WWE Volunteering

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

Join us in the beautiful mountains of northern Thailand, for a unique opportunity of watching our elephants roam freely in their forest home, camp with them in the forest and immerse yourself in the rich and ancient culture of the Karen people that call these mountains home.

Whilst you are with us, you will not only be spending time with and contributing towards keeping our beautiful elephants here, but you will be helping villagers in their daily lives and assisting with projects throughout the community. Help us to make a positive impact in this mountain community and we promise that your stay and hard work will make a memorable and lasting impact on you in return.

Through a longer stay at the project you will have the opportunity to become an important part of helping us to keep our elephants in their forest home.

At Mahouts Elephant Foundation we treat all volunteers with respect and value them as individuals, recognising the valuable contribution that they are making to the communities we work with and Foundation.

Sample Itinerary: 6 Days / 5 Nights – Volunteering

DAY 1

  • Be picked up in Chiang Mai
  • Arrive in the village and meet your host family
  • Introduction to the village and Karen culture
  • Welcome ceremony and dinner

DAY 2

  • Cultural immersion/ assist with village projects

DAY 3

  • Hike out to see the elephants
  • Camp out in the forest
  • Night fishing with the mahouts (if near the river)

DAY 4

  • Watch the elephants
  • Return to the village after lunch
  • Afternoon to rest

DAY 5

  • Cultural immersion/assist with village projects

DAY 6

  • Return to Chiang Mai

Pricing - Based on 2 or more 

Experience 3 – Volunteering (6 days / 5 nights)
  Cost per person Deposit per person Balance per person
  Based on 2 or more People £420.00 £50.00 £370.00

*Due to ground costs, solo volunteers are subject to 50% premium. We are always happy to match solo travelers with each other to create a group volunteering trip

Transportation Costs: Round Trip
1 Person: £157 4 People: £52
2 People: £79 5 People: £42
3 People: £70 6 People: £35

Please note;

Additional night’s stay can be arranged upon request and if there is availability.

Prices are in GBP sterling, please ask for a quote in a different currency if required. All prices are per person per trip.

Transportation costs are not included in overall costs per person.

We are able to source the most cost effective local transport which is fully insured, the location of our project is a 4 hour drive from Chiang Mai, through mountainous terrain on rural roads. We are particular with the drivers that we choose, ensuring that we are hiring people who are familiar and confident on the mountain roads, the village location is very rural and can be difficult to find. We provide an English-speaking guide for both journeys.

It is always best to take our transport, please ask any questions regarding this that you may have.

Payments:

The deposit of £50 per person must be paid to the Mahouts Elephant Foundation at the time of booking.

The balance must be paid to Mahouts Elephant Foundation (agents for mahouts Elephants LTD Partnership ), at least eight weeks before the start date of the trip.

Groups are usually limited to a maximum of six people, for the well- being of the elephants, village and the forest.

Important Information

Things to remember:

  • The trips include walking through the forest in the heat so a reasonable level of tness is required.
  • Villagers are more than happy to carry backpacks for guests and a charge will be made for this service.
  • We can tailor packages for larger groups or those that may want to change things around for their own needs.
  • A day trip IS possible to visit the elephants and this will need to be discussed with us prior to booking.
  • We work with Mahouts Elephants LTD Partnership who have local insurance, but it is ESSENTIAL that you travel with your own personal travel insurance at all times.
  • The deposit will be taken for each person booking in, this is NON REFUNDABLE and will be paid to Mahouts Elephant Foundation, a UK registered charity. The rest of the payment must be made to Mahouts Elephant Foundation on behalf of our ground team with whom your ground arrangement contract is with and who will take care of you on your trip to the village.
  • Part of the money for your trip includes a donation to the elephant fund within the village. This is a vital income to help run a sustainable project to ensure ALL of their elephants are returned to the forest in the future.
  • Mahouts Elephant Foundation is a UK registered charity and we welcome all donations. We are supporting the elephants you are visiting and their mahouts to live in the forest and we need your help to continue this vital work.

What’s included in your trip with Mahouts Elephants LTD Partnership?

Mahouts Elephant Foundation are pleased to offer ground arrangements through a local company; Mahouts Elephants LTD Partnership.

Whilst all arrangements in Thailand are organised by our ground staff team, all other arrangements prior to the commencement of your trip will be organised by Mahouts Elephant Foundation.

  • Private transport to and from Chiang Mai.
  • All meals included during your stay.
  • Home stay fee in the village.
  • Professional English-speaking guide.
  • Local guide and team fee.
  • National Park fee.
  • Donation for the elephant fund.
  • Tents and hammocks.
  Cold season Dry season Wet season
When to visit November - February March - May May - October
Hiking distances Maximum 2 hours Maximum 3 hours Maximum 4 hours
Average temperature 10-23 °C 24-31 °C 23-28 °C