Volunteering at the Elephant Conservation Center

053This package is your gateway to the Elephant World! During the week, you will share the life of a mahout and learn the basics of this centuries-old craft. Activities include support work at the Center and hospital; feeding the elephants; assisting the mahouts in all phases of their working day. An in-depth encounter with the Giants of Laos. It is possible to extend your stay on completion of your first week. You will then become a long-term volunteer (two weeks up to a month). 


ecc thumbs 002 Day 1: Pick up at Sayaboury bus station – Boat on the Nam Tien lake – Visit of the Center – Encounter with elephants, veterinarians, mahouts and guide – Interaction with elephants (Step 1) – Elephant Bath – Taking back Elephants to the forest – Time to relax – Dinner with the Staff

We will pick you up at Sayaboury bus station at the beginning of the afternoon and take you directly to the ECC by tuk tuk, and then by our own boat, across the Nam Tien Lake.

This is a majestic lake with many islands surrounded by natural forest.

Welcome to the relaxing environment inside the Land of the Asian Elephant!

An English speaking guide will welcome you before checking in to your dormitory.

Refreshment and introduction to the ECC. After a safety briefing, the guide will take you on a tour of the Center, explaining you the itinerary of your eco-experience at the ECC and introducing the various workshops you can attend.

- Visit of the Center and meet the elephants and veterinarians

You are going to meet the Veterinarians in the only hospital dedicated to elephant in Laos. An English speaking vet will talk to you about their work and will show you around.

You will then have the opportunity to see, observe and learn about the majestic Asian Elephants.

- Interacting with elephants (Step 1)

The Mahouts will then show you the three different ways to get up and down from an elephant in the traditional way (bareback). If you are interested, you may give it a try.

- Elephant Bath

At the end of the afternoon, you will watch the elephant bath given by mahouts. This is a unique experience where you will witness first hand the close bond between the elephant and his mahout.

- Follow the Elephants to their nightly resting place

You will join the mahouts for an hour walk in the forest to take the elephants back to their nightly resting place.

Before dinner, you will have time to relax on the lake shore, visit the elephant museum, swim, assist the cooks in the kitchen or simply enjoy a cold drink. After a Lao Dinner with all of the Staff, you will be welcomed to share time with the staff: play cards, darts or music, learn Lao or teach our staff English...

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Day 2 to 6: Help the Elephant Conservation Center. Breakfast – Join Mahouts at work – Pick up Elephants in the forest – Walk with elephants – Interaction with elephants (Step 2) – Lunch – Community work / Discover the Nursery – Elephant Bath – Take elephants back to the forest – Time to relax – Dinner

Enjoy a western-style Breakfast served in our restaurant.

- Join Mahouts for their daily tasks with elephants

In the morning you are welcome to join the mahouts to pick up the elephants in the forest and bring them to the yard for their daily walk. You will then help them to collect natural fodder in the forest, clean the site of elephant dung, feed the elephants the fodder you have collected, bring elephants to the lake for a bath, bring them back to the forest to relax for their mid-day break and so on. You can also help vets to prepare food for the daily elephant care.

- Walk with elephants and explore the forest

You will join other visitors once or twice a week for a walk with elephants in the surrounding forest. After a safety briefing, stay close to the elephant, he will show you the way. Your guide will teach you how Lao people use plants and trees collected in the jungle.

- Lunch

For lunch, enjoy a variety of Lao foods served at our restaurant.

- Join the staff for community work (the nature of which may vary depending on the needs at the Center)

Every afternoon, you will join the staff for the daily activities. For example: gardening, cooking, maintenance, painting, building, cleaning the site (Hospital, shop, Yard, Garden...)

- Discover the Nursery

You will have the opportunity to go for a walk with the guide and mahouts through the forest to visit the nursery twice a week. It is located deep inside the forest where the baby elephants are learning how to sustain themselves, closely watched by mum. You will receive information about the reproduction program set up by the NGO ElefantAsia while watching them play. The return to the ECC will be arranged by our boat across the magnificent lake.

- Elephant Bath

At the end of the afternoon, you will watch the elephant bath given by the mahouts. This is a unique experience where you will witness first hand the close bond between the elephant and his mahout.

- Follow the elephant to their night resting place

You will be able to bring the elephants back to their nightly resting place using the elephant commands you have learnt the day before.


Before dinner, you will have time to relax on the lake shore, visit the elephant museum, swim or simply enjoy a cold drink or assist the cooks in the kitchen.

After a Lao Dinner with all of the Staff, you will be welcomed to share time with the staff: play cards, darts or music, learn Lao or teach our staff English...

You will have the opportunity to sleep in a traditional Lao house.

 

ecc thumbs 005 Day 7: Breakfast – Pick up Elephants in the forest – Trekking to the Buddha Footprint – Lunch – Transfer to Sayaboury town Center

Enjoy a western Breakfast served in our restaurant.

You will join the mahouts one last time to collect the elephants from the forest.

- Trekking and sightseeing

Your guide will lead you for a half day trek through the forest to discover the hidden sacred Buddha footprint... You can learn about the local customs and fall in love with the beauty of the forest and landscapes.

- Lunch

For lunch, enjoy a variety of Lao foods served at our restaurant.

- Transfer to Sayaboury City

After lunch, you will leave the ECC by boat where you could have a last stunning view on the lake.

We will bring you back to the Sayaboury bus station or in a guest house by tuktuk.

Medical Care of the elephants at the Elephant Hospital is only carried out by qualified vets.Unfortunately, you won't be able to participate in this activity. Thank you for your understanding.

Depart From :
Sayaboury
Returns to :
sayaboury
Province visited :
Sayaboury
Starts at :
08:30
finishes at :
17:00
Nb of days :
7 Days
Reference :
ECC-6
2 - easy to moderate
Meals :
Local restaurant
Transport :
Public Local truck or "Songtheow"
Activities :
Elephant Riding, Cultural Experience
Accommodation :
Village-Lodge
What to bring :
Hat, Sun-cream, Clothes/shoes to get wet, Sarong for bathing, Mosquito repellent, Change of clothes for the evening, Torch, Swim clothes, Warm clothes, Towel, Long-sleeve clothes for trekking, Personal belongings, Pocket money
What is included :
Water, Meals, Local guide/s, Accommodation, Transport as mentioned above, Government taxes, All entrance fees

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