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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: THVA
Duration: 27 days or longer
Enjoy a complete Thai experience on this volunteer and adventure combo! First, make a difference with two weeks of volunteering in rural Thailand, either teaching kids or helping care for elephants, and then join our epic 12-day Thai Intro and see the very best this awesome Southeast Asian country has to offer! Includes Koh Phangan beach time and a boat adventure! Get to know the locals, see the hottest sights and make friends for life on this fantastic Thai trip!
Spend 2 weeks making a difference at some awesome volunteer projects in Thailand, and then explore the country on our epic Thai Intro! The complete gap year experience!
There are two options in this package:
Option 1: 2 weeks teaching and childcare volunteering + 12-day Thai Intro
Option 2: 2 weeks elephant volunteering + 12-day Thai intro
Option 1: 2 weeks teaching and childcare volunteering
Make a real difference as part of a rewarding childcare or teaching programme. Help out at a pre-school childcare centre with amazing local kids, or help teach Englishin Thai primary schools.
On your first day you will enjoy a welcome orientation in Bangkok including accommodation and a tour of the city. On day 3, you will be transferred to Surin, deep in the heart of rural Thailand. On day 4 you will meet the kids and staff at your project.
You can choose from EITHER a childcare or teaching placement:
As a childcare volunteer you will be working with pre-school kids in a rural Thai community. By making education fun for the local kids, you can help them to become more confident and improve their social skills. Duties include:
Your other volunteer role is to help renovate and maintain the childcare centre, ensuring that the kids have a welcoming and inspiring environment in which to learn.
Help empower children as a teaching volunteer, and teach English to children between the ages of 6 and 15 years old. Assist teaching staff to teach inspiring and engaging lessons to local kids near Surin. Volunteer duties include:
Option 2: 2-weeks elephant volunteering
After an arrival orientation, you will be transferred to the elephant village, which is set in stunning rural surroundings near Surin, and is home to around 35 elephants. Set among some of Thailand’s most spectacular scenery far off the beaten tourist track, this experience offers not just a unique elephant interaction, but also an amazing cultural exchange in authentic rural Thailand where you will live among the friendly locals in a real Thai village.
Your Volunteer Role
On the weekdays (Monday –Thursday), you’ll help out with the day-to-day care of the elephants. You’ll provide food and water, muck out the elephants and help to bathe them twice a week. You will also learn how to cut and harvest the bamboo that makes up the majority of the elephants' diet. You will also get involved with important community projects. You’ll plant crops and vegetable gardens to provide food for the elephants, and carry out vital repair jobs such as building or painting work in the community. You can expect to help out between 9am and 3pm.
Thai Intro: 12 days (option 1 + 2)
Once your rewarding volunteer programme has come to an end, it’s time to explore Thailand on an incredible 12-day adventure! Discover Bangkok, chill out in Khao Sok, party in Koh Phangan and explore beautiful Koh Phi Phi!
Please note: On certain start dates there will be a few days spare between the end of your volunteer experience and the beginning of your Thai Intro tour. On these occasions you will need to arrange extra accommodation at your own cost. We can help you with this and suggest some great independent travel ideas for you to get up to in the meantime!
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