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:
The project is located in the stunning region of Kanchanaburi 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 a 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’ll get the chance to bond with the elephants, by swimming with them, watching them bathe and preparing their food. The programme also allows for some exciting local activities and a typical schedule is as follows:
You’ll arrive at the sanctuary and have your Introduction, followed by feeding the elephants and observing them in the river having their mud bath! After lunch you’ll prepare the fruits and help make sticky rice balls and back to the river for more elephant action! You’ll also have a short nature trek around the elephant centre.
You'll prepare the elephants food and then walk with them, feed them and then it’s their bath time where you can observe the elephants having fun! After lunch you’ll watch the elephants have their mud bath, feed them and walk with them. After dinner you’ll have a trip to a local market.
You’ll prepare the sticky rice balls and feed the elephants before breakfast. Then an excursion to Krasae Cave and The Death Railway. Once back at the sanctuary, you’ll watch the elephants bathing.
You’ll start off the day with planting grass and banana plants. After lunch you’ll help the caretakers with cleaning the area where the elephants are fed. You’ll go on a nature trek and after dinner you’ll cook rice in bamboo.
You’ll engage in some traditional grass cutting followed by feeding the elephants and watching them bathe. You’ll have a traditional Thai cooking lesson and after lunch you’ll watch the elephants eating grass, followed by a little more cleaning and in the evening they’ll be a campfire where you can bond and chat about your week with your fellow participants.
If you are taking part in the cultural week, then before starting your project, you'll 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'll have breakfast and then depart from the elephant sanctuary. You will be taken to the bus station and from there you will make your own way back to Bangkok, or on to your next destination!
This schedule could change and/or be amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.