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Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand – Surin

Volunteer with elephants in Thailand, Surin, and join the centuries old tradition of training ‘domestic’ elephants by mahouts in Thailand.

This volunteer project offers a responsible and sustainable alternative to the fate often faced by elephants in Thailand. Because of the dissolution of the logging industry, many elephants are taken to urban areas to beg for money and are often mistreated.

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    Volunteer with elephants in Surin

Volunteer with Elephants in Surin and Support the Local Community

This Elephant Experience financially supports the local community and the wellbeing of the elephants. Whilst volunteering with the elephants, you will epxerience the local village life and culture. This gives you the opportunity to learn about rural Thai culture and to witness the incredible challenges that elephant communities and mahouts face in Thailand.  as Spend your days close and in personal touch with these magnificent elephants.

Please note; so as to maintain best practice, we do not condone the riding of elephants by visitors or tourists, and thus it is not allowed. The bond between the mahout and elephant is very special and culturally complex thus should be respected.

Meals:

Meals are included whilst at the village – please budget around $10-15 USD per day when you’re not at the village.

Arrival airport: Bangkok international airport, Suvarnabhumi – BKK.

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Voluntour in Thailand this summer

Volunteer with Elephants in Surin and Enjoy Koh Phangan Island with the Voluntour Program!

With the Voluntour in Thailand program we offer you the best of the two worlds: combine the volunteer work with an unforgettable holiday in Thailand. Have fun, explore more of the country, make friends and live some unforgettable experiences.

Travel to Four Destinations in Thailand

Volunteer with Elephants in ThailandDuring four weeks you will travel to four destinations in Thailand. Upon arrival you will spend two nights in Bangkok exploring and taking in the lights of the city. Then, in the following two weeks you will work as a volunteer work at two different volunteer projects. The first volunteer experience will be caring for elephants in Surin, the second a construction project in Sanghklaburi. Finally, you will enjoy two weeks relaxing and partying with friends on a paradise island.

Meet the magnificent Elephants during the first week

Volunteer with Elephants in Surin

For the first week you will meet and work with the magnificent, gentle elephants living in the manhout village in Surin, immersing yourself in rural culture, taking part in centuries old traditions.

  • Volunteer with Elephants in Surin
    Volunteer with elephants in Surin

Find the program to volunteer with the elephants in Thailand on IKPVA’s Homepage.

Construction Volunteer Work in Sangkhlaburi

Then you will move on to Sangkhlaburi, working tirelessly and improving the lives of those less fortunate by providing much needed help with vital construction projects.

  • Work with construction

Enjoy Paradisiac Koh Phangan Island at the end of your stay

Finally, we think, you deserve a break on the island of Koh Phangan, a world famous party destination with some of the most beautiful beaches you can imagine! Your final two weeks will be spent with sand between your toes, soaking up the rays by day, and fire shows, delicious cocktails and good friends by night.

  • Beaches at Koh Phangan
    Beaches at Koh Phangan

Voluntour in Thailand – Two weeks

Voluntour Thailand

Voluntour – Four weeks

Voluntour - Four Weeks

All transfers and accommodations are included.

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Volunteer Trip to Cambodia as a Childcare Volunteer

Get out of your comfort zone, go for a volunteer trip to Cambodia and make a wonderful discovery! Lucy Wooding travelled to Cambodia to volunteer as a childcare volunteer – and enjoyed it a lot!

Volunteer Trip to Cambodia as a Childcare Volunteer

Lucy Wooding with the children in Cambodia

Volunteer in Cambodia and give a meaning to the best travel experience of your life.

Albane’s Volunteer Trip

Albane from France sent us this review about her volunteer trip to Cambodia. She was also volunteering with childcare:

Childcare volunteer in Cambodia - AlbaneI took care of a class of 7 children (5-6 years old) from 9:00 a.m to 4 p.m, from Monday to Friday. Sometimes I picked them up in their shanty towns at 8 a.m with the staff. It was very hard and sad to see where they live and in such poor conditions, but it was part of the experience and I simply loved their face, their excitation when the association bus (that we used to pick them up at Home) arrived in front of their living place ( we can’t call it “a house”).

