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Volunteer with Elephants

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103 reviews
Starts
Bangkok
Ends
Surin
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Highlights

  • Explore the streets of Bangkok
  • Hike the trails of Surin
  • Work on micro-development projects
  • Help build safe habitats for elephants
Age range
18 to 70 year olds
Max Group Size
15
Transportation
Train & Rail, Coach / Bus, Local Transport
Travel style
Volunteer/Community
Start in Bangkok and end in Surin! With the volunteer/community tour Volunteer with Elephants, you have a 14 day tour package taking you from Bangkok to Surin and through Bangkok, Thailand and Surin. Volunteer with Elephants is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • K
    Written on October 13, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    I traveled alone & was a little nervous but as soon as I met the bamboo guide (Scooby doo) my nerves settled. This is by far the best experience of my life. the tour guides, homestay families & the beautiful elephants were so wonderful & I would highly recommend this project
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  • J
    Written on September 13, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    I had an amazing experience volunteering with the elephants at Surin - life changing❤️ Arm is an awesome tour guide! He's very helpful, friendly and super fun to be with! Keep up the great work
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  • J
    Written on September 10, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Young@Heart tour Spent an amazing 13 days in Thailand - firstly enjoying some great touristy stuff in Bangkok and Ayutthaya then up north (by minibus :-( ) volunteering at a village in the northern mountains, experiencing their warm hospitality. 4 days later on to Chiang Mai up and personal with those beautiful gentle giants. Even got kissed on a regular basis by one lovely lady...if you haven't had a trunk kiss...you don't know what you are missing! To have that connection is very special. And talking of special - our guide ARM is a wonderful person. He really did make our trip unforgettable. thank you Arm.
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  • A
    Written on September 4, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Was in surin with the elephants, then the nursing project, both in surin, TT was the best guide, she everything a person needs, in the morning a smile, that push you need a bit of enthusiasm. Tt your a great person and bamboo lucky they are to have you
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  • N
    Written on September 4, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Absolutely amazing! I love her laughs and easy going attitude. She was very knowledgeable of the elephant village and bamboo's goals.
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  • M
    Written on September 4, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    tt was amazing, not only was she amazing guide overall but she was an amazing person and i was so very lucky to have her as a guide and friend while I was there.
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  • ME
    Written on September 4, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    heidi was the first person i met, since she picked me up from the airport. her enthusiasm is contagious and she made the experience even better than i dreamed. she's fun and silly and encouraging.
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  • ME
    Written on September 4, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    best.trip.ever!! doo is fantastic. great source of thai knowledge, encourages you to work hard and play hard, and just a really fun guide :)
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  • BR
    Written on September 2, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    TT could not have done a better job taking care of my bamboo family during the project. She was our ray of sunshine and still continues to be through keeping in contact over social media. TT is compassionate, loving, and hard-working. She was more than accommodating with arranging transportation to and from our weekend trip to Cambodia. TT really did make sure we all had the best experience possible. If you ever get the chance to tour with her, please do! I promise she will radiate love and light and pierce your soul.
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  • GK
    Written on August 29, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    I don't think I have ever left a review before but I felt compelled to make sure everyone has the wonderful experience my son and I had with TT and Bamboo. She is truly a beautiful human being and we feel so blessed to have had her looking after us! She did such a great job. Every detail was always taken care of and we always knew what was happening next. Even after our two weeks were done she met up with us in Bangkok for lunch before our flight the next day. She didn't have to do that but it shows how much she loves us. I hope you have the opportunity to meet her and have her love you too!
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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • What is the age range?

      The age range for this project is 18 and above. 17-year-olds may be accepted providing that they have written consent from a parent or guardian.

    • Is bottled water provided?

      Bottled water is provided in the guesthouse in Bangkok and in the elephants village and is very easily accessible.

    • Will vegan options be available?

      All of your meals in the elephant village are included, and vegan options are not a problem, you just need to let us know at the time of booking.

      In Bangkok, you will have breakfast included and a welcome lunch and the rest of the meals are not included but your guides can help you order to make sure that you get vegan food (it is a bit of a new concept in Thailand!)

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    Guides who have led this tour

    • Doo
      "Yo! I'm Doo! / from Surin, Thailand / work for Bamboo / backpacker / art-fan / steak, vodka and jack.-coke..."
    • Tristyn Jackson
      "Sawasdee Kaaaaa!!! You can call me TT! I am one of the Surin Team Coordinators of Bamboo. I moved to..."
    • Arron Barrett
      "My name is Arron, and I am the a tour leader for The Bamboo Project. My talents include being a good..."
    • Heidi
      "I'm an American girl living in Thailand. While I still hold on to some of my obsessions from home (Go..."
    • Lucy Field
      "I am the Director of Volunteering for Bamboo. I have lived in Thailand for 6 years and I can speak Thai...."
    • May
      "Hi..!..everyone I am May and I work with bamboo project.!..I very love my job and love all my volunteers..."
    • Ohm
      "Hi there!! I'm a teaching coordinator in Koh Samui. My students call me " teacher Ohm". In..."
    • Meaw
      "Hi I am Meaw! The craziest tour guide in Thailand! "
    • Arm(Samart Chimmanee)
      "Hi Awesome. Hope you are doing great. I'm Arm, I'm a man who's loving traveling and following my dream..."
    • Kooga
      "Hello, my name is Kooga.I come from the northeast province of Thailand which is called Chiangrai but..."
    • Sann
      "Hello, I am Sann, a volunteer coordinator at Siem Reap Bamboo team. I am a simple man, not so handsome..."
    • Pahn
      "Hello Sawasdee kaaa! My name is Pahn aka crazy girl. I'm from Surin. And I'm a volunteer coordinator..."
    • Ae
      "Aloha my name is ae and i'm from surin thailand. I have been with the bamboo team for 6 months. I love..."
    • John bamboo
      "5 Things about me 1 I am hilltrib people 2 I love to traveling 3 never been another country without Cambodia..."
    • Gun
      " Hi my name is gun and i'm from surin. I have been with the bamboo team for 5 months. i like elephants..."

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    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Thailand. Ideally 10 days before travel.
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    Location
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    TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Bamboo booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 19 December 2018 the full payment of $1,212 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1212 for Volunteer with Elephants, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 347 km.
    • Bangkok (Thailand)
    • 347 km
    • Surin (Thailand)

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