225 Franklin Street 26th Floor Boston, MA 02110 United States
Thailand: Rural Areas
Throughout the year
3-6 months (includes high school academic semester abroad), 7-12 months (includes high school academic year abroad)
Typical Duration of Program
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Provide daily care for a new mother and her calf, and run long term health studies on elephants in the program. For 3, 6, 9, or 12 month placements interns assist managing a new elephant sanctuary and help develop innovative new eco-tourism projects. Living and working in a traditional Karen village in the mountains of northern Thailand, interns on this project get a unique opportunity to learn about living with elephants in the forest from a community that's been keeping elephants for hundreds of years. Depending on your interests, you can assist elephant behavior studies, document medicinal plants, teach English in the village school, and/or help find new livelihoods for the villagers so they don't have to return to working in the circus with their elephants.
Daily contact with elephants, directly responsible for monitoring an elephant calf's health and providing basic daily care. Work closely to assist an elephant specialist vet run the project, and benefit from his years of experience working with elephants, eco tourism management, and conducting wild reintroduction studies. This internship also provides a unique look into Karen culture, living and working within an indigenous community. Learn Thai and Karen languages, traditional forest medicine, and ancient elephant keeping techniques. This internship offers experience working with a remote community, eco tourism management, teaching, and animal husbandry.
USD 5,590 for 6 months
* Experienced staff mentor
* Internationally recognized qualification in Team Leading
* Final evaluation
* Certification and summary of training and experience received
* Confidential professional reference
* All food
* Accommodation, includes basic bedding, mosquito nets, and shared rooms with other interns/volunteers.
* Elephant activities
* Transportation (as required for project work)
* Basic field kit including bamboo water container, bamboo cup, pen, and survey sheets is provided for morning hikes
* Elephant care and food is provided by your fees
* Pre-departure support and services
* 24 Emergency Phone
* 24 hour in-country support.
Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.
in Groups of 12
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