A few of our favourite things
As we prepare to say goodbye to another group of volunteers, everyone started reflecting on their favourite things about GVI Chiang Mai – and here are the results!
My favourite thing about GVI Chiang Mai is…
… seeing generations of elephants together as they should be, playing happily in the mud!
… living in a traditional Karen community and spending time with the elephants in their natural environment – the forest!
… being in a country where I can learn multiple languages and bond with people of different cultures whilst trying new things and helping the community
… being able to see elephants reintroduced to the wild and having such close relationships with their mahouts
… getting the opportunity to be so close to the elephants every day and getting to enjoy the beautiful scenery in and around the village
… getting to understand and learn about the village, culture and people
… the baby elephant playing – in the mud or with the mahouts!
… seeing the elephant families reunited after long periods
… just wandering through the dense forest on a sunny day
… having a cozy dinner in the village
… wandering in the forest to see the elephants, playing, eating, bathing in mud
… looking around at the plants, trees, butterflies, insects… just enjoying the life in the forest
… the people, the elephants (who are adorable) and the general difference in pace from what I’m used to
… living in a remote hill-tribe village and observing healthy happy generations of elephants living together in the forest
… experiencing a life completely different from home in a village of great people, enjoying an amazing environment and amazing elephants!
… seeing and working with the elephants, getting the chance to actually do something for these beautiful animals
… seeing the baby elephant try to play with his mahout
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