Volunteer With Elephants India
If you want to Work With Elephants in India then you are in the right place. VWI gives you the possibility to do Elephant Volunteer Work in the Heritage City Jaipur, India. The program will be held in the village, near Amber Fort, which is also knows as Elephant Village where more than 100 elephants get care by their mahouts every day. Elephant Village Jaipur is very close to the Royal Amber Fort. India’s first and the world’s third elephant village. Government of Rajasthan, India has allotted this place in the area of 30 hectares of land which has stable blocks for each elephants with attached housing; it has also a big man-made lake where the elephants can swim, play and gets thoroughly washed down after a day in the heat and dust. The Program has created to give care to the elephants and help their mahouts. Elephant Village Farm needs volunteers and support from local peoples to care these big beauties. As it has been seen from last few years that we are losing the population of elephants from everywhere. We really need to save this creature from the planet & provide them good care and love. Many people around the world have dream in their life to spend some time with Elephants, live like a local and want to immerse in Indian culture. This project is something which make your dream come together in one place.
Project Fact File
Project Duration: Minimum 1 week stay up to 4 months.
Project Activities: Feeding the elephant, bathing them, Massage of elephant, cleaning the area, making bundles of hay & help mahout in making chapattis.
Project Fees: From $150 for 1 week and $250 for each week thereafter. Couples/Family/Group travelling in India will get 10% Discount in Fees which are joining the project for min 2 weeks.
Project Dates: All year round – Dates are flexible you can choose your own start and finish date.
Working Hours: Monday to Friday 3-4 hours per day.
What is included: Arrival pickup from Jaipur, Program relevant materials, Accommodation, 3 Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner ), Transportation facility for project site, Visit to local area, Weekend Sightseeing’s Tours and 24 hours of admin support.
What is not included: Visa, Flights, Internet, Mineral Water Bottle, Telephone Calls, Insurance Cover, and Airport Drop off.
Requirements: We don’t need any qualification for this project. Doing Voluntary Work India you must have lots of love & enthusiasm for the project.
Location: Jaipur, India.
Special Dates: Join our program on the above special dates if you are looking to get involved in Indian Festivals. Teej Festival 30-31 July 2014, Sister’s Festival 10 Aug 2014, Dusshera Festival 4 Oct 2014, Diwali Festival of Lights 23 Oct 2014, Pushkar Camel Fair 2-6 Nov 2014, Camel Festival- Bikaner 4 Jan 2015, Kite Festival -Jaipur 14 Jan 2015, Elephant Festival -Jaipur 5 Mar 2015, Holi Festival of Colors – 6 Mar 2015.
Work for Volunteers
In this program your main task will be to help elephant mahouts and give the care to the elephants as they are going to work hard for the day. Your work will be feeding the elephants, bathing them, cleaning the area, bringing water, go for a ride with any elephant, make bundles of hay and chapati for elephants in a mud stove to eat. You need to wake early as the elephant starts early to give a ride for the tourists of Amber Fort. Volunteers will work around 2 to 3 hours per day. During summers working hours will be from 5am to 8:30 am and in winters from 5:30 am to 8:30 am. Working hours has made short for the volunteers as it has founded that 2-3 hours of working in Elephant Village becomes hard work in a day for volunteers.
Doing a volunteer project with animals in India is special. Every year many volunteers come to India for social projects. Elephant Sanctuary project in India made my trip here rewarding and fun with cultural shock, “ says Jessica Consoli from Switzerland our past volunteer.” Read Our –Volunteers Stories & Reviews about the Program.
The local mahouts are working with elephants to take care of them. There is a project coordinator with volunteers at the project site which helps volunteers and guides them with work & also translates if volunteers have any questions for the mahouts about the life of elephants.
We expect volunteers to not act as if they are here as tourists, they must do the work they are here to do. They need to understand that they come for work and need to live like the people here live, respect the culture and get involved with all that is happening in India.
Arrangement of Room, Food & Transportation
VWI makes arrangements for room, food and transportation for the volunteers, from the first day of the volunteer’s arrival in Jaipur, India. You will live in a lovely house which is nearby Water Palace and Nahargarh Fort. The house is typical Indian style which is also very close to the Famous Govind Devji Temple. If you go on the terrace you can see beautiful view of Jaipur which is covered by Forts on Mountains. There are 5 family members lived in the Host family. Volunteers have rooms on the first floor which can be shared by the other volunteers in our other projects. You will be sharing your room with the same gender. Our host families are carefully screened and selected based on VWI requirements. The accommodation and meals provided at the host family will be basic. You will be getting 3 Meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner), traditional but very nutritious. There is internet connection facility also available at Host Family. You will have a very good access through computer & by Wi-Fi access. We also arrange transportation facility for volunteers which will everyday pick you to project site and drop to your home when you finish work. You will have everyday auto-rickshaw (tuk-tuk) ride for Transportation.
Shopping and supplies
There are many shops near the accommodation where volunteers can go and buy stuff for their requirements. The accommodation facility in the main city area of Jaipur so it’s easy to buy anything as shops are in walking distance. If a volunteer wants to go in Branded Shopping mall they need to take a Taxi ( Tuk- Tuk ). When our taxi driver is not taking them to the project site, he can be hired by volunteers to take them to the Branded Shopping mall, but they have to pay him.
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What you will gain from this project
>A memorable Elephant Experience in India.
>An enormous satisfaction from inside as you worked who have your needs.
>An unforgettable memory by spending time in India.
>Opportunity to learn Indian culture, language and their traditions.
>An entry in your CV as you have worked in under-developed country that will boost your profile in job market.
>Life time member with VWI after completion of your project.
Volunteer Week Detail
Day 1: Today you will arrive in Jaipur. Our VWI staff member will pick you up from your arrival destination & welcome you. After picking you up, we will transfer you to the Host Family accommodation. We will introduce you to the host family members and we will guide you through the accommodation facilities and the things which are near. You will also be introduce about the project, your everyday working schedule, rules and regulation of volunteering, what to do & dont’s. which can be useful to you throughout your trip & guide you to the facilities which a traveler needs in new place.
Day 2 to working days: Get ready to see your animals. You will be transfer to your project site. It’s time to get a wonderful ride by auto-rickshaw for the elephant village as it located near Royal Amber fort. Project site is covered by beautiful mountain valley. Our project coordinator will be with you there & he will tell you about how to care the elephants & help the mahouts. Your work will covered there every day by bathing elephants, feeding them, cleaning the area, making bundles of hay and massage them throughout your working days. Volunteers’ working days will be for 5 days per week Monday to Friday.
Weekends: The weekends are free for you to relax and enjoy Pinkcity. Every weekend we cover Sightseeing Tour’s of the Beautiful Historical places, Cultural places & programs with our VWI staff team. Volunteers have opportunity to meet with other volunteers also from other projects sites as everybody gets together on these days. However there are several other side trips that you can join which will greatly enhance your experience of Desert Place in Rajasthan, India.
After finishing the Volunteering India program you can choose our Add on Tour package to explore India. Volunteers can join to visit Taj Mahal, Golden Triangle Tour, Wildlife Safari in National Park, New Delhi and more while taking part in it.
The Elephants in Jaipur are taking care by Government of Rajasthan, mahouts and their owners. Elephants are also used for the Tourism purpose, Cultural Events & Religious ceremonies in India from centuries. All the Elephants at the project site are chained up and living with the mahouts & their families.
Before applying for the Program you must need to aware by all these points.