Amazing Thailand

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Group Size: Group sizes vary.

Trip code: THAM

Duration: 41 days or longer

Volunteer with elephants and communities
Have a 12 day group adventure
Awesome activities and guide included

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 volunteer with children in a friendly community in Surin. Then, care for beautiful elephants at a rural elephant village. After a month of life-changing volunteering, you’ll then 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!
  • Make a difference in the lives of Thai children in Surin
  • Help care for some beautiful elephants in a rural elephant village
  • Explore cities, national parks and beaches over 12 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 Volunteering (teaching or childcare)
  2. 2-week Elephant Experience
  3. 12 day Thai Intro + Phi Phi Islands group tour

Bangkok Orientation

When you first arrive in Thailand you will enjoy an orientation in Bangkok 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 begin your volunteer placement.

Section 1: 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.

Section 2: 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!

After your Elephant Experience

Once your Elephant Experience is over, you will make your own way back to Bangkok, where your Thai Intro + Phi Phi Islands 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 Elephant 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: Thai Intro + Phi Phi Islands 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 tuk tuk tour.

Day 3: Cooking Class.

Day 4: Khao Sok National Park visit.

Day 5: Transfer to Koh Phangan.

Day 6: Relaxation and Thai 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 Boat Adventure experience.

Day 12: Departure day. 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 note: the Thai Authorities may be restricting access to Maya Bay from June to November 2018. During this time, your boat trip may head to other idyllic bays and islands in the area where you will be able to snorkel and swim.

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

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