers with projects throughout the community, spend quality time observing the elephants roaming freely from a respectful distance and enjoy a night camping out under the stars with the elephants in their forest home.

By volunteering with us, you help to make a positive impact in this mountain community and the lives of the elephants in their care, and we in return promise that your stay and hard work will make a memorable and lasting impact on you.

Highlights
  • Make a real difference.
  • Learn about ethical elephant tourism.
  • Observe some of the only free ranging elephants in Thailand.
  • Assist with community based projects.
  • Gain knowledge about Karen culture, history and language.

Related Programs

Questions & Answers

Reviews

100%
based on 2 reviews
  • Impact 10
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Value 10
  • Safety 10
Showing 1 - 2 of 2
Default avatar
Matt
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Enriching and fulfilling experience!

If you are looking for an enriching and fulfilling experience with elephants in Thailand, please look no further. The volunteering program with the Mahouts Elephant foundation was exactly what we were looking for. Being immersed in a Karen community was so culturally rewarding and the kindness we received was overwhelming. It was truly an enlightening experience in every way. We gained knowledge about the state of elephant tourism in Thailand and, by the end, knew we had made the most ethical decision in choosing this volunteer opportunity. By clearing campsites and building dams to collect water for wildlife, we felt we were getting our hands dirty and doing some good rather than just being a spectator. The week ended with a camp out and many hours spent observing four beautiful elephants in their natural habitat. All expectations were greatly exceeded and I encourage you to consider this exceptional week in Hoyt Pakoot. You won’t regret it! Da Blue!

Default avatar
Sasha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible Experience!!!

Can not recommend enough! What a special experience. This was educational, impactful, inspirational and very fun . My best friend and I decided to come volunteer for a week and we were very happy with that decision. It felt really great to help with projects in the village and surrounding areas. From building dams, to village cleaning projects , to clearing campsites, it felt rewarding to help give back. The village itself was very welcoming, open and kind to us. We loved staying with a family. Great simple accommodations, delicious food and the best company. Then the elephants!!! It was magical to watch these beautiful giants in their natural habitat, and the mahouts made us feel very safe. Camping out under the most amazing stars, sleeping in hammocks and sitting around a campfire was another huge bonus. If you are looking for a real and ethical experience with elephants, this is it.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be open, take it all in, enjoy the moment, learn as much as you can, ask questions and wear good hiking shoes!