The Summer Volunteer Program is perfectly suitable for the first-timers looking for a gap year abroad as well as experienced adventurers alike, who wish to explore Thailand responsibly. Be a part of the childcare/ teaching program during the weekdays and help support the city’s underprivileged communities, and enjoy a bustling weekend in Bangkok where you will see the best sights, experience the fun-filled nightlife etc.
Watch the countryside roll by as you travel towards the Elephant Capital, Surin. Here, you will discover the importance of Surin’s beautiful Silk trade and then get some amazing ‘face to trunk’ time, living amongst the elephants as part of one of Thailand’s friendliest communities. Spend quality time with the mahouts (caretakers of elephants) and know more about their daily lives.
Before heading back to Bangkok, it’s time to challenge yourself by trekking through one of Thailand’s most beautiful national parks in a true Indiana Jones style! You’ll then be back to Bangkok to bid a sad farewell – or maybe not? If you’re not ready to leave just yet, why not join us for another 7-days’ party on the beautiful beaches of Koh Phangan!
The exciting joyride in Thailand is calling all high school/ college students, gap year travelers, and backpackers! Enroll now, and be a part of the Thailand Summer Volunteer Program in 2019.
Day 1- Arrival in Bangkok
Our team will receive you at the airport and help to check you into your accommodation on Khao San Road, Bangkok’s famous backpacker hub. You will then have the rest of the day to relax and meet people from all over the world.
Day 2 – Orientation, Bangkok Tour and Welcome Dinner
There will be a brief Orientation in the morning. Later, we’ll go for a tour of the old city and includes magnificent temples and a private canal boat trip around old Bangkok, Wat Arun, Wat Pho. Take rest after you come back so that you can prepare for an exciting evening with your group on the world famous Khao San Road.
Day 3 – Volunteering in Bangkok
Join our team running games and activities for children at Wat Pho School in Bangkok. The activities will provide the children to practice their English with you and also be a lot of fun for all involved.
Day 4 – Chatuchak Market Visit
Today you will visit the largest outdoor market in Southeast Asia. It is packed with hundreds of stalls selling vintage clothing, antiques, DVDs, electrical equipment, paintings and more. There are also dozens of great food shops and even a few bars to relax in.
Day 5 – Transfer to Surin
You’ll travel to Surin approximately 7 hours away with the rest of your group. When you arrive into Surin, you’ll check into your hotel and then meet the Surin team for a local orientation.
Day 6 to Day 9 – Surin School Renovation Program
During these four days, you will complete a project identified by a local school as benefiting the local children that include the renovation of school playgrounds, development of sports fields/facilities for school and also renovating and decorating school libraries. Your project will be assigned and discussed with you on arrival in Surin.
Day 10 to Day 12 – Weekend in Surin
Today there are no planned group activities giving you the opportunity to relax or explore the city of Surin at your own pace. The in-country team will help you with ideas and offer advice on what to do.
Day 13 to Day 16 – Elephant Volunteering Experience
Immerse yourself in traditional life and get up close and personal with one of Thailand’s most iconic creatures. You will stay in the village and support the mahouts caring for the elephants. Later in the day you can relax at the house or join in activities organized by the team.
Day 17 – Travel to Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai is one of Thailand’s most beautiful national parks and has stunning scenery. The journey is approximately 4 hours. Once you arrive at your accommodation you’ll have the evening free to relax and prepare for the Jungle Trekking tomorrow.
Day 18 – Jungle Trek
You will join an experienced local guide and spend the day trekking to one of Thailand’s most iconic waterfalls and take in a breathtaking view at Pha Drew Dai.
Day 19 – Transfer to Bangkok
It’s time to head back to Bangkok after an adventurous and meaningful experience!
Day 20 – Bangkok Bike Tour
Join an exciting one day bike tour around the Old Bangkok. For those doing the Beach Week, they will leave for Ko Tao by the overnight journey and reach there the next day.
Day 21 – Finish Journey or Start Beach Week
Tour finishes for customers who chose the three-week option. If you are leaving today then you are free to make your own arrangements for onwards travel or making your way to the airport.
Those who booked the additional week beach extension will be reaching Koh Tao today to spend a great week on the beach.
BEACH WEEK EXTENSION (OPTIONAL)
If you’re choosing the beach extension option (and why not – the beaches of Thailand are rightly famous not only for their beauty but also some of the best parties around) your itinerary will be as follows:-
Day 22 – Koh Tao
Relax in your hotel accommodation located close to the beach at Koh Tao. Free day for yourself.
Day 23 – Koh Tao Snorkel Boat Tour
Today you will join an exciting one-day boat snorkel trip around the islands.
Day 24 – Ferry transfer to Koh Phangan
Day 25 to Day 27 – Free time in Koh Phangan
Day 28 – Transfer back to Bangkok
Day 29 – Trip Ends!