Come contribute to our Giants and forest conservation mission,
letting elephants lead the way in their natural habitat.
Volunteer at Following Giants for a life-changing experience !
Learn, work, and enjoy :)
This program is meant for people who would like to learn more about Asian elephants, and help taking care of this highly endangered species.
You will engage with animals, observe them behave and bathe, contribute to preserving their natural jungle habitat and help with their care. This is also a unique chance to discover the mahouts' work and learn elephant langage !
And enjoy our amazing environment in Koh Lanta island, with accommodations next to the beach, surrounded by jungle !
TIME & DURATION
This program goes all year round, in all weather conditions.
It starts on monday (pick up in Koh Lanta) until Sunday evening. The minimum stay is one week, but you can stay longer if you want !
If you cannot make it on monday, you can join during the week but transport is at your own expense.
CONDITIONS to JOIN
The program is only for Adults and children over 12 accompanied by legal guardian.
You must have good fitness standard.
We advise you to have good tolerance to dogs and cats, as they are many in the parc :)
Of course, you must have a full passport valid for the duration of your stay. For stays of under 45 days, a visa is normally not necessary from most western European countries.
You should have a good insurance coverage for your stay.
No compulsory vaccinations are necessary although do check with your doctor to make sure polio, typhoid and Hepatitis A&B jabs are up to date.
ACTIVITIES of the WEEK
During the week, you will contribute to the day-to-day work life of the sanctuary, being mainly food and care for elephants, and conservation of jungle. Don’t worry, this is not 100% work ! You will have plenty of time to enjoy elephants, beach and jungle, and have fun with mahouts, guides and other volunteers !
By engaging with this rich ecosystem, including local people, you will have the opportunity to learn about elephant conditions in Thailand and Asia, but also discover thai culture and jungle conservation. During your free time, you can relax at the beach or the pool, enjoy waterfall or trek in the national park !
Volunteers activities will include some of the following :
• Introduction and meeting with the staff
• Walk with elephants and learn their stories
• Seed ball reforestation
• Cave and Waterfall Hike
• Herbal balls
• Learning talks about elephants
• Planting a tree
• Become a mahout !
• Helping guides on the day programs
• Social media, ideas, creativity
• Cutting trees for elephants
• Cleaning sleeping area of elephants
• Bring fertilizer to trees
• Getting trees from the village for elephants
Some general maintenance tasks around the park might also be necessary.
FOOD & ACCOMMODATION
You will be served three delicious meals per day, to choose among a large menu.
You will be living in great accommodations, next to the beach with a swimming pool. However, for everyone best convenience, we offer you a choice regarding the accommodation you'd rather have :
Great brand new studios, 10min walks from the parc. Rooms will be shared with at least one, and up to two, other volunteers.
Private room in a luxury hotel nearby.
Do not hesitate to contact us for further details or information !
What to Bring
Reusable water bottle
Long sleeve shirt and pants
Towel and swimwear
Overnight bag with change of clothes for several days
June - October : rain gear
November - February : warm clothes
What is Included
• Transport from hotel in Koh Lanta to the sanctuary on monday (and back on sunday)
• Great accommodation (Standard or Premium, depending on choice)
• English-speaking guide
• Three delicious meals per day, to choose among a large menu
• Swimming pool access at your accommodation
• Boots and gloves
• Unlimited access to water and coffee / tea
• Wifi connection
• Education on elephant and jungle conservation