Volunteers and visitors must be physically fit to hike everyday up and down mountains to get to the elephants. In our sanctuary, you can see exactly where your funds are going and how they are benefiting our sanctuary, our elephants, and our community.
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Volunteer's accommodation is included. It is very simple but comfortable. Volunteers will be staying with a host family in a homestay where you will be provided with your own room. The volunteer’s room will consist of a mattress on the floor, a mosquito net and all bedding provided. We have a common area beside the river which is where all our volunteers hang out during free time.
Homestays will provide a packed lunch and dinner in their home. The meals provided by them usually consists of vegetables, rice, noodles, pumpkin or potato. Breakfast will be provided at our communal base hut where our volunteers hang out during free time.
Monday-Thursday: Hikes to the elephants begin at 8 am. The morning will be spent watching our elephants and carrying out some much-needed research on their natural behavior. Afternoons will be spent teaching English, completing project work or immersing yourself in hill-tribe culture. Friday: Spend the morning hiking to the elephants and in the afternoon you will return to Chiang Mai. Weekends: will be free time.
All fees paid to KS Elephant Sanctuary are non-refundable since we are a non-profit foundation and all our funds come through as donations. The fee is outlined: 15,000THB per week: if you stay 1 to 2 weeks (approx. $450/£350); An added 7,500THB per week: if you stay 3 to 6 weeks (approx. $225/£175); An added 5,000THB per week: if you stay 7 to 12 weeks (approx. $150/£120). You also will be asked to pay a My Proext's administration fee when you are doing your application.
Field volunteers will be provided with stimulating practical experience in the following activities/areas:
- HIKE AND OBSERVING:
Volunteers and visitors are expected to wake up early in the morning. Everyone will meet for breakfast at our base hut before 7:30 am and must be prepared for a long hike to the elephants into the forest that will begin at 8 am. When you get to the elephants you will have the opportunity to feed them bananas and take photos! You will spend the rest of the morning/early afternoon in the forest with the elephants observing them, learning about their natural behaviors and eating lunch. Hikes will usually return to the village around early afternoon but the day doesn’t end there. After that, you will learn more about captive elephants and their plight.
Volunteers and visitors will have the opportunity to participate in teaching English at the school, to the homestays, and to the mahouts as well receiving education about elephants in Asia and learning the local tribal language and culture. We also have a number of add-ons you can choose such as relaxing with a Thai massage or learning how to basket weave.
This service generates NO FEE for the My Proext's members. We are always looking for help with activities and services and many of them can be done remotely. If you have a particular skill that you can use to help Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary, please don't hesitate to fill the micro-volunteers application form. We seek micro-volunteers for the following activities:
- REVIEWER: Review the text of the magazine and look for spelling/grammar mistakes.
- TRANSLATOR (ENGLISH TO SPANISH): Translate the contents of the magazine from English to Spanish.
- TRANSLATOR (ENGLISH TO PORTUGUESE): Translate the contents of the magazine from English to Portuguese.
- DESIGNER FOR COREL DRAW: Help with changes to be made in the magazine.
- OTHERS: Some other online activity you would like to support.