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Thailand Conservation

BEES - Burm and Emily's Elephant Sanctuary

BEES – Burm and Emily’s Elephant Sanctuary

We’re happy to offer a brand-new opportunity to spend two weeks in rural Northern Thailand with BEES – Burm and Emily’s Elephant Sanctuary. BEES is a home for old, injured and retired elephants needing rest and/or permanent care and is a local family and community based project where elephants are given the chance to live free and to just be elephants. BEES work to improve the welfare of elephants, raise awareness and work towards positive change. We are looking for a team of 9-10 volunteers to work with the local community in many different ways including conservation of the local area (forest jungle), education and support groups. 


Volunteer role(s):

1.    Observing elephants in the forest, preparing food and clearing the elephant areas and generally caring for the rescued animals at BEES (including rescued dogs).

2.    Community engagement including working as a team to teach English at a local school (2 days in the schedule).

3.    Conservation work including tree planting and environmental upkeep at the sanctuary.

This project is located in a rural area of Northern Thailand, 3 hours from Chang Mai. It’s not somewhere tourists often visit therefore this is a truly unique volunteering experience – the surrounding area is beautiful! The guest-house accommodation attached to the Sanctuary is quite basic but contains all the essentials for a comfortable 2 week experience.


Project Location: BEES Elephant Sanctuary, Tambon Chang Keung, Chiang Mai.

Duration: 2 weeks

Dates: Depart UK Friday 24th or Saturday 25th May 2019 - Sunday 9th June 2019

Accommodation: Comfortable but basic homestay wooden huts, sharing with other volunteers.

Fundraising: £100 contribution towards the charity you are working with

Project Fees: £1360 (all volunteers are eligible for our Global Engagement £250 bursary, which would make total fees payable £1110 + £100 Fundraising).

The application deadline for this project has now passed (Sunday 3rd February 2019). Applications will open again in 2020.

To read more about our project in Thailand, please download our Project Information Document or for more information email volunteering@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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