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Volunteer Elephant Training2018-04-07T15:03:50+00:00

“Great project! You can really feel the love and care the ‘trainers’ and staff feel for the elephants. The program was really well coordinated. An awesome experience!”

John

Volunteer Elephant Care Training Program

** Booking the Volunteer Elephant Care Training Program**

Please kindly note the volunteer program is subject to staff trainer availability & requires pre-booking confirmation from the Elephant Retirement Park Phuket. Please Email us first with your dates and no. of people. Once confirmed you will be able to proceed with the website booking. Any questions please feel free to Contact Us. Thank you

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The Ultimate Experience!

2 Program Options

3 Days / 2 Nights

2 Days / 1 Night

Adults – 3D/2N THB20,000
Adults – 2D/1N THB15,000
Child (4-9 years) – 3D/2N THB13,000
Child(4-9 years) – 2D/1N THB9,500
Child (1-3 years) FREE

Fully Immersed With The Elephants Day + Night!

Extensive Elephant Care Training Program!

Accommodation In The Park Huts

Full Board Meals (B+L+D)

Truly Amazing Program!

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Schedule – 3D/2N

Volunteer 3D/2N program starts at 8:30am on day one & finishes at 4:30pm on day three

Please note times are approximate & subject to change depending on the elephant activities that day

Time Activity
DAY 1 DAY 1
8:30am-12:00pm Follow the Half Day Elephant Care morning program
12:00-1:00pm Check in & relax
1:00-3:00pm Elephant behavior & wellbeing

  • Understanding the symptoms when elephants get sick & how to care for them
  • Learn about Thai herbs, ingredients & elephant medicine
  • Learn to make healthy food treats & special healing herbal balls
  • Enjoy feeding the Elephants their tasty treats
3:00-4:30pm Harvest & feeding time

  • Harvest grass, banana leaves & sugarcane for the elephants
  • Help plant Napier grass, banana and sugarcane crops around the park
  • Enjoy feeding the Elephants
4:30-6:00pm Free time & relax
6:00-7:30pm Special Thai DIY dinner time

  • Learn basic Thai cooking & some famous dishes
  • Learn to cook your own Thai dinner
  • Dinner time
7:30-8:30pm Elephant history & communication

  • Learn about the history & importance of elephants in Thai culture
  • Learn basic elephant commands
8:30-9:00pm Nighttime feeding & say goodnight to the elephants (optional)
DAY 2 DAY 2
7:30-8:10am Thai breakfast rice soup, toast with eggs, seasonal fruit plus tea/coffee
8:10am-12:00pm Mahout training

  • Gather food for the elephants – cutting banana trees & grass, preparing sticky rice balls and unloading the trucks with elephant food
  • Elephant jungle hiking
  • Clean & wash the elephants enclosure
  • Elephant feeding & communication
12:00-1:30pm Lunch & relax
1:30-2:30pm Feeding time

  • Prepare the elephants food
  • Making herbal balls + special treats
  • Enjoy feeding the Elephants
2:30-5:30pm Plantation harvest (offsite at nearby plantation)

  • Food harvest – cutting banana trees, Napier grass & sugarcane
  • Unloading the pickup trucks with elephant food
5:30-7:00pm Shower & free time
7:00-8:40pm Dinner with trainer & experienced Mahout

  • Learn about the life of a Mahout, their experience & training
  • Learn more elephant commands & communication
8:40-9:00pm Nighttime feeding & say goodnight to the elephants (optional)
DAY 3 DAY 3
7:30-8:10am Thai breakfast rice soup, toast with eggs, seasonal fruit plus tea/coffee
8:10am-12:00pm Mahout training continued

  • Harvest grass, banana leaves & sugarcane for the elephants
  • Prepare sticky rice & help unloading the pickup trucks
  • Elephant jungle hiking & continue learning about elephant behavior
  • Prepare elephant herbal spa treatment (for healing skin infections & keeping healthy skin)
  • Clean & wash the elephants enclosure
12:00-1:30pm Lunch & packing
1:30-3:00pm Elephant herbal spa treatment

  • Enjoy feeding the elephants
  • Put herbal spa treatment into containers
  • Apply elephant herbal spa treatment
3:00-4:00pm Mud spa, bathing, sand spa and say goodbye to the elephants
4:00-4:20pm Shower & get ready
4:30pm Transfer back to your hotel with the afternoon elephant care program

Schedule – 2D/1N

Volunteer 2D/1N program starts at 8:30am on day one & finishes at 4:30pm the next day

Please note times are approximate & subject to change depending on the elephant activities that day

