We give elephants a chance to live free. We provide an alternative for elephants and their owners to move away from the busy city life and hardships of trekking by providing a retirement home for elderly elephants.
This is a place where you might just find yourself lost in the moment. Experience elephants in a natural environment that stimulates their inherent wild behaviours…. Something well deserved as these elephants have spent their entire lives in the logging or trekking industry before finally arriving at BEES.
At BEES our programs vary season to season and depending on what needs to be done!
Main Volunteer Activities Include:
- Bath the Elephants
- Walk with Elephants
- Learn about the Elephants
- Prepare the Elephants food
- Feed the Elephants
- Clean the Elephant area
Other Activities are optional and may include:
- Teach English to local children
- Plant trees to conserve the environment
- Plant grass for the elephants
- Cut grass, corn etc for the elephants
- Visit the coffee shop which helps orphaned children. All funds from this activity go directly to the orphan program.
- Cooking classes. Learn how to make some local Thai desserts. Sweets in banana leaf or sticky rice in bamboo are recommended!
- Assist in small projects around BEES or in a local area. eg building a shelter, clearing old building materials etc.
- Visit the Temple to support the community steaming spa. (The steaming spa is a traditional Thai healing centre where steam and herbs are used to remove chemicals from the body)
- Learn about Traditional Thai Herbal Medicine. Our elephants are old and need medication.
Teaching Locals English
Teaching the locals English provides them with better opportunities in life and a chance to live outside the farm. The simple gesture of taking the opportunity to teach can provide them with needed confidence in their lives. You can give them an insight into western culture and also helps them learn. The simple gesture of taking the opportunity to teach can provide them with needed confidence in their lives.
Planting Trees—Conserving the Environment
In July 2011, the local children helped us plant 303 trees – of all different species – in just one day. An amazing effort! Every year, during the rainy season, BEES plants trees to give back to the environment. You can help to by joining us as a volunteer.
Education and Conservation
Elephant sanctuary aims at educating the young minds of today to give them a better future tomorrow. We have regular clean up days, where the village children join us in removing unhygienic waste littered in the area.
Transfer pick up in Chiang Mai Monday Morning and drop back to Chiang Mai Sunday early afternoon, Local Thai styled living
-Accommodation (mattress on the floor with mosquito net), meals and bottled water. There is electricity in the rooms and intermittent Internet access.
DAY 1: Monday
Pick up 8.30-9am from hotel in Chiang Mai
Drive through Doi Inthanon the Highest Mountain in Thailand, stop at waterfalls
12pm - Eat lunch at Waterfall in Highest Mountain
2pm - Arrive at BEES, Orientation/safety talk and Host introduction, meet the dogs and cats of
the Sanctuary, see accommodation (mattress on the floor with mosquito net) local Thai style living.
3pm - Walk to see the elephants grazing in the jungle
4pm – Feed the elephants treats
5pm – Free time
6pm – Welcome Ceremony by the village elders (elderly villagers come to bless the guests and
chant the old Lanna language which is a local tradition used for blessings)
7pm – Dinner – Delicious Local Thai dishes cooked by local Thai people
Day 2 – 6: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday will include activities such as;
– Immerse yourself in local Thai culture and living
– Spend time learning about the elephants and walking to see them in the jungle
– Learn about traditional local herbal medicines to treat the elephants
– Help feed and care for the elephants e.g. go to cut grass, corn and banana trees with local staff and/or go to buy treats from local fresh fruit market
– Visit a local school and join us in community projects to teach English to the local children
– Go sightseeing to local sites e.g. Ancient temples and artifacts, view points, lakes etc,
– Help us give love to all our rescued animals’ cats, dogs, other local domestic animals and some wildlife. (e.g. helping with feeding, grooming and general care)
– Enjoy eating Thai and local dishes and have the opportunity to learn from local Thai
people how to cook these delicious dishes ( Cooking lessons are available)
Example of a day during the week:
Breakfast is at 7am – Western food, eggs, pancakes, bread (jam and toast) and fruit of season.
8pm – Start walk with elephants
12pm – Lunch Enjoy a delicious Thai meal eating using bamboo cups and utensils in the jungle
watching the elephants just be elephants
3pm – Walk back to Sanctuary site followed by the elephants
4pm- Give Elephants treats and then collect night food with local staff
6pm – Dinner – Delicious Local Thai dishes cooked by local Thai people
7am – Breakfast
7.30 am – Pack the truck to head back to Chiang Mai
8am – Go to say goodbye to staff, the elephants and animals
9am – Head back to Chiang Mai, stop for snack along the way
12-2pm – Drop back at hotel
Rate : 650$USD per week