Elephant research and conservation

Project name:

Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary

Project purpose:

Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary is a non-profit foundation working with the hilltribe communities in Northern Thailand to bring their elephants home to the forest. We carry out research on natural elephant behaviour in order to improve elephant welfare standards elsewhere. We also do many community projects such as educating the teaching English to the local children and adults, waste management education and helping with any building or agricultural work.

Project activities:

  • animal rehabilitation
  • community awareness
  • data collection/analysis
  • habitat restoration/management
  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):





South-east Asia

1 Ratings


Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration
  • data/statistical skills
  • field research skills
  • remote scenic location
  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)
  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices
  • publishes work


Homestay accommodation is provided which is basic but comfortable.

When does the project run?

Throughout the year


accommodation included, food included, electricity, local shops, refillable drinking water, bucket shower, cold shower, hot shower, western toilet, drop toilet

How long can I stay?

2 days to 12 weeks


  • No previous requirements needed for our volunteer program (please see internship options their requirements)

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

6 days/5 nights - 2 weeks: 15,000THB per week (approx. $520/£410/730AUD).

3 weeks - 6 weeks: an added 7,500THB per week (approx. $260/£205/365AUD)

7 weeks - 12 weeks: an added 5,000THB per week (approx. $180/£140/250AUD)

FOR EXAMPLE: the cost of 9 weeks stay would be 15,000x2 + 7,500x4 + 5,000x3 = 75,000THB

Schedule is below:

This price includes insurance, all transport, accommodation and food in the village. Schedule is below:

Sunday: You will meet at our meeting point and leave Chiang Mai at 9am to begin the journey to the village, stopping off for lunch on the way. After arrival, you will be introduced to your homestay, taken on a village tour and given introductory talks.

Monday-Thursday: Here you will be working on the project, breakfast is served at 7:30am, hikes to the elephants begin at 8am and distance will vary depending on were the elephants choose to roam. The morning will be spent watching our elephants and carrying out some much needed research on their natural behavior. Afternoons will be spent teaching English, completing project work or immersing yourself in hill-tribe culture.

Friday: Spend the morning hiking to the elephants and in the afternoon you will return to Chiang Mai

For volunteers wishing to stay longer than 1 week, weekends will be free to explore the surrounding area, relax in the village or take a trip to Chiang Mai.

Once paid, all deposits and fees for all programs are non-refundable.

Not included in this price:
Travel insurance
Visa costs
Exploring the surrounding area during weekends for stays longer than a week (although we can help arrange this)​

Reviews & ratings



Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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