Time Activity
DAY 1 DAY 1
8:30am-12:00pm Follow the Half Day Elephant Care morning program
12:00-1:00pm Check in & relax
1:00-3:00pm Elephant behavior & wellbeing

  • Understanding the symptoms when elephants get sick & how to care for them
  • Learn about Thai herbs, ingredients & elephant medicine
  • Learn to make healthy food treats & special healing herbal balls
  • Enjoy feeding the Elephants their tasty treats
3:00-4:30pm Harvest & feeding time

  • Harvest grass, banana leaves & sugarcane for the elephants
  • Help plant Napier grass, banana and sugarcane crops around the park
  • Enjoy feeding the Elephants
4:30-6:00pm Free time & relax
6:00-7:30pm Special Thai DIY dinner time

  • Learn basic Thai cooking & some famous dishes
  • Learn to cook your own Thai dinner
  • Dinner time
7:30-8:30pm Elephant history & communication

  • Learn about the history & importance of elephants in Thai culture
  • Learn basic elephant commands
8:30-9:00pm Nighttime feeding & say goodnight to the elephants (optional)
DAY 2 DAY 2
7:30-8:10am Thai breakfast rice soup, toast with eggs, seasonal fruit plus tea/coffee
8:10am-12:00pm Mahout training

  • Gather food for the elephants – cutting banana trees & grass, preparing sticky rice balls and unloading the trucks with elephant food
  • Elephant jungle hiking
  • Clean & wash the elephants enclosure
  • Elephant feeding & communication
12:00-1:30pm Lunch & packing
1:30-3:00pm Feeding time

  • Prepare the elephants food
  • Making herbal balls + special treats
  • Enjoy feeding the Elephants
3:00-4:00pm Mud spa, bathing, sand spa and say goodbye to the elephants
4:00-4:20pm Shower & get ready
4:30pm Transfer back to your hotel with the afternoon elephant care program

What’s Included

Join us for the ultimate experience on our Volunteer Elephant Care Training Program and a choice of 3 days/2 nights or 2 nights/1 day that will leave you awe of the majestic elephants!

A special program carefully designed to give you a full introduction into all facets of life at the Elephant Retirement Park & how to better appreciate and care for our wonderful elephants!

  • Fully Immersed with the Elephants Day + Night!
  • Extensive Elephant Care Training Program
    • Learn about the history & importance of elephants in Thai culture
    • Elephants behavior and communication
    • Caring for the elephants: preparing their food, cleaning, bathing, mud + sand spa & walking
    • Learn to assist the elephant guides with customers
  • Accommodation in the Park Huts
  • Full Board Meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Water, tea, coffee & snacks
  • Round trip hotel transfer by air-con minibus*
  • Experienced English Speaking Trainer
  • Program Photos
  • Insurance
  • FREE customized T-Shirt!
  • And of course a super AWESOME time!

What To Bring

  1. Please bring 1-3 sets of ‘Elephant Adventure Clothes’ that will likely get wet and dirty (sandals or shoes / shorts / T-shirt / swimsuit / hat / sun cream / etc)
  2. Bring additional day bag with 1-3 sets of clean clothes for after relaxing at the end of the day
  3. Bring sports shoes / trainers with grip for the walking to other areas
  4. Towel
  5. Pajamas
  6. Any personal items – toothbrush, headlamp (good for evenings), camera, etc

Please Note:

  • Shower, shampoo, soap, bag for dirty clothing & bug spray all provided
  • The park huts are shared accommodation with bed + clean sheets. Toilet & shower is communal

Booking Policy

  • Pre-bookings are a must. Please visit our authorized agent, website or booking center to book your visit
  • Please kindly note bookings are non-refundable but may be transferred to another program date within 7 days of the original booking subject to availability

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Transport Details

Please kindly take careful note of the following to ensure a smooth trip:

  • Please be ready & waiting in your hotel lobby at the earliest pickup time shown (eg: 7:10am for 7:10am-7:30am pick-up period). If you are not ready the van will leave without you. We also need to pick up other guests and delays at one pickup causes delays for everyone else. Thank you
  • If the instance that you do miss your pick up, you will need to make your own way to the park or your booking will be considered a no-show
  • If you require baby seats the rental cost is THB350 per seat and please kindly advise us in advance at the time of booking so we can prepare
  • Please kindly note pick-up times vary & are approximate as sometimes there are many hotels to cover in the different areas & traffic is unpredictable. If we are late we sincerely apologize in advance and thank you for your patience.
  • Extra travel zone costs are per booking based on the number of people in your group
  • Private pick-up costs are per vehicle with maximum capacity 10 people per van. For alternative vehicle types please Contact Us
Elephant Retirement Park Phuket Volunteer Transport

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