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Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary

Photography Internship

This is a great experience for any photography/art students or graduates who need more experience in the field or anyone with an interest or experience in photography.

Our Sanctuary 

If you want to have a unique experience hiking in the forest to find the elephants everyday 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 just rescued 4 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 in 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.


Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Typical day

Your Stay & Tasks

A photography intern's tasks vary from day-to-day. Our days begin with early morning hikes through the forest to find the elephants, staying with them while observing and taking high-resolution photos to help us with our social media. 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. 

Sometimes you will be needed to go to the school or stay in the village to get some community shots. You will also be given a project to work on during your stay as well as helping the staff with any visitors or volunteers. 


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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Health Declaration
required
Required Documents
CV/resume and Cover Letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
All interns must provide their own photography equipment to bring with them.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Any questions? Just ask. We at Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

We have many add-ons in the village that volunteers can take part in if they wish, such as: Muay Thai lessons, basket weaving, head band weaving, river tubing, Thai massage, night hikes, cooking class and forest sleep outs.

Water Sports
Swimming
Hiking
Contact & Reservation
$192
/week
$192
/week
8 - 12
weeks
8 - 12
weeks
18+
age
18+
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Housing
Food
Internet
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Included in these fees are: transport to/from project, food & accomodation

Accommodation

Our accommodation is very simple, volunteers will be staying with a host family in a homestay where you will be provided with your own room that will consist of a mattress on the floor, a mosquito net and a bathroom with a cold bucket shower (perfect for after a hike!). All homestays vary in shapes and sizes depending on the homestay allocated. 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.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Basic western breakfast and Thai lunch and dinner included.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
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Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
8 weeks (min. stay)
$1,840.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,840.00
Average fees
$192.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Chiang Mai/Thailand between 8 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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 Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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