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Duration: 2 Weeks
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Get up close and personal with some of the most fascinating creatures on earth as you feed, clean and trek with elephants on a daily basis. Take part in this unique opportunity and you will experience Thailand in a new and exciting light, make amazing life long memories and helping to nurture these incredible animals.

... this is a 2 week trip only ...

Working With Elephants in Thailand
Elephants are one of the most intriguing animals in the world. Their unique significance within Asian culture along with the sheer size of their powerful bodies begs for you to feel intimidated by these majestic creatures, yet it only takes a few moments in an elephants company to realise these gentle giants are approachable, friendly and even playful. Traditionally Asian elephants have been known for carrying out farm work, similar to Oxen, moving logs and also taking part in religious ceremonies. Thankfully much has changed since then, and there is an increasing movement to protect this endangered species. Despite this new outlook it is estimated that there are now less than 2,400 elephants left in the wild in Thailand, and these numbers are continuing to decline. These beautiful creatures are being plucked from the wild and separated from their families in order to be taught tricks and used as an accessory for begging. Take part in this unique opportunity and help to support the welfare of the elephant by helping with their everyday activities such as feeding and bathing. 

Elephant Adventure in Umphang
This placement is situated in the beautiful area of Umphang just North West of Bangkok which is well known throughout the country for it’s breathtaking scenery as well as it’s thriving elephant population. Umphang is a sight to be seen, with it’s mountainous backdrop, charming lakes and stone cliffs circling the town- this is the very best of the Thai countryside and what better way to experience this lush landscape than on the back of an elephant? 

This placement is located in the heart of an elephant sanctuary which is based around a stunning lake and surrounded by exotic lush greenery; this is where you will live and interact with elephants ranging in age from babies to fully grown adults. This is a sanctuary for old, sick, disabled, abused or illegal elephants and during this week, you will help and support the mahouts as they take care of the elephants and join them in their daily exercises and tasks. This is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures and watch how they behave in their natural environment on a day to day basis. Furthermore throughout the week you will learn about the place of elephants in the culture of Thailand, their needs and the social problems surrounding this in modern Thailand. 

Your Elephant Adventure Activities
You will work with the elephants on a daily basis helping the mahouts with the daily tasks required to keep them fit and healthy. These daily chores may include washing and feeding the elephants, learning some gardening and of course several rides are planned! Helping to prepare food for the elephants is a massive task and a hugely important aspect of this placement. As you can imagine these large animals have an appetite to match their size and much work goes into providing them with enough nutrition to stay healthy; this usually comes in the form of sugarcane, bana-grass and banana plants. Furthermore you will have the chance to help with their health check ups when required with the help of their mahouts who have dedicated their lives to understanding the elephant and how best to care for them. Much of your interaction with the elephants during the day will take place in the beautiful lake situated in the project site, where you will have the opportunity to ride the elephants whilst they are being cleaned by their mahout. In the evening the elephants are taken to the forest and you will be able to join in with this trek. 

Gap Year and Career Break Elephant Adventure in Thailand
Take part in this elephant adventure placement and really immerse yourself in Thai culture, experience and bond with elephants in their natural environments and help to support the upkeep of these gentle giants. Embrace the very best of Thailand’s rural landscape as you eat, sleep and play in the heart of the lush forest, surrounded by lush greenery, exotic wildlife and stunning waterfalls!

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Quick Facts

Trip Name
Elephant Adventure
Trip Code
THVEA1
Continent
Asia
Country
Thailand
Airport
Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Minimum Age
17
Trip Type
Volunteering
Activity
Wildlife & Conservation, Adventure
Cost
From £750 for 2 Weeks
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
This is a 2 week trip only but you can choose another activity which is not the elephant project for week 3 onward. Contact us for options.
Pre-requisites
No specific qualifications are required just a desire and enthusiasm to help.
Ideal for
Elephant adventure holidays in Thailand, animal conservation gap years and career breaks and Elephant volunteering projects overseas.
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Arrival Dates

You can arrive any weekend of the year, preferably on a Sunday before 16:00 so that we can pick you up from the airport and transfer you to Singburi which is approximately 2.5hrs drive. If you arrive on a Saturday, you will stay a night at a guest house in Bangkok and then be transferred to Singburi on the Sunday at approximately midday.

