Elephant Conservation Internship in Thailand

Elephant Conservation Internship in Thailand

Elephant Conservation Internship in Thailand

Trip Details:

Operator:   GVI - Global Vision International
Price From: 9,085 USD
Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Moderately Fit
Program duration: 24 weeks
Trip Dates: 01-01-2017

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About this program

Journey to Thailand and join an exciting elephant conservation internship. Interns will take part in three areas, including: Elephant Re-introduction, Community Education, and Plant Diversity.

You’ll travel to a Karen village where you’ll have exposure to the local customs and cultures, trek the jungle and forage food for the elephants. In your free-time, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a number of exciting excursions and experiences.

Internships are geared towards improving leadership skills and arming interns will both hard and soft skills that will set you apart in the job force.

The elephant project consists of leading elephant health checks, studying the behaviour of our herd, and educating other volunteers about Asian elephants. While each project has many established aspects, interns are encouraged to develop their own ideas and introduce new aspects to these projects. Although you will be able to enjoy hiking with the elephants 5 days of the week, the rotation of the internship means your responsibilities will shift during the course of your stay.

After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for affiliated partner organizations in Thailand or around the world. Fieldwork positions can be paid or unpaid, range in duration from one month to one year, and availability varies.



Life on the Internship

During your first 6 weeks, you will work alongside other volunteers and learn about the day to day running of the project. Your days will be split between morning hikes into the Chiang Mai forest with the elephants and their mahouts.

In the afternoons you will return to base where there will be lectures on elephant keeping and other training needed to assess the elephant’s health and conduct surveys in the forest. The following 6 weeks will see you go through training sessions with previous interns/staff where you will learn more about the 3 aspects incorporated into this internship.

The final 12 weeks of your internship will be spent running and organizing each intern project for one month each. Our elephant conservation internship will allow you to work closely with our elephant herd, their mahouts and the local community in an effort to promote sustainable eco-tourism.

Country Fast Facts


Official Language(s)Thai
Population67,959,000 (2015 estimate)
Climate(s)Tropical Savanna, Monsoon, Equatorial
Major Airport(s):Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), Phuket International Airport (HKT), Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
Economic Driver(s):Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Manufacturing, Energy, Tourism, Banking/Finance

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