Chiang Mai

Surrounded by breathtaking mountainous scenery in northern Thailand, volunteers will quickly ease into a very peaceful way of life that still exists here. Project work itself takes place in Mae Chaem District, a 5-hour journey into the mountains, where the famous Karen elephant-keeping communities reside and who have shared a unique and sacred relationship with elephants for hundreds of years.

Surrounded by breathtaking mountainous scenery in northern Thailand, volunteers will quickly ease into a very peaceful way of life that still exists here. Project work itself takes place in Mae Chaem District, a 5-hour journey into the mountains, where the famous Karen elephant-keeping communities reside and who have shared a unique and sacred relationship with elephants for hundreds of years.

OUR PROGRAMS IN Chiang Mai

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Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand

Asia - Thailand - Chiang Mai
Travel to Thailand's Chiang Mai Province and assist with the rehabilitation of elephants rescued from working in tourist camps

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 - 24 weeks

Price from

£920.00

"I have had the opportunity to observe and work closely with these social and complex animals, which would be impossible with elephants in the wild. Staying in a traditional Karen community has been a million miles away from life in England. I have been made to feel really welcome here and I feel privileged to be part of a project that is helping both the elephants and the community in which they live."

- United Kingdom
Wildlife Conservation
Animal Care

Conservation Internship with Elephants in Thailand

Asia - Thailand - Chiang Mai
Kick start your career on an internship in Thailand's Chiang Mai region. Teach English, assist with biodiversity studies and contribute to the rehabilitation of rescued elephants

Program Type

Internship

Duration

24 weeks

Price from

£3,545.00

"As an intern on this program I’ve had what I can genuinely say to be some of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life. Living and working closely with the Karen people of Huay Pakoot village, I’ve gained firm friends, learnt a great deal about Karen culture, helped the villagers sustain their environmentally sound traditional way of living, been involved with the education of the village children, and fallen in love with this remote, lush and stunningly beautiful part of Thailand."

- United Kingdom
Wildlife Conservation

Thailand Wildlife Conservation Short-Term Internship

Asia - Thailand - Chiang Mai
Situated in Thailand’s breath-taking Chiang Mai region, combine your interests of teaching and animal care while gaining valuable work experience with our multi-faceted conservation internship.

Program Type

Internship

Duration

4 - 24 weeks

Price from

£1,545.00

"My internship has undoubtedly made me more employable as it has provided me with many essential skills for whatever future career I may pursue. There is plenty to experience here regardless of whether you plan to work in the conservation field as GVI are eager to help you make your internship your own in order that everyone gets the most out of it."

- United Kingdom
Wildlife Conservation
Teaching
Multifocus

Wildlife and Community Expedition in Thailand

Asia - Thailand - Chiang Mai
Join the elephant conservation project in conjunction with local community members and mahouts in Thailand's rural Karen community

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 - 20 weeks

Price from

£1,295.00

"When arriving at the village I was immediately welcomed by the other volunteers. Each morning I woke up I could not believe the surroundings I was living in. Overall the villages, staff and mahouts are generous and friendly. I have felt very safe and happy living as part of the village."

- United Kingdom
Wildlife Conservation
Marine Conservation

Marine and Wildlife Conservation in Thailand

Asia - Thailand - Chiang Mai - Phang Nga
Travel to the majestic country of Thailand and contribute to long-term sustainable conservation projects. Explore two of Thailand's most beautiful locations, while contributing to important climate and conservation issues affecting

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

8 weeks

Price from

£2,340.00

"My time spent in Huay Pakoot was unforgettable, unimaginably rewarding and overall one thing I would definitely tell others to do. GVI has left me with wonder and an honesty that can only inspire you to go back and do more."

- Scotland
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