Conservation Internship with Elephants in Thailand

Hone your research skills in the forests of Northern Thailand on a project dedicated to the conservation of semi-wild elephant herds.

Durations:  24 weeks

Program information

Kick start your career on this internship in Thailand’s mountainous Chiang Mai region, where you will gain invaluable skills and experience to broaden your future career options. Teach English to community members, assist with biodiversity studies of the area including bird and reptile surveys, and contribute to monitoring the reintegration of elephants into the forest, which have been relieved from the tourism industry. Experience first hand the elephant’s in their natural forest habitat and observe their eating choices and interactions. Discover the unique Thai culture and lush mountains in this Northern region of Thailand.

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Program overview

Travel to see the breathtaking mountainous scenery of Northern Thailand around Chiang Mai, and contribute to conserving the Asian elephants by living and working with traditional elephant-keeping communities.

This internship consists of three aspects, namely community development (including teaching English), biodiversity, and elephants. This makes it an ideal opportunity to gain practical experience of skills that would serve you well for a career in conservation or zoology, or if you have an interest in the natural world that you would like to develop further. Each of these programs is run independently but are integrated and highly relevant to each other.

The community program consists of teaching English to children at the school and to the elephant keepers (mahouts), as well as supporting community efforts to reduce their financial dependence on their elephants. The biodiversity program involves surveying and identifying reptiles, mammals, insects and birds in the local area using different techniques. The elephant program consists of leading elephant health checks, studying the behaviour of the semi wild herd, and educating other participants about Asian elephants.


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