Our Elephants and Hill Tribes Challenge is perfect for anyone who wants to volunteer to help elephants and animal welfare, gain experience working with children or teaching, learn about grass-roots community development or someone who just wants to use their skills to make a difference!
During your week volunteering at the elephant sanctuary you will get to work with elephants that have been orphaned or rescued from work in the tourist industry. The sanctuary provides these majestic animals with a safe environment that allows them to live their lives in tranquillity, free from exploitation. You’ll help sanctuary staff feed and care for the elephants and work on projects protecting the natural environment around them.
When you're in the hill tribes you will volunteer on projects aimed at improving education quality in the region. The hill tribes are isolated communities that often don’t receive the support they need, and so you will deliver a range of workshops that supplement the school curriculum and help children gain the skills they need to thrive. You’ll also work on a renovation project at the local school to help create a safer and more inspiring learning environment for the children.
During your volunteer program you will have one or two free days that you can spend exploring all that Chiang Mai has to offer. We recommend visiting the stunning temple on top of Suthep Mountain in the Doi Suthep National Park or heading to the Chiang Mai Canyon for some amazing views and even better water sports!
After your volunteering you can join our optional extension trip for $800, where you’ll spend a week touring all the sites in Northern Thailand you shouldn’t miss before you head home! You will begin by heading to Chiang Rai to visit the famous White Temple and the Monkey Temple before a Mekong river cruise to the Golden Triangle - the point where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. After the markets and nightlife of Chiang Rai you'll head to Chiang Dao for some hiking, bamboo rafting and exploring waterfalls before heading to Pai for some relaxation. This whirlwind tour will see you discovering the best hidden gems of Northern Thailand for a perfect end to your trip!
The journey that I took with Challenges Abroad and the FutureSense Foundation has had a major impact on me and the way I view my life. It has taught me so many things and I definitely recommend to anyone who wants to leave their mark on the world!Elaina Bohman, Western Sydney University
Today was incredible. We walked the whole park and visited most of the elephants we will be working with over the next 6 days. There are 80 elephants here, some blind, some injured from land mines, traps and logging and others just traumatised at the hands of man, but amongst all this park is home to health, strong, baby elephants. So blessed to be here and to be part of this amazing teamNathanael Simpson - Griffith University
This experience was the first time I had decided to do such hands-on volunteer work and it was beyond expectation. The trip was the perfect blend of a holiday from studies and an opportunity to learn and give back to the world as humans who have the capacity to provide assistance to those in need. It was an incredibly eye-opening experience!Jessica Summerhill - Griffith University
My experience in Thailand was challenging, fun, rewarding and eye opening. Experiencing the culture at the Hill Tribe was incredible and I felt very welcomed by everyone there. Volunteering at ENP was such a fun and eye-opening experience as I learnt heaps of things, not just about elephants, but wildlife conservation and animal protection as well which was super interesting! The extension trip allowed me to experience different parts of Thai culture in fun and interesting ways. I had such an incredible time and definitely recommend this program to anyone looking for a challenge or who has a passion to learn and help others.Sophie Bray - University of Technology Sydney
*Note: if you have other dates in mind or would like to travel as an individual, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to help!