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.

volunteer location
volunteer location

We provide an opportunity to work in several volunteer programs inJaipur. 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 reach the airport to pick you up. With a placard displaying your name, you can meet the driver in the arrival hall, past immigration / customs / baggage claim.

Orientation

Next day after your arrival at the destination, an orientation will be organized to introduce you to the rules and regulation of the organization, Indian history, its culture & traditions and fundamentals for each program where you will gain an understanding of the entire volunteer program 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 will be at home between 13:00 to 14:00 hours. Your evenings can be spent indulging in cultural activities and local sightseeing. Our local teams will give you plenty of ideas of what to do!

Dinner will be available at home between 19:00 to 20:00 hours.

Please Note - On request, pickup can also be arranged from Delhi International airport at a nominal cost.

Accommodation

Volunteers are provided accommodation in our volunteer house at Jaipur which is a building owned by the organization. The volunteer house is a safe, secure, and independent multi-floored building which is in the northern part of Jaipur. You can reach the center of Jaipur in 30 minutes by Auto Rickshaw. The house has 3 floors and contains 8 shared bedrooms with suite washrooms. All washrooms have a shower and a western toilet. There are a kitchen and a living room on each floor. During the summer season, the rooms are provided with Air Conditioner facility at night.

volunteer house Jaipur
volunteer house Jaipur

Food

The cook serves quality and delicious Indian vegetarian food to the volunteers and UV treated & Ozonated water is provided in the home, which is clean and safe to drink.

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Jaipur or travel further afield to destinations, such as Agra, Pushkar, Ranthambhore, and others. Volunteers can make travel arrangements after arriving in Jaipur. However, we highly recommend Volunteer and Travel Program option if you are looking for travel during volunteering in Jaipur. If you are on a short term volunteer 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.

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

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

Although fees are listed in U.S. dollars, payment can be made using local currency via transfer wise. To 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 International airport at a nominal cost.

SHARE:

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.