ELEPHANT PROGRAM 2017
Open all year, starting on Mondays, see starting dates in the description, participation fee 315€ per week, culture week mandatory to start the programme: 175€
- Code : G/NEP/EP2017
- Dispo : 5M / 3F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
This program is a conservation initiative to protect the elephant habitat as well as the animal itself. You will be working closely with elephants and will learn how to take care of these gentle and intelligent animals. You will also learn commanding elephants to follow directions, prepare their food and feed them and clean the stables and surrounding areas, get to wash the elephants. Other activities may include general maintenance of the camp, path clearing, and helping the Mahout. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to learn about the traditional life of the indigenous tribe of that area – The Tharu. You will stay at an eco-friendly resort and work 3 to 4 hours a day. The resort is a short distance from the elephant site and you will have the option of hiring bicycles to travel. The aim is to help conserve the habitat and the asiatic elephants and provide our participants with the chance to get up close to these gentle giants.
Your accommodation will be at a host family to experience the authenticity of Nepal and get closer to culture and lifestyle of Nepalese people. Our rooms allocate 4-6 people based on a single-gender basis and shared toilet with your roommates. You will have a beautiful garden to relax in and dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with fellow participants. Participants working at the Elephant Program will be accommodated at the Chitwan Forest Resort which can accommodate 4-6 people based on a single-gender basis and shared toilet with your roommates. You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Nepalese food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week.
The Chitwan District is one of 75 districts of Nepal, and is located in the south-western part of Narayani Zone with Bharatpur, the fifth largest city of Nepal, as its district headquarters. It covers an area of 2,238.39 km2 (864.25 sq mi), and in 2011 had a population of 579,984 people. Bharatpur is a commercial and service centre of central south Nepal and merger destination for higher education, healthcare and transportation of the region. Chitwan is famous for the “Royal Chitwan National Park”. Chitwan has a particularly rich flora and fauna. Nepal?s first national park, the Chitwan National Park together with the adjacent Parsa Wildlife Reserve support a species diversity much higher than any other on the Indian subcontinent. Rare species include Bengal tiger, gharial, rhino, leopards, mugger crocodile, Indian rock python and several species of deer. House is located five kilometers away from the city center, where you can find anything you might need. You can choose to visit the local market and go on a safari.
Open all year, starting on Mondays, arrival on Sundays and departure on Saturday morning, participation fee 210€ per week. Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends), culture week mandatory to start the programme: 175€. Compulsory starting dates for 2017: 02/01 – 16/01 – 06/02 – 20/02 – 06/03 – 20/03 – 03/04 – 17/04 – 01/05 – 15/05 – 05/06 – 19/06 – 03/07 – 10/07 – 17/07 – 24/07 – 07/08 – 21/08 – 04/09 – 18/09 – 02/10 – 16/10 – 06/11 – 20/11 – 04/12 – 18/12. Reception at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Sundays 6.00 Hrs 18.00 Hr