GVI Reintroduction Project
Become a Volunteer
Travel to Thailand's Chiang Mai Province and assist with the reintroduction of elephants rescued from working in tourist camps to the wild.
You will hike out into the deep forest to observe and monitor the elephants' behaviour, assist with data collection and health checks and have the opportunity to educate the locals to ensure the elephants' reintroduction is successful.
Surrounded by breathtaking mountainous scenery in northern Thailand, volunteers quickly adapt to the very peaceful way of life here. Project work takes place in Mae Chaem District, a 4-5-hour journey into the mountains, where the famous Karen elephant-keeping communities - who have shared a unique and sacred relationship with elephants for hundreds of years - still reside.
Elephants spend their days and nights in the forest with plenty of food to forage. They are chained at night to avoid conflict with local farmers but carry their drag chains during the day to allow for moving to different locations. The project has tried to avoid this, but the mahouts say the chains prevent them eating farmers' crops which would cause conflict.
Although you have the opportunity to interact with the elephants by feeding bananas and undertaking health checks, little interaction occurs.
You can volunteer from 1 week to 3 months or become an intern (up to 6 months) to immerse yourself even further into the Karen culture and education of these glorious animals.