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Elephant Project in Jaipur India

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  • Location: Delhi, Jaipur
  • Start Point: Delhi
  • End Point: Delhi
  • Duration: 1 to 12 weeks
  • Hours: 30-40 hours per week
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Meal: Local food 3 times a day
  • Date: 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month
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Are you looking forward to join volunteering projects that care about animals? The RCDP Elephant Project in the alluring city of Jaipur in Northern India provides you with such combined volunteering experience of travelling and caring planet’s largest mammals. Getting involved with elephants, caressing their magnificent head and splashing water on them, would be your once-in-a-lifetime experience. So, hurry up to join the project, gorgeous elephants are waiting for you!

The site of the Elephant Project lies in Amber, a part of Jaipur Municipal Corporation, in Rajasthan state. Jaipur is well-known by its popular name- pink city. 52 elephants and 25 Mahout families are residing in the region of project site. Nearly all the elephants are originally brought from Southern India. The Mahouts are the elephant riders and their keepers chosen and paid by elephant owners. Mahouts take good care of the elephants; make them fit for joyride around UNESCO heritage site of Amber Fort. Mahouts wake up at 4 AM in the morning, bath elephants in nearby small lake and embellish them with colors and go to the fort for joyrides. Thereafter, they bring the elephants back to the site, have meals and rest. During daytime, they caress, massage and trim the feet of elephants. This is an exciting timetable which you are going to be a part of it.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Volunteers are assigned as an aid to mahout families. They perform tasks related to the daily care of elephants being next to mahouts. Volunteer responsibilities include the following activities:

For Elephants
  • Reach out to mahouts to get familiar with timetable and duties
  • Circuit round the adjoined village area to get a better understanding of project
  • Assist mahout on elephant baths
  • Feed elephants with sugarcanes among other fodders
  • Prepare Elephant chapattis (Each day elephants consume 20Kg of flour-made chapattis and one chapatti weighs 2-3Kg.)
  • Trim the feet of elephants on basis of requirements and as assigned by mahout
  • Massage the heads of elephants with oil in the company of mahouts
  • Cleansing and sanitizing shelters.
  • Taking elephants to water ponds close by their shelters for drinking water
  • Being an assistance of mahouts on embellishing elephants prior to joyride
For mahout families (Optional)
  • Educating the kids of mahouts
  • Involving the kids on creative and fun activities like arts and crafts
  • Making female members of mahout families aware of personal hygiene, sanitation and education

Free time and Weekends

Each day, volunteers receive 4 to 5 hours of spare time. Volunteers can utilize this time by doing their own works like taking walks and physical exercise, walking around nearby town for shopping, writing, visiting exhibitions and heritage sites among others.

On Weekends

The project site lies in the popular pink city of Jaipur. The city owns the legacy of over 20 heritage sites- including Hawa Mahal palace complex, Nahargarh Fort, observatory of Jantar Mantar, Laxmi Narayan Mandir (popular as Birla Temple), Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort. Therefore, volunteers can visit heritage and historical monuments in the close proximity -within the radius of 15 Km from resident area. Jaipur is the capital and the largest township of Rajasthan. Pleasure trips to nearby heritage sites can be made by public transport-buses, trains and cabs. Volunteers can take a trip to Pushkar-one of the sacred pilgrimages for Hindus and take pleasure in night stay with local culinary and folk dance. Or, they can go simply to Ranthambhore-a part of Rajasthan Hill Forts for classic Tiger Safari. Bhangarh-for its timeless ruins inside Bhanghar Fort, is one more place worth watching around Jaipur. A trip to Udaipur or the City of Lakes can be another option for weekends.

Food and Accommodation

Accommodations are either made in private apartments or home stays. Accessible residence for volunteers is located in the centre of Jaipur Township. Volunteers get public transport facilities including cabs and tuktuks with no trouble. Residence is near to groceries, gym, spa, saloons and shopping centers.

Accommodation is well furnished and clean with following basic facilities-

  • Apartment is well furnished with basic amenities, hygienic kitchen and safe purified water.
  • Triple sharing accommodation with common washroom, smoking zone and TV & DVD player.
  • Facility of House Supervisor and a travel desk for weekend excursions
Host Family (extra $50 per week)

Volunteers also can opt for reliable home stay facilities with upper middle class Indian families by paying extra $50 per week. The home stays are supervised by the team of local staff. Indian families with which you will be staying are involved in their own professions and business. The female volunteers reside with female members of the host families and male volunteers stay with male family members.

Following features are included with home stays

  • Reliable host families
  • Welcoming atmosphere
  • Clean and hygienic rooms
  • Opportunity to get acquainted with exotic Indian culture
  • Chance to participate in different festivals like marriage ceremony
  • Unforgettable experience of Indian way of life and landscapes


All through the project duration, all volunteers will be served with Indian cuisines prepared by native chefs and cooked as per Western standards-in less oil and less spices. We follow the following meal schedule during our project.

Breakfast Lunch/Dinner

Beverages: Tea or Coffee

Breakfast Preferences

  • Vegetable sandwiches
  • Poha (puffed rice)
  • Fried rice
  • Omelets (2 Eggs) with bread
  • Fruit salad
  • Noodles
  • Toasts & biscuits 

General Menu for Lunch and Dinner

  • Indian Chapaties (Wheat flour)
  • Seasonal green vegetable (01)
  • Dal fry (01) Pulses
  • Seasonal fruits (03)
  • Mixed Pickle
  • Salad of seasonal vegetables (03)

Things to Remember for Volunteers

All volunteers are obliged to sign a Code of Conduct prior joining the project. Code of Conducts is simply a set of guidelines prepared for the comfort and security of volunteers. Code of Conducts includes

  • Dress code for the volunteers in the duration of their stay in India and on project site
  • Cultural liabilities of volunteers
  • Smoking restrictions around project sites 
  • Following the instructions of Project manager
  • Resident regulations
  • Curfew time for volunteer residence
  • Apart from these, other necessary information related to volunteers’ benefits

The Code of Conducts is prepared to make volunteers aware on avoiding the hostile situations. The security, comfort and pleasure of all of our volunteers are our foremost concerns and are further guaranteed by our Code of Conducts. Not being obliged by the Code of Conducts can be resulted onto termination from volunteers’ duties and will be sent back to home country following a notice to RCDP. Therefore, we hope all our volunteers enjoy their volunteering experience whilst following the Code of Conducts along with guidelines. Enjoy our tailor made projects in high spirits!!