Note: Your first week is a cultural induction week in Singburi and then we will transfer you to Umphang for week two ready for your project.

Visa
British Nationals only require a visa to enter Thailand if they intend on staying over 30 days. Click here for more information on applying for a tourist visa. 

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Included

Accommodation
Shared volunteer accommodation in spacious bamboo huts, showers, bathroom and mosquito nets are provided.
Food
Three meals a day throughout the programme.
Airport Transfer
Included on arrival date
Training
Full project induction and orientation on arrival
Support
Pre departure help and advice; local in country team; 24 hour emergency support
Donation
Part of your fee is used to buy decent equipment for the project and community you work with
Equipment and Medical Discounts
Changing Worlds customers will receive 10% off Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
Transport
Transport to and from your project sites is provided by our in-country team. Transport will include public and private: taxi, bus, boat, bicycle. Participants will be expected to walk when travelling short distances.
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Not Included

Flights, travel insurance, visas, vaccinations, spending money, in country travel and extra activities not on the itinerary.
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Equipment Donation
We are dedicated to sustainable development and so many of our volunteers chose to make a donation that would help to benefit the local community. This usually goes to local schools or care centres and could include anything from fun books and games, to decent learning resources. 

Social Life in Thailand
Thailand’s social life is unrivalled and draws in crowds from across the globe. Our in country team are on hand to make sure you get the very most out of your experience and keep you up to date with all the festivities in the social calendar around you placement. Thai’s certainly know how to celebrate and their festivals and events are usually a colourful, vibrant and lively affair! You will have the opportunity to visit local restaurants to try some delicious, authentic (and extremely cheap!) Thai food.  

Travel and Adventure in Thailand
You will be encouraged to explore the surrounding areas in your free time, your in country coordinator will be on hand to give you tips and advice on where to travel and they know the area inside out so will make sure you don’t miss a thing! There is so much on offer for the adventure seekers and nature lovers amongst us so you are sure to never get bored! Take a trip to Khao Yai National Park which is only a couple of hours away from your placement and you can experience a huge array of wildlife such as elephants, gibbons, deer and exotic birds live in the world throughout miles of beautiful rainforest. Or head into Bangkok for the weekend and get a taste of the hustle and bustle of this lively city. For a more luxurious experience take a trip down to the south coast and island hop your way along the picturesque, paradise beaches. 

Accommodation in Thailand 
Accommodation is provided in a spacious, idyllic, bamboo bungalow which will be shared with other volunteers. Showers, bathroom, mosquito nets and a comfortable decking are all provided. Wi-Fi is available in reception and an ATM is located within walking distance of the accommodation. 

Thailand Map

Thailand is a travelers dream land, with it’s sparkling, palm fringed beaches, bustling cities and rich cultural heritage you are sure to fall head over heels for it’s Eastern charm! Due to it’s famous beach parties and backpacker culture Thailand has recently become a favourite amongst young travelers with nomadic types travelling from across the globe to get a slice of the action. Despite this rise in popularity there is still much of the country that remains undiscovered by the partying crowd and if you are keen to get off the beaten track there are still plenty of hidden gems and enchanting destinations that await you.

Known worldwide as the ‘land of smiles’ Thailands people do not disappoint and you are sure to expect a warm welcome and friendly face wherever you go. 


Quick Facts
Name
Kingdom of Thailand
Location
South East Asia
Bordering Countries
Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia
Capital City
Bangkok
Government
Constitutional monarchy, Parliamentary system
Population
67 million
Language
Thai / Siamese Thai
Currency
Thai Baht (THB)
Name
Kingdom of Thailand
Poverty
8% of population live below the poverty line
Main Exports
Textiles and footwear, Fishery products, Rice, Rubber, Jewelry, Computers, Electrical appliances
Climate
Thailand has a warm, tropical climate affected by an annual monsoon, with a rainy season from June to October and a dry season the rest of the year.
Time Zone
GMT +7
Flag
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Fun Facts
• Thailand is home to the world’s largest gold Buddha, the largest crocodile farm, the largest restaurant, the longest single-span suspension bridge, and the world’s tallest hotel
• The Thai  alphabet has 32 vowels and 44 consonants
• One-tenth of all animal species on Earth live in Thailand