When they arrive at the Day Care Center around 9 a.m, they sing and pray with a Kmer teacher. This was so cute to see them so happy to be there and to take pleasure to sing and pray (even if they lost sometimes their concentration rapidly when they saw the volunteers next to them and they guessed that they will play games after ahah).
After that, it was “shower time” for all children. So we had to make them take a shower, put soap on their body, shampoo on their haïr, and dress them up with the association “uniform” (too cute).

Then, I taught them English until lunch time (around 11 a.m). As school facilities, I had a board, some books, pens, and thats it. I regretted not to have brought with me school support for the class when I see how much they were happy to learn. Some days, when they were very excited, I had time to do some games ( often drawings) after the lesson and before the lunch time. When they ate, I helped to clean the dishes, and other little tasks to help the staff. – Albane from France

Want to volunteer in Cambodia?

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Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand

Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand. Experience Thailand from a local perspective & make lifelong friends.

About Volunteering with Elephants in Thailand

Join the centuries old tradition of training ‘domestic’ elephants by mahouts in Thailand.

The volunteer program aims to offer a responsible and sustainable alternative to the fate often faced by elephants in Thailand. Because of the dissolution of the logging industry, many elephants are taken to urban areas to beg for money and are often mistreated. Therefore, our elephant volunteer program continues to lead the way in Surin in helping to change attitudes towards elephant care for the better.

Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand

Volunteer on Elephant Care and Support the Local Community

Since all the activities are about caring for the elephants and treating them with respect, we put our strict no riding policy. Therefore, your work schedule will include walking them to the river to bathe them, harvesting and planting food, feeding the elephants, everything is based around a new approach to elephant care that puts the elephant first.

A New Approach on Elephant Care

The program will bring you in touch with the elephants. Therefore, the close and personal contact with these magnificent creatures on a daily basis will be an unforgettable beautiful experience. At the same time you will see the real Thailand, the daily life of its residents. Living in a traditional long house with other volunteers, that’s rural Thai life at it’s very best!

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A two-weeks program in a day care center in Cambodia – Albane

I spent two weeks ( I know, definitely too short) in a day care center in Phnom Penh in Cambodia thanks to Iko Poran association. And it was such a wonderful experience !
I took care of a class of 7 children (5-6years Old) from 9:00a.m to 4 p.m, from Monday to Friday. Sometimes I picked them up in their shanty towns at 8 a.m with the staff. It was very hard and sad to see where they live and in such poor conditions, but it was part of the experience and I simply loved their face, their excitation when the association bus ( that we used to pick them up at Home) arrived in front of their living place ( we cant call it “a house”).

A Day in The Life of a Childcare Volunteer in Cambodia

When they arrive at the day Care center around 9 a.m, they sing and pray with a Kmer teacher. This was so cute to see them so happy to be there and to take pleasure to sing and pray ( even if they lost sometimes their concentration rapidly when they saw the volunteers next to them and they guessed that they will play games after ahah).
After that, it was “shower time” for all children. So we had to make them take a shower, put soap on their body, shampoo on their haïr, and dress them up with the association “uniform” ( too cute).
Then, I taught them English until lunch time (around 11 à.m). As school facilities, I had a board, some books, pens, and thats it. I regretted not to have brought with me school support for the class when I see how much they were happy to learn. Some days, when they were very excited, I had time to do some games ( often drawings) after the lesson and before the lunch time. When they ate, I helped to clean the dishes, and other little tasks to help the staff. From noon to 2p.m, it was rest time for children, so we could take our lunch break and even also take a nap ahah. When they woke up, we make them take a new shower, before starting the afternoon games. I was completely free to choose wich games I wanted to do with them. They loved dancing (I learned them how to dance Macarena, it was so funny), but they were satisfied whatever the game was. Sometimes I made them watch some Disney videos on my phone (like Frozen, or Mickey) and they became focused and quiet during a short moment which allowed me to recover from the dancing time !

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Women Empowerment in India

Volunteer with Women Empowerment in India with IKPVA providing sustainable development opportunities to girls and women.

