Spend 6 months in the lush mountainous region of Northern Thailand around Chiang Mai, and contribute to conserving the Asian elephant by living and working with traditional elephant-keeping communities. The population of Asian elephants and their habitat is rapidly declining. With less than 1,000 left in the wild in Thailand and around 3,000 in captivity, this is one of very few viable alternatives to the unshakable reality of their domesticated future within tourist camps.
You will find yourself struggling to avert your gaze from this program located in Phang Nga, a province recognised for its stunning picturesque beaches and island oases in the southern region of Thailand. You will work in a supporting role with children (and potentially some adults) that are physically or mentally challenged, in the provision of rehabilitative activities and exercises in order to stimulate body & mind, and assisting in other areas such as health and hygiene education.