Elephant care and protection

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founded in 2017
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High­lights

Help Thailand's vulnerable elephants have a healthy and peaceful environment to live in, once again in their natural habitats.
Observe and understand elephants and their behaviour directly
Teach English to locals and help them get more involved with the cause
Meet people from all around the world and make life long bonds with them
Visit and get to know Thailand's rich cultural heritage and beautiful landscapes
Help abused elephants recover and develop in a healthy environment by supporting them on their daily needs. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+
Los elefantes son animales nobles, admirables, inteligentes y en general impresionantes; Sin embargo, los elefantes también son uno de los animales que más han sufrido: el abuso que sufren cuando las personas intentan domesticarlos, la amenaza de los cazadores furtivos y la pérdida de su hábitat son solo algunos de los problemas que enfrentan los elefantes y que los están amenazando activamente. En el santuario de elefantes, nuestro objetivo es aportar soluciones directamente a estos problemas para que los elefantes puedan vivir en paz.

En el centro, una de las tareas más abrumadoras es obtener suficiente comida para estos elefantes para que puedan estar sanos y felices; las madres elefantes pueden pesar hasta cuatro toneladas métricas y se sabe que comen más de trescientas libras de vegetación por día (una necesidad nutricional que aumenta sustancialmente cuando las madres están amamantando). 

  • Obtener suficiente alimento diario para todos los elefantes es una tarea que siempre requiere algunas manos adicionales, por lo que, como voluntario, puede mejorar la vida de los elefantes cosechando cosas como pasto, maíz y plátanos. Además, como voluntario, trabajará junto a los aldeanos locales (la mayoría de los cuales son miembros del personal) y sus familias. Estos pueblos están ansiosos por aprender inglés y saber más sobre culturas extranjeras, por lo que esta es una oportunidad perfecta para el intercambio cultural. 

Otras cosas con las que colaborarán los voluntarios es cuidar a los elefantes, bañarlos, hacer pelotas de hierbas medicinales, interactuar con los visitantes diarios, junto con muchas otras tareas que pueden surgir en función de las necesidades específicas del momento. 

Es muy importante que los voluntarios siempre tengan en cuenta que deben tratar a los animales con el mayor respeto, amor y afecto. Además, esté siempre muy abierto a recibir todo el amor que los elefantes están más que dispuestos a dar,  y esté preparado para abrazar las formas muy particulares que tienen los elefantes de mostrar ese amor, a veces incluso puede ser a través de una buena manguera de agua que sale directamente de sus trompas. ! :) 

Typical day

Volunteers work on weekdays (Monday through Friday), staring every morning at 6:30. Weekdays are free for volunteers to go explore and discover all the beautiful things Thailand has to offer.

A volunteer's daily routine starts at 6:30, when they shall go to the river to bathe elephant babies and mothers.
Then, volunteers shall help feed the elephants, after which volunteers will go get breakfast for themselves.

After having breakfast, the volunteer's daily tasks start. These will be assigned per day but are usually the ones mentioned before, such as harvesting grass or making herbal medicine balls for the elephants.

Free-time activities

You will be volunteering near the beautiful, northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. A complete contrast to Thailand's capital Bangkok, Chiang Mai is a smaller city with a huge connection to the environment, as it provides direct access to the nearby beautiful forest mountains that are a hotspot for adventurers and lovers of nature alike. In addition to that, Chiang Mai also has very intriguing traditionally Thai sites such as its well-known open air markets, its historic center filled with centuries old temples, or the Buddhist temples near the city. 

In addition to that, Chiang Mai could offer you excursions and trekking on mountains and rice fields, beautiful handicrafts at its markets, night safaris, a bustling nightlife you can enjoy with other volunteers at the Zoe Yellow area, among other things.

During your stay, you could also visit some of the other beautiful places in Thailand, such as its beaches or historical sites like Ayutthaya.

Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers must be respectful of nature, and be very passionate about helping elephants.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Adventure Volunteer

Tus tarifas incluyen:

  • Recogida en el aeropuerto y traslado a su alojamiento.
  • Alojamiento durante tu voluntariado
  • Tres comidas todos los días durante su período de voluntariado.
  • Soporte 24 horas al día, 7 días a la semana por parte del equipo de voluntarios de aventuras
  • Seguimiento y evaluación del programa
  • Orientación e inducción al programa
  • Certificado de horas realizadas en tu voluntariado
  • Seguro de accidentes durante su voluntariado
  • Responsabilidad civil por su actividad
  • Recibo de la ONG sobre la tarifa del programa
  • Orientación, asesoramiento y gestión en la elección del programa

Airport Pickup at Chiang Mai International Airport
Los voluntarios serán recogidos en el aeropuerto entre las 8:30 y las 20:00. Si el voluntario llega fuera de este horario, deberá ser recogido al día siguiente en un punto acordado o puede que tenga que cubrir algunas tarifas adicionales. 
Accommodation

El día de su llegada y los dos días siguientes de la inducción, permanecerá en nuestro alojamiento en Chiang Mai.

Posteriormente, permanecerá en el campamento de elefantes durante el resto de su participación en el programa de voluntariado.
En el campamento de elefantes, tendrás una habitación compartida con otros voluntarios y acceso a áreas comunes como baños con agua caliente y cocina.

Puede ver imágenes del alojamiento disponible en el campamento de elefantes en las imágenes de este proyecto. 

Bungalow
Food & Beverages

Tres comidas por día están incluidas dentro de las tarifas de este programa.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) in Chiang Mai. We assist you to find cheap flights to Thailand.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Thailand provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Thailand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Thailand.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The project is open to new volunteers three Fridays a month, every month except for the month of April. Volunteers must arrive on a Friday, as this allows them to be more easily inducted into the program. 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$1,110
2 weeks
$1,740
3 weeks
$2,370
4 weeks
$3,000
6 weeks
$4,260
8 weeks
$5,520
12 weeks (max. stay)
$8,040
Average fees
$890 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Adventure Volunteer will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Elephant care and protection

Help abused elephants recover and develop in a healthy environment by supporting them on their daily needs.

$742/week

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