Each day of an Earthwatch teen expedition offers a balance of hands-on research and the chance to explore your surroundings and get to know the scientists and your teammates. Your team is led not only by professional researchers but also by at least one Earthwatch facilitator, who will always be around to help you get the most out of your experience.
You’ll spend your days doing working closely with elephants - perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Alongside researchers and mahouts (elephant caretakers), you’ll help with wide range of studies on elephant memory, cooperation, problem-solving, and reasoning. These studies involve observing the elephants as they do a range of complicated tasks, and you’ll help videotape these experiments, keep time, and help with the equipment involved.
You’ll also work with elephants in a more general sense - helping staff veterinarians as they perform checkups, and helping the mahouts with day-to-day care. This expedition will give you the chance to meet some local people (like many of the mahouts). You’ll help with educational programs involving Thai students, and you’ll get to know some members of the nearby community when your team joins in activities such as English lessons. In your free time, you, your teammates, and your facilitator(s) can explore the local markets and temples to soak up the rich culture around you.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.