Throughout your stay in Thailand, the various projects you participate in will very much depend on the needs on the ground and the time of the year. From November to March, you may be involved in sea turtle research and conservation. The rainy season of May to October sees more terrestrial and community work such as mangrove research and planting, biodiversity surveying in nearby National Parks and environmental education. Volunteers may also have the chance to take part in various environmental education workshops with the local community. Projects can vary from environmental education with the general community, schools, hotels and tour operators to English language teaching. Accommodation will be small but comfortable with shared facilities, with enough space for people to relax together or in private. If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while in Thailand, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.
Your elephant adventure in Chiang Mai begins when the sun rises, with early mornings and long days spent in the field. After breakfast the local mahouts will lead groups of volunteers and staff out to where the elephants have stayed overnight. Occasionally you will the opportunity to assist with a quick but thorough health inspection of the elephants, providing a few minutes of close contact time. The rest of your hike will be spent following the elephants as they move through the forest, socializing and foraging. During our time observing the elephants, you may help collect data on their social interactions, what food sources they are utilizing and survey forest biodiversity. Afternoons will see you returning to base where you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local community by helping to teach English, weave baskets, play football with the Mahouts and cook with your homestay family. Weekends will be yours to relax, explore the nearby area or travel back to Chiang Mai for some sightseeing. Accommodation will be very basic, so you should be prepared to adapt and appreciate the living conditions that are sure to be very different from your home.