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Thailand Explorer 29 Days

(Volunteer in Thailand With Elephants And Building Projects)

Have you dreamed of a lifechanging journey to discover all Thailand has to offer? Do you want to travel and making a difference? Then this elephant volunteering program with Global Crossroad is perfect for you!

Thailand is an amazing country with plenty for you to experience and discover. Sandy white beaches, dense jungles, ancient ruins and mystical temples await you, and no matter what kind of sights you prefer, there is something here for you. The local people are notoriously friendly and welcoming, earning their country’s nickname as “the land of smiles”.

Sadly, Thailand still faces many challenges, especially in rural and poor communities. These communities suffer from disrepair and neglect, and the Thai authorities have been unable to provide adequate assistance. Additionally, the amazing elephant suffers on a daily basis due to exploitation, cruelty and destruction of their habitat through deforestation.

This is where you come in. As a volunteer in Thailand elephant program, you can help renovate and rebuild crucial facilities like schools and playgrounds, greatly improving the lives of everyone in the community. You’ll also get to make a positive impact for elephants by working closely with the local handlers to care for and feed them, providing them with a happier and healthier life.

Do you want to travel in an amazing country while using your love for people and animals to make a difference for communities and elephants alike? Then contact Global Crossroad today for more information!

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

During the tour you will take part in two Thailand volunteering projects. As part of the renovation project you will be responsible for helping renovate and rebuild important facilities such as schools or playgrounds. This will provide great benefit for the community and increase the infrastructure available to children in need.

While in the elephant volunteering program, you will be involved in every part of the elephants’ well-being. This includes bathing, feeding and playing with the elephants, as well as planting, harvesting and preparing food for them. This will contribute to the happiness and health of the elephants and raise awareness of the species’ suffering so that local elephant owners and tourists are encouraged to find ethical ways to own and interact with these creatures.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no required skills or qualifications to take part in this special volunteering opportunity in Thailand. All you need is a deep love for animals and people alike, and a passion for helping them and making the world a better place. You should be a kind and flexible person willing to go outside your comfort zone to immerse yourself in a fascinating culture and become part of the community for a short time.

Volunteer in Thailand with building and elephant projects: Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Bangkok.

Once you arrive at the airport in Bangkok, your guide will be waiting to collect you and bring you to your accommodation in the city where you’ll have the day to rest and get settled in.

Day 2 – Orientation and Bangkok City Tour.

We’ll take you for a tour of the city showcasing all the greatest sights before you can enjoy a night out with your new friends on the famous Khao San Road.

Day 3 – Train ride to Surin.

You can sit back and enjoy the ride as the 8-hour train journey takes you through amazing scenery and villages. On arrival in Surin you will be driven to our volunteer house where you can rest and prepare for the upcoming volunteer work.

Day 4 – 7 – Renovation Project.

During these four days of your Thailand volunteer program, you will take part in a renovation project. This will include painting or construction work on a public facility such as a school or playground. Work starts in the early morning and lasts until afternoon but will depend on the needs of the community at the time.

Day 8 - 10 – Free Time in Surin.

The 8th and 10th day of your volunteering work in Thailand is time to relax after the demanding volunteer work of the previous days and explore everything Surin has to offer.

Day 11 – 14 - The Elephant Experience.

You leave the volunteer house and set out for 4 rewarding days of volunteering with elephants in Thailand. You will live right in the elephant village and be involved in every part of the elephants’ well-being, including feeding, bathing, playing and preparing food. Once your work finishes on the final day, you will be driven back to the volunteer house with a stop along the way at a local market.

Day 15 – Return to Bangkok.

You say your farewells to the guide and travel back to Bangkok by coach on the 15th day of your elephant volunteer program in Thailand. You’ll be given all the information for the rest of your trip as well as the taxi money required to get to your accommodation on Khao San Road.

Day 16 – Transfer to Koh Tao.

You’ll have the day to explore Bangkok before checking in at the Lomprayah coach desk and boarding a coach for an overnight transfer to Koh Tao.

Day 17- 21 – Koh Tao.

Arriving at the pier in the early morning, you board the ferry and arrive in Koh Tao before midday. You’ll have the rest of the time to enjoy everything the island has to offer, including beach time, snorkeling, open water PADI courses and much more!

Day 22 – 27 – Transfer to Koh Phangan.

A short ferry ride takes you to neighboring Koh Phangan, where you can immerse yourself in island life, relax and party for the duration of your Thailand volunteering program.

