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A few of our favourite things

By Volunteers and interns 2 years ago
Categories Chiang Mai

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

 

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Volunteers and interns helping the local children get creative at after school club

 

… 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!

 

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Our newest member, Wan Mai, playing in the mud for the first time

 

… 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

 

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Intern Cassidy learning some traditional recipes from one of our homestays

 

… 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!

 

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Kah Moon doing what she loves best – eating in the forest!

… 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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