Chiang Mai, Thailand

Volunteer in Chiang Mai

Live and work with traditional elephant-keeping communities in the lush mountain forests of Northern Thailand.

Our Chiang Mai base offers the incredible opportunity to observe elephants in their natural habitat. You will contribute to vital conservation efforts that are aimed at promoting ethical elephant tourism and establishing a viable, sustainable ecotourism program in the local community.

Critical science

Critical science

You'll contribute to vital conservation research targeted at protecting the earth's most valuable ecosystems.
Ethical engagement

Ethical engagement

Using the UN's SDGs as a framework, we've made a commitment to positive, constructive and sustainable impact.
Beautiful adventures

Beautiful adventures

You'll spend your days exploring some of the world's most breathtaking, exhilarating and remote wildernesses.

Chiang Mai volunteer projects


Surrounded by breathtaking mountainous scenery in northern Thailand, volunteers will quickly ease into a very peaceful way of life 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. 

Come to Thailand and play an important part in our critical wildlife conservation efforts. Have a look at this interesting blog post related to our Chiang Mai Elephant project: 4 Reasons Why The Environment Needs Elephants

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A locally curated selection of extra activities are now included across our programs.

Learn traditional Karen cooking

Connect with the Karen people's culture

Forage for forest medicine with a village elder

Visit Thailand's highest peak

Explore Thailand's elegant and mysterious waterfalls

See amazing biodiversity on a night trek

Take a sunrise hike up Two Tree Hill

Sleep under the stars alongside Asian elephants