We design our Earthwatch Teen Expeditions specifically and exclusively for 15- to 18-year-olds. They’re unlike any other experience a teenager can have.
Do something special this summer: work up close with Asian elephants to find out how they think and cooperate with one another, and meet fascinating people from around the world.
How do elephants remember the location of family members and of food and water sources? How do they interact with other elephants and with people both in and out of their natural environments? Work with these innovative researchers to understand elephant behavior and intelligence.
You’ll help set up and run experiments with captive elephants at a sanctuary in Chiang Saen, Thailand. You may also help mahouts (elephant caretakers) with their daily care of the elephants and interpret data from videos of elephants. You’ll also contribute to educational programs for students in Thailand and the U.S., educating people about the vulnerability of these massive creatures is one of the best ways to help protect them.
Your work will help researchers find better ways to manage conflicts between people and elephants, who often live in close quarters in Thailand. You’ll see firsthand that, although elephants are capable of remarkable cooperation when faced with complex tasks, they can’t solve the problem of their endangered status without your help.