Wildlife and Animals in Thailand
Being a volunteer in Thailand is meant to be a satisfying and enriching experience. Volunteers are immersed into Thai culture so they can learn some of the language, enjoy typical food and interact with locals. Our local partners have plenty of experience guiding and assisting the newcomers who are willing to help the community. We do our best to make sure that all the volunteers in Thailand benefit as much as they can throughout their stay in the country, staying safe and earning the respect of the locals.
Regardless of the activities you carry out in Thailand, whether you teach English, work out in the nature, or stay at the elephant camp, living and working in this country is an eye-opening experience to gain the most valuable insight about the Far Eastern culture. All of this would be totally unattainable from the point of view of a tourist.
Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South Eastern region. This country offers incredible experiences including diving excursions, amazing food, and, most importantly, meeting some of the friendliest people ever.
What’s included in our fair-cost policy?
All our programs include a fixed price Registration Fee of US$249 and a Program Fee that varies according to the duration of the program and the services included.
The Registration Fee covers the costs of all that Connecting Worlds has to do in order to organise the experience in an efficient manner and offer each participant a quality program. These costs include marketing, staff salaries, travel costs of staff who visit and inspect each of the programs on offer and Connecting Worlds’ solidarity fund among others. We need this fee just to sustain the organization.
The Program Fee is the total cost of everything related to the services that the volunteer will be able to take advantage of upon arrival to the destination of their choice. For example, accommodation, meals, transfers, the donation made to the volunteer project, welcome orientation and constant 24/7 support. The payment for this fee goes directly to the country in which the volunteer will be stationed, directly benefiting the local community. It’s a fee which helps organisations that work in the country associated with the program at hand to move forwards with their projects and generate work opportunities for the local community.
Thanks to our fair-cost policy, the volunteer benefits from not having to pay high fees and our local partners benefit from being able to invest in their projects and keep things moving forwards. Connecting Worlds also benefits from keeping the costs of its programs as low as possible because we get the opportunity to support local communities and make a difference in our own small but important way.
Around 60km north of Surin city, a rural and traditional community lies hidden from the big cities. This is one of the most genuine parts of Thailand, with its wooden houses and dirt roads. For hundreds of years, until the mid-1980s, elephants were used for logging and heavy duty work; however, that is illegal nowadays but the elephant population still needs to survive. They are currently treated like ordinary pets. Their daily food intake is over 300kg and they need periodical health checks; yet all of this is extremely unaffordable for any ordinary Thai farming family that earns $5 per day at the most.
To be able to pay for what the elephants need, their owners (known as “Mahouts”) started taking their elephants to the big cities so that tourists can purchase pictures with them. This activity is dangerous for elephants, as they are meant to live in a rural and less polluted environment. Our partners in Thailand have offered these elephant owners to support them physically and economically if they stop walking their elephants for tourist pictures.
The program fees for this project are meant to make sure that the elephants stay in a healthy and natural setting, by receiving the appropriate healthcare and diet they require. You can spend 3 nights and 4 days each week learning how to train, feed, wash and work with the elephants.
What is more, volunteers who take part in this program will live the “real” Thai life by assisting with the cooking, farming, fishing, kayaking and even working on small development projects. They will also be able to interact with the community kids and lots more. Don’t miss this incredible experience!
Establishing a personal relationship with nature’s biggest land animalsLiving in a genuine Thai farming communityHelping with micro-development activities in the areaEntertaining and playing with the local Thai children!Going on a guided tour to the greatest landmarks in BangkokLearning to cook a few classic Thai mealsA guided tour of bustling Bangkok city
The experience in this program starts at Bangkok, where volunteers are picked up from the airport and taken to the guesthouse in Khao San Road, in the center of the city, to spend their first night. At this place, volunteers will meet one another and be taken on a guided tour around Bangkok and a lunch at a well-known Thai restaurant. After that, volunteers will be driven to Surin by coach. That is a great way to start your stay!
Please NOTE that the dates to arrive should be the first and third Fridays of each month, so that volunteers may begin their placement the following Monday.
To volunteer for our Programs in Thailand you must be at least 18 years old on the date of your placement in a project, have graduated from secondary school and have a good command of the English language.
The minimum duration of your stay required in most of our programs is one week, except for the Teaching English and the Child Care Programs, which require a minimum participation of two weeks.
Surin is one of the northeastern provinces of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from west clockwise) Buriram, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, and Sisaket. To the south it borders Oddar Meancheay of Cambodia.
Programs in Surin start on the first Friday and third Friday of each month.
Our volunteers are lodged in a Volunteers Guest House where they are accommodated by gender in separate bedrooms and provided with a daily Continental breakfast.
You’ll be introduction to thai culture and customs, rules and expectations, safety measures, travel opportunities, introduction to the the different projects and placements available.
During this orientation period you’ll also have the opportunity to meet other volunteers, exchange contact details and make new friends to share your spare time.
Working schedules will vary according to each project (to which the volunteers’ assistance is fundamental to achieve their goals)
Yet, a typical volunteers’ weekday will begin with breakfast between 7:00 and 8:00 AM, then followed by a staff and volunteers meeting in the project placement around 8:30 AM, and then the volunteering activities will run from 9:00 AM to about 5:00 PM.
Volunteers working in the Teaching English program are usually working in the extracurricular activities, sometimes organized later in the afternoon, but they will still have plenty of free time left to enjoy the many touristic activities available in and around their chosen destination.
Groupal shopping trips to the local market places are organized each Saturday evening, which allows volunteers to enjoy some spare time together while getting stocked for the following week.
The rest of the weekend is free and volunteers can go sightseeing in the surroundings and exploring places like the “Golden triangle” (the common border among Thailand, Laos and Myanmar), take a rafting tour down the Kok river or sail down the Mekong.
-Officially called the Kingdom of Thailand, it is a country in the South East of Asia.
-It shares borders with Laos and Cambodia to the East, Malaysia to the South, and the Andaman Sea and Myanmar to the West.
-Thailand was previously known as Siam. This name was changed for the first time in 1939 by Prathet Thai, and then again in 1949 (after being reverted during WWII). Prathet means “country” and the word “thai” means “free” or “freedom” in Thai language.
-Around 75% of the ethnic population is Thai, 14% is Chinese, and 3% is Malay. The remaining 22% is made up of minority groups and tribes.
-The official language in Thailand is Thai, also known as Siamese.
-The most popular religion is Buddhism, practiced by 95% of the population.
For more information, visit the following link: http://www.cwabroad.org/thailand-p-54.html
Surin: Elephant Village program
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Program Fee USD*
*Please note: All Volunteer programs in Thailand attract a refundable* Registration Fee of USD 249 on top of the program Fee. A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment. You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.
*Please read our refund policy.
What do my fees pay for?
Registration Fee: Discounted program fees, Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, staff salary, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund, administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.
Program Fee: Accommodation in a guest house, breakfast included, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.
What’s no included: Air tickets, Lunch, dinner and any other snacks, Transportation to and from project, Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, Local travels, transfer back to the airport at conclusion of program, Personal expenses and International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation. Our participants in Thailand generally find USD 20 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.