In this project you will be placed in one of the local NGOs operating in the urban, semi-urban & rural areas of Jaipur. There, you will be working as avolunteer in the fields of awareness, counseling and empowerment of females.

Sustainable Development Perspectives for Women

All the projects provide sustainable development opportunities to girls and women – mothers, grandmothers and daughters – through education and motivation. There are regular rallies and marches to help raise awareness among women about their rights & justice. Seminars are organized to raise voices against domestic violence, eve-teasing (cat-calling) & harassment. Counseling surveys can be done to serve the purpose of the programs. There are regular classes to educate these women to make them self-independent. In India most of the women bear violence and harassment because of dependence on their husbands and fear for their families. So becoming self-dependent is the first step to stop all violence and harassment.

Women Empowerment Volunteers working with:

  • Assisting the instructor in special activities organized for women like sewing, stitching
  • Teaching the women general math & English
  • Teaching them about culinary hygiene & educating them about women rights
  • Helping the local staff in documentation
  • Helping the women in exploring the new ways of earning money & becoming financially independent
  • Teaching them about preparing a Home Budget
  • Educating them about how to obtain a loan to start their own small ventures
  • Preparing SHG (Self Help Groups), with the help of local banking institutions
  • Supporting them in promoting and selling their hand-made products
  • Being a confidante and providing emotional support

This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside strong and effective women, helping in the process of improving the social position of the women and raising awareness of the importance of feminism in a country where many women are still very much treated as inferior. At the same time you will get to explore this beautiful country and the Indian way of life. This is your chance to make an impact in someone’s life. This project is perfect for anyone who believes in equality. Whoever you are you help will be very much appreciated!

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Childcare Volunteering in Thailand – Surin

Have a unique experience with childcare volunteering in Thailand at beautiful Surin.

You will start your volunteer work at a local temple childcare centre in Surin that provides support to a poor, rural community, by allowing parents and family members to go to work during the day to earn a living. By giving your time and affection you will be offering increased assistance for the children and support the local staff at the childcare centre which is often overworked, and you will also be helping the children in their care.

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    Volunteer with Childcare in Thailand
Volunteer with Childcare in Thailand

Volunteer with Childcare in Thailand

Volunteering in Thailand at a Temple Childcare Centre in Surin

Whilst childcare volunteering in Thailand you will gain awareness and a deeper understanding of the local community and rural life. This is a great opportunity for cultural exchange. We believe, you will have a lot of fun with the children and eventually meet some incredible people.

Meals:

Please budget US$ 10-15 per day for simple meals whilst in Surin and more for socializing / trips away.

Arrival airport: Bangkok international airport, Suvarnabhumi – BKK.

Want to Volunteer in Thailand?

Find the complete information about volunteering in Thailand here, and proceed with your application.

On the IKPVA Homepage, you can find the full catalogue of Thailand volunteer programs.

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Childcare Volunteer in India with Disabled Children

Volunteer in India with IKPVA bringing your love and affection to help us teach and play with disabled children.

Volunteering with Disabled Children at a Special Care School in Jaipur City

The project is running in the Special Care Schools of India in Jaipur city. The project is a nonresidential program for mentally disabled children. All the children live in the nearby areas of the centers. There is a special schedule for the children in which all the activities have a special timing for each age group. Hundreds of children are getting benefits from the centres. All the children are divided into the groups (Classes) as per their mental level. These schools allow them to get an education and the children are enrolled in Open School Examination patter so that they get certificates of education. There are also some vocational training classes for them as well like cooking, using some machines like coffee machines, photo copiers, washing machines; also there are courses in typing practice, making handmade artisan products, etc. Volunteers will be expected to give one to one care and assistance to the children in teaching, training, exercise, sports, writing, speaking & other daily activities.

In this project your duties may include, but not limited to:

  • Interact with the special children, local staff & other volunteers
  • Observe their activities & get to know the style of working with them
  • Teach general subjects like Math, English etc.
  • Help them in completing their home-works & class works
  • Help the local staff in preparing food and assisting the children in writing, reading, painting, support them in doing their exercises
  • Counsel their parents on proper care of the children
  • Do art & craft, music & dance kind of fun centered activities & Make learning fun & exciting for them
  • Organize local trips & Picnic for the kids with approval from the center
  • Make them feel that they are adorable & normal like other kids & helping the staff while having their lunch & to Watch over the kids when they are on the ground
  • Organize small sports competitions in which the physical training must be involved, so that they can enjoy it & it will prove beneficial for them as well.

