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Duration: 15 Days (21 with Extension)
Location: Thailand
Programme Target: 1,850
Registration Fee: 390

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PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Experience the very best Thailand has to offer this summer! Travel off the beaten track to rural northern Thailand where you will volunteer in a beautiful hill tribe village, support rescued Elephants and explore the land of smiles. This amazing adventure will leave a lasting impression on you and will make a sustainable difference for the organisations and communities you will be supporting!

HOW YOU WILL HELP

You will volunteer at the 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.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

After your volunteering you can join our optional extension trip for £599, where you’ll spend a week chilling out on the beautiful island of Koh Samui! You will have the opportunity to go on snorkelling tours, island hopping, kayaking and more. The full itinerary can be found by downloading the challenge pack below. 

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HOW TO JOIN

To join a challenge, all you need to do is sign up by clicking the 'book now' button and choose your payment option. Our partner charity, The FutureSense Foundation, have a fundraising support team who will be with you on your fundraising journey. However, we know fundraising isn't for everyone, so you can choose to either Fully Fundraise for your programme, or Flexi Fundraise. If you choose the Flexi Fundraising option, you will fundraise £1000 and pay the remaining programme fees in instalments. 

 

COVID- 19: GIVING YOU PEACE OF MIND

To deal with the uncertainty that comes with COVID-19, we have introduced the following guarantees so you can confidently book your 2021 volunteer programme today.

COVID-19 REASSURANCE

Although we are confident that programmes will go ahead as planned, if your programme is affected by Covid-19 travel restrictions, your programme will be postponed to the following year, and your fundraising deadlines will be extended. 

DESTINATION FLEXIBILITY

We are continuously monitoring the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and speaking with our teams on the ground to ensure we are fully aware of all on-going situations. Although we expect all travel restrictions to be lifted by Summer 2021, if your destination is affected by coronavirus travel restrictions, you will be able to move your programme to one of our other destinations 

ADDITIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES

Our volunteer's health and safety whilst overseas is our biggest priority. We are putting in place additional measures to enhance health and safety practices when travel resumes. Some of these measures include increased cleaning at our accommodation, reducing the number of volunteers sharing bathroom facilities, mandatory hand-washing before meals and an in-depth review of all in-country risk management processes.

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CHALLENGE DATES

Programme Date: 14th August 2021 - 29th August 2021 (All Students)
Extension Trip: 29 Aug 2021 - 04 Sep 2021
Programme Date: 4th June 2022 - 19th June 2022
Extension Trip: 19 Jun 2022 - 25 Jun 2022
Programme Date: 13th August 2022- 28th August 2022
Extension Trip: 28 Aug 2022 - 03 Sep 2022

*Note: if you have other dates in mind or would like to travel as an individual, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to help!

What’s Included?

  • 24/7 in-country support
  • All accommodation
  • 3 meals a day (Monday – Friday)
  • In-country transport
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Volunteer t-shirt
  • Pre-departure support, including full program briefing
  • An incredible volunteer experience!

What’s NOT Included?

  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance

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