Volunteering at Journey to Freedom
Our premier volunteering experience!
Nearest Airport: - Chiang Mai (CNX)
Duration: One full week only. (Operates : All Year Round)
Volunteer at Journey To Freedom;
Volunteer at Journey to Freedom - care for elephants and embed yourself in local tribal village culture.
Volunteering at Journey to Freedom Volunteer is a unique prohject which features daily elephant interactions, learning about agriculture and community, developing local school children learning experiences and living in a cultural exchange at a tribal village in the mountains of Chiang Mai.
Journey to Freedom Volunteers also spend the final night at Elephant Nature Park where you can swap stories of your experiences with park volunteers.
For centuries the Karen tribe has cared for elephants in the jungles of South East Asia. Through unemployment, they were forced to lease their elephants to trekking camps and elephant tourist shows. Now the time has come for the elephants to return to the village and their natural habitat. Volunteer at Journey to Freedom is a project that embeds volunteers into the culture of one of Thailand’s oldest hill tribes while gaining a fascinating insight to the life of forest elephants. Witness the daily life of the Karen people, become involved in the community and experiencing intimate encounters with the worlds largest land mammal.
Be part of a conservation team that brings joy to the lives of this community and assists in the daily care of elephants.
This volunteer project supports
You fly, bus or train into Chiang Mai city the day before (normally Sunday) before you start your position. Monday morning around 08:00am at the Elephant Nature Park offices from where you register and are then driven to the project with the other volunteers. The project location is in a remote area and you can only start on Monday mornings.
What will I be doing?
Breakfast is at 7:00am and dinner is at 6:00pm.
* This is an outline of our usual activities and may change without notice. Please be prepared for traveling on rough roads to and from the project.
Volunteers will stay in a shared Karen style house. There are no beds, but a comfortable mattress under the security of a mosquito net is provided along with bedding. A cold shower and toilet are located right next to the house. Vegetarian Thai and regional food, tea and coffee are available. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks) are included during the weeks work at the village or park starting from lunch on starting Monday to lunch on finishing Sunday. There are electrical sockets available. The accommodation will allow you to be at one with nature.
What do I need?
What else you need to know?
This is a tribal area and the villagers have a very strict moral code
Extensions and Volunteer Position duration
This is for one week only. You can only start on a Monday and no extensions of stay are permitted. You may leave on Saturday if you need to catch travel connection.
Leaving the Park
When it comes time to leave us (many people want to stay forever) on Sunday the transport departs the park around 2:00pm and you will be in the city by 3:30 pm . If you have to leave earlier please contact our volunteer coordinators to arrange this.
All About Your Volunteering Position:
Starting From: 8:00am from our Office (transfer service is not avaialble for J2F volunteers)
Returning: around 15:30 (3:30pm) to Chiang Mai city on Sunday.
Baggage / Luggage allowance: One Standard Check-in Sized Rucksack/Suit Case/Bag AND one small day pack per person.
What to Bring: Overnight bag with change of clothes for 7 days, Hat, Sunscreen, Sandals/Flip Flops, Shoes for walking (you may be required to trek up quite steep hills), Towel, Camera, Bug Repellant, Flashlight, gardening gloves, long trousers and long sleeved shirts for cutting grass and elephant food.
(Optional: Materials for the school students – games, colouring pens/pencils, paper, toys etc)
Seasonal: rain gear - October, warm clothes - November - February
Volunteer Operational Months: All Year Round
Age Suitability: Adult and over 15 year olds with good fitness standard
What is Included:
Bookings close: Two Days before you are due to visit. A deposit is required to secure your place(s).
Volunteer Contribution: 15,000 Baht per week (full week only available) per adult or children over 15 years old accompanied by legal guardian