Travel Highlights
• Visit the historical city ruins of Ayuthaya, once the trade capital of Asia, destroyed by the Burmese army in 1767
• Take a trip to Ko Tarutao island, and soak up the amazing landscape and vast array of exotic animals on display on the land in the surrounding sea
• For those looking for an unbelievable snorkelling or diving experience in Thailand's stunning blue waters, do not miss a trip to the Similan Islands
• Find some bargains and test your bartering skills in the bustling Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
• Discover the amazing setting for the movie, The Beach (2000), on the popular Ko Phi Phi island resort

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Where is Thailand?
Thailand is the geographical heart of South East Asia surrounded by Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia. It also makes up part of the infamous Golden Triangle where Thailand’s borders meet with Laos and Burma.

Thailand’s Climate
Like all of South East Asia Thailand has a tropical climate which can often leave it extremely hot and muggy in places. It’s seasons are divided into three throughout the year; November to February is the cool season, March to May is the hot season and June to October is the rainy season. This seasons tend to be more extreme in Northern regions of the country where the heat can become more intense and the mountains can sometimes become cold.

Language in Thailand
The language most commonly spoken throughout Thailand is Thai or Siamese, and these are acknowledged as the national and official language of the country. This is considerably different from many foreign languages and the meaning of words can change depending on which tone is used, so can often be quite hard for visitors to pick up. This being said Thai people are generally happy to help visitors with the pronunciation of the Thai language and are extremely appreciative for your efforts in learning. Many Thai’s also speak and understand English and with so many visitors from across the world English tends to become the common currency for cross cultural communication.

The People of Thailand
Known throughout the world as the ‘land of smiles’ Thailand certainly lives up to it’s name and Thai locals have a well deserved reputation for being easy going, courteous and hospitable. Although many still live a more traditional life, living off the land in the rural countryside over 10 million people now live in the sprawling streets of Bangkok. Many people choose to move to bigger cities and towns due to the increase in tourism and hope for better work.

In contrast to bustling, lively cities are the hill tribe communities based in Northern, rural Thailand. Living in villages throughout the jungle these communities hold on to traditional Thai values and practises, living off the land. There are six major hill tribes throughout Thailand which are the Akha, Lahu, Karen,Hmong/Miao and Lisu and each of these ethnic groups has its own distinctive heritage, clothing, language, religion and culture. Buddhism is the dominant religion in Thailand, although a variety of tribal religions continue to be practiced.

Travelling in Thailand
Thailand is bursting at the seams with cultural destinations, adventurous activities and beautiful wildlife spots and there is certainly far more to do in Thailand than lazing on the beach and dancing all night at the Full Moon Party (although it’s not a bad place to start!) If you want to experience Thailand away from the crowds then trek into the mountainous hill tribes in Chiang Mai and get a taste of real Thai traditions. Whether you just spend a day getting a taste of this lifestyle of take part in a week long trek, living, working and eating with the hill tribe communities this is an experience you will never forget!

Head South if you're looking for some serious beach life and Thailand's famous beaches don’t fail to disappoint. If you're looking for slice of paradise then make sure to take a local guided boat tour to a secluded island and camp the night under the stars.

For nature lovers make sure to take a trip to Khao Yai National Park where a huge array of wildlife such as elephants, gibbons, deer and exotic birds live in the world throughout miles of beautiful rainforest. Visit the countries many temples to get a real sense of it’s history and traditions.

Gap Year and Career Breaks in Thailand
Visit one of the most unique and charming countries in the world on your gap year or career break and you are sure to fall in love with the awe inspiring landscapes, friendly locals and colourful social life that awaits you. Make lifelong memories, meet amazing like minded people and get your own slice of paradise as you experience the trip of a life time.

Some of you may be wondering where the money you pay towards your placement is actually going. As with any trip overseas, there are many things to consider that incur a cost, all of which are added benefits making the experience as memorable and fulfilling as possible!

Project Assessment
Before you see a placement on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the benefits of the placement, both for you and the community. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and beneficial to the local community.

Help Choosing Your Placement
If you are not sure which placement or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right placement for you. This makes the task of deciding to travel much less intimidating, and far more exciting.

Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your placement, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions like “how many pairs of socks do I need?” and “can I take my mobile phone with me?”

Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our placement fee. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to plan any further travel before or after your volunteer placement. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.

Airport Pick-Up
Landing in a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. This is why we ensure our in-country staff are there to meet you on arrival. There’s nothing like seeing a friendly face when you walk out of a new airport. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation where you can meet the people you will be living with.

Arrival Orientation
We will take you through a local orientation and placement induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, and it will also show you how to stay safe while you are abroad. Our team also have lots of handy travel tips and advice if you are thinking of exploring the country in your spare time.

Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is included in all of our placements. Our volunteer houses, family home-stays and shared residences are comfortable and very sociable places to live while overseas. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation. Just contact us for details.

In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your placement. Our staff live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy in your new environment.

24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Ongoing Project Support
For every person who travels with us, we make a donation to support the work you do in-country. This donation funds future initiatives in the countries and supports the local community, ensuring that those living in disadvantaged communities also have opportunities to develop.

Giving Others the Same Amazing Opportunities
In order to provide a reliable flow of participants on our placements overseas, we have to spend a chunk of money on recruiting people like you to take part in these amazing experiences. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions!

          
Landscape Flights Travellers

There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your placement, trip or tour.

Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic this can be simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – STA Travel. They will guide you every step of the way. If you would like to talk with one of our STA Travel advisors to get a quote then either call them on +44 (0)333 321 3102 or email changingworlds@statravel.co.uk

In many cases your chosen destination country will have requirements with with regards to visas, which will depend on the purpose of your visit, and there will be recommended and required vaccinations to make sure you are protected against any possible health issues that you may face in specific areas. Changing Worlds is here to help and we are on hand to provide you with advice on visas and vaccinations.

Flights
Booking your flights is an essential part of your trip. That's why we have teamed-up with STA Travel. This means that once you have reserved your place on your chosen placement, trip or tour, you will have a dedicated booking agent on hand to talk through your plans.

Travelling after your project? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem. Your booking agent will work with you to find the most suitable and flexible flights possible. And remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the better the price will be.
 
STA Travel is also one of the world’s largest flight providers specialising in adventure travel and can therefore offer some of the cheapest prices around. They have over 700 branches worldwide, which makes them easy to contact wherever you are in the world. They also hold an ATOL licence through the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in confidence, secure in the knowledge that your flights are fully protected.
 
Note: If you choose to book your tickets through another flight provider, you must ensure that they hold a full ATOL licence.
 
Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our placements, trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner – STA Travel.
 
Insurance
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your placement, trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.
 
To help you navigate through this confusing world of insurance, we have partnered with STA Travel to offer you a specialist insurance service. Your personal advisor will find out exactly what you’re planning to do, from scuba diving to jumping out of planes, and tailor a policy specific to your requirements. In addition to this personal service, some of the other benefits of booking with STA Travel are as follows:
 
• Access to a network of over 700 branches in over 40 countries worldwide
• Advice and assistance over the phone from a travel help facility, available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
• Access to a 24-hour multilingual emergency telephone number for medical help, hospital treatment and/or repatriation
• A choice of 3 levels of cover to suit your needs – budget, standard and premier
• A range of durations, from 4 days up to a maximum of 24 months
• A simple extension service that gives you the flexibility to extend your 4-week volunteer project while in-country (up to 24 months!)
• Cover for over 100 adventure sports and adrenalin activities, including black water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant trekking, heli-skiing, kite surfing, scuba diving, shark cage diving and sky diving
• Peace of mind – STA Travel is an Appointed Representative of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
 
Note: You must provide us with details of your travel insurance before you leave as you will not be permitted to participate on your placement, trip or tour if you do not have adequate cover. It is also advisable to book your cover as early as possible to make sure you are insured for cancellation of your trip due to illness, serious accident or any other insurable reason.
 
Why is insurance not included?
Each of our volunteer’s plans are different, and while STA Travel can provide adequate cover for the vast majority of our travellers, there may be some activities or destinations that cannot be covered by STA Travel. It is therefore important to give you the freedom to choose the insurance that covers your plans and that you feel comfortable with. It also saves us from having to pass on extra admin costs to you.

