Volunteer With Elephants India
Looking to Volunteer With Elephants in India? Want to Work hands on with Elephants and assist in their care ? Great! Then you are in right place. The program is located in the village near Amber Fort which is also known as Elephant Village where elephants get care by their mahouts everyday. Elephant Village Jaipur is India’s first and the world’s third elephant village also known as “Haathi Gaon“. 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 and gets thoroughly washed down. These elephants were rescued from circuses, abusive settings and brought from Southern Part of India. Elephant mahouts are living with their families at the project site and are responsible to give right care, fed properly & keep them healthy and fit. The Elephants in Jaipur are part of Indian festivals, cultural ceremonies and for the tourist ride at Royal Amber fort. The total population of Elephants in city is 115 out of which 52 have facilities for the accommodation at the village & 63 Elephants are still living out of the Zone Area due to the Project site is still in under-construction by the Government. The Program has created to give care to the elephants and help their mahouts. 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. We offer everyone around the world to visit us by getting you close to them, help you to get know more about them and make your dream true to Work With Elephants.
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: $180 per week. For more information about fees please visit Program Fees Page.
Couples/Family/Group traveling 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: Arranging your Programme, Pre-departure information and support by email/phone, Arrival pickup from Jaipur, Program relevant materials, Accommodation with Indian Host Family, 3 Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner ), Transportation facility for project site, Weekend Sightseeing’s Tours and 24 hours of admin support.
What is not included: Visa, Flights, Internet, Mineral Water Bottle, Monuments/Sightseeing Entry Fees, 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.
Visa Type: Tourist Visa. Coming for short period upto 30 days apply for On Arrival Visa by the India Visa Site.
Location: Jaipur, India.
Special Dates: Join our program on the above special dates if you are looking to get involved in Indian Festivals in 2016-2017. Holi Festival of Colors – 23 Mar 2016, Teej Festival 5 Aug 2016, Sister’s Festival 18 Aug 2016, Dusshera Festival 11 Oct 2016, Diwali Festival of Lights 30 Oct 2016, Pushkar Camel Fair 8-14 Nov 2016, Camel Festival- Bikaner 10-12 Jan 2017, Kite Festival -Jaipur 14 Jan 2017, Holi Festival of Colors – 13 Mar 2017.
Work for Volunteers
Your work will be feeding the elephants, bathing them, cleaning the area, bringing water, oil massaging the elephants head, trimming their nails, taking elephants for walk, make bundles of hay and chapati(Indian Roti) 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. As per our Program Volunteers can also be take part in caring for Elephants which have shelters out of the Zone area. Volunteers will work around 3 hours per day Monday to Friday. Our project taxi will come to pick you at 5:00 a.m and it will bring you back at the accommodation at 8:30 a.m. Working hours has made short for the volunteers as it has founded that working in Elephant Village becomes hard work in a day for volunteers.You will be also attending the 2 afternoon shifts in a week for 3 hours to make food for elephants and trimming their nails.
Past Volunteers have wonderful time with us in the program. Volunteers join this program all over from the world. Most of our volunteers come from U.S, Canada, U.K, Australia & European Countries; if you come from these region you can also ask us our previous volunteers contact addresses. Have a look also at our previous volunteers reviews in GoOverseas and GoAbroad website.
Doing a volunteer project with animals in India is special. Every year many volunteers come to India for social and wildlife 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 Elephant Camp 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. Volunteers will be living with the Indian Host Family. You will be having your own room at the host family house which can be shared by the same gender volunteer in the program. Our host families are carefully screened and selected based on VWI requirements. Host families are experience in the realm of hosting international travelers from last 10 years. 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. The meals serves at the accommodation are the everyday meals which are eaten by the Indian Families. This is how the program has made to make you feel and Live Like a Local. However if you are not able to adjust with the Indian meals or need more nutrition/protein/special diet in your meals you can arrange by your own from the near by local market. Staying with a host family is a great way to learn about a host country’s culture and customs. 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.
You will be required to pay extra direct to the host family for Internet Connection (200 INR weekly) and mineral water bottle (20 INR per bottle)
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.
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. For the protection they are chained inside shelters. Elephants are also used for the Tourism purpose, Cultural Events & Religious ceremonies in India from centuries.
Before applying for the Program you must need to aware by the situation and agree by VWI Terms conditions policy.