I am heading on a mission in July to live in a local village in the Petchaburi province of Thailand where there will be no flushing toilets and no running hot water. Here I will be sleeping in basic shared bungalows. Why would I be so excited to do this you may ask?
Because I am taking this opportunity to do something in life with true meaning. There are hundreds of mistreated elephants throughout Thailand that are struggling to survive. I will be using my time to harvest food, bath, walk and help rehabilitate these gorgeous animals. I will also be playing my part in making sure they have a safe and clean environment to call home. All animals great and small deserve nothing but our love and respect. It hurts me greatly to sit idly by while I hear the stories of neglect and abuse that animals go through which is why I have decided to play the small part that I can to help make a difference. If we all did nothing because the task seems too big to save the world we would never give these animals the chance they deserve.
Here is the program description:
There are approximately 3,500 domesticated elephants in Thailand. It has been estimated that there are around 200 elephants begging on the streets in the larger cities in Thailand. Cities are harsh environments for such a large forest animal, with the elephants under constant threat of road accidents, pollution and a scorching heat that can be fatal to a large mammal such as the elephant.
Volunteers are needed to assist the local staff at the Refuge Centre to ensure that from now onwards the elephants have a better quality of life in their natural environment.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to work hands on with the elephants. The main duties include:
* Cleaning elephant enclosures
* Feeding and watering the elephants
* Harvesting food for the elephants
* Walking some of the elephants in to the forest at night and collecting them in the morning
* Bathing the elephants in a lake
* Maintaining the elephant refuge