Asian elephants are capable of remarkable cooperation and intelligence when faced with complex tasks. But, no matter how clever they are, they can’t solve the problem of their endangered status without your help.
How do elephants remember the location of food and water sources? How do they interact in and out of their natural environments? You’ll conduct non-invasive cognition research on elephants cared for in captivity to answer these questions, and gain a deeper understanding of other aspects of elephant behavior. You’ll work up close with elephants, collecting behavioral data in experiments, and caring for them. Working with all ages of elephants, some as old as 60, who knows what else you may learn from these wise creatures!
Elephant Observation and Care, Videography, Cognition Studies, Research
Meet us at the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar converge, and home to an exciting welfare and conservation project for Asian elephants. In this spectacular region, Buddhist temples dot the landscape and waterfalls rush down nearby mountains. We’ve teamed with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation and Think Elephants International, two organizations founded to raise awareness for the plight of elephants, and to raise awareness about conservation and education issues. Help these researchers understand elephant intelligence, and how we can together protect the declining wild population.
The price of each project, which we call your contribution, covers all the costs associated with planning and managing our research projects, as well as preparing volunteers for their field experience with professional support, including a comprehensive pre-project briefing. Your contribution covers your food, accommodation, on-site travel, 24-hour emergency medical and evacuation insurance , carbon offsets, expert on-site training and field orientation, and components of the field research cost such as field permits and equipment. Support for these additional items ensures that your contribution will live on long after you have returned from the field.
The main additional costs will be your transport expenses to and from the rendezvous site. This means that airfares are not covered by your contribution. Additional costs may include passports, visas, airport taxes, and the costs of any side trips made before or after the expedition or on recreational days. Some expeditions have additional in-country travel costs to reach the research site
Meals and Accommodations
You’ll stay in guesthouse accommodation within walking distance of the elephant site, although transport will also be available as required. Single and double rooms with fans or A/C will be available. Beds and bedding is provided, as are mosquito nets upon request. You can get online at an internet cafe in the nearby village.
Hot and cold water showers will also be available, as will conventional western toilets. Traditional Thai-style squat toilets are typical in restaurants and rest stops throughout Thailand, and so volunteers should be flexible about using toilet facilities while on the road.
Your meals will be prepared by local Thai restaurants or shops in advance, and eaten at or near the research site. It will also be arranged for volunteers and research staff to occasionally eat together at nearby restaurants. Preparation, shopping and clean-up by volunteers will be minimal.
Except in large cities, western food is not widely available in Thailand, so volunteers should expect to eat Thai food (rice, noodles, soups, salads etc). Thai cuisine normally consists of either rice-based dishes (with meat, seafood and/or vegetables), or noodle-based dishes. And although often prepared spicy, Thais are accustomed to preparing food for Western palates, and non-spicy versions of most Thai dishes can be prepared. Convenience stores sell some Western snacks and beverages, as well as breads and breakfast pastries.
Vegetarians and vegans can be accommodated, and dairy products don’t typically feature in Thai cuisine.
- Couples Accommodations
- Flush Toilets
- Hot Running Water
- Hotel or B&B
- Single Accommodations Available