Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary

Work with Elephants and Teach English

Chiang Mai, Thailand Auf Karte anzeigen
Non-profit
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gegründet 2015
Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary
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Koordinator | Kerri
Koordinator | Kerri
We need volunteers to come and help us keep the elephants in the forest while carrying out research and health checks, and educating our community by teaching English. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alleinreisend
Pärchen
Familien
Gruppen
50+

Highlights

  • Volunteer with elephants and bring them back into their natural habitat
  • Make a difference in the conservation efforts to save elephants living under dreadful conditions
  • Help teaching English to the communities and raise awareness about the captive elephant situation
  • Roam the forests and observe elephant's natural behaviours in their home environment

Our Sanctuary 

If you want to have a unique experience hiking in the forest to find the elephants and observing their natural behaviours in their home environment, then Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary is the right place for you. Come and join us for the experience of a lifetime. Volunteers must be physically fit to hike everyday up and down the mountains to get to the elephants. In our sanctuary, you can see exactly where your donations are going and how they are benefiting our sanctuary, our elephants and our community.

Our sanctuary has rescued 5 elephants from the tourism industry and we have now brought them home to live out their lives in the forest, in semi-wild conditions. We need volunteers to help us keep these elephants happy and healthy in their natural habitat. With volunteer support and donations, we hope to return more elephants to the forest soon. 

Our Village 

Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary is set amongst the rolling hills of Northern Thailand in a Karen hilltribe village. It is surrounded by a forest that is perfect for our elephants to roam and forage in. 

The Karen people are originally from Myanmar but they have migrated to Thailand in search of a better life during the wars over many generations. Due to this they have their own language and culture, which volunteers will have the opportunity to learn and experience. They are keen weavers and are well known in Thailand for their elephant keeping. They make an income from their elephants and working the fields, mainly growing rice and corn using rotational slash and burn. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn more firsthand about their culture and even help out with the community when required.

Your Stay 

Our days begin with early morning hikes through the forest to find the elephants, staying with them while observing and taking data on their natural behaviours until lunch. Some days lunch is eaten with the elephants in the forest, a very unique experience! Hikes will usually return to the village around early afternoon but the day doesn’t end there. 

You will have the opportunity to participate in teaching English at the school, to the homestays and to the mahouts.  You will also learn about elephants in Asia and the local language and culture. We also have a number of add-ons you can choose from including relaxing with a Thai massage or learning how to basket weave. 

Volunteers can stay with us anywhere from 3 days to 3 months. However, we recommend at least a week to get the full experience of our sanctuary. Students who wish to carry out research for their studies are also welcome.

Your tasks

Volunteers must come with an open mind and be prepared to work with and experience another culture. 

You will have the chance to experience a diversity of tasks. Please be aware that tasks may vary depending on the time of your arrival and your own preferences.

Some of the tasks include: 

  • carrying out health checks
  • performing research on the natural elephant behaviors and on the surrounding forest
  • taking part in community projects such as teaching English at the school and to other locals
  • cutting grass for the elephants during dry season
  • helping out in the fields planting and harvesting crops 
  • educating both the locals and tourists on the captive elephant situation in Thailand to help combat illegal trade
Volunteers will also be expected to help us take care of any visitors and educate them on the real elephant situation in Thailand.

Tagesablauf

Volunteers and visitors are expected to wake up early in the morning and be prepared for a long hike into the forest. Hikes will usually return to the village around early afternoon but the day doesn’t end there. Volunteers and visitors will have the opportunity to participate in teaching English at the school, to the homestays and to the mahouts as well as learn about elephants in Asia and the local language and culture. 

Informationen zur Anreise

Programs start on any Sunday and finish on any Friday.

