Participants joining the Elephant 2 Islands Tour in Thailand will get to explore the amazing elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, relax and detox by the beaches in Koh Samui, explore the natural beauty of the virgin islands, volunteer for the kids and spread some joy, dive deep into the sea for a visual treat of the underwater world and a lot more!
Participants also have an option to chose between volunteering and adventure activities from Day 6 to Day 9 of the tour.
Be a part of this joyride for 2 weeks! Come and volunteer in Thailand.
Welcome to the start of your next big adventure and what can be a better place than Chiang Mai to begin with! Our in-country coordinator will receive you at the airport/ train/ coach station and drop you at a guest house. You can make yourself comfortable and meet the other volunteers there.
This evening, once every traveler has checked in and sorted themselves, we’ll head out to explore the local area, grab a bite to eat and get to know everybody over a few drinks.
Post breakfast, there will be an orientation regarding your volunteering journey. You’ll given a day to day plan, the rules of the road, do’s and don’ts and everything you need to know to really make the most of your time with us.
Once we get done with the orientation, we shall head out to explore the amazing city of Chiang Mai. You can discover by yourself why travelers love the city so much!
In the evening, we’ll head to the famous night market are of the city for a traditional local dinner with drinks!
You can relax for the morning, read your favorite book or catch up with your fellow mates. Those who want to check out the shopping places can head out for that.
Just before lunch we’ll leave Chiang Mai for the 30 minute transfer to the elephant sanctuary nestled in the hills on the outskirts of the city.
On arrival, we’ll get you all settled in your new accommodation before we have a quick briefing about the itinerary of the next few days. You’ll then be introduced to the elephants, something that I’m sure will be the highlight of the trip!
Today, you’ll be spending all day with your new friends. You’ll help with preparing food at the camp, washing, playing, walking and interacting with the amazingly friendly elephants.
You’ll learn all about the plight of the elephants in this area of Asia and how your contribution can actually make a difference.
After breakfast, we’ll feed and then say our goodbyes to the elephants.
Before leaving the sanctuary, we’ll have a get together to discuss your volunteering option for Koh Samui. We’ll discuss your projects in more detail, what to expect, how to make the most of your time on the island and so on.
Around midday, we’ll head to the airport for the flight to Surat Thani. From there we’ll take a quick coach ride to the pier and onto the ferry for the 90 minute ferry crossing; a wonderful way to see the island from the ocean.
We’ll have you at the volunteer house in the early evening; enough time to settle in to your new place, meet the rest of our team and prepare for the rest of your stay.
The following four days are for those who’ve chosen to volunteer. For those who have chosen the adventure option, the schedule is given below.
DAY 6 to DAY 9 (Volunteering)
The volunteering portion of this tour is amazing and would help you to learn a lot. You’ll be directly affecting the education of the kids we support at one of the three government schools on the island. Our volunteers have been producing amazing results with these kids for quite sometime now. Not just teaching, but also the work that we’ve completed with improving the look and feel of the school. A bright and vibrant environment atmosphere is necessary for better learning opportunities.
Volunteers can choose what they want to do - teach or develop.
Whichever you prefer, no experience is required!
Our team have all of the experience that you need to make this a huge success, not only for you, but for everybody involved. Our team will help you to know how this works, give you the tools required to make it fun, interesting and impactful and most importantly you’ll be shown how to improve the immediate and future lives of these amazing kids, all of whom deserve the chance to shine.
TEACHING Work – Volunteering as a teacher is great fun and whether you have experience or not we’ll make sure that you receive the tools required to be successful. Days will begin at 9am and end around 3.30pm.
We’ll even supply you with a lovely Thai lunch (most dietary requirements can be catered if we’re given notice).
DEVELOPMENT Work - If you’ve chosen to work on brightening up the schools, your time will be very well spent. You don’t have to be an expert - all you need is a little creativity and you can do wonders! Paint the school complex and clean the environment, making it a place where kids would love to be!
We’ll even supply you with a lovely Thai lunch (most dietary requirements can be catered to is we’re given notice.)
Whatever you choose as your volunteering option, your day will begin around 8.30am when you’re transferred to the school. Our team will be with you each day to make sure you have everything that you need to have nothing but the best possible time and have the best possible impact.
Those of you who have chosen the adventure option your schedule is below.
On the evening of day six we’ll meet up with the adventure group and head to a very special little place for an evening drink.
DAY 6 (Adventure)
Today, we’ll have a mystery island tour and show you the best of what Samui has to offer. We’ll visit heaps of places of interest today from waterfalls to viewpoints, to beaches to jungles. This is a great day, just don’t forget your camera!
DAY 7 (Adventure)
Your own private boat tour to the largely unknown island of Koh Tan. This island is a reminder of how Koh Samui was around 40 years ago – very laid back life, zero traffic, quiet bars and restaurants; the perfect place to hang out. Spend the day exploring, swimming, sunbathing, enjoying beach games and more!
DAY 8 (Adventure)
Today we’re off on the sea again to visit one of Asia’s ancient wonders - the Ang Thong Marine Park. This place is a ‘must-see-it-to-believe-it’ collection of incredible limestone islands reaching up out of crystal clear water.
Soak up in the sun on the boat trip and then join in the snorkeling, swimming and more.
