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



South-east Asia

1 Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):



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

Wild Sun Rescue Center


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



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

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


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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