Freizeitaktivitäten

We have many add-ons in the village that volunteers can take part in if they wish, such as: basket weaving, head band weaving, river tubing, Thai massage, night hikes, bamboo rafting, cooking class and forest sleep outs.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Hiking
Sports

Anforderungen

Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du mindestens 14 Jahre alt sein.
Sprachkenntnisse
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Fließend)
Staatszugehörigkeit
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Andere Fähigkeiten
Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Arbeitszeiten
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tage gebraucht Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag und Freitag

Leistungen

Zusätzliche Sicherheit und kostenloser Service
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Qualitätssicherung
Hohe ethische Mindeststandards
Flex Option
Ändere deine Reservierung ohne zusätzliche Kosten
Geld-zurück-Garantie
Wir erstatten deine Gebühren, falls deine Reise von Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary storniert wird
Support & Mediation
Wir unterstützen dich in jeder Situation
Für dich ist unser Service kostenlos!
Die Programmgebühren werden unmittelbar durch deine Freiwilligenorganisation erhoben.

Vor Beginn deiner Reise

Umfassende Beratung und durchgehender Support (gratis)
Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary (deine Gastorganisation) berät dich gerne und beantwortet dir jederzeit all deine Fragen. Sobald du deine Teilnahme bestätigt hast, erhältst du ihre Kontaktdaten.
Online Vorbereitungskurs (optional, ab $49)
Bereite dich mit Hilfe unseres Partners, der Global Travel Academy, auf deine Zeit im Ausland vor. Absolviere einen online Vorbereitungskurs in "International Volunteering", "Travel Health & Safety" und "Travel Safety Abroad" und beginne deine Reise als selbstbewusster und gut informierter Freiwilliger.

Service vor Ort

Dienstleistungen von Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary

Included in these fees are: transport to/from project/Chiang Mai on arrival and departure, food & accomodation and insurance.

Unterkunft

We provide an income for our community by housing our guests, volunteers and interns in their own homestay provided by the local people.

All of our homestays are different from each other, some being a private room inside the family home, others being a wooden hut just outside the family home. Some homestays have a western toilet, others have a traditional squat toilet. Each one beautifully unique, just like their welcoming hosts.

The accommodation is basic but comfortable and provides all bedding, a mattress, mosquito net, extension cord to charge electronics, filtered water and usually a shared bathroom with cold showers and toilet paper provided. Hot shower may be provided at our base hut (depending on water pressure). Please be aware that during the dry season there might not be a lot of water available in the pipes for running water, but there will always be a bucket of water in your homestay toilet to be used for showering or flushing the toilet. Electricity can also come off and at different intervals during the dry and rainy seasons. 

Einzelzimmer
Verpflegung

Basic western breakfast and Thai lunch & dinner  and filtered water included. Homestays will provide a packed lunch and dinner in their home whereas breakfast will be provided at our communal base hut where our visitors/volunteers hang out during freetime.

Internetzugriff
Limitierte Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten. Das Abholen vom Flughafen ist auch nicht in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Flugtickets
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) in Chiang Mai. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Thailand zu finden.
Reiseversicherung
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Thailand bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Impfungen
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Thailand antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Thailand überprüfen.
Kosten: Preise in USD
2 tage (Mindestaufenthalt)
$ 333
3 tage
$ 380
1 Woche
$ 600
2 Wochen
$ 1,200
3 Wochen
$ 1,500
4 Wochen
$ 1,800
5 Wochen
$ 2,100
6 Wochen
$ 2,400
7 Wochen
$ 2,580
8 Wochen
$ 2,760
9 Wochen
$ 2,940
10 Wochen
$ 3,120
11 Wochen
$ 3,300
12 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
$ 3,480
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$ 728 /Woche

Du kannst das Programm in Chiang Mai/Thailand zwischen 2 tage und 12 Wochen unterstützen. Bitte beachte, dass die oben aufgeführten Programmgebühren aktuellen Wechselkursschwankungen unterliegen können. Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Crowdfunding-Service
Im Allgemeinen beinhaltet Freiwilligenarbeit im Ausland bestimmte Kosten. Falls du finanzielle Unterstützung benötigst, helfen wir dir gerne beim Crowdfunding für dein Freiwilligenprogramm in Thailand.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Die Zahlungen werden von PayPal, unserem vertrauenswürdigen globalen Zahlungsanbieter, abgewickelt. Wenn du kein PayPal-Konto hast, kannst du auch mit einer Kreditkarte bezahlen.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.
  Asien Südostasien Thailand  Chiang Mai, Mae Chaem

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