This is an incredible opportunity to share in the lives of some loving, gentle, deserving children and help to offer them a brighter future in spite of their disabilities. You will also be living in the beautiful city of Jaipur, experiencing the vibrancy of the ‘Pink City’. This project is particularly well suited to teaching students, people with training or experience working with special-needs and anyone with a big heart and a love for children.

Want to Volunteer in India with Disabled Chidren?

Find the complete information about volunteering in India here, everything provided with the volunteer program, requirements and fees and proceed with the application.

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Volunteer Teaching English in Thailand

Volunteer teaching English in Thailand, at Surin in a rural Thai school. With the support of a bilingual coordinator you will plan and teach English classes to children aged 5-16, though the majority of your time will be spent working in primary schools with students aged 5-12.

English is an Important Subject at Thai Schools

Teaching English in Thailand, Surin

Teaching English in Surin

Forming part of the core curriculum, English is an important subject in Thai schools and can allow access to a wide range of further opportunities. Students who advance well with their English language skills are at a great advantage when moving on to higher education or finding employment.

Native Speakers Teaching English in Thailand

In recent years the emphasis has changed in relation to teaching English within the Thai School System, moving away from an often unfeasible focus on advanced grammar towards the incorporation of native English speakers into classes and a focus on communication.

Volunteers Teach English as Native Speaker in Rural Schools

Many rural schools do not have sufficient funding to employ a full-time native English speaker. That’s where you as a volunteer will fill in the gap and give the children the opportunity to learn from a native speaker. The aim of your stay will be improving the communication skills of the children and encouraging a fun learning environment in the language classes.

You will be expected to plan your own lessons upon a range of topics provided, you will be given plenty of preparation time and will have advice and lesson materials available to help you. In exchange for this amazing work you will have the opportunity to learn about rural Thai culture and experience an amazing and unique side to this fascinating country.

Budget for Meals and Local Trips

Please budget US$ 10-15 per day for simple meals whilst in Surin and more for socializing / trips away.

Arrival airport: Bangkok international airport, Suvarnabhumi – BKK.

Many Volunteers tend to Extend their Stay well beyond the Original Plans – Be Prepared

The joyful lifestyle, rich culture and natural beauty inspire many visitors to extend their stay well beyond the original plans – so keep this in mind, when traveling as a volunteer to Thailand!

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Nepal Medical Project

Portuguese Doctors Magda Gradil and Manuel Magalhaes ready for action in our Nepal Medical Project.

Nepal Medical Project at a Pediatric Hospital in Kathmandu

Based in Kathmandu city, this medical program is a great way to learn about the Nepalese healthcare system while immersing yourself in the local culture. Your tasks will vary depending on your background, but if you have medical training or formal experience, you will be able to practice non-intrusive care for patients, under supervision from local professionals.

This project also gives you the opportunity to share and improve your medical skills and to discover the most eminent health issues that developing countries face today. You will learn a great deal while also doing really valuable work; having a positive impact on the local community and the development of the Nepalese healthcare system.

Your duties will be decided subject to your abilities and experience. Volunteers with medical training or formal experience will, under the supervision of the local team of professionals, practice non-intrusive care. The hospital will welcome you as a keen learner and will also expect you to share your knowledge of the medical techniques from your country.

Volunteer and live in historic Kathmandu

In this placement you will be living in the historical Kathmandu city, and thus you will get to witness the peculiar way of life of its inhabitants, and immerse yourself in Nepali culture. You will get to taste the wonderful food too as you are given a traditional Nepali Style lunch everyday while you are working. You will have a local support contact who will be there for you throughout your placement.

Requirements / Qualifications:

Applicants should be medical professionals, students or trainees. Your responsibilities and the type of work you will be doing depend on the resume you provide before you start. CV is required.

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