Thai Elephant Sanctuary

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opgericht in 2011
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High­lights

Volunteer with elephants by helping bringing them back into their natural habitat
Make a difference in the conservation efforts to save elephants living under dreadful conditions
Roam the forests and observe elephant's natural behaviours in their home environment
Experience the fascinating Thai-culture in your free time
Meet like-minded volunteers from all over the world and build life-long friendships
This elephant sanctuary gives refuge to domesticated elephants who have been rescued from a life of working on the streets or logging. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Groepen
50+

The Project

The elephant sanctuary gives refuge to domesticated elephants who have been rescued from a life of working on the streets or logging. Nearby forests give the elephants the opportunity to roam and forage in an (almost) natural environment.

The non-profit organisation provides care and assistance to Thailand’s rescued elephant population by providing the rescue and ongoing care of these gentle animals. 

The project has won numerous awards for its ethical contribution to the assistance of Thai Elephants and other animals and the project owner campaigns heavily for animal rights. The team have rescued dozens of elephants, including very old, blind, deaf and orphaned elephants, and given them sanctuary in beautiful, open spaces.

The Location

The sanctuary is on temple grounds near Tha Yang, a district in the Southern part of Phetchaburi province in central Thailand, about 160 kms/100 miles South of Bangkok. Phetchaburi province is famous throughout Thailand for its Thai desserts - Khanom Thai - delicious candy-like finger food made from egg, palm sugar, coconut, and a binding agent, usually crushed beans or flour. 

O2E's elephant project is perfect for those looking for a culturally authentic experience in Thailand, as well as for those wanting to experience a largely social aspect to a project as there are as many as 30 volunteers at the project at any given time. 

Our Volunteers

Your responsibilities could include

  • feeding and watering the elephants 
  • cleaning and preparing food
  • construction and maintenance of mud pits 
  • cleaning enclosures (pick up lots of elephant poo
  • sourcing food from local farms (cutting corn and banana trees up for elephant food)
  • planting trees and looking after other wildlife and the resident dogs.

You will make a positive difference to the lives of the animals at the centre by caring for and enriching the lives of elephants that have been rescued or handed in by the local people. Special projects for long term volunteers include the care of orphaned baby primates, caring for animals in the quarantine area and taking part in animal rescues.

Conditions Onsite

It can be very emotional work treating and caring for sick and abused animals so you should try to be prepared for this. Be rest assured that you are amongst like-minded people who are experiencing the same feelings and emotions as you and will be there to support you. 

Many of the elephants in the area are used for other forms of elephant tourism in the area such as local elephant shows and elephant riding. This simply exploits animal which O2E and its partners do not support. 

The work at the centre is both demanding and physical, especially in the hot months. You will need to be in good physical condition due to the nature of the work undertaken in a hot and humid environment.

There is no maximum age, however, you will need to be able to stand for long periods of time, work in humid or wet conditions and perform basic manual labour tasks. 

Volunteers applying for this project must be over the age of 18.

Thailand has rich, biological diversity. However, sadly increasingly, human pressures such as overexploitation, habitat loss and habitat degradation, are pushing many of Thailand creatures to the brink of extinction. In Thailand, as in every country in the world, animals are abused and exploited for profit and human gratification. There are many examples of animal exploitation for the tourist industry, such as animals performing in degrading shows and elephant riding camps. There is also a thriving illegal trade in wild animals for pets.  O2E ask that volunteers do not engage in activities that involve animal exploitation. 

Please Note

The second instalment of your project fees is due within 1 week after you paid the deposit on Volunteer World. This is a total of $495 AUD and comes off your balance. The balance is due 90 days prior to travel. For all further information about the fees, please scroll down to the section "Program Fees“.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

You will be involved in the daily routine of caring for the resident elephants at the centre.

Animals are fed several times a day therefore food preparation and feeding plays a large part in caring for each animal. 

Each day you will be provided entertainment by preparing food games and enrichments, enclosures require cleaning and the collection of discarded food is required. 

Rotational tasks include keeping the volunteer house tidy, sweeping paths, kitchen duties and feeding, washing and grooming the resident dogs.

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

After work you can relax at the centre and socialise with other volunteers. There is a variety of local activities available which are scheduled on a weekly basis. These include night market visits, dinner outings, trips to Cha Am and National Park wild elephant spotting. 

