This programme is your gateway to feeling like a part of the Elephant Conservation team! It will give you a more in-depth insight into what it takes to look after elephants. During the week, you will share in the life of the staff and learn more about the Lao culture. You may even pick up a bit of Lao language!
You will start by following our 3 day ‘Exploration’ program. Then you will be asked to assist us in the Centre’s development by participating in current projects on site.
During your visit at the center you will spend a lot of time walking through our protected area. The area is forested and might not always be accessible without you getting dirty. Activities in the forest vary during the rainy season between May and September.
Day 1: Travel from Luang Prabang by minivan – Boat trip – Walk Through the Forest – Picnic Lunch – Nursery Visit – Hospital Visit – Observe Elephants Bathing – Encounter Elephants & Mahoutss – Bring the elephants to the forest – Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast – Meet the elephants in the forest – Observe elephants bathing – Socialization Area Observation – Lunch – Bath time – Target training – Dinner.
Day 3: Breakfast – Enrichment – Lunch – Volunteer Work – Dinner.
Day 4 to 6: Breakfast – Volunteer work – Lunch – Volunteer work – Dinner.
Day 7: Breakfast – Volunteer Work – Lunch.
Transportation: We provide a minivan service that leaves in front of the post office at 8:00 and takes you all the way to the boat pier in Sayaboury. After your program is finished we will drop you off at the same point in Luang Prabang at 17:00. Accommodation is in a traditional Lao rosewood stilt house shared dormitory with bunk beds and shared washing facilities.