01 May Volunteering Jobs with Elephants in Thailand
So you wanna change the world and singlehandedly save the elephants from extinction huh? Good.
Well – grab a shovel and start with shoveling some shit.
It ain’t all rolling around in the water and taking photo opps to impress your friends with how much the animals love you. You gotta roll up those sleeves in the scorching sun and get down and dirty with it, but if manual labor and feces is your thing, then check out volunteering with Save Elephant Foundation at their property Elephant Nature Park.
Okay – So I want to give back. I want to get up close and personal with a giant animal that can squash me. Yes I want to take amazing photos in the water to make my friends jealous. How do I get this volunteer job?
Easy as Sunday morning.
You can check out Save Elephant Foundation, which is the organization that assists Elephant Nature Park as well as three other projects that involve saving different animals (Elephant Nature Park, Journey to Freedom, Elephant Sanctuary in Cambodia, and Surin Project).
How much does it cost?
A week cost about $400 bucks.
WTF – would I pay $400 to volunteer?
Excellent question my dear sweet panda cub. Firstly, because elephants eat a lot, even more than your average American surprisingly. And since they are also rescuing these beaten and abused elephants, buying more land so that said elephant may roam as free as possible, AND at the same time feeding and sheltering their sweaty little volunteers – a little donation is necessary to keep the cogs rolling and the world turning. I abhor all of these online “volunteering” or “interning” jobs abroad that cost $2,500 and your first new born child to lend a hand, as it is usually some mysterious third party tourism company who makes out like a greedy hob goblin. And as anyone who has spent any time on my site can figure out pretty quickly, I like to be the only greedy hob goblin in the equation.
So in summation – elephant good. Elephant needs help. Volunteer with elephants good. Turner sucks at manual labor. Help save the elephant by helping them not allow Turner to come back and not work even more.
So what are you waiting for, go help save elephants and shovel some shit huh?