Everything You Need To Know
We think you'll find the answers to any questions you might have about your Jungle Water adventure in the FAQs below. If you have any other questions and need answers, please contact us via email or give us a call at 727.289.2646. Others may have the same questions and if needed they'll be added to this page.
- 2 Weeks - $1750 USD
- 4 Weeks - $2995 USD
- 8 Weeks - $4495 USD
- 12 Weeks -$5495 USD
Your balance payment is due within 45 days before your scheduled start date. If balance of payment is not received before the program fee deadline, this may be considered a cancellation and you risk losing your place in the program. If you sign up 60 days before the start of your session full payment is due within fifteen (15) days of deposit payment. If you would like to signup less than 60 days before the start of a program, please contact us for availability.
Program cost covers all training, materials, weekly village visits and instructors. If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 727 489 2646.
Your inclusive program fee includes:
- Pre-departure group online meet-up
- All orientations and training
- A/C in rooms and workspace
- Breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday (w/vegetarian option)
- 24/7 in-country support
- Courtesy Thai language
- Daily guided meditation
- Roommate accommodations
- All transportation to/from field work
Typically, our guests put in an average week of 20-25 hours. Mon-Wed you'll plan for field visits to the jungle. On Thursdays venture into the jungle for field work in isolated tribal villages or elephant rescue camps. Field managers will get you back in town Friday afternoon. Weekends are yours to explore the surrounding area.
Some guests are able to arrange internship credit through their university. Some colleges may only grant credits for juniors and seniors currently enrolled. Contact your university, academic advisor, or career services to see if this option is available to you.
- Check with your professor or your career development office to find out if your college accepts academic credit
- Find out how many total hours are required for how many credits
- Do the paperwork before your internship begins
Ask if your college tuition covers the internship credits
- Learn how many internship credits your college or department will accept in your college career
Community service hours earned for each session:
- 14 days 50 hr
- 30 days 100 hrs
- 60 days 200 hrs
- 90 days 300 hrs
Don't over pack. Jungle Water has access to laundry facilities so 5 days of clothing is plenty, follow the clothing guide on the list. Chiang Mai is a big city so that you can buy anything you might want there cheaply. Make sure you leave room in your luggage for the exotic, amazing things you'll take back with you!
You can bring these things but keep in mind they can all be purchased at local markets cheaply:
- Sturdy day pack
- Bug spray - better to get the local stuff
- Rain poncho
- Sweatshirt in winter
- bathing suit, cover up and towel
- Something to cover bare shoulders in temples
- 3-4 t-shirts or tank tops (no spaghetti straps on campus or in the villages please, off campus is fine)
- 2-3 pairs long shorts or loose pants (no sweatpants on campus or in the villages please, off campus is fine)
- hiking shoes
The electric outlets in Thailand will accept standard American plugs. The voltage is 220V but your electronics chargers all have transformers built into them. You can plug in your cell phone, laptop, tablet, camera all directly into the wall without a problem. For anything that does not have a transformer between the plug and device it will need a VOLTAGE ADAPTER not just a plug adapter. Trust us on this, we have seen curling irons melt and blow dryers shoot sparks. If you have any questions about a specific device email us and we'll figure it out.
You'll want to bring your cell phone for pictures, social media and staying in touch with other program participants. Local SIM cards and pay as you go plans are cheap and easy to find, but you will need to make sure your phone is UNLOCKED by your current provider before you get to Thailand. Many providers now lock their phones and if a phone is locked you will not be able to put a local SIM card in it. Getting a phone unlocked is easy and free in the states but impossible to do from overseas.
Chiang Mai is a very popular western backpacker tourist destination so you'll guaranteed to be enjoying it with plenty of new friends. If you have never been to Asia it really is an amazing place, something you've never experienced before. One wrong turn on a motorbike and you're quickly reminded that you're a stranger in a strange land but the wonderful thing about Chiang Mai is there are enough western influences to give you a good comfort level.
Starbucks? You bet. McDonalds, Burger King, yep. Ex-pat BBQ and every other kind of food you can think of? Of course. There's also a 7-11 every 20 yards for anything you might need to survive and a lot of things you've never seen before. Lays© Seaweed potato chips and Green Tea Kit-Kats©, make sure you always have your phone or camera with you!
There's plenty of adventure for you in Chiang Mai and the surrounding area There's bamboo river rafting, waterfalls, zip-lining, Thai cooking classes and hot springs to name just a few. all nearby and reasonably priced.
