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.
Accommodation will vary during this journey. You'll be staying at a guest house in Bangkok, a shared house in Surin town and experience authentic village-style accommodation while working at the elephant village.
For the first couple of nights, you'll be living in a comfortable hostel near Khao San Road, Bangkok. All rooms have ACs, en-suite bathrooms (western style toilet and hot water showers!) and access to wi-fi (please note that wifi won’t be of superfast speed).
You'll be living at a volunteer house, sharing your room with 3 to 5 other volunteers. It's a very basic accommodation, but you'll be provided with all the necessities like a bed and kitchenware including a hob, sink, toaster, kettle, fridge, and utensils, as well as communal living space. You will be staying near local amenities such as supermarkets and restaurants, where you can buy ingredients or eat out.
Living at the elephant village will be a beautiful experience as you'll get to enjoy the authentic rural lifestyle. You'll be staying close to the mahout family, who are the caretakers of the elephants. Shared toilet facilities are in each house with cold water showers and simple ‘Western’ style toilets (please be aware that in many parts of Thailand there isn’t handle flush system – instead you need to pour water from the bucket next to the toilet down the toilet to flush away your business! There is no Wifi in the village, so make sure you inform your family & friends back home about this!
Transportation to and from the Elephant Village to Surin is provided to the volunteers. After staying in the elephant village from Mon – Wed, volunteers are transported back to Surin where they stay at volunteer house accommodation and enjoy an extended weekend.
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.
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