Day 28 – Return to Bangkok.

The resort staff will bring you to the pier in the morning for your return journey to Bangkok. You’ll arrive back in the capital in time for dinner and one final crazy night on Khao San Road.

Day 29 – End of Tour.

Enjoy a final breakfast and say your farewells to your new friends and traveling companions before heading to the airport for your return journey or onwards travel.

Note: Transportation to the Bangkok airport is not included at the end of your trip.

Volunteer in Thailand With Elephants And Building Projects: Dates and Fees

Start Dates


Global Crossroad is committed to offering quality volunteering in Thailand programs at the world’s most affordable price. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer program in Thailand application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee . You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

The program fee needs to be paid in GBP to directly to the country coordinator before the project start date.

Program Fee: £824

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »

What’s included?

  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Two night guest house accommodation in Bangkok
  • Guided Bangkok Tour
  • Transfer to Surin
  • Accommodation throughout your trip – a range of guest houses / shared house / elephant village homestay and, if you choose the beach extension, an awesome beach front hotel
  • All activities listed in the itinerary – far too many to list here
  • Full orientation of project and surrounding areas
  • Daily transfers to and from project location
  • Full ongoing support
  • 24 hour emergency support

What Isn’t

  • Your flights
  • Meals – Please allow around $10USD/day
  • Visa to enter Thailand (if required)
  • Visa to enter Cambodia
  • Travel insurance
  • Any additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary

Accommodation and Meal

During your time in Surin, you will stay in our safe and secure volunteer house. Rooms come with comfy beds and modern, clean bathrooms and are shared with volunteers of the same gender. meals are provided.

Read more about your Accommodation and Meal.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

During your volunteering work in Thailand, you will have time in the late afternoons and evenings to relax, socialize and explore the local area in Surin. You will also have a free weekend between the renovation and elephant projects to relax, as well as plenty of time spent traveling and sightseeing as part of the tour.

Read more about your free time and weekend exploration in Thailand.

Safety and In Country Support

Global Crossroad takes your safety as a volunteer seriously. We always vet our projects and facilities to ensure you’re safe, and routinely inspect them to confirm that our standards are being upheld. We also provide extensive support both prior to departure and during your project as your guide and coordinator will be available to assist you with anything you need.

Read more about our safety and in-country support.

Volunteer in Thailand With Elephants And Building Projects: FAQs

Arrival and departure

To take part in this Thailand Explorer tour you need to fly into Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. We advise you to arrive at least one day prior to the start of your tour to allow you some extra time to rest after a long flight.

Please inform us of your flight schedule as soon as possible so that we can arrange your pick-up, and in the event of a missed or cancelled flight, let us know so that we can adjust the schedule. Be aware that we don’t include transportation back to the airport at the end of the tour in the fees, but this is easy to arrange.


You need a tourist visa to take part in this Thailand volunteer opportunity. You can get one by visiting a Thai embassy or consulate, which can take some time so we recommend doing so 1-2 weeks prior to your departure. For more information, visit the following link:


Vaccines for Hepatitis B, Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis A, Routine Vaccinations, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, and Rabies are recommended when visiting Thailand

For more information about vaccines, visit this link and consult with your medical doctor prior to vaccination and departure.

Why elephant volunteering in thailand?

You will get to travel Thailand affordably while making a huge positive impact and making lifelong friendships with like-minded people.

Meet fascinating people

Both your fellow volunteers and the locals you work with will make for interesting new friends and broaden your horizons.

Make a positive impact

Your work will make a huge positive impact in the lives of entire communities of people as well as the elephants you care for while volunteering in Thailand elephant program. This will be incredibly rewarding as you know you’re making a difference while having the time of your life.

Life changing and special experience

This once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel Thailand with other volunteers and making a difference is unique and will change your perspective on life through amazing experiences.

Work closely with elephants

You’ll get to spend more time up-close and personal with elephants during your time here than most people can ever dream of. This will give you a newfound love and passion for these amazing creatures and provide you with lifelong memories.

Cultural Immersion

While volunteering in elephant program in Thailand and staying in the elephant village and working on the renovation project, you will get to immerse yourself in authentic Thai communities and become involved in their daily lives and traditions.

Other Volunteering Opportunities in Thailand

Global Crossroad arranges many other volunteering opportunities in Thailand. You can
teach English,
work with elephants,
renovate schools,
provide crucial medical care or work with children in need of childcare.
Contact Global Crossroad today to find out what program is right for you!