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Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand
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From $918 for 1 Week
1 - 4 Weeks
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This amazing program works hands-on with elephants who are at very real risk of abuse or neglect due to economic factors. By being part of this program, supplying help to care for them and providing the funds (through program fees), these elephants can be saved from a life of misery. Through their participation volunteers will experience ‘real’ Thai community life first-hand, helping with cooking the meals, farming the land, getting their hands dirty on small micro-development projects, make paper from elephant poo, help with farming tasks, go kayaking and Thai fishing on the local river. They’ll also have the ability to learn the Thai language and Thai cooking skills, interact with the community children and loads more. Volunteers will find this to be extremely rewarding and an unforgettable experience.
Arrival and Orientation
Volunteers are collected at Bangkok airport and spend the first two nights at the volunteer guesthouse located on amazing Khao San Road in the heart of Bangkok. Friday is free to settle in before commencing the orientation and city tour on Saturday. On Sunday volunteers are assisted to the coach terminal where they board a comfortable coach and make their way to Surin. What a fantastic way to begin a volunteering placement! Arrival Day: Friday 6AM TO 9PM Departure Day: Saturday
Volunteers arrive into Bangkok and spend their first two nights in a guesthouse complete with all amenities and located in central Bangkok. Breakfast is included as is a welcome meal on Saturday whilst the day is spent enjoying this vibrant city in the capable hands of our local team.
On Sunday volunteers travel to Surin by coach and are accommodated in comfortable volunteer houses. Each house has several bedrooms with 4 single beds per room and western style bathroom facilities. Full kitchen facilities are available for preparing meals and the houses are all within easy walking distance to restaurants, shops and markets - a chance to to catch up on laundry, connect with friends and family and have a hot shower!
Monday to Friday are spent on-site at the Elephant Village, accommodated in a traditional Thai homestay. Bedrooms are basic but comfortable and WiFi is available at set times. There are a few small shops in the village.
Three meals per day are provided whilst at the Elephant Village (included in the program fee). Meals are prepared by the local family and volunteers are encouraged to be involved; both as a help to the family and a wonderful opportunity to learn about Thai cooking.
The volunteer house accommodation in Surin is self-catered and volunteers can make use of the kitchen facilities to prepare meals by purchasing ingredients from local markets and shops or they may prefer to dine out at the many cafes and restaurants within easy reach.
Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on this program and can expect to undertake some of the following tasks:
- Provide day to day care to elephants
- Help out in the local village and spending time with local children
- Work on micro-development projects in the village
What to Expect
A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:
7:30am Breakfast with the Host Family
8:15am Pre-start meeting with the program supervisor
8:30am Volunteering duties start
Lunch is taken on the project site from 11:30am to 2:00pm as per local custom
4:00pm Volunteering duties end
4:15pm De-brief with the program supervisor
Afternoon/Evening Free time to relax with fellow volunteers and explore the village
Dinner with the Host Family Volunteers are encouraged to help with preparing meals
Goals of this Project:
Provide essential care to at-risk elephants in Thailand.
Stop the abuse of elephants by halting their use as tourist attractions.
Create a safer society for native Asian elephants to live.
Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike.
Where you will be volunteeringSurin, Thailand
Specific work locations will vary based on need
Where you'll be stayingSurin, Thailand
Volunteers will mainly be staying with a host family.
Nearest AirportBangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand
The $299 registration fee is also included in the pricing.
What’s Not Included
Return airport transfer
Additional food/snack items
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Flights, Visas & Vaccinations
Project Start Dates
This project is available year-round and programs start the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.
- November 2017
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- December 2017
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- January 2018
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- February 2018
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- March 2018
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- April 2018
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- May 2018
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- June 2018
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- July 2018
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- August 2018
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- September 2018
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I volunteered through Love Volunteers for 2 and a half months in Kenya and Tanzania in 2012 and loved every minute of it.
Love Volunteers were extremely helpful and quick to respond to any questions I had. Prior to leaving I was nervous to fly out to Kenya but had ... I volunteered through Love Volunteers for 2 and a half months in Kenya and Tanzania in 2012 and loved every minute of it.
Love Volunteers were extremely helpful and quick to respond to any questions I had. Prior to leaving I was nervous to fly out to Kenya but had email and skype contact with the coordinators in both Kenya and Tanzania. The country guide Love Volunteers sent out was informative and really useful for planning my trip.
Love were also very flexible as I changed plans while away and stayed longer and this was all handled seamlessly. I also managed to have the opportunity to do some traveling and day trips while over there.
I had an amazing time volunteering in the schools and Orphanages, everyone was friendly and supportive. The host famlies and coordinators were very welcoming and helpful during my stay and will remain life long friends. The projects I and the other volunteers worked on were amazing and while I was taken out of my comfort zone on occassion it was truly worthwhile and everything I had hoped for in my trip to Africa.
Overall my experience with Love Volunteers was fantastic and I can't wait to do more volunteering through them. +more
My experience through Love Volunteers was excellent. They provided me lots of good information before I chose where I wanted to volunteer. The information pack which was sent out, full on info on where I was going, was great and helped set my expectations for my trip. Communication with the ...
My experience through Love Volunteers was excellent. They provided me lots of good information before I chose where I wanted to volunteer. The information pack which was sent out, full on info on where I was going, was great and helped set my expectations for my trip. Communication with the organisation was awesome and very professional. They even put me in touch with past volunteers who answered some of my questions.
The people I met while volunteering were amazing and it left me feeling like I had made a real difference in others lives. I would have no hesitation in recommending LV to anyone looking to volunteer overseas. +more
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My 3 weeks in Costa Rica were extraordinary. At the airport, two members of the local team were waiting for me with two other volunteers that had just arrived. They drove us to the Animal Rescue Center, it was raining really hard, since it was the rain season at that time.
Every morning we had a meeting to assign different activities to volunteers. Activities consisted in maintaining the center (cleaning the cages, preparing the food, feeding the animals, rehabilitating some animals) and in working on the new soon to be center very close to this one. Some of the activities were not related to the animals, like helping to cook for the volunteers, cleaning the pool, collecting branches, and maintaining infrastructure. Animals in that center included sloths, capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, pet dogs, a pet goat, small parrots, scarlet macaws, marmosets, one olingo, two kinkajous, owls, and peacocks. You learn a lot about them.
In our free time we read, swam in the swimming pool, played cards, called our families and friends... (there was wifi there). We took one or two days off per week. Me and other volunteers went to Montezuma, Manuel Antonio, Land of the Strays, and a waterfall.
Accommodation was alright, but not great. The mattress was too thin so you could feel the metal bed frame, there were too many people in one room, it was a bit stuffy, there was hardly any space to put your things. Besides, showers had only cold water. However, you get used to it, and once you return home, you really appreciate the level of comfort we have in developed countries (the new center has way nicer rooms though). One low of the program is that at one point we were too many volunteers and had not enough activities for each one of us. It would be nicer to be less volunteers and feel more needed.
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