This program is your chance to become part of the extended family at the Rustic Pathways Children’s Home, then spend quality time week working with a herd of elephants at one of Thailand’s most progressive elephant projects. Spend your first week at the Rustic Pathways Children’s Home in the beautiful hills along Thailand’s western frontier. Explore the Chiang Mai region, hike to wondrous waterfalls and mountain top temples, and come away with a new appreciation of this diverse country. Then, head to central Thailand to work beside some of Thailand’s most renowned elephant experts on relevant service projects. This is not a mahout training program, but rather a chance to learn all about these amazing creatures while interacting and caring for them at a beautiful private reserve.
Try your hand at tradition Karen weaving.
Visit the festive weekly market in Mae Sariang.
Enjoy a traditional khantoke dinner, take in the views from Wat Prathet Doi Suthep and shop in the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.
Develop relationships with the elephants at the Sappraiwan Center as you spend a few days learning about the conservation and care of elephants.
Learn about Buddhism as you visit different temples.
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