Volunteer in Thailand – Elephant Village Experience
Surin Province, Thailand
My name is Samantha and I’m from Maryland, USA. From the moment I found GoEco and booked my trip I knew volunteering in Thailand was going to be an awesome unforgettable experience. Boy was I right!
As soon as I stepped off the plane in Bangkok I was picked up by a member of the team and got to take my first of many tuk tuk rides to the hostel where I got to meet with the other volunteers before we left for our Elephant Village Experience.
After a long train ride that appeared to run on “Thai time” and a short truck ride we made it to the village and were greeted with the sweet smiles of Mr. Suay and Pimon, our generous host. Within minutes I was ushered out back to finally see what I traveled halfway across the world to see. ELEPHANTS!!!! Bank and Nomwon eagerly awaited our arrival and the yummy food that came along with it.
Having an elephant literally in your backyard comes with a lot of responsibility and that’s where we come in. During our stay I have become a master with a machete (at least I think so haha) cutting down banana trees and bamboo, cleaning up the elephant area and the community as well as learning how to make poo paper and the most fun of all, taking the elephants down to the river for a swim. Personally that’s my favorite part of the day.
Sadly my two weeks came to end and I have to say that this was easily the greatest experience of my life. It has always been a dream of mine to work with elephants but also getting to meet some fantastic people that I can now call my friends was a bonus that made the experience even better. I could not have asked for anything better and cannot wait to work with GoEco again on another project.