Volunteers are an essential part of Phang Nga Elephant Park. We usually employ up to four at any one time and most are gap-year students or recent graduates looking for an exciting challenge and wanting to try out living in the jungles of Southern Thailand. The appointment is usually for three months and we select up to a year in advance. Applicants must be self-reliant, confident with people, able to multitask, and share our complete love for elephants.
Please look at the documentaries in the Gallery/Videos tab. The one titled What do we mean by ethical elephant tourism? gives a good summary of our ethos and includes an interview with one of our Volunteers. The other videos will show you more about life at the Park and the work. You will need to familiarise yourself with information about the Asian elephant so please read through the information given in our Education pages.
There is a selection process and we interview all short-listed applicants. We are looking for individuals who are committed to elephant welfare, enjoy customer service and who are prepared to work hard. In exchange, we can promise a very rewarding stay, a life-enhancing experience with elephants, and authentic Thai food – a gastronomic delight.
We pay for flights, accommodation (in your own mahout hut) and meals. There is electricity, WiFi and excellent shower facilities. About 30 people live on site, including Jake and Lek and their families.
Interested individuals should contact Jake in the first instance and tell him why they would like to be a Volunteer, enclosing a CV and photo. You should write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below you can meet our wonderful family of Volunteers since 2015 – current ones first….