Volunteer Program at the Samui Elephant Sanctuary

Samui Elephant Sanctuary now offers a one day volunteer program on Saturday and Sunday to people who would like to spend a whole day at our elephant sanctuary, learning about the elephants, preparing food for them, and helping to care for our rescued herds.

ADULTS 18 yrs + = 4,500 Baht

CHILDREN 12-17 yrs old = 3,000 Baht

(Children must be accompanied by their parents)

One Day Volunteer Schedule

  • 7:00 – 8:30 am –  Pick up from accommodation on Koh Samui
  • 9:00 – 11:30 am – Join with other visitors for the morning tour at Samui Elephant Sanctuary
  • 11:30 – 12:00 pm – Vegetarian lunch
  • 12:00 – 13:00 pm – Break time to relax and observe the elephants
  • 13:00 – 14:00 pm – Prepare elephant food including, making banana rice balls & making up bags of fruit for the afternoon visitors
  • 14:00 – 16:30 pm – Afternoon activities will depend on what needs to be done at the sanctuary and may include unloading bananas  or pineapple leaves, washing fruit, cutting grass, planting banana trees, cutting bananas for the elephants etc.
  • 16:30 – 17:00 pm – Light vegetarian dinner
  • 17:00 pm – Depart from Samui Elephant Sanctuary
  • * Volunteer Program is open on Saturday & Sunday only *
  • Round trip transportation to & from your hotel
  • Accident Insurance
  • Food & Beverages – 2 meals (snacks available at any time)
  • Volunteer T-shirt
  • English speaking tour guide 
Please note that the schedule for our Volunteer Program is flexible and so the times & activities may vary a little from the details above
  • Spare change of clothes 
  • Towel (in case you would like to shower before leaving)
  • Gardening gloves 
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses 
  • Sunscreen
  • Copy of passport
  • Rain coat in the rainy season
  • Please wear clothes that are respectful to the local culture – no bikinis, low cut tops, or cheeky shorts
Thank You

 We offer tours that provide insights into the nature and importance of these majestic giants, with a unique opportunity to feed elephants, walk with them, and observe them as they forage, socialise, and play in their fabulous purpose built pool.

The elephants in our care have previously endured a hard life working long hours for tourist’s entertainment or in the logging industry; a stark contrast to the dignified, peaceful lives they now enjoy. The goal of Samui Elephant Sanctuary is to provide a happy home in nature for the herd where they are free to express their natural instincts and receive the care and respect they deserve.

Samui Elephant Sanctuary Bophut

Samui Elephant Sanctuary Bophut Samui Elephant Sanctuary – Bophut is our original sanctuary and opened in 2018. This sanctuary is set on about 15 rai of land and is home to six beautiful female elephants rescued from elephant riding and shows. Here, guests have the chance to feed the elephants at the feeding platform and are also given a bag of bananas to hand to the elephants while taking a walk with them through the sanctuary grounds.

Samui Elephant Sanctuary Chaweng Noi

Samui Elephant Sanctuary – Chaweng Noi is our second sanctuary and opened in January 2020. This sanctuary is set on about 40 rai of land and is home to 7 female elephants rescued from a difficult life giving elephant rides and performing. Here, guests have the chance to feed the elephants and watch them wandering and foraging on the abundance of natural vegetation growing throughout the sanctuary.