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The volunteers in this project will be working with elephants at Chitwan National Park in Nepal. In the early morning and late evening, the volunteers would assist in the direct care of the elephants. In the hours between they may be asked to assist with numerous other tasks involving the care and maintenance of the elephants. Elephants eat around 250 kilograms of food each day and drink about 200 liters of water. An elephant has to eat most of the day because of its poor digestive system. Elephants also need to provide moisture to their hard, rough exterior at least once a day and therefore they are taken for a bath daily. This is truly an enjoyable time for all, as elephants love water and swimming. The duties of an animal sanctuary assistant volunteer at Chitwan may involve assisting the "Mautes" (elephant drivers) in the care for baby elephants, helping to bathe the elephants, as well as feed them (grass is the main food of elephants and they also eat leaves, twigs, bamboo, bark, roots, fruit, seeds and flowers). Volunteers may also be asked to assist with duties at the bee hives. Volunteers don't need any specialized training for this placement but should have educated themselves about the care and conditions prevalent in elephants prior to arriving in Nepal.

Chitwan National Park is an exciting and diverse wildlife haven. Chitwan National Park is located 175 km south-west of Kathmandu. It provides excellent opportunities to view rare species such as the sloth bear, bison, leopard and the elusive tiger. The common species such as deer, rhinoceros and wild boar are in abundance. A serene float down Rapti river in dugout canoe offer the chance to view many of the more than 450 species of exotic birds including Giant Hornbill, Lesser Florican and Paradise flycatcher. The area is covered with lots of tourist hotel and Tharu lodges, Tourist information centre, restaurant etc. This is a small tourist spot.

Volunteer tasks:
- Prepare Food for the Elephants: An animal sanctuary assistant volunteer would be expected to help to prepare food for the elephants. This may involve gathering logs for the fire, as well as assisting in the cooking of the food. Basically their food is a mixture of grains and cover grass.
- Elephant Bath: This is a very exciting and fun time for an animal sanctuary assistant volunteer. An elephant's skin is very rough and hard so with the help of small stones, dirt is cleaned from their bodies.
- Elephant Diseases: An animal sanctuary assistant volunteer may be asked to teach (with the help of a translator) the "Maute" elephant rider about the signs and symptoms of different kinds of elephant diseases and when it is necessary to call a veterinarian. The volunteer may be able to point out ways and means on how some of these diseases can be prevented. Please research about care and treatment of elephants prior to your placement.
- Teach English to Mautes: Since "Mautes" are always around tourists who are wanting elephant rides, an animal sanctuary assistant volunteer may be asked to teach the "Mautes" basic English language skills. By improving their English this would enhance the experience of the tourist, as well as themselves.

Duration of the project: 1-5 months. The program starts on the first Friday of every month.

To find out more, please visit: http://cadip.org/volunteering-in-nepal

CADIP - International Volunteer Programs
Phone: 780-638-2500
Web: http://cadip.org


We are looking for enthusiastic and open people for this project. Volunteers with passion for animal and environmental protection are encouraged to apply.


There will be an orientation meeting on the first day of the project.


Participating in an international short term volunteer project (so called Workcamp) can be an exciting prospect. It is an interesting and meaningful way to travel with purpose and spend 2-3 weeks in a foreign environment. Working and living together with other volunteers from around the world provides an excellent opportunity to make many new friends, learn about unknown places and culture, gain new skills and experience. Your time, energy, and enthusiasm can make a difference in areas where help is really needed.
After successful participation CADIP issues a certificate for the completed volunteer hours.

Duration: One Time
Faculty: ALES (Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences) All Faculties Arts Augustana Business Campus Saint-Jean Education Engineering Law Library and Information Studies Medicine and Dentistry Native Studies Nursing Pharmacy Public Health Rehabilitation Medicine Science
Location: Outside Canada


Name: Program coordinator
Phone: 604-628-7400
Email: cadip@cadip.org



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