Elephant Experience in Surin
The programme works alongside an traditional ‘elephant village' in rural Surin - a province famous for being the ‘home' of the Thai Elephant. Through sharing their lives with visitors, the mahouts are now able to support their elephants and families without ‘begging' in urban areas - meaning not only a better family / community life for the mahouts but also a much higher quality of life for the elephants. The elephants live very much as part of the family - overnighting under or next to the mahout's houses and all days are spent either caring for the elephants, bathing them and feeding them. The programme also enables volunteers to work alongside the mahout harvesting / planting (depending on the season) crops for the elephants giving an incredible insight into the lives of the village. The host village is 45-60 minutes outside Surin town and is a typical rural Thai village. Houses alongside a quiet dusty road, a couple of local stores and all inhabitants either being mahouts or farmers. It's very warm and friendly, definitely not on the ‘tourist' trail and a great experience all round. In addition to the work with elephants, all volunteers get the opportunity to learn Thai cooking (in the village), kayak on the local river, make elephant dung paper (another source of income for the village), and go fishing (optional).
Call 0333 321 0099