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Elephant & Thai Culture

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Coordinator | Ivy
Coordinator | Ivy
Memorable experience at the elephant conservation project for rescued elephants in Thailand! Get yourself involved in exciting program you will always remember. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Highlights

  • Experience the Thai friendly Smile and Culture
  • Observing Elephants in a close distance yet it's safe
  • Help the rescued elephants to become wild elephant again through rehab program
  • Make memories you never forget with other volunteers
  • Plenty to explore in the Amazing Thailand, Chiang Rai & Bangokok many cities throughout Thailand and beautiful island Koh Samui

The main objective of this conservation project is to spread awareness about these beautiful animals, prevent them from going extinct, conserve their habitat, most importantly provide the elephants an opportunity to reborn as real elephants again living in a stress free habitat. You might have an opportunity to witness the relocation of elephants an effort getting them a more conducive environment (only happens by chance when the individual elephants are ready for that).

The focus of this project is purely elephant conservation including: Enrichment, Husbandry, Planting, Elephant habitat area cleaning, minor maintenance of the sanctuary is the norm of this project. You will spend a minimum a week in the Elephant Sanctuary. Please note Husbandry is only handled by experience personnel.

A decent level of fitness is required to participate in this project. The work is sometimes physical. There is a working schedule and plan setup for each participant. Please take note that you are coming to an operational rescue and rehabilitation centre, we cannot predict what may happen each day, potential new elephant arrivals under the centre’s care. Therefore, we ask the participants to be flexible and tolerant of potential delays or changes to the planned work as different projects may get reprioritized.

This program is suitable for participants as young as 4 - 17 provided the young children are accompanied by a legal guardian more than 18 years old. There is no maximum age for this program so long you love elephants and enjoy the nature. There are participants such family with kids and/or retirees from time to time at the placement.

Patience is needed as you adjust to ‘Thailand time’ – participants always come with huge amounts of enthusiasm and energy to plough into the project, which is a massive asset and positively impact on the sanctuary. You simply add a helpful and necessary piece to a much larger puzzle, and you should not expect the world of animal conservation to make great strides forward in the timeframe of your project. The Thai approach to work is also vastly different from the Western mentality. Therefore please prepare to embrace the cultural difference.

Typical day

Typical day 7:30am-4:30pm

Details on Arrival

This project is available all year round with the start date on every Monday. 

Free-time activities

During the weekends, volunteers have free time to relax and explore tourist attractions in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai or Pai. There are plenty of things to do and see, including historical temples and museums, trekking through national parks and caves, and relaxing in the city garden. For those volunteers interested in traveling further afield, there are many great destinations to choose from, including Bangkok and Phuket Island.

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Program 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
Not required
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 07:30 - 16:30

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
INVOLVE Travel (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by INVOLVE Travel
  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Volunteer Placement
Airport Pickup at Chiang Mai International Airport

Airport pick-up and drop off is included.

Arrival airport (Northern Thailand) to be advised upon confirmation of reservation, please only proceed to book flight after confirmation.


Accommodation

The accommodation is a typical local house where you will be sharing with other volunteers. Typically it's a 4-6 people sharing a room.

Dorm Room Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Three meals provided at the volunteer centre or volunteer house on daily basis.

Internet Access
Limited 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.
Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 850
2 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,620
Average fees
$ 830 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Chiang Mai/Thailand between 1 week and 2 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. INVOLVE Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Thailand.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with INVOLVE Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.
  Asia South-Eastern Asia Thailand  Chiang Mai, Tambon Pa Daet, Amphoe Mueang

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