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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

average rating is 5 out of 5, based on 1 votes, 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



19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

average rating is 5 out of 5

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



19 Dec 2021

great experience

average rating is 4 out of 5

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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