The Chiang Mai Blog
From the 25-29th August, two long-term interns, Ally and Tiffany had organized a camping expedition in the forest for their group project joined by two staff members, myself – Megan (Science Officer) and Sulaiman (Field Staff) accompanied by two locals from...
Emily Blunt and Victoria Ireland, the two short-term interns, planned a 48 hour power down challenge; this challenge required those involved to go without the use of electricity and electronic devices whilst on base. During the power-down challenge, Emily and Victoria...
The village of Huay Pakoot is an indigenous Karen Hill Tribe in Northern Thailand, renowned throughout the country for their knowledge of elephants. The language that is predominantly spoken within the village is pakinyaw, although a lot of the younger generations do...
It is important that the message of animal welfare is spread to as many people as possible, so that the issues facing elephants in Thailand, and around the world, becomes common knowledge. This message can be spread quicker by like-mined organisations working together...
Song kran is one of the biggest festivals in Thailand. It represents the New Year and happens every year between the 13th-15th April; following the lunar calendar similar to that of many Asian countries. The festival traditionally involves people pouring water over...
The tourist industry in Thailand has put a strain on the elephant population of this country. It used to be the case that elephants were captured from the wild, often at a young age, and then trained to do tricks or to give rides. Although this practice may still...
We at GVI Chiang Mai work very closely with the village in which we are based. The village itself is a traditional Karen hill tribe village, about 4 hours or so from Chiang Mai, so it’s a great experience to actually live here and become part of the community....
Being a popular project, GVI Chiang Mai often has a lot of volunteers on project at any one time; this can sometimes be a slight problem when trying to find somewhere to sit on base. With the capacity of our project set to be raised, in April, by adding 2-3 more...
GVI volunteers and staff completed their anuual GVI Trust challenge where they spent 48hrs sleeping out in the forest, living with the bare minimum and putting their survival skills to the test. All of the volunteers were assigned teams, each trying to fundraise as...
The main feature of the GVI Chiang Mai program is the elephant conservation and the studies into how semi-wild elephants differ to captive elephants. The things we look into involve the way that the elephants in our two herds interact with each other, but after the...
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