8 Photos that Will Make you Want to Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand

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8 Photos that Will Make you Want to Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand

Elephants are amazing animals and as you’ve heard, they really are gentle giants.  Next time you’re in Thailand, you should consider volunteering with them to experience something completely life-changing – both for you and the elephant.  And, here’s 8 photos to not now only show you how beautiful they are but will make you want to volunteer with elephants in Thailand on your next trip here…


Because it will make you smile to see how happy they are getting free time in the water…


Because you’ll never get sick of staring into their soulful eyes…


Because they share trees as scratching posts…


Because you get to witness amazing relationships (these two go no where without each other)…

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Because, model poses…

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Because they really are gentle giants who will graciously pose with you…

Have you ever volunteered with elephants?  Do you want to now? 

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Ashley Hubbard is a blogger and freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee focusing on sustainability, travel, veganism, mental health, and more. Passionate about animal rights, sustainable travel, and social impact, she seeks out ethical experiences whether at home or on the road. She shares these experiences on her website,


  1. Paris

    November 22, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    I volunteered with elephants in Thailand back in May and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life! It’s amazing how quickly you form connections with them! Where did you volunteer?

  2. Elizabeth

    November 22, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Yes! I want to volunteer with elephants!

  3. SJ

    November 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Oh my, they are so cute, and you don’t look half bad either!

  4. jenny@atasteoftravel

    November 23, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    You’re right. I want to sign up! I’ve visited the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage near Kandy in Sri Lanka and the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi and as fabulous as they are, I think volunteering would be even better.

  5. Rachel G

    November 23, 2014 at 3:46 AM

    That does sound like a pretty amazing and unique experience!

  6. Evanne | Poplar Travels

    November 23, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    They are so beautiful! We volunteered at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai and loved it! Can’t wait to do it again. ( Looks like you are having a great time in Thailand!

  7. Richelle @Adventures Around Asia

    November 23, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Where did you volunteer? If it’s short-term I’d love to do it too!!

  8. Rachel

    November 23, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    I wanted to volunteer with this project when you first wrote about it – now I REALLY want to go volunteer!

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  10. Jess

    November 23, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    I’m totally jealous – you’re making me want to hug an elepant right now. (Can you hug the elephants? I’m not entirely sure how that would work, but I want to do it.)

  11. Lies

    November 24, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    I volunteered at the Elephant nature Park in November last year, it was an amazing experience! I would love to return.

  12. Dennis Kopp

    November 24, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    You are right Ashley, elephants really are gentle giants if they are tame! But unfortunately I have seen them being mistreated badly in order to make them tame, that I personally really prefer seeing them in the wild…

  13. Adelina // Pack Me To

    November 27, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    I don’t need your photos to convince me to volunteer. I’ve been itching to try it. Definitely on my list of things to do when I’m in Thailand next. Elephants are such cool creatures!

  14. Kevin kato

    November 28, 2014 at 4:33 AM

    Nice photos but can you tell us what you were able to do as a volunteer? And I’ve also heard, as Dennis said, these elephants aren’t naturally so tame. They certainly are amazing.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      November 28, 2014 at 7:03 AM

      Kevin, I’ll be highlighting the Surin Project specifically in my next post that will be live tomorrow! 🙂

  15. Franca

    November 30, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    Nice photos of such wonderful creatures. We spent a month at ENP not far from Chiang Mai volunteering with the dogs at the shelter, but we were with the elephants too and learnt so much about them, it’s an incredible experience that I suggest to everyone 🙂

    • Ashley Hubbard

      December 1, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      I’ve wanted to do the dog volunteering with them as well!

  16. Blake at Give me the Globe

    November 30, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    That last photo! Just incredible.

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  18. John

    December 4, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Your title is dead-on. These photos have definitely made me want to volunteer with elephants in Thailand, lol. This has always been a bucket list item for us but seeing your awesome pics, its now solidified.

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