On days off, you may choose to spend the day or an overnight stay in Cha Am or Hua Hin relaxing on the beach, shopping, tasting the local cuisine or getting pampered. There is a weekly night market in Cha-am which sells lots of cheap clothes and souvenirs. 

Spend the day at Phetchaburi, the capital city of Phetchaburi Province and one of the oldest settlements in Thailand. Mentioned in historical records dating to the 8th century, and having significant standing artifacts dating to the 12th century, there are numerous temples in and around the city center and market area, in addition to the Royal Palace known informally as Khao Wang that dominates the skyline. The city is situated on the River Phet ("diamond" in Thai), which originates in the Kaeng Krachan National Park and flows into the Gulf of Siam at Baan Laem.

Phetchaburi is a predominantly agricultural province. The city reflects this with a large and thriving traditional market which buzzes with activity from pre-dawn until mid-day and is filled with various aromas. It is very much a working city, with few tourists.

Visit the local spa resort for the day or evening and make use of the pool, spa facilities and restaurants. A massage is the best way to work out those aches and pains!

A few minutes away from the centre is the local village where you can stock up on snacks and personal items or visit the Buddist Temple and big Buddha. 

Please note:

Thailand offers many activities that include animals. Do not ride an elephant, have your picture taken with an animal or visit a zoo or animal entertainment venue. These activities exploit, abuse and overwork animals and many are considered illegal by the Thai Government. 

Any tour, activity or show that involves the use of animals in Thailand falls outside the O2E Policy for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. 

Sightseeing
Shoppen/
Souvenirs
Yoga/
Meditatie

Voor­waarden

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Taalkennis
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (vloeiend)
Vereiste documenten
Proof of travel Insurance docs en Proof of vaccinations
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
No specific skills are required other than a love for animals, a genuine need to help them and a hard working ethic.

You should be patient, caring, willing to accept new ideas and be prepared to be challenged by alternative cultural views on the treatment of animals.
Tijdsinzet
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag, vrijdag en zaterdag van 06:30 - 18:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

What's included in this project?

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • Arrival orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • All necessary training by staff and/or volunteers
  • O2E T-Shirt
  • 24-hour in-country support 24-hour
  • O2E emergency phone
  • Certificate of Participation, if requested
What's not included in this project?

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Bangkok airport or hotel transfer to project (O2E can arrange)
  • Personal spending
  • Visas and entry permits
Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Suvarnabhumi Airport
Accomodatie

Basic shared rooms for 2-4 people on site at the centre.

Slaapzaal
Eten & Drank

Breakfast, lunch and dinner with vegetarian and vegan options.

Fresh, filtered water is provided.

Internet toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Thailand.
Reisverzekering
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Thailand biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Vaccinaties
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Thailand dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Thailand.

Data & Kosten

GEEN CREDITCARDKOSTEN

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

Volunteers can start every Sunday, all year

To get there, fly to Bangkok, Thailand. The centre is located 4 hours south of Bangkok. O2E will organise your transport from Bangkok airport or your hotel to take you directly to the centre. or volunteers can take a bus to the local town where they will be picked up.

Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
Duurtijd
1 - 12 weken

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
1 week (min. verblijf)
$ 770
2 weken
$ 1.090
3 weken
$ 1.445
4 weken
$ 1.800
5 weken
$ 2.155
6 weken
$ 2.510
12 weken (max. verblijf)
$ 5.020
Gemiddelde kosten
$ 594 /week

Gelieve ermee rekening te houden dat de bovenstaande programmakosten een raming zijn en beinvloed kunnen worden door mogelijke veranderingen in de wisselkoers. Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

Bijkomende zekerheid geboden door Volunteer World
Volunteer World is 's werelds leidende vergelijkingsplatform voor internationale vrijwilligerswerk projecten. Wij begeleiden jou door een betrouwbare aanmeldingsprocedure - inclusief de nodige betalingen. Plan jouw zinvolle reis met Volunteer World en krijg gratis toegang tot:
Kwaliteitsgarantie
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Flex-optie
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

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  Azië Zuidoost-Azië Thailand  Bangkok, Tha Yang

Thai Elephant Sanctuary

This elephant sanctuary gives refuge to domesticated elephants who have been rescued from a life of working on the streets or logging.

$594/week

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