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THAILAND - Elephant Conservation

Travel to Thailand’s Chiang Mai Province and volunteer with elephants relieved from working in the tourist industry. Assist with the elephants’ rehabilitation and help mahouts (traditional elephant keepers) and other villagers establish alternative livelihoods. Discover the fascinating culture and lush mountain forests of Northern Thailand in your free time.

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights) – Longer options available

Dates: See Dates tab below

Location: Huay Pakoot and Chiang Mai, Thailand

$1,532 $1,362

Description

Experience Highlights

  • 3-5 hour hike with the elephants each day. During hikes we collect data on elephant behaviors, their interactions with each other, how they spend their time etc.
  • Biodiversity hikes where we gather data on birds, butterflies, frogs, camera trap surveys, bat surveys, night hikes and medicinal hikes.
  • Health checks on the elephants during hikes to look for physical signs of ill-health.
  • Community work and options to teach English 2 days a week at the local primary school, homestays, mahouts, women’s groups, local kindergarten and nursery.
  • Awareness presentations regarding issues such as elephant biology, welfare and biodiversity in the area.
  • Village and cultural activities such as basket weaving, rice picking, tree planting, bamboo cup making, sling shot making and language lessons.
  • Social activities – quiz nights, movies, games at communal base hut.

 

A typical Elephant Research Experience:

  • Village life takes its own pace, rising with the sun in the morning and relaxing later in the day. After a shared breakfast, the mahouts lead us out to where the elephants have stayed overnight in the forest.
  • Occasionally we will have the opportunity to assist with a quick but thorough health inspection of the elephants. This provides a few minutes of close contact time to truly appreciate the beauty and size of the elephants.
  • The rest of the hike involves following the elephants as they move through the forest, socialising and foraging as they would naturally. During our time observing the elephants, we collect data on their social interactions with one another and their food-plants preferences.
  • We may also have the opportunity to survey forest biodiversity such as gibbons, deer, snakes, birds, a variety of insects, spiders and plant species diversity.
  • We will occasionally share packed lunches in the forest and encourage everyone to assist the Mahouts in cooking traditional food in the field using natural materials.
  • After adequate time to observe the elephants and eat lunch, we then hike back to the village for the rest of the day’s activities.
  • Afternoons in the village vary every day of the week. We will have opportunities to get involved in the community and build relationships among the villagers and the team.
  • Explorers are highly encouraged to help teach English at the local school, weave baskets with a local community member, play football with the Mahouts, cook with their homestay families, and make the most of such an amazing project in such a remote and beautiful area.
  • Weekends can be spent in a variety of ways.  Guests are free to arrange trips and travel back to Chiang Mai or other nearby cities. The team generally relaxes around the village.

Included

Experience Fee Includes:

  • 24-hour emergency phone and in-country support.
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts.
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated).
  • All necessary project equipment and materials.
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff.
  • Comprehensive training program that encompasses theory lectures, group study and field practice.
  • Location orientation.
  • Long term experienced staff.
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships).
  • Required transportation for the duration of your stay.
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared).
  • Welcome meeting.
  • Your own room within homestay.

 

Experience Fee Excludes:

  • Additional drinks and gratuities.
  • Extra local excursions.
  • Flights.
  • International and domestic airport taxes.
  • Medical and travel insurance.
  • Personal kit.
  • Police or background check (where necessary).
  • Visa costs.

Dates

  • 10 November – 16 November 2018
  • 24 November – 30 December 2018
  • 08 December – 14 December 2018
  • 22 December – 28 January 2019
  • 12 January – 19 January 2019
  • 26 January – 01 February 2019
  • 09 February – 15 February 2019
  • 23 February – 29 March 2019
  • 09 March – 15 March 2019
  • 23 March – 29 April 2019
  • 06 April – 12 April 2019
  • 20 April – 26 May 2019
  • 04 May – 10 May 2019
  • 18 May – 24 May 2019
  • 01 June – 07 June 2019
  • 15 June – 21 June 2019
  • 29 June – 05 July 2019
  • 13 July – 19 July 2019
  • 27 July – 02 August 2019
  • 10 August – 16 August 2019
  • 24 August – 30 September 2019
  • 07 September – 13 September 2019
  • 21 September – 27 October 2019
  • 05 October – 11 October 2019
  • 19 October – 25 November 2019
  • 02 November – 08 November 2019
  • 16 November – 22 November 2019
  • 30 November – 06 December 2019
  • 14 December – 20 December 2019
  • 28 December – 03 January 2020
  • 11 January – 17 January 2020
  • 25 January – 31 February 2020
  • 08 February – 14 February 2020
  • 22 February – 28 March 2020
  • 07 March – 13 March 2020
  • 21 March – 27 April 2020
  • 04 April – 10 April 2020
  • 18 April – 24 May 2020
  • 02 May – 08 May 2020
  • 16 May – 22 May 2020
  • 30 May – 05 June 2020
  • 13 June – 19 June 2020
  • 27 June – 03 July 2020
  • 11 July – 17 July 2020
  • 25 July – 31 July 2020
  • 08 August – 14 August 2020
  • 22 August – 26 September 2020
  • 05 September – 11 September 2020
  • 19 September – 25 October 2020
  • 03 October – 09 October 2020
  • 17 October – 23 October 2020
  • 31 October – 06 November 2020
  • 14 November – 20 November 2020
  • 28 November – 04 December 2020
  • 12 December – 18 December 2020

Documents Required

  • Personal Details – Name, Surname, Date of Birth, Nationality.
  • Medical Form – to be signed by doctor if volunteer has illnesses to declare.
  • Clear criminal background check.

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