Thailand Elephant Sanctuary Volunteering
Prior to starting my PhD degree I am going to Asia and I'll begin my adventure by volunteering to work with elephants in Thailand with Globalteer charity, starting on 5th August 2018 for 10 days. The goal of this elephant sanctuary is to rescue elephants from difficult lives of hard work and provide them with a life as close as possible to their wild relatives.
The Thailand Elephant Sanctuary Project Overview
The Thailand Elephant Sanctuary gives safe haven to approximately 10 elephants at any time. Without the sanctuary these lovely animals would otherwise be roaming the streets, suffering terrible conditions at working elephant camps or being exploited by the tourist industry.
Volunteers provide hands on assistance to the professional Mahouts (elephant keepers) and walk the elephants into the forest to forage and bathe. Volunteers also feed the elephants and help carry out health checks to ensure they remain healthy and happy. As a UK Charity, Globalteer does not support elephant riding or elephant performances which are common in Asia. The project also works tirelessly in elephant conservation to protect remaining wild elephant population.
Where does the money go?
Donations and Grants (60%) – This includes a share of volunteer placement fees, grants secured for the project and donations managed by Globalteer.
Support Costs (29%) – This includes volunteer accommodation, volunteer transport, support staff costs, travel costs and some volunteer meals.
Operational Costs (11%) – Costs of running Globalteer.