We can guarantee that you’ll never forget this experience!
DAY 9 (Adventure)
Hands up who knows what an X-Quad is?
Well that’s your only cue for what today involves – and it’s gonna be a whole heap of adrenaline-fuelled fun!
All volunteers and adventure junkies will get back together today. You can share your stories with each other and show the photographs you’ve clicked.
Later, as a group, we’ll head to the school to show everybody what we do as an organisation, where a portion of your money goes and why we do what we do.
We’ll then head off to the pier to take the ferry over to Koh Phangan island.
It’s not just teaching and school development that we’re involved with. We also support a marine conservation project located on the island and a part of your tour fee goes to maintaining the work that’s carried out here. This project is responsible for the breed, care and conservation of the local turtle population and needs constant support.
For those of you interested in knowing more about the work that’s done here, we’ll arrange a guided tour of the project so that you can see how your money is used and the work that’s completed.
It’s the last full day on the island - so what better way to go out than with a party!
We’ll set sail on the high seas today, see Koh Phangan from a different angle. There’ll be plenty of time to swim and snorkel, soak in the sun and think back to what an incredible two weeks we’ve had.
Once back at the resort, tonight there’ll be a group dinner to see off the last night in style!
Today we need to get you all back to Bangkok for one final send-off ‘Khao San Road Style’! We will have you back to where it all began by 8pm, in plenty of time to check-in, get showered and get out to paint the town red!
If you’d rather stick around on the islands and perhaps head back to Koh Samui for a spot more volunteering, we’d be happy to make this happen.
Sign up to the volunteering extension, choose your project, and we’ll make the arrangements for you.
For those of you who have returned to Bangkok, today we have to say goodbye!
We can meet up for one final group breakfast, group photos and group hugs. Any of you need help making onward travel arrangements, our in-country team will help with everything that we can.
We hope to make your journey memorable in all possible ways.
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The highlight of my trip is being with elephants and meeting thai people. I learn a lot about my self and the Thai culture. It's an amazing experience that I really want to do again. I will never forget it. .
I like meeting new people from all around the world and get to know the health system in Thailand. Also the weekend trips were great, I would recommend it to each of my friends..
I am very grateful that your organization provided a positive opportunity/experience to volunteer abroad. I have wanted to volunteer abroad for a very long time and with this experience I look forward to many more..
I have found so much happiness in Thailand surrounded by these amazing smiling kids and everyone around. I've learnt a lot about myself, moral values and life and opened my heart like never before. .
I enjoyed working at the children home and definitely loved the kids. In the beginning they were very shy but after a while everyone started opening up to me which was an amazing experience..
Staff was happy to help with any of my questions. I enjoyed working at my placement very much. There was lots to do and I had a lot of fun. And if I could do it again, I would in a heart beat. .
I really enjoyed my time at the hospital placement and I got to meet some good doctors and experience some very interesting things..
Working at the elephant camp was beyond my expectation. From sweeping, to kitchen hand, to teaching the staff. It was always a pleasure to help the hardworking and friendly Thai people..
I Love Love Love working with the elephants. It is an amazing place and the Jungle is beautiful. The elephants are amazing and Jin the supervisor is best. My highlight from the trip was to meet Thai people..
I loved my program placement and very much satisfied with the program and it meets my requirements. Additionally, Thailand is really very amazing. The children highlights my volunteering experience. What I learned from them is that there is no excuse to be unhappy..
I really liked my program placement especially the group of children. Their lives are not so extraordinary still they are always happy and smiling. Since I love kids, I choose volunteering in Thailand..
The program placement was amazing. I would highly recommend it to anyone. The children we worked with were so happy and loving, working with them was a real pleasure. I just wished I could have stayed longer. The volunteers house had every we needed, it was clean and comfortable and had a nice atmo.
I very much enjoyed working at my program placement. It was a very enjoyable two weeks. Really enjoyed spending time with the children. Also Chiang Mai is a lovely city to spend time in. Taking the children from the orphanage swimming was definitely a highlight of the trip..
I enjoyed working at my placement. I learnt a lot from the elephants. I enjoyed living a bit the life of the mahout as we also spent time with their wives and children. Knowing Thai people and their culture is also one of my highlight from the program in Chiang Mai..
I had the time of my life at my placement. I couldn't have asked for anything better. The highlight of my volunteering trip was seeing the children respond to me and become less shy, me feeling comfortable to stay at the school..
I very much loved my program placement. The highlight was working with the medical students and residents at Maharaj Hospital and seeing diseases that are rare in the USA..
I truly loved my program placement. The highlight of my program placement was getting hands on experience. I loved the accommodation and food provided by Volunteering Solutions..
The program was amazing. The children were happy and take well care of. The staff was helpful and passionate about their work. The highlight of my trip was those amazing children, they helped me to have a greater appreciation for life. I have definitely re-prioritized my life..
I loved the program placement very much. The placement was very organized. We had a program manager who was bilingual and was a former orphan, they used to treat him as elder brother. it was a great placement to get your hands dirty..
The program placement exceeded my expectation in many ways, it was wonderful. So much was gained and will impact me for a long time. All aspects were great, safe, well organized, well looked after. The highlight of my volunteering experience and trip was the real cultural insight into the country a.
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