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Elephant & Beach Experience

Chiang Mai, Thailand

The two most popular things about Thailand are Elephants and Beaches. Volunteering Solutions brings you a program that will provide you a comprehensive experience of both

If there are two things to mention about Thailand, which represents its culture, biodiversity, lifestyle, and tourism, then it'd certainly be its enigmatic beaches and highly revered elephants. 

The program

Volunteering Solutions has designed a unique 2 weeks program which offers the volunteers the platform to engage and experience both these important elements. Clubbing the event of doing volunteer work with elephants and visiting some of the most enthralling beaches in Thailand, the Elephant 2 Beaches Program is an absolute delight for gap year travelers and adventure seekers. 

Who we are looking for

This program has been specially crafted keeping in mind the need of all - while high school/ university students can be a part of this program to volunteer, gap year travelers and backpackers can join for discovering Thailand differently and tickle their adventure cells!

What you can expect

Participants joining the Elephant 2 Islands Tour in Thailand will get to explore the amazing elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, relax and detox by the beaches in Koh Samui, explore the natural beauty of the virgin islands, volunteer for the kids and spread some joy, dive deep into the sea for a visual treat of the underwater world and a lot more!

Participants also have an option to chose between volunteering and adventure activities from Day 6 to Day 9 of the tour. 

Typical day

Day 1

Arrival in Chiang Mai and transfer to the accommodation.

Day 2

Orientation session conducted by the local coordinator. 

Day 3 - Day 4

Today, the group will leave for the elephant sanctuary, located at the outskirts of mainland Chiang Mai. This will be your new home for the next two days. Get introduced to the elephants at the camp and their owners (mahouts). Help with preparing food at the camp, washing, playing, walking and interacting with the amazingly friendly elephants. You’ll learn all about the plight of the elephants in this area of Asia and how your contribution can actually make a difference.

Day 5

Today will be your last day at the elephant camp. Group discussion will be conducted with the local coordinator regarding your next four days activities in Koh Samui. Those who have choose to do volunteer work will be told about their tasks, and those who have choose to take up adventure activities, will be explained about their routine. 

After a flight to Surat Thani, followed by ferry ride to Koh Samui, you'll be at your new accommodation by late evening. 

Day 6 - Day 9

- Volunteering

Those who chose to volunteer for their Koh Samui leg, will head to their placement school. Volunteers can contribute in two ways; Teaching & Development. 

Volunteering as a teacher is great fun and whether you have experience or not we’ll make sure that you receive the tools required to be successful. Days will begin at 9am and end around 3.30pm.

If you’ve chosen to work on brightening up the schools, your time will be very well spent. You don’t have to be an expert - all you need is a little creativity and you can do wonders! Paint the school complex and clean the environment, making it a place where kids would love to be!

- Adventure

Those of you who chose to take up adventure activities for the Koh Samuo leg of the trip, will visit heaps of places of interest on the first day. From waterfalls to viewpoints, to beaches to jungles. The second day will mark a private boat tour to the largely unknown island of Koh Tan. Spend the day exploring, swimming, sunbathing, enjoying beach games and more!

On the third day, you're off on the sea again to visit one of Asia’s ancient wonders - the Ang Thong Marine Park. This place is a ‘must-see-it-to-believe-it’ collection of incredible limestone islands reaching up out of crystal clear water. The last day of the adventure part is going to be a whole heap of adrenaline-fuelled fun! Experience the island on X-Quad rides. 

Day 10

Get back with your rest of the group and share your 4 days of experiences. Later in the day, leave for Koh Tao on a ferry for the next two days at a new home.

Day 11

Experience volunteering and contributing in a marine conservation project located on the island of Koh Tao. This project is responsible for the breed, care and conservation of the local turtle population and needs constant support. The Koh Tao Marine Conservation Project would be an amazing addition to your entire experience.

You'd be glad to know that a part of your tour fee goes to maintaining the work that’s carried out here.

Day 12

It’s the last full day on the island - so what better way to go out than with a party! 

Today, you’ll go for the Koh Tao boat tour. We’ll set sail on the high seas today to see Koh Tao from a different angle. There’ll be plenty of time to swim and snorkel, soak in the sun and think about the incredible two weeks we’ve had!

Day 13

The group will head back to Bangkok and spend the last day exploring the vibrant capital city; shopping, eating, etc. 

Day 14

Good Bye Thailand!

Details on Arrival

Below are the available dates for this program:

2017
July                19
August        02  &  23
September    06
November     15  &  22
December 13

2018
January 10
February 07
March 07
May 09  &  30
June 27
July                 11  &  25
August            08
September     05
November      07
December      05

The date that you choose as your program start date will also be your arrival date in Chiang Mai for this 2 weeks program. Airport pickup is provided between 06:00 am and 09:00 pm

Free-time activities

Being a volunteer and adventure program itself, volunteers will be involved in a lot of activities entire day. Evenings are, however, free for them to do whatever they wish to. They can just relax in their accommodation and discuss their day with other volunteers or can explore the local markets. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV, Insurance, Passport and parental consent(for under 18)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 08:30 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at Volunteering Solutions are happy to help you.

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The total cost for the program includes;

  • ​Airport pick-up and transfer on arrival into Chiang Mai (if arriving on the tour start date)
  • In-depth orientation in Chiang Mai before a guided tour of the city’s best landmarks
  • Return transfer to the elephant sanctuary
  • All meals whilst volunteering at the elephant sanctuary
  • Flight from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani then transfer to Koh Samui island
  • Accommodation in our very own house on Koh Samui, just a stones’ throw from the beach
  • Choice of volunteering or adventure during your time on Samui
  • All activities and transport as outlined in the itinerary
  • Lunch each day during your time on Koh Samui (adventure or volunteering)
  • All project costs for materials during volunteering on Samui
  • Ferry transfer from Koh Samui to Koh Tao
  • 3 nights on Koh Tao
  • Day trip to our supported turtle program with donation to support their ongoing work
  • Ferry and coach transfer from Koh Tao to Bangkok
  • In-depth pre-departure information
  • The tour is fully guided by award-winning experienced, English speaking coordinators

Airport Pickup at Chiang Mai International Airport

Volunteers can be met on arrival in to Chiang Mai international airport between 6am and 9pm. If volunteers arrive by another method (train, bus) they will need to make their own way to the guesthouse on the arrival day. Early arrival accommodation can be arranged on the condition that it is paid in advance.

Accommodation
Chiang Mai : City centre location, very comfortable with A/C, free WiFi, breakfast, hot water and western bathroom.
 
Elephant Sanctuary: Accommodation is in purpose built wooden huts within the jungle. Each hut has twin beds and mosquito nets and a fan (you don’ need A/C here!). Traditional style bathrooms and canteen on site. Fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle and wake up to the elephants outside your front door!
 
Koh Samui : self-catering volunteer house in Mae Nam. There twin bedrooms with one larger bedroom. Free Wifi. Hot water and western bathrooms, just 100 meters to the best beach on Samui.
 
Koh Tao : small and friendly guesthouse with comfortable twin rooms, close to the beach. WiFi and breakfast included.
Dorm Room Guesthouse Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

All meals are included whilst at the elephant sanctuary. On Koh Samui lunch is included each day either at the volunteering project or on the adventure option. Breakfast is included each day on Koh Tao. Vegetarians are welcome!

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)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,500.00
2 weeks (max. stay)
$1,500.00
Average fees
$750.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Chiang Mai/Thailand between 2 weeks and 2 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteering Solutions 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 Volunteering Solutions during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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