Visas
Different destination countries have different visa requirements depending on things such as your length of stay and your reasons for entering the country, and whether you will be gaining paid work during your time in the country. Changing Worlds will supply you with any advice you need with regards to the visas you require for your chosen destination, and we will make information available to you to assist with your application.

It is important that you check your visa requirements well in advance of your travel date, as with many tourist and working holiday visas you will need to submit an application to the relevant consulate, embassy or high commission before your travel date. In some cases entry to your destination country will be granted at immigration on arrival without having to apply for a visa before the departure date for your travels.

With all visa applications it is important that you have sufficient space available in your passport for the relevant visas required for your travels, and that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return.

Vaccinations
At least 6 – 8 weeks before your chosen travel date you should visit your local GP or Nomad Travel Clinic to discuss your vaccination and medication requirements. Your medical professional will be able to advise you of any recommended and required vaccinations for your chosen destination(s).You should inform your doctor of all of your destination countries, and what activities you plan on doing, and in which regions you plan to stay while you are there, as different regions and activities have different health risks in some countries.

Some destination countries will require you to produce a certificate of vaccination in order to enter the country, so be sure that you understand any vaccination requirements for your chosen destination, so that you do not have any issues when passing through customs.

Above all you should make sure you are well prepared for your travels, so that you have the best experience possible whilst overseas!
Speak To Us       
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. They will answer any queries you have and tell you what it’s really like to volunteer or take part in a placement overseas. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email.

Book Your Place
Once you have decided to volunteer with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your project fee in easy-to-manage installments.

Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen project and all the things you need to do before you depart.

Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best overseas experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any relevant previous experience you have, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.

Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.

Visas and Vaccinations
Next you will need to get your vaccinations and visas for your project. Your travel nurse or local doctor will tell you exactly what you need. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.

Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane!

Orientation
Our in-country team will give you a warm welcome at the overseas airport before taking you to your accommodation. You will then receive a comprehensive orientation to help you settle in to the country and prepare you for your project.


1) Are meals included in this trip? 
Food is an important, so we include meals for the duration of this trip. On Weekdays our team will provide 3 meals per day and on weekends 2 meals per day (Brunch/ Dinner). 

2) What accommodation and support is provided?
Accommodation is provided in our comfortable volunteer houses (shared rooms of 2-4 people) or at a local home-stay, staying with a local family, and in some cases at the project site. You will be provided with a 24/7 emergency number for each respective country on arrival, and you will have the dedicated support from English speaking staff on site. Our in-country team also operates formal helpdesk during working hours for any feedback and questions from our participants.

3) Can I book a private room? 
On the whole, the accommodation we provide is twin or four shared, however we do offer those looking for a bit more privacy the opportunity to guarantee their own single room for an extra fee per week (dependant on availability – ask us for details). Just let us know in the comments section of your booking and we will try to make it happen for you! 

4) What ages are allowed on the trip? 
We recommend that those taking part in this trip should be 18+ year olds. For those who are under 18 years old, it is still possible to take part in the trip, we would however need written consent from a parent or legal guardian. Please mention this in the comments section of your booking. 

5) When do trip activities take place? 
The general schedules for this trip runs from Monday to Friday (unless otherwise stated that some weekend work is available) with evenings during the week, and weekends free for travel, excursions and activities. This trip is available all year but please take note that schedule adjustments may occur on certain dates throughout the year, due to the constant evolution of the projects and circumstances beyond our control.

6) When can a participant arrive? 
As part of our in-country service we endeavour to provide an airport pick-up for all participants. A participant should arrive at their arrival airport any time on the Saturday or Sunday morning of the weekend of their trip start date, and will be met in the airport arrivals by a member of our in-country team or transfer service. All participants will transferred to our volunteer house in Singburi to join the Elephant Adventure group to travel to the project site together. Your transfer from Singburi to Umphang takes 14hrs overnight, departing at 20:00 on the Sunday evening and arriving in Umphang on Monday morning. 

For those participants unable to arrive on the weekend, but will be arriving before the weekend on a weekday, a £50 transfer charge applies for airport pick-up and transfer to the accommodation site, unless the participant is making their own way to the accommodation location. In all such cases, please make sure we have all information of your arrival in good time before your trip.

Extra nights before or after your trip (Sunday being the last day for the trip) have a cost of £25 per night). Just let us know in the comments section of your booking! 

