Elephant protection training in Thailand
Elephant protection training in Thailand

Useful information

It is in the province of Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand, in an elephant reserve, that the training to work with wild animals takes place. Each animal has been rescued from tourist activities and placed in this reserve where it is cared for, fed and studied. The elephants of the reserve are in semi-freedom, so they have the opportunity to evolve and develop in a natural environment without suffering the consequences of exploitation.

We work in collaboration with a local structure and the help of local carers who look after these elephants often traumatized by past mistreatment. It is in this context and with these specialists that the participants follow a complete training, both theoretical and practical, in an international environment.

NGO Project Coordinator
Animal officer
Animal Welfare Investigator/Inspector
Technical and food veterinarian
Animal biologist


Chiang Mai


Intermediate English

Description of the program

During the wildlife training, you will have an immersive experience with the elephants at the refuge, and learn about the unique culture of the traditional Thai community.

The training allows you to gain work experience in three different areas: environmental diversity, community development (education) and animal protection.

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You will contribute to the development of the local community, notably through workshops with children in the local school and mahouts to facilitate the learning of English. The second aspect of this contribution to community development is the contribution to efforts already being made by locals to reduce their financial dependence on elephant tourism activities.

As for the biodiversity program, it includes the study as well as the identification of reptiles, insects, mammals and birds in the Chiang Mai region. You will be introduced to different techniques for collecting such data, as well as the health checks to be conducted on the elephants in the refuge.

Like all of our training courses to work with animals abroad , this project in Thailand allows you to benefit from a complete learning while contributing to the preservation of local fauna.

This project is part of the so-called career training:

This vocational training program is part of the so-called “career” projects. In addition to the mission that you carry out on site, it allows you to benefit from real support, and to access the position of project coordinator in 6 months. Here you combine theoretical training with practical learning, with online modules to be completed after the end of the mission. At the end of the program, you obtain an international certification recognized and issued by the University of Richmond, in the United States.

The accompaniment is therefore present upstream, on site but also downstream of the project. During the course of the mission, you will also have a remote project to carry out: you will have to solve a problem with other partner organizations in marine conservation, environment, animal protection... A coach will follow you and support you to help you in the best possible way in the resolution of these problems, and at the end of the project you will have access to a platform of job offers in NGOs, for which you will be eligible thanks to your training to work with wild animals.

Remote projects included in professional training will be carried out AFTER having carried out the mission in the field.

If your training lasts 4-11 weeks, you will work on a remote project for a period of 4 weeks after completing the field assignment.
If your training lasts 12 weeks or more, you will work on 2 remote projects for a duration of 8 weeks after completing the field mission.

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Conditions on the job guarantee

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Details of training for working with wildlife

Participants rotate between the different parts of the program to work with wildlife, so that they are involved in all the missions and can develop their skills to the best of their ability, to benefit from the most complete training. It is a real professional experience, where everyone's contribution has a positive and lasting impact on the region and the local community. Participants will also have different leadership responsibilities, and will be monitored daily by a mentor who will assess their progress. They have access to an exclusive team management training program that is internationally recognized.

After training alongside wild animals, you will have the opportunity to start your career in an NGO thanks to the access to job offers (job portal) as well as to the partner organizations of the center which recruit on projects based all over the world. More than half of the partner organization's new recruits have trained with RealStep, through training to work with wildlife or on other NGO projects.

Host organization

Our partner organisation sits on the United Nations International Commission on Sustainable Tourism. All their initiatives and development projects are led by experts.
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Our local partner is a worldwide training organization. They provide training to work with wild animals, in humanitarian work, for the protection of the environment, for the preservation of animals and for the improvement of living conditions in general.


Strong points

Working in collaboration with the Karen community
Protecting the biodiversity of the Chiang Mai region
Observe a semi-wild herd of elephants in their natural habitat
Live in the heart of Thai cultures
Obtain an international certificate in Management and team management
Support from a Career Coach
Access to Job Board