Our volunteers have a very hands-on experience on this project. Volunteers spend three nights each week living in the home of the village elder and his family. This is a unique opportunity to see how life operates on a day-to-day basis. The tasks of volunteers vary around the requirement for elephants each day. A generic set of tasks for volunteers working at elephant village includes;
Working in the elephant village in Thailand, Surin is an extraordinary travel experience. Volunteers live in the village with the community of mahouts and experience the typical Thai village living. A typical schedule under the elephant volunteer program is as follows;
Volunteers must understand that the schedule may vary as per the work requirement each day.
The same volunteer work schedule continues for the coming weeks
Weekends: Free to explore the city. Alternatively, volunteers can visit Cambodia over the weekends as well, or head off to Khao Yai National Park.?
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.
As a VolSol volunteer you are provided with best of living standards available in Thailand. Our dedicated coordinator and staff will assist you with your airport pick up, stay, meals and even weekend sightseeing and travel. Arrive in peace and have the best time of your life.
Volunteers are picked up from the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok by the local coordinator or representative on the program start date. Please note that airport pickup is only provided between 6am – 10pm at night. Those participants who are already in Bangkok will need to make their own way to the hotel/guest house accommodation details of which shall be provided.
All volunteers are provided with an orientation and 2 days city tour before starting their project work. The Orientation session covers areas like, local Thai culture, greetings, locations, transportation etc. Volunteers are also given a city Tour of Bangkok.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a Guesthouse/ hotel for two nights in Khao San Road area in Bangkok on arrival. While in Surin, lodging will be provided in one of the volunteer houses where accommodation is shared with other volunteers in dorm style rooms. The houses are centrally located and close to shopping, ATM’s, restaurants and more.
Daily transportation to and from the project placement to the volunteer house is provided to the volunteers.All intercity transfers are included in the program fee.
No meals are provided to the participants staying in Surin. Please allow $10 per day for meals. There are plenty of eating options and volunteers love to eat out and explore the taste of Authentic Thai food. While at the Elephant Village all meals are provided to the participants.
During your Free Time
In Surin there are many local bars, shops and restaurants in the town plus a night food market. The city is an extremely safe place to stay. Surin province once belonged to the Khmer empire (now Cambodia) so you’ll find scattered ancient temples from the same period as the temples of Angkor in Cambodia. The land border crossing in to Cambodia is located just an hour from Surin and is easily accessible from the town’s bus station. This accessibility allow volunteers to travel to Cambodia during weekends
Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project. All participants need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. The volunteers should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference and have a keen interest in working with wildlife. You should be fit and healthy and willing to work outdoors in the project. Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check report.
We encourage our participants to volunteer in a group. We take special care in providing you a placement and also customize your itinerary to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
In our experience of more than 12+ years, we have facilitated volunteer programs for college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as groups of colleagues.
Surin is one of our popular destination among student groups and is highly recommended for family volunteering as well.
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