Work with Elephants and Teach English

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Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary
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Coördinator | Kerri
Coördinator | Kerri

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
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:
Leeftijd 14+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Families
Groepen
50+

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.


Your Rough Schedule:

Sunday: You will meet at our meeting point and leave Chiang Mai at 9am to begin the journey to the village, stopping off for lunch on the way. After arrival, you will be introduced to your homestay, taken on a village tour and given introductory talks.

Monday-Thursday: Here you will be working on the project, breakfast is served at 7:30am, hikes to the elephants begin at 8am and distance will vary depending on were the elephants choose to roam. The morning will be spent watching our elephants and carrying out some much needed research on their natural behavior. Afternoons will be spent teaching English, completing project work or immersing yourself in hill-tribe culture.

Friday: Spend the morning hiking to the elephants and in the afternoon you will return to Chiang Mai

For volunteers wishing to stay longer than 1 week, weekends will be free to explore the surrounding area, relax in the village or take a trip to Chiang Mai.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

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. 

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

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

Voor­waarden

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je ten minste 14 jaar te zijn op de startdatum van het programma.
Taalkennis
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (vloeiend)
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Tijdsinzet
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary

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

Accomodatie

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. 

Slaapkamer (Enkel)
Eten & Drank

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.

Internet toegang
Beperkte toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten. Afhaling van de luchthaven is ook niet inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) in Chiang Mai. 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

Programs start on any Sunday and finish on any Friday.

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

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
2 dagen (min. verblijf)
$ 333
3 dagen
$ 380
1 week
$ 600
2 weken
$ 1.200
3 weken
$ 1.500
4 weken
$ 1.800
5 weken
$ 2.100
6 weken
$ 2.400
7 weken
$ 2.580
8 weken
$ 2.760
9 weken
$ 2.940
10 weken
$ 3.120
11 weken
$ 3.300
12 weken (max. verblijf)
$ 3.480
Gemiddelde kosten
$ 728 /week

Gelieve ermee rekening te houden dat de bovenstaande programmakosten een raming zijn en beinvloed kunnen worden door mogelijke veranderingen in de wisselkoers. Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary 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 Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

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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 Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
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Work with Elephants and Teach English

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.

$728/week

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