Volunteering for Elephants in India

This conservation volunteer animals program for elephants was made to give you an once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Sankalp now offers volunteer work with elephants in India. This is an opportunity to get involved, travel to India and volunteer for an elephant conservation project with Sankalp Volunteer.

Elephant Program Highlights

  • Volunteering with Elephants program available in Jaipur
  • Year-round, 01 – 03 weeks
  • Volunteers help with feeding and cleaning elephants
  • Program fees start from $275 for 1 week
  • Accommodation & meals in volunteer house
  • Daily transport to project, distance 25kms

The conservation volunteering program for elephants we offer is designed to not only assesses human-elephant conflicts, but you will also get the chance to engage in hands on work with elephants and assist in their care. The program is located in village near Jaipur which is known as "Elephant Village". This is a small village that was set up by the government in 2010 to give proper shelter and water facilities to all the families and their elephants that served tourists in and around "Amer Fort" during the day. Along with all the homes and shelters for the elephants there are big man-made ponds in the village designed specifically for elephants to relax and bathe in it after a long hard day's work. You can volunteer with elephants on this fantastic conservation projects in Jaipur with budding conservationists taking action by volunteering to care and help with the elephants. This "volunteer with elephants" program is a unique and innovative concept aimed at improving the living conditions of elephants by providing economic sustainability for their owners through responsible volunteer tourism.

The work will be feeding the elephants, bathing them, cleaning the area, bringing water, oil massaging the elephants head, trimming their nails, taking elephants for walk, make bundles of hay and chapatti (Indian bread) for elephants.

Jaipur is the capital city of the northern Indian state Rajasthan. Jaipur is one of the most vibrant and colorful cities in India, where you find a mixture of traditional roots and as well the impact of modern globalization. Forts, palaces and Havelis are found at several places; especially in the old city, which is surrounded by pink walls, hence the name Pink City.

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Volunteer With Elephant Jaipur

We provide an opportunity to work in several Volunteer Programs in Jaipur. The orphan childcare and street children education programs are sited within the city limits of Jaipur. Rest of the programs is in rural locations within a range of 25 km from Jaipur city.

Arrival

At your arrival, our driver will be avialbe at the airport to pick you up with a placard displaying your name, you meet the driver outside of the arrival hall.

Orientation

Next day after your arrival at the volunteer location, we organize an orientation where you will gain an understanding of the entire volunteer program and activities you signed up for.

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive into Jaipur international airport, pickup and transfer to volunteer house, Jaipur

Day 2 - Short Orientation and Jaipur Sightseeing

Next day of your arrival, you will begin program orientation with the program manager and then taken to see nearby things like ATM, Supermarket, etc.

Day 3 - Volunteer Work Begins

Get ready to meet your elephants! It's time to get a wonderful ride by auto-rickshaw to the Elephant Village. This village is located near "Royal Amber Fort" and project site is covered by beautiful mountain valley. One of our staff will be along with you to explain how to care the elephants & help the mahouts.

Lunch provided at volunteer house between 13:00 to 14:00 hours. Your evenings can be spent with local sightseeing, our teams will give you plenty of ideas of what to do!

Dinner will be providing at the house at 19:00 hours.

Accommodation

During the Elephant Volunteering in Jaipur program, volunteers are provided accommodation in our volunteer house which is a building owned by the Sankalp Voluntary Organization. You can reach the center of Jaipur in 20-30 minutes by tuk-tuk or cab. The house contains shared bedrooms with suite washrooms, having hot shower and a western toilet. Air conditioning facility available at night during summer season.

volunteer house Jaipur
volunteer house Jaipur

Food

Our cook serves quality and delicious food to the volunteers, filtered water also is provided in the house which is clean and safe to drink.

The volunteers have spare time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Jaipur. You can travel further afield to destinations during the weekends, such as Agra, Pushkar, Ranthambhore, Jodhpur, Bundi and others. We recommend our Volunteer and Travel Programs option if you are looking for travel during Elephant Volunteering in Jaipur. If you are on a short term program then you can book an Add-on Tour.

Age Limit: 18 Years +
Qualification: Volunteers must participate in this program with an open mind, giving heart, and flexibility to work with elephants and the program staff.

This program is available for durations ranging from 1 week to 3 weeks, on any day, year-round!
We are flexible; you can start volunteering with any program any day.

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Program Fee
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Application Fee
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Total Price
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When you apply you only pay $250 (application fee), which comes off the total price.

The above fees are listed in USD but payment can be made using local currency via transfer wise. You can see prices in your local currency, use this currency converter.

Fee Includes

  • Pickup from Jaipur Airport*
  • Program orientation
  • Accommodation & Meals
  • Assistance in work area
  • Daily Transport to project
  • All program relevant material
  • 24x7 In-house Wi-Fi
  • 24x7 Team Support
  • All taxes and bank charges

*Pickup can also be arranged from Delhi airport or hotel at a nominal cost.

I really have felt that the work the organization is doing in making difference & all the volunteers money is going to a good service. I hope to link with Sankalp School for Street Kids with my own school in England in whatever way I can & will be in contact with ideas! The whole experience in Jaipur has been amazing.

- Emilia Plumb, Netherlands
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Justin Wulf

Overall, my experience with Sankalp Volunteer was awesome and one that I will never forget. As the week is coming to an end I can truly say I am going to miss it.

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Kari Bohler

Volunteering with Sankalp was a great way to work and see different parts of India and learn about the history and culture. It was a little overwhelming at first because it was very different from home.

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Jenny Dunn

I have had a very memorable and enjoyable experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend trips to Agra and Ranthambhore. I would recommend this program.

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Stephanie McNamee

I always felt safe in the house. Food was great. The Sankalp team is excellent. I would recommend this program to everyone who is interested in doing a meaningful volunteering.

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Dephnee Genesse

I enjoyed each moment of the trip. I mean we did pretty much everything that I wanted to see in the Rajasthan.