Spending a week at the Chaing Mai Elephant Nature Park (ENP) proved a physically exhausting but rewarding experience for the team. Undergoing tasks such as preparing hundreds of watermelons for the elephant’s food, cutting corn and cleaning out the shelters helped to build the team spirit. Watching the elephants interact and the younger elephants playing proved a highlight for many members of the team. After hearing a talk from Lek, the founder of the ENP, the team became inspired as they realised how important and life changing their hard work was for the elephants.
Visiting the local school enabled the team to gain an insight into teaching Thai children and allowed us to prepare for teaching in the hill tribe. The children were very eager to interact with the volunteers and show us around their school. Leaving the ENP today proved upsetting for members of the team but enthusiasm has been raised by a talk from Marcia about teaching in the hill tribe. On Tuesday we leave for Pa Pae, a remote hill tribe to spend two weeks teaching, farming and renovating the school.