Thailand is known for being hot and humid, you'll have A/C, but some months can get pretty cold. No matter what time of year it is, it's always cooler in the villages. Pictures say a lot so here are charts showing average temps and the average number of rainy days in a month. Don't let the rain scare you, it's warm and can be a lot of fun!
Yes, you can get a 30 day visa on arrival once you land in Thailand. If you'll be staying longer, your visa will be extended at Thai immigration. We provide transportation to/from the immigration office and stay with you in case you have questions. Detailed information will be included in your pre-departure pack provided after registration.
You're on your own for the following:
- Int’l airfare
- Weekend excursions
- Local transportation
Of course we prefer everyone pay in full but don’t sweat it if you can't. Hold your reservation with a $500 non-refundable deposit or pay in full. The complete balance is due 45 days before your program start date. Sign up early to guarantee your place.
Please contact email@example.com to address individual questions regarding your personal payment.
Jungle Water refund and cancellation policies can be found here
Jungle Water opportunities are unpaid but well compensated in terms of training and experiential learning. Because we work with travelers of various backgrounds and life goals, a few of our guests will apply for academic credit.
Since we are a small organization with a new initiative, unfortunately we aren't able to provide scholarships at this point.
Other sources of funding include:
The first place you should look is your university. Many universities offer travel grants for students who intern abroad. This may depend on your course or year of study, but many universities have grants available to everyone. You should speak to your advisor, career center and look online for more information.
Third Party Funding (sites with searchable databases)
International Education Financial Aid: Financial Aid College Scholarship Search
NAFSA, U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List has over 10,000 members worldwide and is the leading organization committed to international education and exchange.
Sometimes students raise tuition themselves through family or even a social media campaign like GoFundMe. This has been successful for many students in other programs.
Jungle Water recommends that you research travel insurance policies offered by a third party. Travel insurance differs from company to company and policy to policy. Investigate your options carefully.
Your program schedule may vary. Change in the published itinerary does not constitute a change in the promise of experience intended and will not result in a refund.
You will be living with a group of diverse individuals. All program participants are thoroughly screened, and we make every effort to ensure that all participants are capable of full participation. If we determine you violate the terms of our code of conduct you may be denied from continuing your program and required to relocated at no cost to Jungle Water. Directors typically work with the individual before removing from the program. While we do train our staff in managing a variety of behaviors and design the programs to support positive behaviors, our priority is the successful outcomes of the group, not individual behavioral management.
DEPOSIT REFUND POLICY
In the event that Jungle Water has to cancel your program or you are wait listed, the Christopher Robert Project will refund your full $500 deposit and any other payments made.
LATE PAYMENT FEES
The Christopher Robert Project reserves the right to assess late payment fees. Failure to meet payment timing expectations either per our written policy or mutually agreed-upon could result in a $25 per day past-due penalty. Any accrued late fees will be added to the remaining balance due. Payment-in-full is appreciated to resolve outstanding balance.
If you cancel your enrollment before your program start date, the following penalties apply according to when you cancel:
•89-75 days $500 nonrefundable deposit penalty only
•74-60 days $500 nonrefundable deposit and 25% remaining tuition penalty
•59-45 days $750 nonrefundable deposit and 50% remaining tuition penalty
•44-0 days No refund
We maintain wait lists for programs that are already full. To be placed on a wait list, we must receive your $500 deposit. If a spot opens, you will have 48 hours to respond. You may decline the spot and receive a refund per the above policy as applicable. If a spot has not opened prior to 21 days from the program start, and you wish to withdraw your acceptance, we will refund your full deposit.
REFUND PAYMENT PROCESSING POLICIES
All refunds will be provided as a credit to the credit card used at the time of purchase within thirty (30) business days upon approval of refund amount, less penalties. If you have made payment via a method other than credit, our finance team will work individually to process accordingly.
EARLY DEPARTURES / PROGRAM EXPULSIONS
When a guest violates our code of conduct causing program removal, Jungle Water leadership will begin termination. If terminated the guest will be asked to leave campus and find lodging elsewhere.
VOLUNTARY EARLY DEPARTURES
Some guests may choose to leave their program due lack of motivation or by their own personal decision. We will do our best to make this process as smooth as possible. We will not be able to provide you with a refund or a credit. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover these scenarios.
INVOLUNTARY EARLY DEPARTURES
If you are forced to depart early due to family emergencies, medical conditions, or other unforeseen circumstances, a guest can apply for a partial refund through our refund request process. If approved, you must provide appropriate documentation of the event for our records and agree to our refund timeline. We again strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover these scenarios.