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Group Size: Varies

Trip code: THAM

Duration: 46 days or longer

This fantastic combo trip brings together our two most popular volunteer options in Thailand as well as one of our most exciting group tours! Make a difference in Thailand as you care for beautiful elephants at a rural elephant village. Then, volunteer with children in a friendly community in Surin. After a month of life-changing volunteering, you’ll explore the rest of the country on an unforgettable group tour!

Trip highlights

  • Best of both worlds: Enjoy wildlife and community volunteering as well as an action-packed group tour!
  • Help care for some beautiful elephants in a rural elephant village for 2 weeks
  • Spend 2 weeks making a real difference to the lives of Thai children in Surin
  • Explore cities, jungles and beaches over 18 unforgettable days
  • Meet exciting new people and have fun in Southeast Asia
Further trip information

This fantastic trip is split into three sections:

  1. 2-week Elephant Experience
  2. 2-week volunteering (teaching or childcare)
  3. Best of Thailand group tour

Section 1: 2-Week Elephant Experience

Help out at a wonderful elephant village in Surin. Your duties will include:

  • Providing food and water for the elephants
  • Bathing them twice a day
  • Mucking out the elephants
  • Cutting and harvesting the bamboo that forms part of the elephants’ diet.
  • Walking them to the river to bathe
  • Planting food for the elephants
  • Carrying out maintenance and repair in the community

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, you’ll stay at a volunteer house in nearby Surin. Your weekends are free to relax and explore more of Thailand. You could even hop over the border into Cambodia!

Bangkok Orientation

When you first arrive in Bangkok you will enjoy a 4-day orientation before your volunteer placement begins. On day 2 of this orientation you can enjoy an optional tour of Bangkok. On day 3, you’ll transfer to Surin and enjoy a guided orientation walk. On day 4, you’ll transfer to the elephant village, where your volunteer placement will begin.

After your Elephant Experience

At the end of your elephant experience, you will stick around in Surin, where your teaching or childcare volunteering placement is located. There will be a few days in between your programmes for which accommodation is not included. We can help you arrange accommodation for these days. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.


Section 2: Teaching or childcare volunteering

Make a real difference in the lives of rural Thai children on this rewarding volunteer programme!

You can choose from EITHER a childcare placement OR a teaching placement. You will select your preference after booking.

Childcare Project:

Volunteer with pre-school kids a beautiful temple in a Thai community. Your duties will include teaching the children English, playing games and singing songs, doing arts and crafts, helping them with their homework, making their lunches and settling them down to their afternoon nap! You’ll also help maintain the childcare centre, ensuring the kids have a safe and welcoming environment to learn in.

Teaching Project:

As a teaching volunteer, you will teach around sixteen 50-minute classes per week. You will teach classes of around 30-60 students, aged between 6 and 15 years old. You will help them with reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English. You will also plan fun class games and activities.

Free time: You will have Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays free to relax with your fellow volunteers and explore the surrounding area.

After your volunteer placement

Once your volunteer placement is over, you will make your own way back to Bangkok, where your Best of Thailand tour will begin. This journey is not included. The local team in Surin will help organise this transfer.

There may be a few days between the end of your volunteer placement and the beginning of your tour. This is a great opportunity to explore more of Bangkok for yourself. Accommodation between programmes will be at your own cost.


Section 3: Best of Thailand Tour

See the very best of Thailand on this action-packed group tour! Enjoy city exploration, island boat trips, jungle hill treks and much more!

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok.

Day 2: Bangkok boat and tuktuk tour.

Day 3: Cooking Class.

Day 4: Khao Sok National Park visit.

Day 5: Transfer to Koh Phangan.

Day 6: Relaxation andThai Massage.

Day 7: Koh Phangan Island Boat trip.

Day 8: Muay Thai Lesson.

Day 9: Transfer to Koh Phi Phi.

Day 10: Sunset boat trip.

Day 11: Maya Bay Sleep-aboard experience.

Day 12: Return to Phi Phi.

Day 13: Transfer to Chiang Mai.

Day 14: Jungle Zipline Experience.

Day 15-16: Hill Trek.

Day 17: Elephant Sanctuary Visit.

Day 18: Tour ends in Chiang Mai.A return airport transfer is not included but is easy to arrange. Your guide will be on hand to help you make onward travel arrangements.

Please download the Trip Notes for more detailed information about this trip.

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