Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary

Teaching Internship

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This internship is perfect for any teaching/university students who need more work experience, anyone with a TEFL certificate or any teachers looking for a new challenge.

Immerse yourself in the local hilltribe culture by living with a family in a traditional homestay. As a voluntary teaching intern at Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary you will be teaching basic as well a intermediate English classes at the local hilltribe primary school which houses grades 1-6. You will be able to teach some very basic English at the local nursery as well. In addition, you will have the amazing opportunity to join our elephant hikes. Some evenings will be spent running an after-school club and tutoring members of the community.

Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary is set in 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 first hand about their culture and even help out with the community when required.

This internship is perfect for any teaching/university students who need more work experience, anyone with a TEFL certificate , anyone thinking of getting a TEFL or any teachers looking for a new challenge and would like to help out a small hilltribe community. The applicants for this internship must have at least some previous teaching experience as well as a fluent knowledge of the English language. However, upon arrival there will be a small amount of teaching training provided. 

Typical day

You are expected to work Monday to Friday. Three days a week you will wake up in the morning and have breakfast with our team before heading to the school with the kids. There you will be teaching children aged 6-12 years old. Your task is to improve their writing, speaking and reading English skills. Evenings will be spent completing lesson plans, running after school clubs and sometimes tutoring. Twice a week, you will have the chance to join our elephant hikes and spend the afternoons teaching very basic English at the local nursery. During the weekends you can  explore the surrounding area or just relax in the village.

Details on Arrival

Please apply to check availability.

Free-time activities

During your free time, you will have the opportunity to bamboo raft down the river, get a Thai massage, manicure, pedicure, go for a swim, learn how to weave or explore the nearby villages, towns and waterfalls.

Water Sports
Swimming
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports

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 (fluently)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
English at High School level
Required Documents
CV and Cover letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Must have some form of teaching experience.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary (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 Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary

This fee will cover all of your food and accommodation whilst on project as well as your transport from Chiang Mai upon arrival and back again on out-take. We do not do airport pick-up, but do meet and pick-up our interns and volunteers from our designated guesthouse in Chiang Mai.

Accommodation

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. 

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Basic western breakfast, basic Thai lunch and dinner and filtered water all included. 

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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)
8 weeks (min. stay)
$1,840.00
9 weeks
$1,955.00
9 weeks
$1,955.00
10 weeks
$2,070.00
10 weeks
$2,070.00
11 weeks
$2,185.00
11 weeks
$2,185.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,300.00
Average fees
$211.00/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.
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%)
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Final Payment (85%)
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  Asia South-Eastern Asia Thailand  Chiang Mai, Mae Chaem

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