Mornings here start with noise. The noise of a small village slowly stirring and getting ready to face the day. Roosters start crowing before the dawn – sometimes I hear a crackle of fire as the mahouts gather round to make their breakfast. Motorbike engines start –...
The Friday Project Hello all!!! I'm currently speaking to you all from the beautiful village of Huay Pakoot, just outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand! I'm here as an intern with the wonderful GVI family. Today I will be giving you a little look into our fabulous Friday...
An internship with GVI is something that you should do at least once in your lifetime. I have enjoyed my first week as an intern. What I like most about the lifestyle in the village is that it is very similar to the way of living in the rural areas in my home country. Eating rice, hiking everyday, and living a simple life. There is only one thing that is a bit challenging to me, that is the morning temperature, but I hope I will get to used to that later on. I also like the landscapes but sadly the forest is reduced in size due to the farming system.
Original photo: Joost Rooijmans You’ve just had the most incredible wildlife encounter of your life: A lion roaring right next to your vehicle. Other than amazing experiences with wildlife, here are four other reasons why it’s great to volunteer in wildlife...
Although I have seen elephants in their natural environment, from a jeep in Kruger National Park, I couldn't compare that to my first hike in Huay Pakoot where I truly got to admire these amazing animals. After trekking down the long, winding road to the hike...
There are only around 415,000 remaining wild African Elephants. In Asia, the situation is worse: there are only around 50,000 elephants remaining. Elephant numbers are in decline due to threats such as poaching for ivory, conflict with humans and habitat loss and...
For my first week in the village I was able to go on a cave hike. What we were told was that the cave would be a 40 minute hike away and it turned out to be an almost three hour hike. In the beginning we got lost in a corn field, which was actually fun. Once we...
Original photo: Shinsuke Ikegame The town of Pai is nuzzled against green mountains. The place has a distinctly bohemian feel, with live acoustic music and independent artisan stores lining the river. On a moped, take roads flanked by shining paddy fields. Slide down...
Our world, and the wildlife within it, is being threatened by unsustainable human behavior. This issue is prevalent in Thailand, as evidenced by often irresponsible practices within its wildlife tourism industry. While immersing yourself in the coastal province of...
Are you passionate about wildlife conservation? Spend your summer holidays, gap year or sabbatical making a long-term difference to endangered species around the world. With climate change, loss of habitat, and the illegal wildlife trade, animals around the world face...
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