THAILAND - Elephant Sanctuary and Teaching (<18)

Working with gentle Asian elephants at an elephant sanctuary by harvesting organic elephant food, feeding the animals and helping with daily tasks. Teach English to enthusiastic primary school students and make a difference in the lives of local youth. Hike to a breathtaking waterfall, swim in its pools, visit a natural hot spring, go on a full-day bicycle tour, visit numerous temples and rice fields and enjoy colourful night bazaars and Thai cuisine.

Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights)

Dates: See Dates tab below

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand

$3,799

Description

Experience Highlights:

  • Spend one week working with gentle Asian elephants at an elephant sanctuary and one week teaching English to local children.
  • Responsibly care for elephants living at a true sanctuary. These animals are an important part of Thailand’s culture. They are traditional symbols of royal power, an essential feature of traditional art and regarded as spiritual mentors. Learn how their cultural significance, conservation and place in tourism are all deeply interwoven.
  • The goal of the elephant sanctuary is to let the animals lead their lives as naturally and as stress-free as possible. Work with locals who have committed their lives to promoting healthy relationships between humans and elephants. You’ll harvest organic elephant food, feed the animals and help with daily tasks of the sanctuary.
  • Discuss complex cultural and ethical issues regarding captive elephant welfare, tourism and conservation. Listen to experts speak on these controversial topics, and determine your own first steps in encouraging a culture that promotes high standards of animal ethics around the world.
  • Teach English to enthusiastic primary school students, who have had limited exposure to foreigners, and make a difference in the lives of local youth. Play learning games and come up with ways to help them improve their language skills. Reflect on the similarities and differences in education systems and culture between East and West.
  • Hike a trail that leads to a breathtaking waterfall, swim in its pools and visit a natural hot spring which will inspire a lifelong appreciation for nature.
  • Go on a full-day bicycle tour around Chiang Rai spotting numerous temples, rice fields, orchards and experience the natural beauty of Northern Thailand.
  • Visit colorful night bazaars, shop for artisanal handicrafts and sample Thai cuisine.
  • Contribute 30 hours of community service.
  • Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1.

 

A typical Elephant Sanctuary and Teaching English Experience:

  • Students travel to two different Home Bases on this program – the elephant sanctuary and a boutique resort.
  • At the elephant sanctuary, the group stays on premises. Wake up to elephants meandering feet from your window.
  • During the rest of the program, students stay at a boutique resort north of Chiang Rai.
  • In both Home Bases, students live with roommates and have access to shared bathrooms.

Included

Experience Fee Includes:

  • All educational materials.
  • Lodging.
  • 3 meals per day.
  • All in-country transportation.
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off.
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe.
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program.
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance.
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions.
  • Pre-departure materials and support.

 

Experience Fee Excludes:

  • Flights.
  • International and domestic airport taxes.
  • Medical and travel insurance.
  • Visa costs.

Dates

  • 17 June – 30 June 2019
  • 3 July – 16 July 2019
  • 19 July – 1 August 2019
  • 4 August – 17 August 2019

Documents Required

  • Personal Details – Name, Surname, Date of Birth, Nationality.

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