WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION
If you're doing this project for one week only, you'll start your programme immediately at the Elephant Centre. If you're there for 2 weeks, you'll start with a Cultural Activities Week and your Elephant Programme will start in Week Two.
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES WEEK:
Monday: Discover the village of Tha Kham and Wat Phikun Thong. In the afternoon you will visit Singburi Town to buy anything you require, and then off to a local handicraft shop. In the evening there's a welcome party where the local school children
will perform a traditional Thai dance for you, but be warned, they will expect you
to join in with the dancing!
Tuesday: A day in the Historic City of Ayutthaya (Phra Nakhon Si
Ayutthaya), with its many ancient ruins and works of art, then onto a special visit of the "Elephant village" followed by a wonderful riverside dinner.
Wednesday: Your day begins with Thai lessons and follows on to
a cooking lesson where you'll learn to make your own lunch and understand why Thai
cooking is famous. In the afternoon a trip to town, where you can relax in the swimming pool, check
your emails at an internet cafe or explore the market stalls.
Tonight you experience a Thai Style BBQ restaurant, a unique experience.
Thursday: Visit one of the local schools where you will meet the children and even try your hand at teaching or playing a few games. *During school holidays (from mid-March till mid-May and the month of October), when the schools are closed we may visit an English camp or the Queens Project located in the many nearby rice fields.
You’ll then journey to some of the beautiful monuments and famous Buddhist temples
like Wat Phra Non Jaksi Woravihan (A huge reclining Buddha image) and the Khai Bang
Rachan a hero monument.
Friday: Today is an exciting and action packed day of visiting
several sightseeing locations within the Saraburi and Lopburi provinces. Some of the highlights are: The famous Phra Narai Ratchaniwet Phra Ram (Monkey temple) and Wat Phra Phutthabat Temple (Buddha's footprint).
Weekends: are always free after the Siam Culture program to use as a time of relaxation or to expand your sightseeing within the central province or even a trip to Bangkok city.
THE ELEPHANT PROJECT - WORK CONTENT:
After the culture immersion week you will have a weekend to relax in Singburi or sightseeing, you will then be transferred to Kanchanaburi early on Monday morning. The project is located on a beautiful lake and offers the unforgettable experience of being able to spend time and bond with the elephants whilst they’re in their natural habitat.
The aim of the sanctuary is to relocate elephants that are injured, ill, previously abused or illegally owned to a place where they are well looked after in an replica of their natural environment. You'll learn about the elephants of Thailand and truly experience Thai culture, while working closely with the mahouts who dedicate their lives to gaining an understanding of the elephants and how best to care for them.
You will help by planting food for them, spending a lot of hands on work with the elephants like joining them for their regular mud baths – what fun! The programme also allows for some exciting local activities and a typical schedule is as follows:
Introduction, feeding the elephants and taking them to the river, bathe with them (mud bath!), prepare their food, feed the elephants and then bring them back into the forest. In the evening there is a Thai welcome ceremony, followed by dinner and a Thai culture class & Thai elephant documentary.
You'll go to see the elephants then its time for mucking out and general cleaning. Afterwards you will prepare food for the elephants, help with bana grass or tree cutting, plant banana grass and then spend some time relaxing floating on the river Kwai. After dinner a Thai elephant documentary will be arranged.
A lovely hike to the top of a nearby mountain and a visit to the elephants will start your day before breakfast! Today you will be preparing fruit and cleaning the fruit shop and mud bath. An afternoon is planned at the stunning Erawan waterfall.
Before breakfast a bike ride around the village is arranged and then its time to plant food for the elephants. After lunch you’ll help clean the bathing area, and take a bamboo raft and nature trail to a setting in the forest where you will set up camp for a wonderful evening with your fellow volunteers.
You start the day making salt lick for the wild animals, feed the elephants at the river and wash them! After lunch you will cut sugarcane or grass cutting for the elephants. In the evening there will be a farewell party followed by karaoke!
If you are taking part in the cultural week, then before starting your project in Kanchanaburi, you will have the weekend to relax in Singburi or you can choose to expand your sightseeing and visit the many more sites in the central provinces or go into Bangkok. Our friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with advice.
On the Saturday after your elephant project finishes, you will have breakfast and then depart from the elephant sanctuary. You will be taken to the bus station in Kanchanaburi and from there you will make your own way back to Bangkok, or on to your next destination!
Please note that this schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.