Volunteer Elephants in India

Project name:

Volunteering With India

Project purpose:

To provide the best support and care to the Elephants.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

250

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices

Accommodation:

Host Family Accomodation or Project Hostel

When does the project run?

All year

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, hot shower, bucket showers, western toilet, wifi.

How long can I stay?

Minimum 3 days to maximum 3 weeks

Requirements:

  • We expect volunteers to not act as if they are here as tourists, they must do the work they are here to do.

  • They need to understand that they come for work and need to live like the people here live, respect the culture and get involved with all that is happening in India.

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

The opportunity to do elephant care program in the Heritage City Jaipur, India. The program will be held in the village, near Amber Fort, which is also knows as Elephant Village where more than 100 elephants get care by their mahouts every day. Elephant Village is very close to the Royal Amber Fort. India’s first and the world’s third elephant village. Government of Rajasthan, India has allotted this place in the area of 30 hectares of land which has stable blocks for each elephants with attached housing; it has also a big man-made lake where the elephants can swim, play and gets thoroughly washed down after a day in the heat and dust. The Program has created to give care to the elephants and help their mahouts. Elephant village needs volunteers and support from local peoples to care these big beauties.

The project gives you the opportunity to get close with Indian Elephants, help elephant mahouts and give the care to the elephants as they are going to work hard for the day. Your work will be feeding the elephants, bathing them, cleaning the area, bringing water, go for a ride with any elephant, make bundles of hay and chapati for elephants in a mud stove to eat. You need to wake early as the elephant starts early to give a ride for the tourists of Amber Fort. Volunteers will work around 3 to 4 hours per day. 

On Weekeends you will go for sightseeings of famous places in Jaipur, India.

Reviews & ratings

Adriano

Volunteer

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

Corinne

Intern

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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