We did a stay at the Elephant Nature Park, an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand where you can volunteer and visit. A sort of ‘elephant paradise’, where these giant animals roam freely. It was a lovely time, being able to feed and bathe the elephants. Hearing their stories was heartbreaking as well as educational (avoid supporting elephants used for street begging and rides for tourists).
I hope to return and volunteer one day — you can volunteer for up to 2 weeks with the elephants and an additional 2 weeks with the park’s 300+ dogs.
Learn more about the center here: http://www.elephantnaturepark.org/