Volunteer, unforgettable experience
Saving and knowing the elephants, learning how to make herbal medicines, live in the nature and interacting with Thailand’s ethnic minorities are just some of the aspects of being a volunteer in Ran-Tong camp.
Thai elephants have been highly praised and nationally proclaimed throughout history, but very little has been done to protect them.
They have been used for work in Asia for thousands of years. Included in their daily routine: logging, building, transportation and providing support during wartime. However, in the modern world, the elephant’s strength and intelligence has been made obsolete by machines and for these reasons these days they’re suffering from something like an unemployment problem.
The forest area in Thailand has reduced from 80 % in 1957 to approximately less than 20 % in 1992, largely because of deforestation associated with inappropriate developments.
After logging was banned in Thailand 1989, most elephants became unemployed or were forced to engage in illegal logging near or over the border in Burma. Some elephants have been crippled or have died falling from cliffs, while others have been crippled as a result of stepping on land mines. Some elephants are given amphetamine and other drugs to enable them to work long hours.
Many studies have been completed and many solutions have been proposed since 1991 to resolve this problem, but none of these have been implemented.
That’s where the elephant camp comes in and volunteers are always needed to assist the local staff at Ran-Tong camp to ensure a better quality of life for the elephants in their natural environment.
The elephant is an intelligent, hygienic, polite, honest and patient animal. Elephants can also remember scent as well. It can sound which area is soft and which area is hard enough to walk or not. Mother elephants do love their baby elephants. If baby elephants die, mother elephant will be sorrowful. Some elephants will cry and cannot eat for a long time.
For the entire duration of your program you’ll be based in the countryside living in a typical bamboo hut, taking care of the elephants and up keeping the facilities.
The first day
The first day is hard for everyone, is like the first day at school, but you won’t work…you will just familiarize with the environment at Ran Tong, meeting the mahouts, the staff and the elephants. We will teach you how to take care the elephants, their behavior and their needs.
How to make herbal medicines, the commands for riding and how to work in safety are just some of the information you will learn.
From the second day
At sunrise the elephant camp comes alive. The elephants need to be fed and bathed before the visitors start pouring in.
Like Songkran festival you will have to water-fight with these incredible animals, bathing them and at the same time having a lot of fun.
Normally, elephants eat approximately 250 kilograms of corn and grass everyday compared to their weight (weighing 3 to 4 tons).
While they are eating you will have time to take a rest and chill out in the middle of nowhere with a delicious breakfast made from the kitchen staff at the camp.
Your duties will vary and change every day making you understand and learning more about them. Cleaning, maintenance, learning how to cook Thai meals and care the elephants are just some of the aspects of being a volunteer at Ran Tong camp.
Evening time is when you have the opportunity to socialize and have fun with the other volunteers and the local staff.
The village around the camp, home to the mahouts and their families, is another place where you can enrich your experience as volunteer. There are all kinds of ways you can help out on this front, not least by teaching English in the local school.
Days off can be spent exploring the untouched tourist area surrounding the camp.
Volunteers can hire for free a bicycle at Ran Tong and visit the local village giving them a unique insight into true Thai culture unaffected by the huge influx of tourists that the rest of Thailand experiences.
This program is suitable for volunteers that enjoy working outside, are flexible and mainly have love for animals!
No experience is necessary
Operates- All year round
Age- The minimum age of participation is 18
Suitability – Positions available for one, two, three or four weeks
Participations in the Ran-Tong camp fees are:
1 week (7days): 10500 thb
2 weeks (14 days): 18900 thb
3 weeks (21 days): 25200 thb
4 weeks (28 days): 29500 thb
all the prices are per person.
Be a volunteer and have a life changing experience!!!
- Accommodation in a bamboo hut during orientation and entire project time
- All meals and water during your stay
- Transportation to and from Chiang Mai and the Elephant Camp
- Free bicycle
- International Medical Insurance
- Personal expenses
To reserve a place in our volunteer program please click the button below;
Be noted that Deposits are not refundable.