7) Where do you pick-up and drop off? 
Return transfers to the airport are not provided, however we do covered your drop-off to the closest main city to your trip location, NOT to the airport. This is due to people having a range of different plans after their trip, and to avoid complications and logistical nightmares, transfers back to the airport are not available. 

Those taking part in the Elephant Adventure will be returned to Bangkok Mo-Chit Bus Station arriving at approx. 05:00 on the Sunday morning.  If participants have other programmes booked with us in Thailand, they will be transferred back to our volunteer house in Singburi.

8) How are participants transported? 
Trip participants should expect to be transferred from the airport to their trip location by public transport (Taxi or Coach). Depending on your chosen trip, trip related transport can vary between minibus, open air cars, boats, and even bicycles. 

9) What level of interactivity is required for this trip? 
We require our participants to be socially active whilst taking part in your trip! This trip incorporates lots of inter-action with the local people and culture, involves some local travel, and our volunteer projects will need you to use initiative the ability to think on your feet. In all cases, our in-country coordinators will be there to guide you and provide 24hr support to ensure everything is running smoothly.
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  • "The whole experience was fantastic from the staff at the rescue centre, to Andy and his family. Thank you for looking after me so well."
    Ruth Eales , Wildlife & Conservation, Costa Rica
     
  • Fab way to start my week, our guide was awesome and gave us so many tips. Met an amazing group of people and the team in the office really help you sort your time out after you've finished the first week. Would really recommend to solo travellers.
    Emma Lowton , Adventure, New Zealand
     
  • On arrival, I felt as unprepared as can be, knowing no one, having no plans nor ideas of how to get along in New Zealand really. The in-country team did it all for me. Organise my trip. Booking it. Coming from experienced backpackers you know what's going on and getting to know awesome people from all around the world and maybe even some mates to travel with.
    Sean Neitzel , Adventure, New Zealand
     
  • Had the best time travelling around New Zealand. The team made it possible and can sort everything out for you with no problem. I would highly recommend them and will definitely be using them for my next adventure.
    Annie Frances Pritchard , Adventure, New Zealand
     
  • The opportunity to coach and nurture the next generation of sportsmen and women in Costa Rica was an opportunity that I couldn't give up, and I am so glad that I didn't! I had a great time and made some lifelong friends!
    Jack Johnston , Teaching, Costa Rica
     
  • I had a such an inspiring and life changing experience coaching in Costa Rica. The kids had such an appetite for coaching and their enthusiasm was infectious. My fellow coaches and I worked well as a team and I developed some truly great friends as a result.
    Charlie Blaken , Teaching, Costa Rica
     
  • What a Blast! I can honestly say that I could not have had a better time in Costa Rica as I did. Everyone was so friendly, helpful and up for a laugh, all making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone, and might even come back at some point in the near future!
    Danny McVey , Teaching, Costa Rica
     
  • I had a really great time in Costa Rica, honing my Spanish linguistic skills, and I really improved over the 2 weeks that I spent out there. I would like to thank all of the in-country staff for all the effort they put in, it was an intense and thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience.
    Lewis Worthington , Languages, Costa Rica
     
  • This has been by far the most rewarding holiday I have been on. I'll be the first to admit that the idea of an educational holiday didn't at first appeal to me, but the improvements I made in the four weeks I spent out there means that my confidence in my Spanish has improved immensely.
    Charlie Jones , Languages, Costa Rica
     
  • Costa Rica is not only a truly stunning country with welcoming, hospitable people, but it is also where I conquered my 'phobia' of speaking Spanish, and for this I am incredibly grateful. Such a rewarding and exhilarating experience in a wonderful country.
    Max Foster , Languages, Costa Rica
     
  • Easily the most rewarding trip I have ever undertaken! To see the progress the local kids made in your time out there, under your tutelage, was so inspiring! Would highly recommend it!
    Joe Taylor , Teaching, Costa Rica
     
  • What a trip! Spending 12 weeks in the stunning Costa Rican countryside, would have been a reward enough, but the bonds I made with my fellow travelling companions will last a lifetime, and my pride in my class of kids at the local school and the progress they made is a constant source of inspiration.
    Brett McCallum , Teaching, Costa Rica
     

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