Join LSU RAG's Elephants and Hill Tribes team for an epic adventure next summer.
On this two week challenge, you will experience the very best Thailand has to oﬀer whilst contributing to ongoing programmes in the hill tribe villages and our partner elephant park.
In the last 3 generations, elephant populations in Asia have decreased by at least 50%. Humans are slowly inhabiting more and more of elephants’ natural habitat and many elephants are killed by stepping on landmines, are worked to death in the logging and entertainment (circuses and riding) industries, and are killed by poachers. Today there are less than 50,000 Asian elephants in the world.
It’s not just elephants that are facing significant challenges in Thailand. In remote hill tribe communities in Thailand’s north, up to 33% of the population are living below the poverty line, compared to a national average of 7%. Schools in the region are underfunded, lacking teachers as well as basic resources, which prevents children from receiving an education that could help them break out of the poverty cycle.
You will volunteer at Elephant Nature Park, an ethical elephant park that sets the bar in the region for elephant treatment and runs a global campaign to stop animal cruelty and the torture of elephants through work in the logging or entertainment industries. The sanctuary has over 80 rescued elephants as well as hundreds of rescued dogs and cats. Here, your activities will include:
Cleaning up after the elephants at the park
Cleaning water troughs
Feeding the elephants (banana and watermelon are their favourite)
Cleaning and sorting elephant food
Spending time with the dogs and cats to familiarise them with humans
Walking the disabled dogs
You will also spend half of your programme in a remote hill tribe village. Here, you will be working on projects that improve education quality. You activities could include:
Conversational English sessions to improve children’s competency and confidence speaking English
Creative arts, life skills and environmental sustainability workshops that allow children to learn additional skills in an exciting hands-on setting, develop their critical thinking skills and become more engaged in their education
Infrastructure projects to improve school facilities and create a safer and more conducive learning environment for children
Environmental sustainability activities such as community clean ups and tree planting.
Your time with us doesn't have to come to an end after your volunteering programme, join our extension trip and explore the beautiful island of Koh Samui. You can view the itinerary here.
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